Synergy 2011 Event To Be Hosted by PMI UK

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UPDATE: Check out who else is showing up to Synergy 2011 The Project Management Institute’s UK chapter (PMI-UK) will sponsor Synergy 2011, a one-day event in London engineered to both recognise and celebrate the project management profession. As PMI-UK perenially plays host to the International Project Management Day, this event slated for 3rd November at …

Project Communications: To Blog or Not to Blog

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We have all been told that communication with all stakeholders, particularly the core project team, is one of the central responsibilities of the Project Manager. We support this idea and have mentioned it in several of our previous articles. You may have seen a well-known communications formula of ‘N(N-1)/2’ used as proof that the addition …

The Stakeholder Rundown

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Managed successfully or to failure, all projects ultimately have consequences – not just on the resources you are using, but on the people who feel the effects of the project. These people have expectations, realistic or maddening. These people deal with the project you’ve left behind long after you’ve transitioned any sort of needed handover …

Want a pay rise?

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The latest figures from the Arras People PPM Insider – a quarterly report that looks at the project management marketplace in areas such as salary levels and rates, shows that the market is still pretty stagnant right now. In some respects this is a great thing – no increase on project management redundancies for one! …

Book Review: Project Management for Healthcare

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On first impressions this book looks like something which was published in the ’70s with its orange, brown and yellow ochre cover; not to mention the photograph of an old fashioned PC keyboard. Despite the less than enticing start I entered the realms of a book claiming to explore the discipline of Project Management in …

Changing Behaviours Through Influencing

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Two weeks ago I went along to another APM event – this time it was the Yorkshire Branch meeting held at Leeds University. I was there to support John Thorpe who delivered our first roadshow talk on the current marketplace (I’ll have some stuff to share on this – hopefully next week !) The main …

White Papers & Movies: When Your Project Slips

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I’m back now with a second in a series of white paper reviews for Camel, complete with film clips that relate to some of the key revelations. The first one was fun writing (comments are welcome, as always); we’ll tackle another paper from Johanna Rothman for Villanova University in the second edition: “What To Do …

Tips on Handling a Problem Team Member on your Project

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Oh, there is a problem alright. And it starts with the fact that you have a boss, peer or project team member who is completely in denial about the chaos that is all around them. If they do see any kind of issues, well those issues start with you. This is not meant to be …

PMOSIG Finds a New Home at the APM

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The PMOSIG – the independent specialist interest group focused on programme and project office has been around for 10 years and now they have just moved to become the Association for Project Management’s 13th specialist interest group (hopefully that number will buck the trend and prove to be a lucky one for the PMOSIG) The …

NLP & Changing Your Communications Behaviours

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Ranjit Sidhu of ChangeQuest, a training company with the aim of sharing what drives the true nature of communications within projects, has carved an enviable niche in the project management profession. A former practitioner herself that now leads workshops and presentations, Ranjit presents students with opportunities to self-examine their focus on the behavioural and language …

Book Review – A Short Guide to Facilitating Risk Management

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Penny Pullan and Ruth Murray-Webster’s ‘A Short Guide to Facilitating Risk Management’ fits into a series of Short Guides about risk published by Gower. The series currently includes books that address Customs Risk and Political Risk, with further volumes addressing Equality Risk and Operational Risk in production. These short guides, at around 150 pages, provide …

Don’t forget your soft skills!

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When it comes to career development, it is easy to focus on the technical aspects of a particular role and easy to lose sight of the soft skills that are just as important, if not more so, in terms of performing your role successfully. As someone who has conducted many interviews, the technical competency of …

iPad Applications for the Modern Project Manager

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We can’t always get a sure handle on everything we need to manage projects, but the modern project manager is an organised being that is willing to take advantage of any tool or offering that can help simplify their lives or, failing that, the choices that can make those lives easier. Increasingly, project managers are …

Rapport in Project Management – NLP Insights

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Last month at the Rethinking Leadership conference (see the previous post on the Project Management Decade) Peter Parkes from NLP4PM talked specifically about NLP and Project Leadership. You might have been fortunate enough to catch Peter speaking at some of the APM branch meetings this year; if not, keep an eye out for new dates …

Agile Business Conference 2011, Agile Grows Up

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Agile Project Management has claimed the spotlight in 2010-2011 and in October this year there is an opportunity to immerse yourself in it with a three day conference hosted by DSDM Consortium. The Agile Business Conference 2011 is the major Agile conference for Europe and for the last nine years has provided a single Forum …

Project Challenge – Date for the Diary

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The doors are open once again for the Project Challenge – the project management exhibition and seminars show. The event remains free and requires registration through the website   Details Location: Olympia, London Website: Project Challenge Description: With leading exhibiting organisations, and 32 inspiring FREE high quality presentations to chose from this unmissable event provides …