Major Programme Management Conference – Win a Ticket

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We have two free tickets to giveaway for Saïd Business School, University of Oxford’s Oxford Major Programme Management Conference 2016 which takes place on the Friday 11th November. The theme for the conference is: ‘Legacy of Major Programmes: Making Good on our Promises’. There is good line up of distinguished speakers on the varied agenda: …

Project Management Career Q&A – Sharing Sensitive Information

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I’m working in a security sensitive organisation and the projects I manage also require security clearance to work on them. I’m looking for a new position and want to update my resume but I’m unsure how I can do that without sharing sensitive information. Any advice? This is quite easy to do and I wish …

Top Ten Things Every New Project Manager Should Do

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We speak to loads of people every week who are either interested in getting into project management or are fairly new to project management. I’m always on the hunt for great advice to share with them – or different things they can be reading or watching about project management which will help them. I got …

Recruiting Project Managers Continuously

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Any organisation which is interested in talent management must always be on the lookout for new talent – not just when the business thinks its needs someone. It’s certainly a tough call and as we continue our series on talent management we’ll look specifically at what this means for the project management profession. In the …

New Social Project World

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Here’s an interesting event with a question that really can’t be answered with a yes! We are kicking and screaming towards Social Project Management, can you afford to be left behind? It takes place in London on the 1st December in a pretty amazing venue – a 1927 luxury steam yacht with a fabulous history, …

Project Management Career Q&A – Not Enough Planning Experience

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I’m currently looking for a job and I’m concerned that I don’t have enough experience in the initiation and planning of projects – my experience has always been in implementation. What advice could you give to tackle this problem? Well first of all, it is only a problem if you choose to make it a …

Talent Management and the Value Proposition for Project Managers

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Continuing our series of articles on the “War on Talent” theme, the McKinsey report highlighted a second element that contributes to a Successful Talent Formula. The first about instilling a talent mindset looked at talent management being at the heart of the business. The second, “create a winning Employee Value Proposition (EVP) that brings scarce …

Strategy Execution on #pmchat

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Friday afternoons on Twitter is the place for project practitioners to kick back for an hour and have a chat with other practitioners around the world. It’s amazing really how just a few years ago it would be pretty impossible to do something like this – something so simple and inclusive – available right from …

Talent Champions for Project Management

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We are kicking off a series of articles related to the “War on Talent”, a report published by McKinsey that specifically looked into the long-term trends around future great talented managers in organisations. Our last article looked at what is meant by talent and talent management. Specifically we are interested in project management talent – …

The War for Project Management Talent?

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“Talent Management” as a HRM led initiative was born out of a 1998 McKinsey publication, ‘The War for Talent’ which first highlighted that organisations would be battling it out to employ talented senior executives in the years to come due to an increasing ‘competitive knowledge based world’ and the subsequent impacts on both recruitment and …

What Does Agile Mean in the Job Market?

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What does Agile mean? And how on earth do we distinguish this in the job market? I have been asked this question three times over the last week which has prompted me to try to clarify the term “Agile”.  I understand the frustration because the term “Agile” is pretty generic and can mean different things from …

How Project Managers Can Manage Their Own Careers

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Depending on the sector, the size of the company, and the corporate structure, project managers can be responsible for things like overseeing staff, explaining job expectations, and delegating duties. They also need to have a broad skill set that includes competence in decision-making, time management, and conflict resolution. So not just the technical project management …