How to Move On After 25 Years

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Everyone’s career is different and project management is no exception. Some choose to stay in the same organisation for years; others have no choice but to move on. Some purposely choose to move every 2-4 years whilst others choose every few months through contracting. Whatever career choices we make, there might just come a time …

Book Review – One Project Too Many

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In ‘One Project Too Many’ the authors Geoff Reiss and Geof Leigh aimed to write a book introducing project and programme methodology, woven around a story. The book covers a project to develop an ‘e-trolley’ in a fictional supermarket organisation.  Anna is asked to manage the project, and although she has no previous experience, she does a reasonable job of managing the work with …

Technical Corner: Project Risk Analysis and Resource Scheduling

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I have been writing project scheduling code for over 30 years, including a number of risk analysis and resource leveling algorithms.  But I have never done them together, and two recent LinkedIn discussions have caused me to re-examine the reasons. There is of course a practical reason.  Resource leveling typically takes far longer than unconstrained …

Overcoming Adversity: How My Friend Became a Project Manager

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Here at Arras People we often get asked about how can someone make the move into project management. In this post, Pam Warren shares one story that highlights the fact that there isn’t only one answer. “I’ve got a friend (we’ll call him Guy) who for me typifies a head-strong management consultant. Until recently, he …

Any advice on becoming a project management contractor…

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At Project Challenge earlier this year, every second person who drop by the stand said pretty much the same thing, “…any advice on becoming a project management contractor…” Contracting has always been an attractive option – especially in terms of the rates contractors can work at and the variation of opportunities that exist. Seasoned contractors …

Q&A Project Management Careers – Quit or Stay

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I started a new project manager position two months ago and I think I’ve made the wrong decision; I don’t know whether to quit or stay. Do you have any advice that could help me make the right decision? There are a number of reasons why you may be feeling like you have made a …

The Ones We Forget About

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A few weeks ago I went along to Cass Business School to listen to Susanne Madsen talking about project leadership. Susanne is a coach specialising in project management and also author of the Project Management Coaching Workbook Project leadership is defined by Susanne as the elements of the PM role that are related to the …

Latest UK Job Market News

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Each month, the Recruitment Employment Confederation and KPMG, release a report on general jobs for the UK market. In this month’s report there are a number of highlights worth sharing with the project management community. There is a faster rise on permanent placements however contract and temporary billing levels have fallen. Job vacancies have increased …

Q&A Project Management Careers – Where to Start?

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I was wondering if you were able to help with some advice? I’m work within Sales (account management, BDM, etc) with some experience of Sales Management and I was looking at taking a new route for my career and looked at project Management. I suppose I was wondering what kind of qualifications were needed in …

Project Recruitment Changes – One Day at a Time

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“I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself.” Aldous Huxley So on that note we’re happy to announce that Arras People have just launched their new job and career portal for project management practitioners. We do want to change the world …