PM Contractors – Do you have a CLone Strategy for 2015?

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Securing a new contract in 2015 will continue to be a challenge according to the many Project Management contractors who have completed the Arras People 2015 PM Census. Contractors who have experience of working in the UK Public sector, may have noticed that the way departments recruit their contingent labour has been evolving over the …

Getting that project management job through influence and persuasion

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What do you think would be more likely to get you that project management job – past experiences and skills or your future potential? I bet your initial response is, “of course it’s past experience and skills!” But what if you were told that actually highlighting your future potential first backed up by your previous …

6 Christmas Expenses to Claim Back from the Taxman

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Merry Christmas to one and all, we hope that 2015 is a fruitful year for you. Are you a Project Manager with a team of staff? Do you have your own Limited Company? Are you claiming all of the expenses that you are entitled to? For everyday legitimate expenses that you may be able to …

What have Stand-ups, Ross Noble and Sunderland got to do with Agile?

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Please don’t get me wrong I love the fact that PPM practitioners are talking about being agile (small a); what concerns, is the fact that Agile (big A) appears to be positioned so often as “a new idea” and sold in an anti-establishment way where everything that has gone before is non-agile (big or little …

Mind Mapping Uses in Project Management

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Not the most obvious scenario for project managers or project workers – using mind mapping software for planning project requirements, creating work breakdown structures (WBS), then going on to use the same mind mapping software to schedule and ongoing monitor, control and close – what on earth could mind mapping possibly add or contribute to …

The 5 “C’s” of a PM Interview

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When you are invited for an interview it is important to consider what experiences, thoughts and processes the interviewer is also going through as they evaluate you as someone who will potentially join the organisation.  There are five areas to consider for a PM interview, all conveniently starting with a C! 

Why PRINCE2 is Still Popular

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The project management census which is currently running (you can take part in it here) asks the question about project management training and accreditation. We want to know which ones project management practitioners prefer and this year we’ve also asked questions around specific roles – like Portfolio Manager, Programme Manager, PMO Manager etc. It makes …

8 Top Tips for Project Management Contractors

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Christmas is just around the corner and it’s that time of year when the nights draw in and people want to snuggle down indoors after a hard day’s work. The last thing you want to do as a contract Project Manager is have to start calculating your taxes or balancing the books for your self-assessment, …

What Project Managers Can Learn from Executive Leaders

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Last month I was invited to speak at a PMI conference in Lisbon, Portugal. The theme for the two-day conference was organisational strategy and I opted for Making Organisational Strategy Through Project People for my presentation. Projects are the tools for implementing the strategy of the organisation and project managers of course manage the projects …

Agile Project Management Thoughts

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We launched the Global Project Management Census 2015 last week and we’ve already had a great response, if you’ve not had a go yet, take part here.(It’s open to project management professionals across the globe too!) We’ve had a glance through some of the responses so far and this one caught my eye in response …