Can I Earn PDUs for Writing Project Management Articles?

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Yes you can! Ever since the Project Management Institute (PMI) published the new Category and Structure for Professional Development Units (PDUs) in March 2011, earning PDUs has become much easier. This ease is especially visible in Category D “Creating New Project Management Knowledge”: Every hour that you spend creating and / or presenting new project …

Book Review: “Your Brain at Work”

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Overall Impressions I had a difficult time getting into and through this book. Unfortunately, I really can’t tell you why. I think the main problem is that the writing style simply doesn’t appeal to me. I don’t mind stories; however, I like to have an overview of the information I’m supposed to learn from an …

The Perils of Groupthink

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The back page of The Times on 17th January carried the headline “Games cash ‘frittered’ on £22m cost of legacy survey”. The story goes on to outline the history of the Active People Survey and comments that this is more money than has been invested in the two high profile sports of swimming and athletics. …

My First Management of Value Webinar

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Did you tune into the MoV (Management of Value) webinar I presented last Wednesday? Like all first times, it was a fascinating experience, so I thought I would share a few of my thoughts. I presented a rapid introduction to MoV, about 30 minutes for the voice over accompanied by 10 minutes for questions and …

Latest Update on Apprenticeships and Project Management

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Back in September 2011 we looked at the apprenticeship programme that had been put together by BAe Systems which showed how they were managing their project management talent pipeline for the future by creating programmes for school leavers to become their next generation project professionals. A vast amount of effort and investment had been used …

Project Challenge Spring Show 2012

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Visitors to the annual Project Challenge event will gain real practical value and a very worthwhile learning experience. The Spring Show for 2012 switches locations from the normal schedule in recent years: the Olympia, London, will play host to the March event this year, a site normally reserved last year for the Fall event. At …

Olympic Performance for Project Managers

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Last week, I saw the latest APM members evening for the North Yorkshire and Humber Branch. The event took place in the very impressive surroundings of the Skylounge at the Mint Hotel, which afforded superb views over Leeds city centre. The evening, entitled “Olympic Performance for Project Managers” was one that, certainly at face value, …

Project Management As Business?

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When looking back at the year 2011 it is natural to base on our past predictions, especially considering I made a bunch of them. Reading my guesses for the last year I’d say that I was right in terms of general trends, although here and there I underestimated the strength of the change. Year 2011 …

As project managers are we clear on what we need to do?

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Would you like to contribute to the subject of standards in project management? UK-based programme and project management practitioners have the opportunity to make their voice heard in the latest round of the competence standards assessment from the ECITB. The Project Management National Occupational Standards (PM NOS) “describe the competences required in the occupational area …

PPM Census Snapshot – Has LinkedIn broken the trust?

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In this year’s Programme and Project Management Census, Arras People have been asking respondents about their usage of LinkedIn in order to ascertain where it fits with today’s PPM professional. These questions seem even more current in view of the recent reports where the use of LinkedIn and social media was raised at an industrial …

Tipoffs Due Out Next Week – Predictions

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Prediction? PAIN. As the economic picture goes worldwide, doom and gloom are back for another go ’round, offering a Clubber Lang to Rocky Balboa’s hope and optimism. Or so it would seem in Metaphor World. But what about project management? Is our lot a recession-proof endeavour? We’ve asked that before, and other Benchmark Reports in …

The Resolution: Maximise the Twitter Experience

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Twitter, as pointed out very well by Gurprriet Siingh-Joy on Twitter Tuesday morning (start with this one and work your way up), is democratic (his words) and Darwinian (mine). In fact, MySpace executives will tell you that social media can be unforgivingly Darwinian sometimes. So it is with the Twitter account that screams out “Unfollow …

A decade of project management

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Whoop! Arras People is a decade old this year and time seems to have flown by. The UK project management industry has changed quite a bit over that decade but there’s always room for further improvements and developments and we hope we can be part of that over the next ten years too. So 2012, …

Q&A: How a Contractor Should Give Notice

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“As contractors, you move a lot & this economy takes time. What if you have an opportunity, but the current one isn’t over for a month?” – Robert Kelly via Twitter Steve Trippier of Arras People says: Well Robert, this is probably a dilemma faced by most contractors at some point in their career, maybe …

New Year – Fresh Outlook!

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Happy New Year! As we settle back into the office after the festive holidays and into a new financial year, for many in the private sector we are seeing a turn in confidence. Running up to Christmas we experienced a dip in confidence for existing and new clients recruiting their project teams – not surprising …

Presentation Skills for Programme and Project Managers

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We always appreciate a good presentation! There is a good deal of excellent material and advice on presentation skills available, and we are not trying to cover every aspect in this article. In this article, we are working from the premise that there are two main goals of a presentation, regardless of the situation or …