How people deal with change

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I went along to one of Maven Training‘s free seminars a few weeks ago – they’re bite size overviews of some of the courses they have on offer and this one was Change Management. That’s change management in relation to organisational change or business transformation – not change as in change control. I love this …

PMO Assets

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Yesterday it was the PMOSIG Spring Conference and the focus was my favourite subject – the people*. The whole day was about focusing on the people aspects of PMO – how we find them; develop them and understand what it is about them that makes one PMO successful over another. There are a few takeaways …

Formal or informal project management?

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Many of my conversations with people who are trying to break into a project management role often start with the question, “so why do you want to get into project management?”. The majority of the answers are initially quite woolly. It’s usually something like, “I enjoy working with a team to get something done” or …

Technical Corner: XPrince

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There is no perfect methodology for software development. All approaches, both adaptive and discipline-oriented, have a lot of pros and cons. Discipline-oriented methodologies are criticized due to its inflexibility, slow decision-making processes, the inability to adapt to change during the project, and the excessive production of documents. Even Extreme Programming (XP) has its weaknesses. One …

Post-It™ Planning

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Just about every project management training course espouses the self-adhesive sticky-note as a planning tool. Do you actually plan with them? You should do! Roots Sometimes the roots of accepted wisdom are lost. Let us review in order that unspoken assumptions are replaced by explicit reasoning. Social Planning Planning is a social affair. When done …

Is Programme and Project Management a Profession?

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In this third piece about PPM Practitioners and professional membership we take a look at their views around the ongoing saga of “is PPM a Profession?” As a reminder the first two pieces in this review of the PMBR Survey data looked at membership levels amongst PPM Practitioners and then involvement and expectations from their …

Latest UK Job Market News

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Each month, the Recruitment Employment Confederation and KPMG, release a report on jobs for the UK market. In this month’s report there are a number of highlights worth sharing with the project management community. Permanent placements are on the increase however job vacancies are at their slowest growth for seven months – what does this …