A Good Resource for Meeting Management for Project Managers

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I came across an interesting blog the other day that’s all about meeting management and facilitation. It’s run by a PMI Education provider called Facilitation First and they have some nifty ideas for more productive meetings – ideal for project managers I would say. There are a few terms that caught my eye in a …

What is Effective Development in Project Management?

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We all want be professional and to progress in our careers; and this means taking our development seriously. But is your development effective? Are you and your organisation achieving the best return on your investment? Or are you only seeing the ‘tip of the iceberg’ when you are considering your development opportunities? One of the …

AgilePM Goes From Strength to Strength

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Agile methods and frameworks continue to take the project management world by storm. No longer confined to software development, agile approaches have become popular with a wide variety of organisations that need to be flexible and responsive as the pace of change continues to accelerate in business. Arras People’s 2015 Project Management Benchmark Report – …

Freelance Project Managers: Why You Should Set Up a Limited Company

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According to the latest Project Management Benchmark Report from Arras People, 34% of project practitioners choose to be self-employed. Opting to work on a freelance or contractor basis is a decision undertaken for a variety of reasons but one thing is clear, these practitioners are opting for more control over where, when and how much …

Manage your Projects Like your Own Investments!

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Review progress and benefits case at project stage gates.. It may sound obvious but projects are investments that need to be managed. Like any investment you need to review how your investment is faring at a number of intervals. If you invested in a share on the FTSE and thought, or hoped, it would increase …

Bringing Research into Project Management Learning and Development

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As project managers face more challenges in understanding how issues – such as sustainability, complexity, increasing cross-disciplinarity and magnitude – impact on their projects, they need to find new and innovative ways of keeping their skills and knowledge up-to-date. Many already do that by gaining professional certification in, for instance, PRINCE2® and AgilePM™. But some …

PMO Mini-Masterclasses in London

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Next week the PMO Flashmob kicks off its new style of learning and networking opportunities for people who work within PMOs. If you’ve not already come across PMO Flashmob, it’s a group that’s been around for a few years now. They meet up every month in London to meet other PMO practitioners to talk about …

Five Ways Attending Project Challenge Can Help You

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It’s that time again when the free show – Project Challenge – hits London. It takes place in Kensington’s Olympia on the 6th and 7th October and whilst Arras People are not there this time, I’ll be there with the PMO Flashmob stand, hopefully having conversations with other PMO practitioners. I tell people about Project …

Ready to Help Sustain Agile in your Organisation?

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Over the last few years there has been a real drive to educate project management practitioners in the benefits of adopting Agile philosophy to deliver projects. DSDM Consortium has been at the forefront of providing knowledge, learning and training to a wide range of delivery practitioners, Programme Managers, Project Managers, PMO and more recently Business …

Six Ways to Learn More About Project Management, Projects and You

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I have banged the drum all too frequently about the need for those engaged in projects to identify and share what they have learnt about projects and project management among fellow colleagues, but progress has been all too slow. Take a client I worked with earlier this year. There were around 20 people in the …

Are You Overthinking Your Project Management Job Search?

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Last week I carried out a project management careers clinic, it was with a Project Manager who had been out of work for a few months and was struggling to get interest in the applications he had recently made. There were a few factors that this Project Manager mentioned that he thought might be holding …

What Happens With Project Management Jobs in September

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September is a funny month in recruitment. It’s almost like we are transported back in time to the beginning of the school term. A starchy uniform and a brand new pencil case. But seriously, September in project management recruitment often sees a flurry of activity as some people return to work and start to experience …

How to Get Promoted in Your Project Manager Job

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Landing a promotion at work is one of the best ways to advance your career. In addition to earning more money, a promotion gives you the ability to make a greater impact. Finally, promotions give you new challenges to grow as a professional and as a person. And yet, many project managers are not getting …

Taking the Nerves Out of Project Management Interviews

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Each time I attend an interview I always seem to blow it because my mind goes blank when thinking about how to answer a question well. Is there a tried and tested method to overcome this? With interviews the more you feel in control, the better you will be at giving a great account of …