When is a Good Time to Look for a New Project Manager?

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A recent anecdote, recounted by a colleague, highlighted how little energy can be put into resource management in project organisations.  In the worst extremes this results in reactive recruitment with little account taken of the timing of the activities.  Where someone leaves or a sudden increase in workload requires an immediate response, hiring managers often …

Resource and Time Management

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I’ve been having so many conversations with people about resource management lately. It appears to be one of those areas of PPM that we still struggle with and the conversations have all been about – do we do resource management from the bottom up or top down. In this guest article from Germain Paris, a …

Carers – Returning to Project Management

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I’ve taken a couple of years off to care for a relative. Now I’m finding it impossible to get back into a project management role. Any advice? Hopefully you are making it clear on your résumé what you have been doing for the last few years. Hirers don’t like to see unexplained gaps and would …

400 Seconds of Project Management

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Imagine having 400 seconds to get across your point in project management. If there’s something you’re particularly passionate about – or even an expert in, could you limit yourself to 400 seconds? How about 20 images popping up behind you every 20 seconds to make sure you stay on flow? This is the art of …

Back to PMO School in September

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There’s quite a lot going on in September for those of you who are working in PMO in the UK. PMO Flashmob – the networking group for PMO people – is hosting three events in London, Southampton and Edinburgh. Get your new bag and pencil-case sorted, it’s back to PMO School this September! Agile PMO …

Agile: Should I Be Taking Training? – Project Management Advice

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“I’m hearing a lot about Agile and project management. Should I be taking some training in this area?” Agile and more specifically Agile Project Management has certainly been in the spotlight over the last few years and this is a question I’ve been asked a lot. Project Managers, especially those working within I.T and business …

Advice – Downturn in the Oil & Gas Industry

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“I’ve been working in the Oil and Gas industry for a while as a cost engineer but I’m concerned about the downturn in the industry. Any advice on how to make a move away from this industry?” Roles like cost engineer – project controls, schedulers, planners – are almost always found in industries that I …

Commanding More Respect as a Project Manager

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“As a young Project Manager I get this feeling that my youth & inexperience is working against me. Do you have any tips on what it takes to command more respect as a younger PM?” The easier and straightforward answer is to make sure you deliver successfully; actions definitely speak louder than words. This is …

Cobras and Carrots: How to Get the Best Out of Project Teams

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The term cobra effect stems from an anecdote set at the time of British rule of colonial India. The British government was concerned about the number of venomous cobra snakes in Delhi. The government therefore offered a bounty for every dead cobra. Initially this was a successful strategy as large numbers of snakes were killed …