Writing a Better Project Management Cover Note

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I’ve been applying for a number of different project manager positions and I’ve noticed that some ask for a cover note with my application. What is the best way to write a cover note? If a cover note is being expressly asked for when you make an application, the hirer will be looking for a …

Maximising Project Management Career Progression

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How should project managers maximise their chances of career progression at every stage? What obstacles may be holding them back? The only thing that holds anyone back at any stage of their career is themselves. For most people their career just happens to them. Not many people actively manage their career because it’s deemed to …

The Stages of Project Management Career Development

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Which skills do project professionals particularly need to develop at the different stages of their career, and how can they go about developing them? In the earlier part of a project manager’s career, the focus on their career development is still two-fold. Early Career The first area of focus is the development of technical project …

How to Get From Strategy to Implementation

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Even a great vision and strategy can fail to deliver the intended benefits if changes are not implemented well. Assuming that the new strategy is sound, why is it that implementation seems to be such an issue? Reasons tend to vary from: Lack of stakeholder alignment – the strategic intent is interpreted in an inconsistent manner Lack …

The Business Analyst Role in Agile Projects

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As organisations get switched on to the idea of running some or all of their projects in an Agile way, it’s not only the Project Manager and the delivery teams that need insights into how they will change their traditional delivery styles to adopt new approaches. The role of the Business Analyst is still a …

How to Retain Key Employees Unfortunately Not Raheem Sterling

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The football season may be finished but the transfer window is wide open and, while the business of playing football is over with for most clubs until the middle of August, fans’ attentions now turn to which players their teams might be looking to buy and sell. This summer looks to be the one in …

Training in Project Management

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What do you do next when you’ve already done the basic training in project management? 84% of project practitioners have some form of recognised project management certification or accreditation. The most popular is still PRINCE2 (66%* of practitioners have that one). A question frequently follows is, “What qualification should I be looking at once I’ve …

Project Managers Against Poverty

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When I ask experienced project managers about their dream job, what types of projects they would ideally like to be managing or where they’d like to work, the answer is nearly always some kind of charity. They would like to ‘give something back’ or just feel a greater sense of achievement knowing that their project …

Should I Go Freelancing as a Project Manager?

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Should I go freelancing as a Project Manager? It’s a popular question and to those who ask it I recommend they give it a serious thought, ensuring they weigh up the pros and cons before making a decision. Often the reasons we think we’d like to do something like this turn out to be red …