11 Things Leaders Should Know – Major Programmes

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Major programmes are large-scale, big budget projects that are executed on national or even international scales.  We tend to think of them as Government-initiated such as the London 2012 Olympics, road building projects, IT investment such as into the NHS National Programme for IT, or even the FIFA World Cup in Brazil.  They can equally …

Q&A Project Management Careers – Part-Time Work

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Is it possible to be a project manager on a part-time basis? After a career break to raise my young family I want to work more flexibly but I’m not sure if there are opportunities like this?   Project management has a reputation for having a long hours working culture but not all organisations have …

Project Managers – Failure to Adapt?

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Your process or mine? Recently we received this observation regarding programme and project management practitioners, offering a view that on the whole they fail to adapt to the process requirements when moving into a new organisation. Further to this it goes on to suggest that many practitioners are only capable of doing it their way …

What is the market like for project managers at the moment?

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In this month’s Association for Project Management (APM) magazine, Project,  I took the reins for the monthly careers clinic column. What is the market like for project managers at the moment? A question we hear so many times from people who contact us at Arras People; but I ask, should that question not be reframed …

The Biggest Barrier to Hiring the Right Project Managers?

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Budget? Authorisation? Decent requirements? The biggest barrier to hiring the right project managers for the job is that thing we all hate – the old dated, old-fashioned CV- curriculum vitae – résumé,  call it what you will.Not only is it a difficult document to write, it’s also difficult to determine exactly what it is that …

How Can We Benefit From Grateful Leadership?

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It seems safe to say that humans hold a weighted desire to be appreciated and to feel important. The idea that others not only need us but also see the good both in and out of us, as well as our value, is imperative to sustain a happy, pleasurable life. Sadly, too many have discovered …

Top Ten Tips for Becoming a Successful Project Manager

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1. Keep up to date on the technical aspects of project management Staying committed to your profession means investing the time and energy into staying current with new thinking and techniques in project management. It doesn’t need to be full training courses; you will most likely get all the information you need from seminars; trade …