Q&A Project Management Careers – Competency Based Interview

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I have an interview coming up for a project manager position and I’ve been informed that it will be competency based, how can I prepare for this? Competency based interviews use questions which have been chosen to find out your competence levels in project management. The questions are “situational” rather than asking directly about your …

Project Management Recruitment Ideas – Recruiting a PM for the First Time

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The nature of what we do has changed significantly and we find ourselves needing to recruit a project manager for the first time. What should we be looking for in terms of the calibre of project manager and should we, for example, develop internally or recruit externally? Bringing a project management resource into an organisation …

What makes a ‘Good’ Project Manager?

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The traits of a good project manager are becoming ever more discussed on LinkedIn message boards. The subject has many diverse perhaps controversial views we are going to debate. Here are some ideas on what it takes to become a ‘Good Project Manager’. Let’s define ‘Project Manager’ A Project Manager is responsible for planning, managing …

Project Management Recruitment Ideas – Hiring Right First Time

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As the hiring manager how do I “ensure” that more often than not I get the right person for the role first time of asking? What a great question and I’m sure if we could crack this one all our lives would be much easier! I think one of the main reasons why recruitment activity …

Why is Interview Feedback SO Hard?

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I’m currently writing a chapter on project management recruitment for a book which will be published in 2013 on the people side of project management. One of the areas of research for the chapter I’m looking into is feedback throughout the recruitment process but mainly focused on feedback following an interview. Arras People has been …

New Project Paradigm for Civil Servants

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The launch of the Major Projects Leadership Academy sees a new approach in the delivery of government funded projects. With a portfolio of some 200 projects amounting to in excess of £400bn, the Major Projects Authority (MPA) aims to develop civil servants into competent project managers. The ultimate intention is that only someone who has …

Projects with Suppliers and Vendors – Seven Factors to Consider

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At some point in their lives, many projects need the expertise of external third parties to ensure that certain activities are carried out. Much research and advice is available in the practice of supplier and vendor management, ranging from procurement techniques to establishing Key Performance Indicators and Metrics management. In this article, we point out …

The Meaning and Purpose of a PMO

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Let me start in the spirit of that classic US game show ‘Jeopardy!’ … Answer: ‘a PMO’ Question: (and therefore actually the correct answer; that is just the way it works on the game show trust me – or look it up) ‘What is the department or group that defines and maintains the standards of …

Managing The Project As Well As The Change

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Lots of people in organizations have experience with project management. But far fewer have experience with organizational change management. A project is usually a temporary effort aimed at creating some product, service, or outcome. Project management is the discipline of planning, organizing, and managing resources to execute that project. Change management is the focus an …

Pragmatism in Setting Project Goals

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As you may recall from a post here recently by our own Steve Trippier, discussion flowed freely from an Association for Project Management (APM) Yorkshire & N. Lincolnshire branch meeting in Leeds earlier this month. At that meeting, a presentation from Martin Fox, a Master Mind Factor Coach/PM & Business Consultant, tried to introduce some …