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What Do We Do When Project Management Experience Runs Out?

One of the great things about the Arras People PM Census and Project Management Benchmark Report is the fact that we have such a great data repository when it comes to tracking what is really happening in the UK Project Management domain. By pulling together our 13 years of data we can really dig in to trends and look to forecast events that may have a major impact on the domain. In this briefing report ahead of the 2017 Arras People Project Management Benchmark report we take a look at the how the latest data suggests that we may well have [...]

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Dreading Taking the Meeting Minutes?

I’ve been working in a Project Officer role for a few months, it’s my first time in the role and I feel out of my depth. I really dread having to minute the project meetings because I don’t know what people are talking about, what should I do? Believe it or not but this is a common problem for most people starting out in a project support role and it does get easier over time with practice. Today you need two things to happen to help you get back on track. The first, you need to ask for some training. Minute taking is a skill that can be [...]

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Agile Portfolio Management

When I first heard about the Agile Business Consortium working on a new pocketbook about Agile Portfolio Management early in 2017 I was intrigued. Is there a place for Agile at portfolio level? Is this just another level within a project organisation to get the Agile ‘treatment’ or is there some new insights that could make a real difference – after all – portfolio management in organisations hasn’t exactly been an overwhelming success, nor has it been an easy road to travel. I had a read of the new pocketbook (launched in early [...]

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Project Risk Management: A Competitive Necessity

Kicking off project management in the New Year, here’s Megan Cacioppo from Deltek with a post-Christmas present, Project Risk Management for Dummies, available for you to download. Here is a scene that plays out all too often… Prior to starting a project, the team gathers to lay out the project and generates a list of risks. Risk elements are defined based on the intuition and experience of the people in the room and transferred to a spreadsheet – inaccessible to all but a select few – where the head of projects tracks progress, giving [...]

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Managing Project Christmas

Here’s SPOCE with the PRINCE2 approach to managing the project that is Christmas. Fantastic article if you’re also fairly new to project management too to understand the concepts and approaches. Hope your Christmas is on time and on budget! Starting up a project (SU) It’s pre-project Christmas and the commissioning organisation (nearest and dearest) issue the project mandate – i.e. it had better be a good one. The timing of the project mandate is generally calendar led as this is a time critical project, triggered by ‘oh crikey [...]

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Popular Project Management Training

It’s almost time to knock off work for a week or so, before you do, grab a mince pie and take 10 minutes out to take part in the latest Project Management Census 2017. We’ve got some early insights, roughly cut, that gives you an indication of which are the most popular project management training accreditations in the UK right now. Of course that can all change when you also take part – so how will it look when we compile the report early in the New Year.   So here’s the spread of project management practitioners we have at the [...]

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Finding Freelance Project Management Opportunities

I’ve decided to make the change and move from my permanent job of the last ten years and become a freelance project manager. Do you have any advance on where I could find opportunities? The place where many people start is the online job boards and whilst this approach is one of the quickest and easiest to access, it is often not the most fruitful way of securing new freelance contracts. Rather than just posting your CV on a major job board and sitting back, waiting for the offers to flood in, seek out the right staffing and recruitment [...]

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Project Management Census 2017

It’s that time of year again when we ask for your time to help us put together the latest Project Management Benchmark Report. We know many of you look forward to reading through the report too so hopefully you’ll be able to give us your input again this year. >> You can take part right away here It’s now the 13th year of doing this and as many of you know: Whilst there may be other reports available, The Project Management Benchmark Report is unique in that it has no underlying agenda to push product, nor is it targeting a single [...]

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Do You Need to Go to University to Gain a Career in Project Management?

The short answer is no – there are plenty of people working in project management today that haven’t been to university. Not having a degree won’t stop you from entering a project management job yet lots of employers do prefer that their staff have a degree for certain roles – management positions being one of them. The interesting change in the project management industry in recent years has been “project management, a career of first choice” which means that those entering the workplace for the first time are opting for project [...]

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How Does Your Organisation Fare with Strategy Execution?

There’s a webinar being held this Tuesday 5th December – 12noon UK time by Strategy Execution (a project management and strategy execution training specialist – they’re part of our training directory) The webinar is called Why Strategy Execution Should be Top Priority For Leaders – Yet Often Gets Ignored – and it’s being delivered by Antonio Rodriguez who is always worth listening to – I would recommend taking the lunch hour to register and dial in for it. Strategy execution is one of those terms that seems to have crept into [...]

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