What Does a Project Support Officer Do?

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In a world where we talk about PMO and the roles that sit within the PMO (PMO Analyst, Co-ordinator etc) there is still a job title called Project Support Officer that exists. This title in the marketplace is aligned with that of Project Administrator or Project Co-ordinator. In other words, the role is supporting projects …

Project Management Career Q&A – Contracting Notice Period

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I’m currently in a permanent PM role with a 3 month notice period, and I’m considering contracting. Having never contracted before this would be a significant change but something I believe I can do (and do well). One of the issues I will face is that companies wanting a contract PM won’t be willing to …

Bridging the Technical Readiness Gap with Project Management

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If you think that Programme and Project Managers are only good for innovation in the IT and construction domains then think again! The release and subsequent critical acclaim of the films “The imitation Game” and “The Theory of Everything” are a timely reminder of Britain’s long association of innovation and world-class research. The importance to …

Is it a Bird? Is it a Plane? No, it’s a Super PMO!

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As businesses have become more reliant on the project management office to ensure tasks are completed on time, on budget and with minimum impact on resources, it’s no wonder we’ve started to dream about what project managers are needed for the ideal PMO. Will they have qualifications? Will they have many years of experience? What …

Do Project Managers Really Need a Career Path?

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The initial answer to that question might be, of course they do. Without a career path how can a project manager become more experienced? How do they know they are advancing in their career? I started thinking about career paths for project managers when I read the latest Pulse of the Profession Report from PMI …

Mind Mapping to Gantt Charts

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I’ve written a few articles on mind mapping for project practitioners. It’s a tool I like using, both the old-fashioned variety i.e., a pen and paper and a more grown up approach when needed (I use MindGenius) The other day I was looking at some of the other functionality of the tool and stumbled on …

Book Review – Playing the Project Manager

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I really love this book. It’s not often that a gem of a book on project management comes along and this one is definitely one of those. I’ve just finished reading Playing the Project Manager from Charles Smith and throughout the weeks of picking it up and reading a bit more, it’s stuck with me …

Benefits on the Boat

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There are a number of project management events coming up in the next few weeks and I thought I would share with you just a few of them. First up “Control and Visibility around your Programmes and Projects”. This one is from project management tool organisation – Cora – and it’s being held on HMS …

PMO Career Q&A – Unemployment Sucks

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What advice would give someone who has good PMO and Junior PM experience but no formal qualifications . Added to that has been out of employment for a couple of years, hit by recession and lack of opportunities in the local area? There are a few things here that need thinking about and for anyone …

The Latest Salary Levels for Project Managers

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This is the tenth year of providing insights into the lives and careers of project managers and those who work in the project management profession through the Project Management Benchmark Report. The report, starting back in 2005, was initially focused on salary levels for the industry before extending to its current form to include insights …

Is PRINCE2 Practitioner a Useful Qualification?

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It is a question that gets asked a lot from various people writing in or calling up Arras People. The answer is really related to the information someone has already read about PRINCE2 and the expectation they have already half-formed in their minds about whether to take it or not. I think most people are …