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The Importance of Training in Earnest

Any output from any Project and Portfolio Management (PPM) tool is only as good as the information and data that you input. The importance of training is vital to all projects, programmes and portfolios in order to ensure Efficiency, Consistency and Quality. Training is important because it results in fewer mistakes and a better final product. When employers have a well-trained team, it ultimately leads to a more profitable and efficient workplace environment. At Execview we ensure that your project, programme managers and PMO staff are all [...]

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Do you REALLY need a Project Manager?

So many requirements that we see at Arras People start off with “I’m looking for a Project Manager”; however after learning more about the context of the role i.e., what do you need this person to actually do; it often transpires that a project manager is not needed at all – in fact, the role is better suited to an experienced project co-ordinator. >>Arras People: Latest Vacancies   In the marketplace, the term “project co-ordinator” has the same challenges as many other project management roles in that it often means [...]

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How to “Brexit Proof” Your Project Strategy

In early November DADA Enterprises sponsored an event in the Project Leader Resource Club series. The event’s title of “How to ‘Brexit-Proof’ your Project Strategy before December 14th 2018” provided a clear picture of the key strategies you should employ in order to best prepare for Brexit. DADA has provided a free Ebook detailing the events key points. Which you can download here. The event, brought together delegates from around the country and across numerous sectors to hear from a diverse range of speakers to explore the impact [...]

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Project Management Q&A: How Do I Develop My Leadership Skills?

I’d like to focus on my self-development this year, especially on the leadership side. Where would you recommend I start? With the leadership side of the Talent Triangle it’s all these behavioural skills like influencing, negotiation, team building and so on. There are specific training courses for all these aspects however I would urge you to spend some time first in self-reflection and looking at the competency framework assessment to help you identify where you may have some gaps in your existing skills. There are a lot of skills you [...]

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Share Your Insights with the Project Management Domain

Where did the last 12 months go? Yes, it’s that time of year again where we ask you, the practitioners in the project management domain to help us gather data in order for us to collate the 2019 Arras People Project Management Benchmark Report. 2018 has been another interesting year here in the UK and across the globe and we are keen to understand how the Project Management community has fared. Here in the UK we have seen reported unemployment at its lowest levels, indications of some skills shortages, whilst remuneration for many has [...]

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Combining Waterfall and Agile in SAFe

Agile and Waterfall processes are not generally considered something that should be mixed. They are mixed – and have to be – as many organizations make the transition from a Waterfall software development and project management methodology to an Agile methodology of the same. The exception being, of course, new organizations or startups that go the Agile only route. But in reality even as these organizations become larger and their customer base expands, they will encounter customers, excellent on-boarded resources, and other vendors and [...]

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Using Social Media Networking Sites to find a job

When we think of Social Media what comes to mind? Facebook, Twitter, Instagram? At their inception, they were designed as a way to share personal thoughts and stories, create or find local events. Over time businesses have seen these channels as an opportunity and used this massive user base to advertise their products. At the same time individuals have also used them to advertise themselves to businesses and peers creating a new channel to their next role. Creating and using a personal brand to engage and network within your area of expertise [...]

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Project Management Employers Need to Fish From Different Talent Pools

Every week we speak to many experienced candidates who are looking for a new project management opportunity in a sector or industry where they have no direct experience. There’s often any number of reasons why they are looking to do this the main ones being: To broaden their horizons and increase their skill set. To prevent the profession from becoming stale for them. To experience new challenges. However, they typically find themselves stuck, only ever being hired to that one specific industry where they have demonstrable experience. [...]

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The Lost Art of Having Conversations

There are times when having a good chat is the very best way of helping decide what you really think about something. But conversations can be hard to have. Sometimes, instead of a discussion, it becomes a debate – someone seems to think you need convincing, or they have a ‘position’ that it is so important you understand. Sometimes you get talked at rather than with. Then again, of course, there are the interrogators. These put up a barrage of questions, barely waiting for your response before firing off another one. We met the need for [...]

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Understanding the Steps to Developing Your Project Management Career

This is a very exciting time for Project Management with the APM Chartership elevating us to be a profession in our own right. So, whether you are starting out fresh in project management or looking to develop your career further, the question remains “How do practitioners develop their project management careers”? At Project Challenge in October 2018 Novare Consulting co-founders and directors Sian Ferguson and Chris Ferguson provided us with a guide to: The qualifications on offer and what you should consider when choosing them. The [...]

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