#pmchat Discusses People in Project Management

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Friday afternoons on Twitter is the place for project practitioners to kick back for an hour and have a chat with other practitioners around the world. It’s amazing really how just a few years ago it would be pretty impossible to do something like this – something so simple and inclusive – available right from …

Q&A Project Management Careers: Moving from a Junior Position

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What is the best strategy for progressing into a higher position in project management from a junior one? This will firstly depend on what the difference is between these two levels in your world. If you can define; describe and understand what a more senior position looks like in your organisation you can start to …

Networking for PMO People

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We’re celebrating a year of PMO Flashmobs on the Thursday 1st May in London – a year of informal more social meetups for people who work within PMOs in the UK. Over the last 14 years of my career I’ve found that attending conferences and seminars on PMO have been great, but what is even …

Project Management Cookbook

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In a recent project management careers clinic, I was asked the question – PRINCE2 or APMP, which one should someone looking to increase their project management knowledge early in their careers spend their money on? Most people who are new to project management have of course heard about PRINCE2, it’s difficult not to when looking …

Q&A Project Management Careers: Working from Home

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Is it possible to work from home as a project manager? If so, how and where can I find these kinds of positions? For clarification there are two situations here – the Home Based project manager and the Work-from-Home project manager. The Home Based PM is someone who doesn’t have a designated office location in …

The ABC of Earned Value Management

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I’m off to try something new next month – an Earned Value Management Conference in London on the 20th-21st May. It’s called #EVA19 which gives you some idea about how many of them have happened previously. It’s actually more than a conference because wrapped around the main two-day conference there are also two days of …

Do you know how ‘good’ you are?

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In this month’s newsletter we’re kicking off a year of focus on project management careers (and recruitment of course!). In the first one we’re looking at two different aspects – the project practitioners own career planning and getting nearer to being able to answer the question, “Do you know how ‘good’ you are?”. The other …

Celebrating People in Project Management

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Last week was the official launch party for the Gower Handbook of People in Project Management. We held it at the National Centre for Project Management in Hatfield which we felt was a fitting place to bring together just some of the 50 odd authors who contributed to the Handbook. The book brings together all …

What will it take?

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Once again the underlying messages in the news and media this week are that UK Plc. is on the up. After the gloom of the “great recession” this is surely a welcome relief, though it would appear that ‘the workers’ are not yet convinced that the time is right to look for a new opportunity …

So you’re ready to go contracting?

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After years of being in the career doldrums (minimal promotion; small bonuses; wage increases below inflation…) more and more project management practitioners are turning to freelancing and contracting to start maximising and capitalising on their skills and experiences. We started to see the shift last year – it was highlighted in the Project Management Benchmark …

The Project Management CV – Format and Layout

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In last week’s post we looked at the grammar and spelling aspects of the project management CV, this week I’m going to cover the format and ideal layout for a project management CV. CV Length Let’s get something cleared up straightaway – the CV length – it should be two or three pages maximum. It …

The Hard vs. Soft Skill PM Debate

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In this article, we will explore the differences between soft skills and hard skills of a project manager. We will also find out which skill set is more important to the project manager in achieving his/her project goals. Let’s start by defining key terms and concepts that will be used in this article. Hard Skills: These …