Telephone Communication – Critical Skills for a Project Manager

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I buzzed the entry phone, introduced myself, and waited, feeling slightly uncomfortable gazing at the box on the wall. Then I heard a voice “Hello! Please come in!”. Instantly, I relaxed. He sounded like a really nice man, and the visit was clearly going to be a pleasant one. The voice spoke just four words, …

Census Time – Want to know more about other project managers?

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Wouldn’t it be interesting to know exactly what a £55K a year project manager does in, say, a utilities company? Where do they work in the organisation? What kind of responsibility do they have, both budget wise and span of control? What kind of training do they do? Are they members of a professional body? …

Arrrgile and Pirate mentality!

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In a recent retrospective one of the team said we should continue the ‘Pirate Mentality’.  What did that mean?  Well in this case we had made some brave decisions in the team and chose to deal with the consequences later.  This was good as the team had taken ownership of an issue and dealt with …

Project Management Graduates – Networking Advice

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Last Thursday evening Arras People had a stand at a Careers Fair for UCL’s Construction & Project Management faculty in Central London. There were about 150 – mainly postgraduate students who will be graduating next September and looking for work within these fields. Arras don’t tend to have graduate placements because hiring organisations tend to …

Q&A Project Management Careers: Salary Levels

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I’m currently looking for new opportunities in different parts of the world – I have a few countries I’m particularly interested in. How do I find out what salary level I should be aiming for in different countries? The trick is with this is to think like a native. How do you know that your …

It’s Friday, Are You Happy?

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This has come at the perfect time – it’s Friday and it’s one of the biggest surveys ever into the happiness of project managers at work. It’s being spearheaded by Jocelyn S. Davies, an Adjunct Professor at the Center for Excellence in Project Management at the University of Maryland. I met Jocelyn a few years …

Using a Mind Map to Create a PM CV

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I was intrigued. I downloaded a free 30 trail of MindGenius’ mind mapping tool  just to get a better feel for how mind maps can work on projects. Taking a look through the preset templates I came across one for creating a CV. Now I love exploring what we can do differently with CVs (we …