What is Happening in the Project Management Marketplace Today?

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Arras People have 10 years of ongoing research into the project management marketplace. The interesting thing is that a lot of the challenges we experience in the project management marketplace are still the same as they were 10 years ago when Arras People first started the Benchmark Reports. The challenges are still about professionalism, certifications, …

Agile Business Analysis (AgileBA) has finally arrived!

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The book so many of you have been patiently waiting for is here at last. The past year has been a whirlwind of iterations and releases. As many of you know, working in an Agile way is not an easy get out of jail card, it takes hard work, commitment and most importantly good communication. …

The APM – Bad for your Wealth!

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Some of you may have noticed that the APM (The Association for Project Management) have recently released a new report in which they have collated the findings from their “study of over 2,700 APM members and non-members … the largest stakeholder engagement exercise ever conducted by APM”. As you could probably imagine the team here …

On Task and On Time – Task Management

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It’s what we all do… regardless of our title, job role or where we’re placed in our business or organisation, the productivity and efficiency of the day-to-day business depends on everyone taking responsibility to ensure that everything they are tasked to do is done to the best of their ability and on time. Sounds simple, …

Celebrating British Project Management – The Best of British

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The PMI Congress EMEA was in London a few weeks ago, and Peter Taylor aka The Lazy PM put together a little podcast series to coincide with it called “The Best of British”, it was put together to celebrate British project management. I spoke to Peter as part of the series and talked about the …

Sustaining Agile in Organisations

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I’ve listened to a lot of agile related presentations and sessions over the last few years. There’s no denying that agile is on the agenda for many people working in a project environment today and one of the organisations people look to for agile leadership is DSDM. DSDM have been around since 1994 (see Agile …

A Baby Boomer Project Manager Career Change

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I’m in my mid-fifties with considerable project management experience in a large company. I don’t think I want to stay here for the rest of my working life. Do you have any advice for a baby boomer looking to do something new? Like a lot of experienced and older project managers, there comes a time …

Coursera Courses for Project Managers

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Are you aware that you can access free classes from top universities from around the world from the comfort of your own armchair? Coursera provides universal access to the world’s best education, partnering with top universities and organizations to offer courses for anyone to take, for Free. I’ve tried a few courses and I really …

How to Think, Prioritise, Decide and Deliver

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The mantras ring out louder each passing day… “We need to get better at this!” “We must be more efficient in X Y Z!” “We must look at ways to be more productive!” “We need to be more creative and innovative!” …and there are more… In most day-to-day work situations we are usually tasked with …

Change Management and Changing Times

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I love this observation from SPOCE (a specialist project management training organisation) It is an apt twist of irony that change management has been going through its own process of transformation and change It’s in reference to the fact that Change Management seems to have had a resurgence lately and its all down to two …