How to Turn a Mistake into Something Positive

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Most people fear failure, will do anything to avoid it and will refuse to admit it. We have developed a widespread culture of success in which we’re told to learn from our mistakes as children, but as soon as we reach adulthood and enter the business world, we almost develop a failure phobia. Failure and …

Discrimination and the Public Sector

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Discrimination and the Public Sector; where appropriate and with justifiable exception In the 2014 PMBR and our newsletter we wrote extensively about “Recruiting for vacancies requiring National Security Vetting clearance” and how this could be seen as a form of discrimination if it is not managed in a reasonable way. Low and behold, as a …

The Project Management Training Report

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In this month’s project management newsletter we take a deeper look into project management training. We’ve gone all out and given some really detailed insights that were collated from this year’s project management benchmark report but not published until now. If you’re interested to find out which training courses and accreditation bring the greatest returns …

What does an Umbrella Company Do?

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Following on from our recent article (you can read it here) on giving a general options that are available for Project Managers who are thinking about freelancing, this week we take a look at what Umbrella Companies do. An Umbrella Company is an accounting & administration service which allows professionals to work in contracts without …

Starting an Agile Transformation

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Agile is a flexible approach to project management promoting collaboration, communication and cross-functional teams through the continual prioritisation and re-prioritisation of requirements.  An agile transformation is all about an organisation/team/individual adapting, organizing and executing their work to an agile way of working. So where do you start if you contemplating starting on an agile transformation? …

Project Management Interviews

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If you’ve never come across #pmchat before it is a community of project managers from across the globe who tune into Twitter for 60 minutes and share insights based on a theme. The theme on the 19th September 2014 was project management interviews. Before each #pmchat we like to share an article that sets the …

Project Manager? Are you thinking about contracting?

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If you are thinking about contracting or freelancing do you think you have you considered all of the options available to you? Whether you are new to Project Management or contemplating setting up independently, it is important to select an option that will best suit your needs. The business world is continually changing, morphing into …

Agile – The Next Frontier

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Is Agile something that has caught your imagination? Are you seeing more and more mention of it in your project management world? Over the past few years there has been a dedicated conference in London and the next one takes place in October. On the 8th and 9th of October, the conference will bring together …

How does someone get a job as a project manager?

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Getting into project management for the first time can differ from person to person. If you’ve recently left education and you’re looking to get into project management as a first job, you should be looking at the entry-level positions that exist. Positions like analyst, planner, controller and co-ordinator are all roles that give you exposure …

What was the last conscious thing you did to benefit your PM career?

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  Good question don’t you think? There are lots of things we do in our everyday job that impact our careers. We make choices about how we manage a project, make decisions about  how to approach something or put our heads above the parapet (or not) when a situation demands it. Often we are not …

The Agile PMO

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A book was published last year, “The Agile PMO” which takes a look at the role of the PMO when an organisation has adopted the principles of Agile to deliver their projects. This topic has been buzzing around the PMO community for a while now – with three camps. Those that don’t believe that anything …