Podcast Makeover

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The Arras People Podcast to date has mainly concerned my reading out some of the articles from the monthly edition of Tipoffs, complete with my tagline “Tipoff time is only a click away.” Now, the podcast has added some new elements: The Sound of Music – Sound engineer Mike Thorpe has generously donated some original …

The People Challenges for the PMO

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Next week on the 2nd June there is a free session from the PMOSIG taking place at the Shell Centre on London’s South Bank. The event is open to anyone interested in PMO and specifically in this session it’s the people challenges that will be covered. The agenda for the meeting is as follows; 4.00-4:30 …

A Few More Nuggets on the RPP

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Last week I managed to catch one of the Association for Project Management‘s roadshows on the new RPP – Registered Project Professional standard. The presentation by the Product Development Manager, John Zachar was clearly presented and threw up a few more things about the RPP that hadn’t registered with me before. The RPP is aimed …

Cultivating Communications for International Project Teams

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In mid-2010, we wrote an article about project communications which focused on the challenges and techniques of communicating in a virtual team. We gave some examples of when to use different communications mediums to suit the task at hand. In this follow-up communications piece, we talk about some of the nuances of working in an …

Project Management and the Big Society – a not-for-profit perspective

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Aidan Kelly wears a number of hats: chartered physicist, photographer, and PRINCE2 practitioner are the leaders. He is also a big proponent of innovative solutions in project management. After forging his way through a career that saw him working on projects in IT and mobile networks, the Coventry native has since moved on to focus …

Virtual Meetings – Turning Bugbears into Effective Meetings

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I think we’ve all been there; stuck on a teleconference line waiting for people to show up – the constant pinging and announcement of others arriving (late!) whilst you’re trying to get the meeting started. That’s only the beginning – what about the teleconference that goes on forever, listening to the crackly line and train …

Discrimination in the Project Workplace: Fact or Fiction?

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Many efforts have been made over recent years to remove the impact of discrimination in all aspects of our daily lives; many laws have been created, updated and then publicised to raise our awareness of what is acceptable behaviour in our culture / society. They provide those who have been discriminated against some recourse through …

Best Practice Showcase 2011

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Join the largest meeting of minds in project management on Friday, 17th June at Grange St. Paul’s Hotel, London. The Best Practice Showcase 2011 have new and exciting news for PPM practitioners: they have decided to expand the format for 2011 with a much larger venue and a chance for you, the delegate, to participate. …

Tipoffs out next Thursday

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Project Management Tipoffs is back for May next Thursday, tackling matters related to public and private sector employment and the current practices, trends and views on how they affect project & programme management professionals nationwide. Here’s a layout of what we’ve got coming to you next Thursday: From the Files of the Benchmark Report: Sectoral …

Risk Management – the PM’s Best Friend

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Here’s a question for you to quickly consider: effective risk management underpins a successful project – true or false? Was “true” your first reaction? We believe that you’re right. All three of us are strong believers in the positive value of a well-managed and controlled approach to project risks. An Internet search for “images of …

Calling all Young Project Managers

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The IPMA (International Project Management Association) have just announced the opening for applications for the IPMA 2011 Young Project Manager Award and this year I’m hoping we see applications from the UK. Last year I took part in the award as a judge alongside a few other project professionals from across the world. Whilst the …

Q&A Project Management Careers – Doing it Without Qualifications

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This week’s question comes from Mr N.M: I am currently working in Sales but have actively project managed a number of solutions within the Voice & Data sector. I am keen for a change of career and this is an area that I really enjoy. Are there Project Management roles available without the necessary qualifications? …

Gearing up for the black stuff and project management

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Next week I’ll be at the PMI EMEA Congress in Dublin (9-11th May) and apart from working (Arras People will be there in the Careers Central exhibition hall talking to anyone with a careers related issue) I’m hoping to catch some of the seminars and presentations too. I’m looking forward to seeing how PMI handle …

Book Review: “Green Project Management”

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I’m a typical German with a green attitude – I sort my waste and try to avoid additional packaging, pick for long rides the train as preferred transportation and think that nuclear power isn’t as clean as everybody wanted us to belief. The buzz words have been – “carbon footprint” and “sustainability”. But as project …

Age Concerns and the Project Professional

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The 2011 Project Management Benchmark Report from Arras People continues the theme of looking at how age impacts the community of project management practitioners. Over the last six years we have gathered data which allows us to track the moods of each age group and their opinions on set topics. For consistency we have three …

Project Academics for individuals and smaller organisations

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The launch by the Association for Project Management of a new professional standard for project managers of the most complex projects plugs a significant gap in the development road map for project managers. The requirements for these new standards are exacting and include: A demonstration of competence to manage complex projects against the APM competence …