Book Review: The Eight Constants of Change by Change Guides

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The Eight Constants of Change may seem like an oxymoronic title to some, but in my experience there are many common issues that need to be managed during any transformational change project, including the perennial key issue of conflict. This is because there can’t be any progress without any conflict. Stacy Aaron & Kate Nelson’s …

The Importance of (Project) Meetings – Termination

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In this final part of the research from the Advanced Institute of Management Research on the importance of meetings we look at meeting termination. This is the part of the meeting when all participants return to their day to day work and (hopefully) there are outcomes that need to start taking effect. The research looked …

Great Project Leaders – Facet 7 – Group Orientation

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FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK: Guest contributor to the Great Project Leader series of posts for How to Manage a Camel, Global Project Leaders 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, …

The Importance of (Project) Meetings – Conduct

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Following on from last week’s post on recent research conducted about meetings from the Advanced Institute of Management Research in this week’s post I’m going to look at conduct in meetings. The research has shown that there is an optimal point in which meetings can bring about real strategic change – overall there are three …

Accreditations – Are They Worth Taking?

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One of the most common questions we get from Programme and Project Management practitioners is with regards the value of taking accreditations in terms of securing a role. In the current market, many Project Managers have hit mandatory requirement that they have Prince2® which rightly or wrongly has achieved the de facto standard for many …

APMP Diary – The Course and Exam

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It’s been a good few weeks since the last installment of this diary. I would like to be able to offer a good reason for that, but in all honesty I just wanted to concentrate on other things and have a break after what was a pretty intensive week. Now that the dust has settled …

The Importance of (Project) Meetings – Initiation

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Last week I got out of the office to see what the human resources field were up to at their annual conference and exhibition. I came across the Advanced Institute of Management Research and had a browse through some of their latest research. One report took my eye – The Importance of Meetings – and …

MoV – The New Buzzword in Project Management?

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Management of Value (MoV) has evolved from over 50 years of value engineering, to form the missing link in developing successful IT and Change Management projects. Tried and tested in manufacturing and construction environments, MoV best practice can be applied to management across a broad spectrum of sectors. MoV is intended to help organisations use …

A Romp With the APM North West

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Recently, Arras People colleague Steve Trippier and I both attended the latest members evening for the North West branch of the APM at the Romper Inn in Wilmslow. These events are always a good opportunity to meet like minded individuals and gain a greater understanding to how others approach Project Management in their own working …

Q&A Project Management Careers – Project Management Interview

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I’ve been shortlisted for my first ever interview for a project management post (I got my current job through the company graduate scheme). What can I expect? Job interviews for any position can take many different forms and as a rule you should always make sure that you understand the format before you attend. Whether …

Great Project Leaders – Facet 6 – Communication

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EDITORIAL REMINDER: Our friendly regular contributor Global Project Leaders 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 www.thepsychometrictest.com …

Guesting at the #PMChat Pre-Game Show

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We related to our readers three weeks ago a nifty Twitter-inspired chat session introduced for the project management community by Robert Kelly and Rob Prinzo. It’s called #PMchat, a forum meant to inspire project managers by way of a 15 minute Pre-Game Show (described as a “power session that add tremendous value to your day”) …

Tipoffs Just One Week Away

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Project Management Tipoffs, the project management & recruitment issues newsletter from Arras People, will be in inboxes next Thursday morning. Subscribe today for free to get an initial look at project management issues and recruitment matters as they pertain to the current marketplace. November: All About Money You might have noticed in television ads that …

Project Management in Schools

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Last week at the PMI Synergy conference in London there was a slot entitled ‘Delivering a Successful Society’ which was a roundabout way of saying we need to be doing more to help kids develop work skills for the future. Work skills for the 21st century of course include project management – I say of …

Q&A Project Management Careers – First Position for a Student

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I’ve recently completed full time higher education studying project management. I’m struggling to find my first position (I don’t have any works experience) so I can start putting into practice what I’ve learnt. Can you give any advice as to what I should do? You have a number of different avenues to explore to help …

From Tipoffs: Perspectives on an Effective Agile Project

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Agile Project Management has its share of detractors. But we’ve spoken with a few of its backers as well from a variety of backgrounds. There are full-blown “agilistas” out there that can make the case for a project’s management being capably addressed by the agile way; so, too, exists the full-blown project manager who backs …