Do you REALLY need a Project Manager?

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So many requirements that come into Arras People start off with “I’m looking for a Project Manager”. After learning more about the real reason for the call i.e., what do you need this person to actually do; it often transpires that a project manager is not needed at all – in fact it’s often a …

Will APM Registered Project Professional Set the Standard for Project Managers?

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In it’s review of the Arras People’s sixth annual survey of the UK project management market Dayner Proudfoot from the APM said; Positive view of the impact of qualifications As the profession grows in maturity the role of qualifications as a foundation for professional confidence is increasing. 57% of respondents say their employers now expect …

Project Management Careers in Management Consultancy

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Many candidates who approach Arras People express a desire to progress their project management careers within the management consultancy arena (aka. Professional Services); for some reason it is seen by many as highly attractive, in fact I would go so far as to say it is one of the most frequently sought after career paths. …

Book Review – “The Success Healthcheck for IT Projects”

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This is the book review offered in the January edition of Project Management Tipoffs, the newsletter from Arras People. Check out the full version of this review by going here. Author: J.A. Flinn Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Size: 312 pages Reviewed by Adrian Quinney As a successful international project manager J.A. Flinn has pioneered …

Transferable Skills – Making a Comeback?

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The last couple of years within the project managment marketplace has seen a real state of flux due to the recession; a reduction of jobs being available in some sectors whilst others seemed largely unaffected; less people seeking out new opportunities and leaving the employment market very stagnant. One of the enduring things we saw …

PMO Leadership – Get the Basics Covered

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Earlier this week I went along to a PMO Workshop in my capacity as a committee member for the PMOSIG. The workshop was being run by Mark Duddy from PMO Works and presented by Mark Price Perry, from BOT International. Mark Price Perry presents the PMO Podcast, is Director of PMO at gantthead and author …

Experience versus Classroom

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This is the second in our line of archived Question & Answer columns ripped from Project Management Tipoffs. The entirety of the article is available here. Though this Thursday’s February 2011 edition of Tipoffs takes on a special edition feel (without the usual tidbits including Q&A), subscribe to Tipoffs today to get the proper feel …

Project Challenge: A One-Stop Free Spot For CPD

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“Project Challenge”. The words are synonymous with “opportunities galore”. Seriously: consider all the tools this pocket knife of a two-day event provides you with… For the purposes of continuing professional development, practitioners and students alike can sit in on a variety of free seminars and presentations from the UK’s leading public speakers in project management. …

Tipoffs Shows Love for Training Directory Sponsors

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Happy Valentine’s Day to all, and to all a good weariness of love hearts in all visible decoration! Tipoffs for the month of February is out in three days, and we wanted you to know that we’re switching it up a bit this time around. We’re handing the content element over to some of the …

Five Ways to Use Us: Part II

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I’m keeping with last week’s attempt to blend resources at your disposal from the Arras website with an underrated soul/funk legend who has a celebrity playlist debuting on iTunes this week. (For sheer entertainment purposes, read what Bill has to say about Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition”. There are no words.) We bring you this week’s list …

PMI Global Congress 2011- EMEA

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PMI’s Global Congress – EMEA is being held in Dublin this year, an easier commutable distance than Milan (last year’s Congress-EMEA location). Just browsing through the schedule for the three days reads likes an aladdin’s cave of project management goodies and if you’re looking to be immersed in all things project management, this Congress is …

Triple Constrait with Another Corner

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I say another corner because a while back we had an excellent post called What’s wrong with the ‘Triple Constraint’? which still gets a lot of reads on the Camel. In that post it was suggested that in addition to the usual – Cost – Time – Quality parts of the triangle there should be …

Book Review: “Project Sponsorship”

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Author: David West Publisher: Gower Publishing (click the previous link to learn more about Arras’ partnership with Gower and any available discounts to Tipoffs/Camel readers) Length: 258 pages Project Sponsorship is one of the least well understood and enacted roles in the whole change management structures of organisations whether Public or Private sector. David’s book …

Project Management Recruitment Ideas – Interview Tests

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Things are hotting up in the project management marketplace and with an increase in more project management jobs being available – we also see the advice requests swing from “how can I secure my next job?” to “how can I make sure I get this job I’m being interviewed for”. You can take a look …

Military to Civilian Job Hunting Struggles

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Each month in our newsletter Project Management Tipoffs, Arras People project management consultants try to answer questions from candidates about the job market as it pertains to PPM. How to Manage a Camel will take a day of out the next few weeks to allow you to see the expertise we have on …

Agency Workers Regulations – How Will It Affect You?

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The Agency Workers Regulations (AWR) comes into effect in the UK on the 11th October 2011. The aim of the regulation: “is to ensure that the principle of equal treatment – which already applies to fixed-term and part-time workers – is extended to agency staff once they have completed a 12 week qualifying period. Equal …