Q&A Project Management Careers – PMO Career Path

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I’m currently working within a Programme Management Office (PMO) and I’m undecided about where to take my career – stay within PMO or move into a project delivery role. What are the pros and cons of each? For PMO professionals this is a common crossroad in their career development. On the one hand some will …

What Do Agile Users Think of Agile PM?

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Whenever you hear a company touting the results of one of their funded studies or polls as interesting findings, there might be a cynical part of you wondering about the phrase “interesting”. “Really? This fact is groundbreaking? Whatever, bro.” Regardless of the strength of a fact’s validity, it isn’t always going to get through. But …

Raw Deal for PMO Practitioners?

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I think that PMO Practitioners are still getting a pretty raw deal when it comes to focus on their development. Project managers and programme managers have an abundance of books, training courses, online resources and communities that can be easily tapped into when the time is right to focus on career development activities. Unfortunately PMO …

Need to be Socially Desirable?

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The pilot we are currently running to look at leadership and how it may be measured for Project Management practitioners has a great by-product in that it also gives us a view on how socially desirable respondents measure when completing the test. The SD score or cheat score as it is known to some, is …

PMO – Quick Definitions

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Last week I took part in a new venture called PMTV which is run by Bernardo Tirado and Jon Hyde. It was actually run using Google+ functionality Hang Outs which makes it easy to broadcast conversation live and then make them available afterwards via You Tube. The theme for the show was – Why Do …

Snapshot of the Current Market Conditions for UK Project Managers

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Most weeks we like to hold back the number of blog posts here at the Camel, but this recent revelation couldn’t wait. We have recently received at Arras People the latest monthly edition of the UK Report on Jobs. The report is a monthly publication produced by Markit and sponsored by the Recruitment and Employment …

A New Addition to the Vodcast – Arras People Hits YouTube!

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We’re very proud to be able to offer you a new social media tool for interacting with Arras People. That’s right, folks: we’re finally tapping the YouTube barrel! Over the last year, Arras People have offered vodcasts regarding presentations made by our capable careers consultants and directors. With our newest version, Lindsay Scott and I …

Project Management Careers – Live Q&A

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Thanks to everyone who took part today. It’s always great fun for us because we never know what questions we’re going to get! In this session we’ve been heavily focused on project management qualifications and getting into project management. Take a look through the questions and answers below        

The Picture and Sound of a Project Manager

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Watching Edward Gardner at the Proms 2012 recently on the BBC I was left wondering if I had just seen a performance that encapsulated all that is great about a project manager at the top of his game! Whilst he was aware of his place in the programme, he was totally focussed on delivering his …

Get ’em Onboard: The First 30 Days on the Job

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We were alerted recently to an insightful article over on Software Advice by HR analyst Jennifer King, who mentioned to readers the importance of getting a new job hire acquainted with their surroundings quickly, comfortably, and effectively. King’s article came across as a step beyond the typical “rules & regulations” HR thinking: citing CEOs and …

THE CAREERS ADVISER: Certification Pandora & Newly Hired = Still Looking

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A sort of Pandora’s Box* is opened today at the Careers Adviser podcast from Arras People. The contents of that box? You guessed it: project management certifications. Our own Lindsay Scott offers her expertise on questions regarding both this and also a unique scenario where a part-time Project Manager early on the job worries about …

The Planning Fallacy and other human quirks

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Earlier this week, I wrote about the Active Benefits Management workshop I went along to and how Steve Jenner spoke about the cognitive bias involved with forecasting benefits. These are the ‘delusional optimism’ we display when thinking about the benefits or outcomes of the projects we are planning and managing. We tend to ignore the …

Active Benefits Management

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Last month I went along to BOT‘s workshop on Active Benefits Management which was being hosted by Steve Jenner (contributing author of, ‘Project Portfolio Management – A View from the Management Trenches’ and the new Managing Benefits guidance to be published in September 2012.) If you have not managed to catch Steve talking at any …

Project Management and Software – a Personal View

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I have often been asked “What is the best project management software and how can I get trained on it?” My answer is always the same: “It doesn’t matter what software you use – it’s how you use it that matters!” Software tools are an essential element in the management of projects and can be …