Three quarters of PMs See Benefit of Social Media

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Over 75% of project professionals feel that social media tools provide the opportunity to improve the way they manage projects, according to a new survey I’ve overseen & compiled. For those who don’t know, I’m the director of project management copywriting firm The Otobos Group and author of the award-winning blog, A Girl’s Guide to …

Book Review – Early Project Appraisal

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Professor Samset’s book is about doing the right project, (as opposed to doing the project right) and about not starting impossible projects that deliver no value however well they are executed. His rationale for evaluating project concepts early, and thoroughly, is summed up early in the book with this description of the early stages of …

Discrimination or a Fact of Life?

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Discrimination in any setting gets the back up on the majority of Western society. Injustice of many sorts gives a well-meant, well-intended civilisation reason for pause, brings out the “I thought those days were over with, how dare you” critics, and passes judgment that is more harsh than the perpetration that inspired our back raising. …

News Round Up – Some of My Favourites

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Last few days before we head into the lovely Bank Holiday season and I thought I would share with you some of the recent blog postings I’ve been reading (I’m thinking that you might have a little more time to sit with a coffee and Easter egg and have a catch up!) First up, a …

Tipoffs podcast on workplace out Thursday

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Project Management Tipoffs will have their April edition out this Thursday, with the podcast version’s 14th edition available that very morning. This free podcast version of the acclaimed newsletter from Arras People seeks to hone in on some of the more crucial workplace issues affecting project management personnel these days. Some of our main areas …

APM North West – 10 Costly Contract Management Mistakes

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Last week I attended an APM event in Manchester organised in conjunction with the Contracts and Procurement SIG. Entitled ‘Top 10 most common and Costly Contract Management Mistakes’, the lead presentation was delivered by David Beere, a key member of the APM and a Contract Management expert with Corguv. The main premise for the presentation …

Direct Learning from Home – the End Has Come!

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It is over, the end has come. My distance learning experience has finished after 8 weeks of directed learning. Am I sad? Yes. Am I glad I undertook an online certificate in Advanced Strategic project Management from Villanova University? Yes. Am I now the proud owner of a wooden framed certificate? Oh Yes! Previous posts …

Book Review – Managing the Multi-Generational Workforce

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Authors Robert G. DelCampo, Lauren A. Haggerty, Meredith Jane Haney and Lauren Ashley Knippel –”A team of experts in the field of Human Resources” reference five generations are live in the work place today. The book is very US focused and aims to address the different generations and how these work together in business today. …

The Online Habits of a Jobseeker – Being 13%

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Online job board and recruitment company GuruCareers published some interesting information at the end of March 2011 about the habits of a jobseeker and the online activity they take part in. The majority of jobseekers – 64% – looking for jobs online tend to do so between the hours of 0900 and 1800, no surprise …

Five Ways to Use Us: Part Quatrieme

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That social delight that is Charlie Sheen has even overtaken the running theme behind the headlines for our regular series on the many ways one can use Arras People’s website effectively. He is inescapable and fail-proof; we cannot measure up to his level of power. Those of you who may recall the first installment will …

Q&A Project Management Careers – From a Software Engineer

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This week’s question comes from Mr JJ: I have been a software engineer for the past 4 years and bored of the role now because the company I work for is a small one and I believe I have exhausted how far I can go with the firm. Project management within the IT/Financial industry is …

Project Challenge Must Meet 2.0 Challenge

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I really didn’t want to be another of those “sign of things to come” chirping crickets. Seriously. But consider the opening frustrations we faced Thursday on the way to what seemed like an uplifting second day of Project Challenge 2011: a traffic jam caused primarily by a one-lane lorry hauling a two-lane, inescapable, unpass-able, would-be …