The Best Spooky Project

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Time for a little spooky fun. Events management is often seen as a poor relation to project management; maybe it’s because an events project is seen as low risk, low budget or low complexity that doesn’t need a fully qualified and experienced project manager. Whatever the reason, I can’t help thinking that certain events project …

Pace of Change – Portfolio Management

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  This week I went along to an APM branch meeting in Yorkshire. It was hosted at Leeds University and the main speaker for the evening was James Butler from Program Framework. James’ presentation was called ‘A sustainable approach to portfolio management’ which focused on the competitive advantages organisations are striving for and how portfolio …

From Tipoffs: Let’s Be Agile Together!

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As a project manager of many years experience, working both pan sector and discipline, whilst using many different flavours of methodology I have to admit that I am still struggling to position the “Agile” movement in terms of delivering projects. Coming from a manufacturing background I have exposure to Lean (make to stock) and Agile …

PMO – The Value Proposition

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My good friend Andreas Splett and I had a discussion over email a few months back about PMOs. Andreas is a Head of Project Management for a firm based in Germany and he’s been working on the PMO remit for a while.  He has put together a presentation about the case for a PMO as …

How to Break into Project Management

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As the job market tightens again amid a big push from the media to talk ourselves back into recession there has been a number of enquiries from candidates both unemployed and employed looking to make a change in career. Due to a number of reasons such as a desire to work in a more varied …

Great Project Leaders – Facet 4 – Stability

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Today’s guest contributor are Global Project Leaders, who have just released the third, improved version of a psychometric test to try and measure the results of our research and provide useful feedback for acting and potential project leaders. Usually $29, GPL would love for you to try this for free by going to …

Agile Options – Training and Qualifications for PMs

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In today’s release of our monthly newsletter we’re covering Agile project management (or should that be agile project management?). In it we find out more about what Agile is and isn’t – you can receive future newsletters by signing up here and take a look at the current Agile edition here. To accompany the newsletter …

Is Agile Project Management the New PRINCE2?

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September and October are conference season in the world of business and projects, where the lucky ones of us escape the office for a couple of days and get to meet with our peers and hear the latest buzz topics. PRINCE2 has been around for many years and to date hundreds of thousands of project …

An Agile Advocate Speaks Out

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We recently put out an All Social Media Points Bulletin for advocates of agile project management. Ultimately, we’ve been seeking professionals from a variety of backgrounds (Agile to PM, PM to Agile, PMs that dig Agile but are not married to certifications in general) to answer some of the nagging questions the layman project manager …

Leading Successful PMOs: Part 2

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Here’s the second part of Peter Taylor’s Leading Successful PMOs post, you can read the first part here if you missed it. Peter has also recently launched a new brilliant idea – PMO Leader of the Year – the award is open to any PMO team wanting to nominate their PMO Manager, rewarding their exceptional …

Friday Afternoon Project Management Chat

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Following on from our articles a while back about the project management community on Twitter (see Part I, Part II to get started) we wanted to share with you a neat little idea from two prominent tweeters. Robert Kelly and Rob Prinzo – both project management practitioners from the US – have launched a concept …

Next Week in Tipoffs: Agile Project Management

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A week from today, Project Management Tipoffs is tackling Agile Project Management. Drawing on various sources we tackle some of the confusion – what exactly is agile project management? Here’s a glimpse at what we’ll be tackling next week: “What Agile Is, What Agile Isn’t” – Guest contributor/consultant Keith Richards lends a hand to clear …

Book Review: The Power of Interpersonal Skills in Project Management

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The Power of Interpersonal Skills in Project Management is a well-researched book that attempts to cover what is a very important and relevant topic for the project leader. Deborah Herting provides a concise introduction to the subject in what is a relatively short book—the main text is only 62 pages—compared with typical literature on project …

Leading Successful PMOs: Part 1

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Many of you will know Peter Taylor from his popular book – The Lazy Project Manager – but did you know Peter also recently released a new book entitled “Leading Successful PMOs“? You might already know that I’m a bit of a PMO enthusiast so I’m looking forward to reviewing this book and …

Great Project Leaders – Facet 3 – Positive Intolerance

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NOTE FROM CAMEL EDITORS: Our guest post today is from Global Project Leaders. They recently released the third, improved version of a psychometric test to try and measure the results of our research and provide useful feedback for acting and potential project leaders. Usually $29, GPL would love for you to try this for free …

APMP Diary – One Week ’til Exam Time

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With my week long APMP Course just around the corner, I thought I’d put together a final installment of my diary for now before embarking on my APMP adventure (PDF) next week. I have to say that although the thought of a 3 hour exam is still slightly daunting given my lack of recent experience …