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PPM Benefits for the Project Management Office

Most organizations and technology leaders agree that even a modest investment in a project portfolio management solution can yield noticeable benefits – even significant returns in some cases of higher dollar applications across the enterprise. Commonly conceived benefits of a Project Portfolio Management solution implementation include: • Prioritization for decision-making • Faster project executions • More accurate and planning and forecasting of investments in projects for the organization • More optimized resource utilization As [...]

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Project Management Q&A – What’s the Difference between a Project Controller and Project Coordinator?

I’ve encountered job postings for Project Controllers and Project Coordinators. What’s the difference? There are a couple of differences. The Project Controller role you tend to see more in industries like construction, engineering and manufacturing. They maintain the project plan and schedules, maintain the project budget and generally anything else the project manager needs. The Project Coordinator role – as a title – is seen more in IT and other business projects. This role can also get involved in the same areas as a Controller; [...]

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Securing The Houses of Parliament for Future Generations

The Palace of Westminster is the meeting place of the two Houses of Parliament in the city of London and is one of the most iconic structures in the United Kingdom. Anyone who has seen this famous building in the last year will have noticed that it has been covered in scaffolding. This is because works on the Elizabeth Clock Tower and other parts of the exterior are being carried out on the building which was built between 1840 – 1876. This however, is just the tip of the iceberg. Whilst exterior works are underway a £3.5bn interior project [...]

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Project Management Q&A – How do I Move From: Business Analyst to Project Manager?

I’m a business analyst, but would like to become a project manager. What steps should I be taking to achieve that goal? Career changes are never easy, but the transition from business analyst to project manager isn’t necessarily a huge leap. These two roles are already somewhat intertwined in the project environment, so there are plenty of small steps you can take to reach your goal. Combining the Two Roles Lucky for you, organizations increasingly are opting to combine the business analyst and project manager role. This type of hybrid [...]

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Project Management Q&A – Why Have I started Being Passed Over for Interviews?

For the first time in my career, I’ve been getting passed over for interviews when I apply for new project manager positions. What am I doing wrong? You’ve encountered a common problem: Going from job to job seemingly with ease until one day applications get no response. The problem is typically one of two things. Either you’ve hit a streak of bad luck where other applicants are more qualified, or your résumé or CV is not checking all the right boxes. The good news is that you can develop a strategy to refresh your résumé to attract [...]

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Top Five Interventions for a Failing Project

Execview sees projects and programmes from many different sectors and a wide range of clients.  The reason we get up in the morning is to help people like you become very successful in your role within the PMO. One of our many functionalities within our software is lessons learned and from this, we can give you an overview of the top five interventions for a failing project.  You can make sure your exec team succeed. Five Top Interventions Without the correct planning and tooling your project is destined to fail, not succeed. There are many [...]

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Project Management Q&A – Will Volunteering Help Break into PM?

I’m trying to get into a project management role; should I do voluntary work? Will it help me break into project management? There’s a lot of frustration when it comes to trying to break into project management – no experience, no job – no job, no experience – a classic chicken and egg. Trying to figure out ways of getting into project management can be difficult. It can feel that volunteering and working for free are the only options available but my advice is to exercise caution before you proceed. You need to make sure that [...]

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Project Management Q&A – Interviewers Looking for Free Advice

Sometimes when I’m being interviewed for new freelance positions, I can’t help but think the interviewers are looking for free consulting advice based on some of the questions they ask. Any advice on the best way to deal with this situation? I work as a PMO Consultant. You get a scenario based question in the interview and you can’t help but think that sounds a little too specific. They’re looking for insights into how you might manage that, to see if you’re right hire for them or are they just ‘fishing’ for some good ideas on [...]

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Project Challenge Live Presentation: Is it Really a Candidates Market?

On the 9th and 10th October, we exhibited at Project Challenge. As well as talking to many project professionals about their careers and how we can help our very own John Thorpe presented the seminar: Is it Really a Candidates Market (see below). As some of you will know we ran a survey over the late summer into September. We wanted to try and build a clearer picture of what has been happening in the UK project management domain. As reports of the lowest unemployment rate since 1975 emerged people were stating that we are in a “candidates [...]

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Project Success: Is On Budget or On Time Enough Anymore?

It used to be that project success was based on one or more of three key project success determiners: on budget delivery, on-time delivery, and customer satisfaction (and sometimes quality, but that also factors into customer satisfaction). What we are – and should be – concerned about more lately is how our projects are contributing to the overall strategy and goals for the organization. Are we fitting the needs of the end user? Are we falling in line with the business processes of the organization. When the project is over, is the [...]

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