PMO Sausage Factories and Feeding the Beast

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Last week I hosted another APM PMO World Cafe for the PMOSIG. I wrote about hosting a World Cafe in a previous post. Not only is it a great way to get people talking, it can also be a real eye opener of what can come out in sixty minutes. In this session (the image …

Project Management Storytelling

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This looks like a good investment if you’re working within the 3rd sector –¬† experiential project management learning with professional actors! I caught up with People Deliver Projects who have become known throughout the project management community for bringing a unique approach to learning. It works really well with small groups¬† but the ones I’ve …

Increase Your PM Interview Ratio

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Earlier this week I gave a talk at APM’s Yorkshire branch on “Getting Ahead in Project Management”. It’s a presentation I’ve done a few times last year at various other branches and it’s interesting that the same questions come up at the end. These are the questions asked by people who don’t want to ask …

Q&A Project Management Careers: The Universal PM

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Why, when we promote the idea of the ‘Universal PM’ are PMs still asked for domain and technical experience? There are a whole host of reasons why organisations are still locked into the idea that project managers must have specific experience in their sector, domain, product etc. We would like to think that it is …

Just Do It Project Managers

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Latest research is out from ESI in relation to the business analysis community. Following on from the project management trends, the top business analysis trends for 2014 are an interesting listen/read. The ones that caught my eye included, the role of the BA and PM will continue to overlap in small to medium-size organisations. This …

So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye!

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The last prize draw for the project management census has just been pulled from the hat – Chris Cantrell from Manchester has won an APM Introductory Certificate E-Learning for one year from QA. Looks like Chris will be doing some professional development this year! We’re now in the process of compiling the report – and …

Project Management Market Tipping Point

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For some time now the messages around the economy have all been of a positive nature, all the signs seem to be pointing towards recovery, it is a slow recovery but a recovery nonetheless. This is without doubt the impression we are getting from the media, however in my recent experience it would seem that …

Census Winner and a Free Project Management Career Webinar!

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The winner of the seventh prize draw, a ticket to this year’s Agile Conference: Eoin McGonigle of London Many thanks to the DSDM for donating this brilliant prize The next and final prize draw takes place on 20th January 2014: >> Take part in the Census and Enter the Draw Next Prize Draw: a year-long …

Contract Project Management Recruitment in the Public Sector

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If you’re interested in working within the public sector in contract project management roles; Arras People has some news that could make your 2014. We’ve recently won a large contract to supply project management professionals to central government organisations across the country. This is an ongoing requirement which means we will be managing a large …

Q&A Project Management Careers: Do I Go for a PM Role?

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I have a couple of years of experience working as a junior project manager for a utilities company but no formal project management qualifications. I do, however, have a bachelors degree in engineering and a masters in town planning. I recently started working for a local council in London in their planning department in a …

Running a PMO World Cafe

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People that know me, know that I love everything to do with PMOs (geek, I know) and I regularly volunteer for the Association for Project Management’s PMO Specific Interest Group – especially helping put on local events where PMO practitioners can get together in an evening. Often it’s a guest speaker for the evening and …

Personality in Project Management Recruitment

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In last year’s project management benchmark report; it was highlighted by hiring managers that after experience and sector knowledge – personality and personal approach were the reason why they hired the project managers they did. Throughout 2013 this troubled me because ultimately hiring managers make their first decisions to bring people in for interviews based …

Project Management Census Winner!

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The winner of the sixth prize draw, a Foundation and Practitioner combined training course is: Stewart Fletcher of Cheshire Many thanks to the APMG International for donating this brilliant prize The next prize draw takes place on 10th January 2014: >> Take part in the Census and Enter the Draw Next Prize Draw: a free …

Never Been a Better Time to be a Project Manager

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That’s the news from ESI International as they share the latest top 10 trends in project management for 2014. This trend in particular caught my eye: Even with high unemployment globally, key project management jobs will remain hard to fill.” The prediction is that organisations will have a tough time filling some of their key …

Project Management Census Winner!

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The winner of the fifth prize draw, a ticket to the APM Annual Conference is: Warren Pope of Peterborough Many thanks to the Association for Project Management for donating this brilliant prize The next prize draw takes place on 7th January 2014: >> Take part in the Census and Enter the Draw Next Prize Draw: …