LinkedIn – How Project People Should be Using It

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A few weeks ago at the Best Practice Showcase in London, Arras People hosted five sessions on “How to Differentiate Yourself in the Project Management Marketplace“. A key statistic in job hunting and recruitment; “80% of vacancies are never advertised” leads many to head scratch and wonder how you can find out where they are. …

Team Sports and Project Management

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If you spend a reasonable amount of time working on projects, you are likely to hear team members use sports metaphors. This is a positive trait. Sports metaphors can be great motivators and examples of “how to do things.” Beyond the metaphors, can methodologies in team sports suggest core practices for project management? We think …

It Started with a Vision

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Imagine a scene from a psychadelic Willy Wonka-esque village where little multi-coloured houses sit side by side with odd artifacts slavaged from mansion houses far and wide. Now plonk this village onto the coast of North Wales and we have Portmeirion. A place where not all is how it first seems. Portmeirion was the brainchild …

Book Review: The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

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The Five Dysfunctions of a Team is a work by Patrick Lencioni, author of eight previously well recognised books in the USA. Patrick is the founder and president of The Table Group, a management consultancy firm that specializes in executive team development and organisational health. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team is essentially geared towards …

Project Management consultancy in a recession

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A little under two years ago I left a very successful multi-national consultancy to set up my own company. At the time it seemed a big risk and was undoubtedly some kind of leap of faith, but with the benefit of 20:20 hindsight it has become one of the best choices to react to a …

What project software do your PM colleagues use?

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Last week I was asked by one of my Twitter followers; Any suggestions for an online Project Management Tool? Happy to pay and need to to incude scheduling, milestone / task tracking and have an online document store The project management scene on Twitter is a vibrant one, just check out some of the latest …

Project Management Interview Blunders

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In my experience of working in project management recruitment I have come across some amazing behaviour from candidates at all stages of the recruitment process; but the interview stage is by far the stage which has raised a smile (and deep concern for employers). The standard assumptions made for interview are: research, planning and suitable …

Resources for Modern Project Career Development

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Career development goes beyond the simple booking of a training course or starting a commitment to any one number of the project management certifications and accreditations available. These five cheap and cheerful career development resources are designed to help you think differently about some of the aspects of your project management career development. Let’s kick …

PMOs – The Custodial of Project Management Training?

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ESI International, the professional development group for project management, recently released the results of a new survey focused on the value of PMOs within organisations across the globe. Entitled  The Global State of the PMO: Its Value, Effectiveness and Role as the Hub of Training, the resulting report focused on the question of value gained …

Q&A Project Management Careers – Performance Review

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This week’s Q&A is taken from my PMI PM Network careers column which was published last week. My performance review is coming up next month and I think I’ve done an excellent job over the last year. I want to ask for a pay rise, how can I make sure I give it my best …

Nine Fundamental Steps to Project Success

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If you are an experienced project practitioner you may be asked at some point, “What are the key things that a Project Manager should do in order to be successful?” There is no one-line, simple answer to this question. Success depends on many factors, including the organization for which you work, the power granted or …

Tipoffs for June Out in 1 Week

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Project Management Tipoffs is back for June next Thursday, tackling matters related to career development. For this issue, we’ve tapped the expertise of some members of our Training Directory, who were kind enough to write about careers issues concerning a variety of matters in the collective conscience. Here’s a layout of what we’ve got coming …

Q&A Project Management Careers – Company Mergers

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This week’s Q&A is taken from my PMI PM Network careers column which was published last week. I’ve been working for a number of years in the same organisation as a project manager with a view for getting a promotion to a senior project manager or programme manager post. I’ve just found out that the …

Book Review – The Project Risk Maturity Model

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The title of this book is a little misleading, as the subject matter is broader than the title indicates. My initial expectation was that the model would focus on the maturity of the project risk approach, but it quickly became clear that it addresses the more fundamental issue of the risk to an organisation arising …

Q&A Project Management Careers – Working for Free

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This week’s question from Mr N.S: I would consider working for no renumeration for a trial period if that is what it would take to get my foot in the door. Is this a good idea? Do companies take on people in these circumstances? Attractive as it may sound on paper I think you would …