Is Becoming a Project Manager Really a Dream Job?

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There was an article in this Tuesday’s Evening Standard (ES Jobs, Tuesday 24th November) entitled “Is there such a thing as a dream job?”. It covered short interviews with five different people talking about their perspective on their jobs and whether they were dream jobs. It caught my attention because this week has been especially …

Five Questions About Project Management Development

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There’s a new book called “Demystifying Talent Management” from Kimberley Janson which talks about “unleashing people’s potential to deliver superior results”. It’s written primarily for HR Managers, a call to action to get better at managing employee’s performance. It’s approach is about sharing what effective manager’s do in their conversations with employees when it comes …

What it’s Really Like Doing a Masters Degree in Project Management

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I’ve come across a lot more project people in recent years that have opted to further their education in project management by pursuing a Master’s degree in project management. The figures from the last Project Management Benchmark Report showed that of respondents who had taken a Master’s degree (32%), 21% stated that it was in …

IR35 and a Case for Misrepresentation

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With the UK governments autumn statement due and apparent leaks(1) about the future plans for the treatment of Freelancers (Contractors) it got me wondering if there is some legal recourse that as yet has not been tested, namely MISREPRESENTATION. The UK government seems to be in a quandary. In the positive, it wants us to …

Three Tips for Project Management Consultants

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To ensure you’re successful in securing youre next consulting assignment there are numerous things to consider. Are you still effectively marketing your services? Are your books up to date and cash flow is strong? Is now the time to have a break and concentrate on some much-needed holiday time or should you be investing in …

Project Management Interview Technique: FEE

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The other week I carried out a project management career clinic for someone wanting advice on a project management interview they were attending for an internal post. As part of the interview, they had to carry out a three-minute opening pitch, that should highlight why they were right for the role. I liked the fact …

Three Ways Project Managers Can Improve Their Writing Skills

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Like most people on the planet, project managers write every day. Emails, reports and even tweets are all tapped out on crumb-laden keyboards. It’s perhaps the most practised skills, but also the most neglected. And what people think of as the most appropriate way of writing is often very wrong. In other words, writing is …

The Alternative Project Manager Elevator Pitch

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We all know that getting out and about to project management events is also a great way to boost your own network. Done right you can gain a good circle of contacts within the industry you work in. One of the most prominent features of networking is the “elevator pitch”. The term is thought to …

The Project Manager Contractor Fable

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I recently heard a story about a project management contractor who tried to bite off more than he was really capable of chewing. The gap between the client’s expectations and the contractor’s ability to deliver became apparent within about a week, when the first deliverable became due, and by mutual agreement the contractor left the …