Elizabeth Harrin

14 Common Project Risks (+ more)

Risks matter. Stuff happens on projects, and if the worst happens, it’s better to know about it in advance. That’s the point of risk management: thinking about what might go wrong before it does, so you can put a plan together to deal with it if it does. There’s a lot of uncertainty and hedging in that sentence: “if…” “might…” But that’s the whole premise of dealing with the unknown. However, at the beginning of your project when your risk log is empty, it can be a bit of a challenge to think of all the stuff [...]

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How to Include Projects on Your Resume/CV

My first job applications were a mess. I clearly remember being asked who was the Governor of the Bank of England during an interview with a bank – obviously I was faking being interested in the finance sector as I had no clue. I learned a lot from that experience: I went on to a career in financial services after all, but with much better prep before I met a potential employer! The first step in getting a new job is to make a good impression with your resume (or CV, as we call it over here in the UK). And that means learning how to [...]

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Change Management in Agile – Seeking Expert Knowledge

Are you an expert in change management or feel that you have solid strategies with outstanding results? Do you have a wealth of experience with agile/lean project management? MMU would love to hear from you. Manchester Metropolitan University is undergoing a study of lean/agile methodology with the aim to help project managers and their team members cope with change. If you would like more information or to fill in the 5 min survey click the link here and share your experience! Deadline is 30 September 2021. If you have issues [...]

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Project Management Conferences and Events 2021

Project management conferences are a fantastic way to meet new people and improve your skills. I always come away feeling energised about where I am in my career and relieved having met people with similar problems to me. With the global pandemic, all of these live events have looked very different over the past year and into this year. Many have been delayed or postponed, some even until 2022. Some have gone completely virtual, opening up attendance to people that may not have the ability to travel. We’ve updated our annual post to [...]

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The Lazy Genius Way (Book Review)

The Lazy Genius Way by Kendra Adachi is a book that will prompt you to embrace what matters, ditch what doesn’t and get stuff done. It’s a productivity book, packed with personal stories and anecdotes. The book feels more relevant and achievable than Thursday is the New Friday. It’s about mindset. Mindset is not my thing – but I did not find this book ‘woo’ or difficult to get behind. Basically, it’s about prioritizing what is important to you and doing that. The book shows you how and I loved it. It’s also pretty funny. [...]

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Meeting Management Techniques for Project Managers

I’ve been booking meetings for the next couple of months because I know my team get very busy, and if we don’t schedule the time we won’t meet to talk about the big stuff. We meet weekly anyway, but for Phase 2 planning and other parts of our program that have a longer-term goal, we need to lift up out of the weekly task list and get some space. If it’s not booked, it won’t happen. Knowing how to manage a meeting is one of the core skills for project managers. Whether they are big strategic visioning type meetings for your [...]

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How to List Project Management Skills on Your Resume

When I brainstormed a list of project management skills to put on my resume (which over here in the UK we call a CV), it was a long list. If you’re putting together an application for a job, you’ve probably found the same. How do you list the project management skills required without it turning into a giant list of buzzwords? Here’s how. How to include project management skills on your CV Let’s just go with the fact that CV and resume are interchangeable terms for the purposes of this article. On my CV, I have a [...]

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Thursday is the New Friday (Book Review)

Thursday is the New Friday: How to Work Fewer Hours, Make More Money and Spend Time Doing What you Want is a book by Joe Sanok. Long working hours are the scourge of modern life. Your risk of chronic disease increases and there is more chance of burnout. More tech just leads to more messages and that feeling of being always on. I know it certainly feels like I never reach the end of my To Do list. And the five-day working week is a historical construct. So what if we just worked less? We should be able to change the working week [...]

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The Long Game (Book Review)

Are you stuck in a zone of permanent action? Perhaps you are getting a lot done, but it’s tactical – nothing really strategic or long term. In fact, you might not even know what long term plan you want to have, let alone be making steps towards achieving it. The Long Game by Dorie Clark (HBR Press) is the answer. It’s a book that will help you create the ‘white space’ that you need to clear the decks and work out what that long term plan might be. It also explains how you might get there, however winding the path. The book [...]

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Why you need to engage stakeholders (and how to do it well)

Early on in my career, I had a call from the post room manager. She was confused – and angry. Bags and bags of extra mail had arrived, she didn’t have the staff in to sort it and she had heard that it might be something to do with me. It was. I was happy that my project to in-source a service had completed as expected. All the redirections were working – including the post. The only problem was that the post room staff had never been on my radar. I’d never considered the impact on them. And the impact was pretty big. That was [...]

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