Q&A on Breaking into Project Management

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If you’re looking for some careers advice on breaking into the field of project management you should head over to the Guardian Careers website and take a look at a Q&A session on project management careers The expert panel included Arras People’s senior consultant Michael Hides and whilst training courses did get quite a heavy …

Villano-More: School’s Out

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Indeed, my time as an online classroom student came to an official end Tuesday morning, 2:59 GMT. My Essentials of Project Management course is a wrap, complete, finito. One might say that yours truly is now wiser to the ways of all you project managerial lot now: no longer will you be talking over my …

APM or PRINCE2 Qualifications – one or both?

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I am frequently asked the question “should I take a PRINCE2 exam or an APM exam?” This question reflects the situation that for many people there is a choice to make that is more than which one should I do first. The question also suggests that people don’t understand the absolute difference between the two. …

Construction Engineering May Hold Key to Future PMs

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The Engineering Construction Industry Training Board‘s (ECITB’s) study on the need for qualified personnel by the end of the decade in the ECI is an interesting one for project managers. Talking to 100 experts between July and September 2010, ECITB found that 50-60,000 people would be needed to replace retirees and to match expansion demands. …

Project Management Leadership Competencies (PMLC)

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There was a time where hiring companies believed that having someone with a PMP©, Six Sigma Blackbelt/Master Blackbelt, Prince2, etc designation meant that the individual would be a great project leader.  Companies have realized that this is not the case and are now starting to develop ways to separate the leadership effectiveness amongst PM candidates. …

A Government Cut Worth Some Perspective: Unemployed Project Professionals

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The Coalition Government have backed plans to scrap certain job seeking training programmes for unemployed professionals, including project managers. Arras People were a certified provisional provider of this programme, known as the Job Search Support Services for Newly Unemployed Professionals. Similar to our careers clinics, these free consultations with our careers  consultants gave professionals a …

A Showcase With a Difference

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The Best Practice Showcase has always been an exhibition and “unconference” with a difference. It’s run each year by the APMG who are responsible for the OGC project management products like PRINCE2, MSP etc and they tend to focus on networking and knowledge sharing by using “birds of a feather” sessions. This year’s Best Practice …

Five Ways to Use Us: Part Trois

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You know those blog posts that are trying to get you to check in and maintain readership each and every day with regular – perhaps weekly – features, then inexplicably abandons the feature schedule for several cycles and suddenly the blog altogether, only to offer a token “Sorry, you wouldn’t believe how busy I’ve been” …

Book Review: Social Media for Project Managers

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Social media is slowly but surely creeping into the world of project management; with two thirds of the project management profession using social media in some way in their role* There is however still some way to go before organisations fully explore and embrace tools that are used directly within the project environment for use …

Tipoffs – A Profile in PM Success: Derek Huether

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Derek Huether has a lot of things going for him that make him a legitimate success story in the field of project management. He’s man behind one of the most popular project management blogs in the world; the man synonymous with the Critical Path; a certified PMP®; a proud signatory of the Agile Manifesto; and …

Project Management Career Success

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Today we launch our March newsletter looking at Project Management Success; taking a look at what makes a successful project management professional. So who better to ask about success in a project management career than a well respected project management veteran and author. I asked Dennis Lock to share insights about his own career and …

NLP, Apollo 13 and Project Managers

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For my money, a presentation that highlights how we think, what it means in the business of project management, clips from Apollo 13 and Clint Howard’s overwhelming forehead is a winning (© Charlie Sheen) proposition. The easy-going, engaging style of Ranjit Sidhu of ChangeQuest is another feature without parallel in this equation, of which we …

Book Review: The Lifelong Project

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What could happen if you treated the next year of your life like a Project? That question is where The Lifelong Project starts. However, this is not a book about setting goals – but about achieving them. Written by Joesph Phillips, who, in his own words, had reached rock bottom and pulled himself back from …

Criminal Business Case Writers and Medieval Fools

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Last week I went along to the PMOSIG conference in Coventry, the theme for the day was portfolio management and the delegates were specifically interested in what this means for PMOs. One of the presentations on the day was Stephen Jenner’s brilliant presentation on “Portfolio Management – Influencing the Weather?”. Stephen Jenner is one of …

Book Review: “Leadership Principles for Project Success”

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“It’s misleading to define project success in static terms, focusing only on the final delivery,” writes Thomas Juli in his book, Leadership Principles for Project Success. In this book, he sets out a broader definition of success, although you have to wait until page 84 to get to it. Project leadership is a hot topic …

Project Management Success – Discuss

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We’re inviting you to take part in what Linda Richman would’ve called a little coffee talk amongst project managers. For the March issue of Project Management Tipoffs (the acclaimed newsletter with over 16,000 subscribers on project management & recruitment from Arras People), we want to know more about the finer details that help ensure or …