PMO Basics: What 85% of PMOs Do

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Last week I had a great opportunity to catch up with Terry Doerscher in London. Terry was over in the UK running a portfolio management workshop with BOT many of you might know Terry from the PMO 2.0 survey and reports from Planview. He’s also written the book Taming Change which is all about portfolio …

12 Easy Ways to Earn PDUs

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Note: This is an update to the article “10 Easy Ways to Earn PDUs” that was published in July 2010. The update is necessary because PMI changed the categories, structure and policies governing Professional Development Units (PDUs). Learn more here. PDUs we need and PDUs we want. Professional Development Units (PDUs) dominate our minds, our …

Interested in humanitarian project management?

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PMD Pro Level 2 – come along to a special Launch Event   Following the successful launch of PM4NGO’s specialist certification for Project Managers working in the development sector, PMD Pro Level 1, APMG is hosting the launch of a higher qualification – Level 2. The launch takes place at the NCVO in London on …

Project Management Influencers

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Back in February I was delighted to find out that I’d been selected as a Project Management Influencer from an organisation called GetApp. I’m in there with some great people – all of whom I’ve met through social media so take a look and connect with them. GetApp.com also interviewed me and we had a …

Project Management Careers Advice – Moving Sectors

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I’m looking to make a move in 2012 and ideally I’d like to move from my current sector which is IT services. I’m a Project Manager with a number of years experience, how can I go about making this change? Having a project management career which features a variety of different types of projects managed …

The Muscles to Manage Change

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We have been working with several large organizations lately that are trying to build their internal ability to manage ongoing change. Change is the new normal for many organizations. Managing how people adapt and adopt change is something that many are seeing as a critical competency. Change Management is the discipline of helping people in …

A Look at One University’s Commitment to PPM

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Arras People wanted to understand more about project management in today’s universities in the UK and spoke with Dr Walter Mswaka about the University of Huddersfield’s approach. Whilst the university are doing a fine job in teaching and promoting project management both as an academic subject and a practical course ( for  postgraduate and undergraduate …

Tipoffs Out Thursday

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It’s all academic for Project Management Tipoffs this Thursday. The May edition is in the hands of the esteemed members of our Arras People Project Management Higher Education Directory, which is continually adding new members all the time. Recent additions include Cardiff University and Leeds Metropolitan University, and several other institutions will be involved this …

Which one – APM, PMI and PRINCE2

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In this article we will discuss the pros and cons of APM, PMI and PRINCE2 for individuals and organisations wishing to develop competence in project management and how they can be combined into a common approach which delivers a holistic approach giving organisations who deliver project for clients a real competitive edge and a more …

Some Twitter Handles Project Managers Dig

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As Lindsay Scott revealed in this space last Wednesday, Arras People’s 10th birthday celebrations opened in March with some great book prizes from Gower Publishing. As part of the competition we asked you who were your top project management Twitter handles from across the globe. As Lindsay did with the top bloggers last week, we’d …

When Should I Take the PMP Exam?

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As you prepare for the PMP® exam, one of your most important decisions will be when to actually take the exam. For many people, the question of when is driven by these two additional questions: How will I know that I am ready to take the exam? I heard that the exam changes on the …

Book Review – Project Sponsorship

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During my 8 years as a project and programme manager, I’ve experienced a great variety of project sponsorship styles and approaches. While there are many popular and mature project, programme and portfolio management courses, books and frameworks, I haven’t encountered much material devoted directly to project sponsorship. I was therefore keen to see what this book: …

Portfolio Management Masterclass

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Portfolio management is becoming ever more popular and one of the leaders in the field – Terry Doerscher – is making a rare appearance in the UK on May 15th in London. Terry will be hosting a Taming Change with Portfolio Management workshop which brings together his experience in PMO, portfolio management, change management and …

Top 13 Project Management Bloggers for 2012

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Last month Arras People’s 10th birthday celebrations kicked off with some great book prizes from Gower Publishing. As part of the competition we asked you who were your top project management bloggers from across the globe. We’d like to share those results – in no particular order – so you can check out who your …

May Survey Opens Today

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The rain showers of the final weekend of April give way to the grand prize flowers of May. The May edition of the Arras People “Ten in Ten” Birthday Celebration formally opens today, as the PMI UK Chapter and International Institute of Learning (IIL) Europe co-sponsor our monthly grand prize draw. In commemorating the 10th …