The Calm Before the Project Management Storm

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There comes a time when you’ve been working in and around project management for a while and you take a sit back and just reflect for a while. Steve Wake took that time when the latest announcement of the General Election in the UK for June 8th came like a bolt out of the blue. …

24 Ways to Screw Up Your Project Management Job Application

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As you can probably imagine we receive hundreds of project management CVs and applications every week here at Arras People and because we’ve been around quite a while (15 years, gulp!) we’ve pretty much seen it all. Here are some of our favourites, here to help you avoid making the same mistakes (not that you …

What Is Strategy?

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Most CEOs are aware of the importance of formulating a strategic plan within their business. But what exactly is strategy? Wikipedia defines strategy as a “high level plan to achieve one or more goals under conditions of uncertainty”. Yet strategy is different from vision, mission, goals, priorities, and plans. However, strategy is commonly misunderstood and …

Taxing Times for Project Management Practitioners in the Public Sector

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The recent introduction of the updated Off-Payroll Workers (IR35) legislation for the Public sector which became law on the 6th April 2017 has caused much consternation for many project management practitioners involved in the supply of day rate labour. There has been a lot of noise, plenty of speculation, axe grinding and some really interesting …

Project Success Hinges on Identifying, Engaging and Managing your Project Stakeholders

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Most advice for improving project management skills targets such factors as aligning your project deliverables to your objectives, holding productive meetings and delegating workloads. While all are important criteria to ensure project success, the most critical impact over the long run still comes down to managing the communication with Project Stakeholders. By engaging the right …

What You Need to Know About PRINCE2 2017

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Axelos announced that there will be a new update to PRINCE2 later this year. The last change, in 2009, had quite a big overhaul, but what about this one? According to Axelos, the guidance has been updated – the principles, themes and processes remain the same – to concentrate on the application of PRINCE2 and …

Project Managers Taking a Career Break

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I’m thinking about taking a career break from project management to write a novel but I want to come back and carry on with my project management career, any advice to consider making sure I’m not harming my career? This was a question I was asked a few months back from a project practitioner. Personally …

Would You Share Your Personality Test Results?

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There was an interesting application into Arras People the other day by a job seeker. Alongside the CV as an attachment were the results to a personality test the person had taken. Would you share the results when making a job application? Here at Arras we had a chat about that over our usual Friday …