Q&A Project Management Careers: Rate Increases

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  How can I request a rate increase having been declined a rate increase last year? If you’re working as a freelance or contract project manager the answer is easy. You ask again, indicating why you are looking for a rate increase. This could be based on a number of things – current market rate; …

Q&A Project Management Careers: Ageism?

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  Are there opportunities for second-career returners still, or is the dearth of work causing even more discrimination based on age/gender?   By second-career returner I’m making the assumption that you previously worked in project management and after a career in another field you are looking to return? The problem with second-career returners is not …

Q&A Project Management Careers: Getting the Best Day Rate

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  As a contract Project Manager, how can I get the best day rate rather than settling for the first offer? Having a clear picture of your day rate will certainly make you appear professional against those who secure an offer and then start trying to negotiate the rate that everyone thinks is already agreed. …

Q&A Project Management Careers: What do employers want?

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  What is the typical experience employers are looking for from a Practitioner? We would like to think that having the right technical skills to deliver a project coupled with strong management skills like team leadership and managing stakeholders to drive it forward would be a hit with employers. Over the last five years or …

The Changing Project Manager Role

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The third and final article this week from Harold Kerzner from The International Institute for Learning on the Changing Landscape for Project Management Life-Cycle Phases. In this, part three of three articles he takes a look at the investment lifecycle – a new model to replace the traditional project management lifecycles. He also explores the …

PMO Metrics in a Portfolio World of Value

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The second article this week from Harold Kerzner from The International Institute for Learning on the Changing Landscape for Project Management Life-Cycle Phases. In this, part two of three articles he takes a look at defining business values of projects and tackles the tricky subject of metrics – a must for anyone working as a …

The Changing Landscape For Project Management Life-Cycle Phases

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This week we cover a series of articles from Harold Kerzner from The International Institute for Learning on the Changing Landscape for Project Management Life-Cycle Phases. In this, part one of three articles he takes a look at business value and its place in the new definition of what a project lifecycle is. We ask …

Free Opportunity to Learn About the Latest in Project Management

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Each year APMG put on a really worthwhile event for the project management community. It’s the Showcase, which in effect showcases some of the good practice products in project management. The event has proved to be popular due to the idea of having a mix of presentations, masterclasses and ‘birds of a feather’ sessions (a …

PRINCE2 or PMP?

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This week the Camel features posts related to PRINCE2. We kick off with the basics. Students often ask me which methodology is most useful in a project management environment. So I’ve attempted to answer this below… What’s in a name? First, let’s look at the acronyms: PRINCE® stands for Projects in Controlled Environments. The most …

Want to get into project management?

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It’s the question I get asked the most- either from students or people looking to change their careers. Most people think the question (and answer) will be unique to their own backgrounds and situations but it’s not. We’ve already written some guidance for people – for the students – and for career changers We’ve now …

Q&A Project Management Careers: Age Old Problems

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Is age a potential barrier to getting into project management? If we think about younger workers – no, age is not a barrier however what doesn’t help when trying to get into the profession is often your own expectations. Recently graduating with minimal experience could be a barrier if you are expecting to walk straight …

Do we really learn from ‘lessons learnt’?

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This week I co-hosted a joint session between the PMOSIG and Knowledge SIG from the APM – the subject – Knowledge Management and the PMO. Each time I ask any project practitioners about knowledge management in their organisation, the answer is nearly always, “yes we do lessons learnt”. The situation at the moment for many …

Line Managers Want to Recruit Project Managers?

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A recent report from Talent Party, and featured in the Evening Standard (20th May 2014) highlighted yet again that organisations are not hiring the right people for their open vacancies. The figures are as high as 1 in 2 not meeting the original job specification. Just for a minute we’ll put aside the fact that …