Moving from PM Employment to PM Contractor

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A couple of weeks ago I took part in #pmchat. It’s a weekly Twitter get together for project managers to chat about.. well project management. Each Friday – using the hashtag #pmchat – a discussion on a particular topic takes place. I was asked to do one on the theme – how to move from …

Graduates in Project Management

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Last week I was invited along to the Manchester Metropolitan University‘s Business School to talk to soon-to-be graduating project management students. We’ve done a number of presentations at different universities around the country – and it’s mainly a presentation about getting ready for the realities of life after studies. Part of the presentation can feel …

PPM and Professional Organisations

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In the Project Management Benchmark Report (PMBR) survey we track our respondents’ relationship with Professional bodies such as the APM (Association for Project Management) and the PMI (Project Management Institute) on an annual basis. We feel this is an important aspect of the sector as it has an impact on the ongoing discussions regarding the …

Three Steps to Project Management Heaven

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For a very long time people have argued over what defines project success. An answer is simple – success like beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Five Successes Analysis of some beholder’s viewpoints show there are five themes in the key contenders for ‘the’ definition of a measure of success: The investor wants …

PPM and Professional Affiliation

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Once again this year in the Project Management Benchmark Report we asked our respondents about their affiliation with professional organizations’ and membership groups to get a feel for the landscape. This is the first in a series of blogs that explores the data collected about this topical subject.   Professional Body All  Yes 61%  No …

Project Management Get-Togethers

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Arras People held its first (of many) get-togethers of project professionals and hirers of project management staff last Thursday evening. We wanted to launch this year’s Project Management Benchmark Report a little differently this year and thought why not get together a few people over drinks and nibbles and at the same time have a …

Q&A Project Management Careers – Actively Managing Your Career

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I’d like to take more control in actively managing my career in project management rather than just leaving it to luck, how can I start doing this? Career planning and management should really be a state of mind rather than being something which is switched on or off and many factors will come in and …