A Project Manager Needs Time To Think

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A project manager will spend much of their time planning, scheduling and organising the time of individuals involved in the project to ensure that the best possible use is made of the time available. Getting the schedule right is a key factor in any project and where there are dependent tasks, failing to ensure one …

The Basics of Agile and Project Management

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Still not sure what’s driving the Agile conversation? Or should that be agility? Still wondering what this has to do with project management and the role of project manager? In this guest article from Germain Paris, a consultant at Genius Project, we get back to basics to see perhaps where the drive is coming from, …

What is Another Name for a Program Director?

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It’s always interesting seeing what people are looking for when they come along to the Arras People website – they ask questions that I wouldn’t normally think about. One of them, What is another name for a Program Director?   Well first of all there is a difference in grammar anyway for the UK versus …

The Real Issues When Hunting for a New Project Management Job

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Talking to project management professionals during our recent project management careers clinic sessions, were seeing a common picture relating to real issues that people are facing in the current marketplace. ‘Advice on securing my next contract position’. ‘I’m facing redundancy, help!’ ‘What is the best way to focus my efforts on getting back into work’ …

Newly Qualified PRINCE2 Practitioner Jobs

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You’ve just completed your PRINCE2 Practitioner and you’ve got the results, you’ve passed! If you’re already working in a project management position hopefully the training and reading you’ve been doing will be useful when you head back into work. Perhaps you’ve already working against the principles of PRINCE2 anyway so the training has just helped …

Professional Practitioners and the Professionalisation of Project Management

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Arras People recently hosted a birds of a feather session for project practitioners, the aim of the discussion was to explore professionalism and its many aspects in terms of the field of PPM (Programme & Project Management) and with specific reference to professional bodies in project management and their push for professional recognition. The starting …

Free Professional Development in London in October

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It’s back in London next month – Project Challenge – the seminar and exhibition show at London’s Olympia. It’s a great show to get up to speed on what’s happening in the project management market as well as gaining some professional development time with the different seminar sessions that are on throughout the two days. …

Should I Choose PMI’s PMP?

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Last week I was interviewed by a writer from GetApp, which is owned by Gartner Research and is the largest independent SaaS marketplace. We were talking about PMI’s PMP certification – the article was recently published entitled Is PMP certification necessary for small businesses? Here I share some further insights that didn’t make the final …

Book Review – Managing Project Uncertainty

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Few quotes from Managing Project Uncertainty resonate nearly as well with the modern project manager as Field Marshal Helmuth von Moltke’s ‘No plan survives contact with the enemy’ (pg. 28). It compares favourably to the more recent advice of that great sage, Mike Tyson: “Everyone has a plan ’til they get punched in the mouth.” …

Project Management is Still an Exciting and Growing Field

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I was recently interviewed by Cornelius Fichtner from The Project Management Podcast about The Project Management Benchmark Report 2016. Just click to listen: Play Now: Here is what Cornelius writes about the interview: For over a decade now, Arras People has been publishing their yearly project management benchmark report and so I’ve invited Lindsay Scott  …

Book Review – Getting to Grips with Interview Testing

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Getting prepared to take a test or pulling together a presentation for an interview can feel like a daunting task. Some people say that you can’t prepare for the testing stage of an interview and indeed why would you need advice on creating presentations when you do it all the time during your day-to-day work. …

Video Interviewing for Project Management?

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It’s not very often that I hear about people having to put together a video CV – or some kind of presentation on video in relation to a project management job application, but I wonder if it’s only a matter of time. In this guest article I wanted to understand what was happening in relation …