The Fundamental Skills No PM Can Ignore

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Finding great new opportunities for project management work has been tough for a while. With a reduction in roles and a shift towards finding someone who has it all, you can be forgiven for a feeling a little frustrated at how to change this status quo.  Perhaps it is time to look beyond your PM …

PMI Careers Chat

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Use Twitter? Interested in project management careers? Got a burning question you’d like to ask? On the 5th August 2013 at 2pm (BST) Arras People’s Lindsay Scott will be tweeting live as part of the PMI Career Central live tweetchat. All you need to do is post a question in advance to @PMInstitute and include …

Five Steps for Driving Business Success with Enterprise Project Management.

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Business failure can sometimes be linked to project failure; but this risk can be mitigated with good project management, allowing you to Win, Plan and Run business, generate Reports for it and even Protect it. Excellent project management enables better management decision-making, enhanced visibility, processes that work, resource efficiency, and increased communication. Win – winning …

Welcome Onboard – The PMO New Starter Checklist

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One of the main tasks of a good PMO professional or project support officer is being the central point of contact – or “go-to” person for everything that’s happening in and around the project. For a project manager, they become the indispensable, trustworthy, right-hand man and significant other in a tightly bonded relationship. That’s also …

Business Cases and Soap Powder?

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Many Business Cases suffer twice over. I’ll leave discussion of the more important to near the end and say the smaller but still very significant problem is that most Business Cases are justifications of projects; no business case should be a justification of the project it describes. What the business case should be is a …

PMO – Different World Reporting

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Late last month I hosted an APM PMOSIG evening in Manchester at the Met Business School. The theme for the evening was Ahead of the Curve PMO – about the need to drag PMO information and reporting kicking and screaming into the 21st Century. Mark Walsh provided the presentation for the evening and the evening …

What’s the project management market like at the moment?

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We get asked this question a lot – second only to “got PRINCE2, can you help me find a job” 🙂 But seriously for a minute I do answer the question in a forthcoming careers column for the Association for Project Management’s (APM) monthly publication called Project (it’s due out in August). In the meantime …

Keeping Calm Whilst Managing a Project

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This guest post is a great reminder for seasoned project pros – it’s also a great article for those who are new to project management too. Pacing yourself is never easy on a project and asking for help is not a project manager’s strong point either. Read on to find out what you can do …

Project Management Career Decision Making

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Arras People have created an evening seminar for project practitioners who are interested in potentially freelancing as a career option. The next one is on the 11th July in London if you’re also interested. The reason why we decided to create this was twofold – there has been an increase in the number of people …