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What is the Difference Between PRINCE2 Agile and APMG Agile Project Management?

In this guest post, Simon Harris responds to a question from a reader about the two different Agile project management courses which are available. What is the difference between PRINCE2 Agile and APMG Agile Project Management? Well, an analogy would be if you were to compare two people in your family then their bones and organs are the same. Their heritage and their culture is shared and is different from that of someone from a far distant continent. Their personalities and preferences are separate but with many common beliefs. So it is with [...]

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Professional Development for the PMO Professional

The people who support project managers – project co-ordinators; project support officers; project analysts and controllers – have had a raw deal when it came to professional development. They are expected to know the ins and outs of how a project is managed – so look to project management training courses just like anyone else who want to understand the fundamentals of project management. Yet their role is to support projects, not deliver them. Where can these people find professional development to address the skills needed to support [...]

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Overcoming Stress as a Project Manager

The Project Management Conference, PM Summit (which takes place in Dublin) have recently carried out some research which stated that 40% of project managers (52,000 sample size) suffered from prolonged stress. This is worrying because while most of us will face stress regularly during projects or work in general this is usually contained in the workplace or a short period of time. Prolonged (or Chronic) stress however is the response to emotional pressure suffered for a prolonged period of time in which an individual perceives he or she has [...]

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IR35 in the Private Sector Back on the Agenda

Project management contractors and those looking to move into this rewarding space are hopefully aware that the Off-Payroll working (in the Private sector) consultation has finally commenced. HMRC last week released the consultation paper and have started setting up face to face reviews to gather feedback on this divisive subject. By way of a re-cap, the Off-Payroll worker regulations were changed last year (April 2016) using the Public Sector as a test bed to bring in new ways of increasing the tax take for HMRC. The change means that those [...]

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The Current Project Management Job Climate

The Report on Jobs is a monthly publication produced by IHS Markit and sponsored by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC). The report looks at both permanent and temporary jobs in a number of different sectors. As we are now through the year’s first quarter and approaching summer we thought we would take a look at the current climate for job seekers and recruiters in 2018 and how that is affecting project managers searching for positions. What has the report shown so far for 2018? Appointments for both temporary and permanent [...]

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The Project Manager Qualities Needed in a Sports Coach

In sport today you often hear coaches and directors of sporting teams often referring to their team as a project. There is a goal that needs to be achieved and a plan is carefully put into place in order to achieve it. So who is managing the project? Whilst the director or a board of directors may set the targets it is the coach who will take the lead in achieving them. Being a manager or coach of a sports team isn’t easy (just ask any of the ex-England Managers). They have been brought into the position to achieve success for the team and [...]

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Challenges of Gender in Project Management

Gender equality in the work place is a massive topic in today’s world. The movement for gender equality is bigger than ever and this has been emphasised recently in Hollywood (even the Queen got paid less than Prince Philip!) with reports and stories of the gender pay gap in that sector being bigger than anyone could’ve imagined. Despite things getting better for women since the Sex Discrimination Act of 1975 many still feel like the workplace is not an equal place for men and women. So how is gender equality in project management? During [...]

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PMO Career Advice Sessions in London

Next week our very own Lindsay Scott will be bringing the PMO Flashmob to London on the 9th and 10th of May. This event taking place in the Aldgate East area will feature 3 sessions over the 2 days. 9th/10th May – 1-2-1 Career Sessions The morning sessions on both days will feature 1-2-1 career sessions. This is a chance for you to sit down and talk with a PMO career expert and get a review of your CV, advice on how to develop your PMO career, getting interviews and how to prepare for them. 9th May – CV Workshop There will also be a CV [...]

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Project Management Career Q&A – Kicking Off a Project Management Career

I am an international student recently completed an MA in International Business and Management. I have studied an introductory module in project management and am preparing to gain PRINCE2 certification. What advice would you offer to help kick off a career in project management in the UK or abroad? Project management is increasingly becoming a career of ‘first choice’ – meaning that people are looking to get into a project management role without much works experience whereas previously project management was a second career choice. Go [...]

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Spend £90 Become PRINCE2 Agile Foundation Qualified

April is a special month for anyone interested in the latest best practice guidance from the AXELOS stable. PRINCE2 Agile® Foundation has just been launched and April is the month where the certification is piloted with the project management marketplace. What does that mean for you? You can take the PRINCE2 Agile Foundation course online now, pay no examination fee and receive your certification, all for a price of £90. Tell me more If you want to find out more about the pilot, you can take a look at this overview from Logical Model – an [...]

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