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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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Top Insights from the Project Management Benchmark Report

Economy Impacts: Entrances, Exits and Employment Arras People launched the latest Project Management Benchmark Report today, it’s the fourteenth study of the project management marketplace that Arras have released. The report provides an independent status of project management in the UK and has built a solid reputation amongst project practitioners who enjoy reading it each year. It’s available to download here. ‘Entrances, Exits and Employment’ highlight three of the major findings from the report which have affected project [...]

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Being Successful in a Complex Role

If you imagine project management to be like crossing a bridge, at first glance it would seem simple. You start at one end and walk across until you get to the other. However, it isn’t always that simple, conditions change and possibly a fog sets; whatever the situation we find ourselves in we need to be able to adapt our plan of execution in order to ensure that we meet our goal of reaching the other side. Projects are in an Ever-changing Environment In today’s world change is all around us, whether its technological, environmental, [...]

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Taking on PPM Software Myths

It takes seven years to digest gum. Lightning never strikes the same place twice. Sound believable right? Wrong. These are just a few examples of everyday myths that are totally false but continue to be accepted and spread as truths. It’s no different in the software implementation space where some things sound like good ideas but really aren’t. Prospective customers often start their project portfolio management (PPM) software implementation journey with a few preconceived ideas that probably don’t give them the best chance for [...]

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All The Gear No Idea

Have you come across the phrase: All the gear no idea? In a project management context, it is commonly used to describe people who have training certifications coming out of their ears with little or no actual experience. As a Project Management practitioner, it is always worth remembering that some people who have only project management training can actually be quite good in an interview situation. They know all the theory and can recite all the different models and concepts straight out of the textbooks. They prepare well, talk well and can [...]

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Interested in Getting into Project Management or Committed?

A New Year always sees an increase in our Project Management Careers Clinics, it’s not surprising that this time of year is used by many as a time to do something or think differently about their career and where they’re going. Just last week I went along to an event being run in Manchester about personal change. It wasn’t an event specifically about project management or indeed recruitment and jobs. It was all about one person’s journey and how they have used different tools, people and approaches to make a change in their life. One [...]

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Project Management Q&A: What Should I Have or Do During Conferences?

What should early career project managers, searching for jobs, have or do during conferences? Any kind of networking is a good activity to do for anyone looking for a new job – and project management conferences give plenty of opportunities. Here are some ideas to get you started as you prepare to attend your conference. You need some form of business card – or go one step further and choose a format that allows you to share not only your contact details but also some headline details about what it is you do / what you’re looking for. [...]

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Project Management Q&A: How to Prepare a Presentation for an Interview

I have an interview coming up and I’ve been asked to prepare a presentation in advance, do you have any tips for me? Presentations are used quite a lot in project management interviews, it’s a great way to test several different aspects about a prospective employee. Before you start pulling together the presentation, read the instructions carefully (they’re looking for attention to detail) and make sure you understand the objective of the presentation. If you’re given a template or specific instructions on the length of the [...]

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