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Project Management Q&A: How do I Ask for a Suitable Pay Increase?

I’d like to approach my line manager about a raise in salary and I want to make sure I do my homework before making such an approach. How can I make sure my salary increase expectations are realistic? It is always difficult to understand exactly how much you are worth due to the fact there are so many factors to take into consideration. The first step to take is to understand exactly how the salary bandings or ranges work within the organisation you currently work for. You also need to understand how salaries are set for individuals too, for [...]

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Project Management Q&A: What is the Best Way to Accumulate PDU Points?

How can I gather the PDUs for “Giving Back to the Profession”. Any leads on this would help me accumulate the PDU points that I need. There are several different routes you can take depending on time available and your preference for sharing knowledge. An easy route to take if you enjoy sharing knowledge by writing is to create content sharable in places like projectmanagement.com (Knowledge Shelf is the place to start looking at the kinds of topics covered), Linkedin articles or your own project management related blog. If you’re more [...]

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Project Management Q&A: I’m Getting Nowhere with My Job Applications. What am I Doing Wrong?

I’ve applied for over 50 positions in the last few months and I’m getting nowhere – no feedback, no interviews. What am I doing wrong? This will be my first project management role since gaining my CAPM and graduating from college. First up, are the jobs you’re applying for at the right level for your current experience level? If you’re going for project management roles where the organisation is asking for experience, they will overlook you because they’ll have applicants for those posts who have the experience already. When [...]

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Project Management Q&A: Do I Need Scrum Master to Work on More Exciting Projects?

I want to work on more exciting projects, something more innovative and digitally driven, do I need to become a Scrum Master to do that? Organisations are not getting rid of Project Managers and replacing them with Scrum Masters to deliver innovative projects which may require a more Agile approach. Most are looking for their current Project Managers to develop their understanding of different approaches and to use the most appropriate for any given situation based on their own professional judgement. To work on different types of projects, [...]

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The Future of Project Management – Post Brexit, Apprenticeships and AI

Dada Enterprises, a business consultancy based in London, recently featured as one of a carefully chosen panel of speakers to explore the key forces impacting on future projects and organisations at the University of West London (UWL) Claude Littner Business School. This was as part of a special evening organised by AK Optimize Ltd to commemorate the inaugural West London Project Hub. This packed event pulled together dynamic speakers who explored topics facing the Future of Project Management in the UK. From diverse topics such as Artificial [...]

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What am I Worth in the Current PM Market?

On the 21st March Arras People attended Project Challenge in London with John Thorpe being invited to speak at the exhibition. Following on from the launch of the Project Management Benchmark report 2019 (which you can download here) John wanted to go deeper into the data so you can answer the question: What am I Worth in the Current PM Market? If you were unable to attend the session don’t worry, we recorded the presentation which you can view below. Join John as he explores the latest market data and examines what the current market [...]

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Business Change & Best Practice Needn’t Be Puzzling

Imagine your business as a jigsaw with each jigsaw piece being a business function. Each piece has an important part to play in the overall success of the organisation and all pieces need to fit and work together in harmony in order to create the ideal ‘big picture’ that’s required for the business to operate effectively. However, over time, the pieces can get a little worn, considerably out of shape or even completely broken, meaning a piece of the business is no longer fitting in properly and consequently obscuring the big picture. So, [...]

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Tackling Project Management Job Titles

Looking through the data from the 2019 Arras People Project Management Benchmark Report (2019 PMBR) it really reinforces the fact that project management is so richly diverse when viewed across the many organisations and industries where these important skills are used. The point is drawn out further when looking at the many job titles that project management practitioners have even when they identify as belonging to the same groups such as ‘project manager’ or ‘project support’. In fact, organisations have some weird and wonderful [...]

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Project Management Q&A: Hiring the Right Person First Time

As the hiring manager, how do I “ensure” that more often than not I get the right person for the role first time of asking? What a great question and I’m sure if we could crack this one all our lives would be much easier! This question follows on nicely from our previous PM Q&A: How to Hire a Project Manager for the First Time. If you haven’t read that post yet I would recommend checking out (especially if you’re new to project management recruitment). I think one of the main reasons why recruitment activity doesn’t give [...]

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Project Management Q&A: How to Hire a Project Manager for the First Time

The nature of what we do has changed significantly and we find ourselves needing to recruit a project manager for the first time. What should we be looking for in terms of the calibre of project manager and should we, for example, develop internally or recruit externally? Bringing a project management resource into an organisation for the first time will require a little bit of extra planning over and above the other types of resources you normally recruit for. Before going into a little more detail about recruiting for a project manager for [...]

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