Measuring the Value of a Programme Management Office (PMO)

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Many organizations have contemplated or implemented programme management as a means of managing inter-related projects within their organization, with varying degrees of success. For the purposes of this article we refer to a Programme Management Office (PgMO) as a vehicle which can be used to manage the life-cycle of a specific programme or, if a …

Budget, Sponsorship, Projects and Olympic Teams: A Study in Contrast

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For more about this month’s edition of Project Management Tipoffs, check out the podcast As you might have discovered in reading my article from the July issue of project management tipoffs, there are a multitude of similarities between the inner workings of an Olympic sports team and the inner workings of a managed project that …

The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?

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I think we are all aware of just how difficult the job market is at the moment with all the uncertainties around the financial status of the EU single currency and the associated knock-on in terms of recession in the UK. This in turn is leading to even more limited opportunities with increasing numbers of …

The A-Z of Olympics and Projects

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As a fun activity in the office with London 2012 just around the corner, we took the time here at Arras People earlier this month to figure out sports terminology (specifically that which tied in with the Summer Olympics) that could be practically applied to project management. Some choices we made were symbolic (see Z), …

Do Project Managers Want Funds for Training?

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We arrive at the question posed in the title of this post today courtesy of the June Survey for the Ten in Ten Grand Prize Competition. Presented by Management Concepts Press, throughout last month project managers gave voice to a number of matters related to training goals and resource utilisation in today’s project management landscape. …

Blowback?

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Last month I went along to the APM Conference in London and in addition to the Human Elements presentation I also managed to catch Blowback from Andrew Holmes of Silicon Valley Bank – and I’m glad I did! Blowback is all about the unintended consequences of decision-making and actually stems from the 1953 Iranian Coup …

THE CAREERS ADVISER: Show Off Your Skills & Get a Pay Rise

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Here come the Olympians, the ultimate display of athleticism and grace under fire in the world’s greatest sporting spectacle. With those great skills, the Careers Adviser Podcast from Arras People this month wants to ensure that you are effectively displaying your own skills to the best of your abilities in what amounts to the CV …

Project Management and the Human Element

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Last month at the APM’s annual project management conference I listened to a presentation within the track theme “Reconfiguring Project Management” which was all about looking at project management differently – coming up with new ideas – challenging the boundaries of project management. The presentation was called “Re-discovering the Human Element” from David Boyle of …

The Project From Hell

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I’ve always thought it would be a great idea to come up with something that would allow project managers to experience a nightmare project without the problem of it being a REAL nightmare project. Talk to many project managers and they’ll tell you that a lot of what they have learnt about project management – …

Complex Projects – The 14 Year Project Schedule

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As a fan of the BBC series “How to build…”, I was excited to see a tour of the BAe Systems’ Barrow site listed on the forthcoming events page of the APM; wasting no time in responding I was rewarded with confirmation soon after. For those unfamiliar with either the BBC series or BAe, Barrow …

What Employers are Asking for in Job Postings for PMs

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One of us (Jeff) immersed himself in research for this article by searching open job postings on major sites in order to obtain a picture of the current job market for project management. We took this approach to best simulate the employment search process. It’s a good idea to take a ‘project approach’, the first …

Live Q&A – Project Management Careers Clinic

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Join Arras People live today – Thursday 5th July – in a live question and answer session on project management careers. Anyone can take part by simply posting a question below in the comments field. Your question will then be answered – you can even reply to that if further clarification is required – let’s …

How To Find The Correct Answer On PMP Exam Questions

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You have studied the PMBOK® Guide and numerous additional materials; you believe you have a solid understanding of project management theories and the application of those theories; and you have taken the steps to schedule your PMP Exam, there is just one lingering question…how can you make sure you are able to identify the best …

Q&A Project Management Careers – Sector Knowledge

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“We keep hearing about ‘specialising’ as the key to hiring project managers, mostly when talking about sectors. I was led to believe the project management skills are transferable. Is that really the case right now, and if so, is there a way for candidates to get around this “narrow-minded” view of specialism?” – E, Leicester …