The Project Management Benchmark Report 2016

Arras People

The report polled over 2,100 permanent and contract Programme and Project Management professionals during December 2015 and January 2016. It is difficult to say if this is a ‘skills shortage’ as practitioner churn remains low as they still lack confidence in the UK economy moving into 2016.

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Governance and Estimating

Herding Cats

If your business is not subject to any external governance process, you’re free to spend your money as you please. Governance includes: Responsibility for a specific duty, task, or decision. The governing of IT systems has two distinct components. NoEstimates Governance

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Trending Sources

Agile for Large Scale Government Programs

Herding Cats

Agile in the government from Glen Alleman. Agile Earned Value Governance Government IMP/IMS Management Performance-Based Project Management® Planning Principles Requirements Root Cause AnalysisIt would seem counter intuitive to apply Agile (Scrum) to large Software Intensive System of Systems. But it's not. Here's how we do it with success. Related articles. The Microeconomics of a Project Driven Organization. GAO Reports on ACA Site. All Project Work is Probabilistic Work.

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Tax Planning for PM Contractors in 2016

Arras People

Getting ahead and planning your tax in 2016 is vital, especially in an environment that is constantly evolving. We’ve taken a look at some of the most important areas of taxation in 2016 and the changes that you need to know about. New dividend taxation rates will come into play at the start of the new financial year, April 6th 2016. The government estimate that this will lead to 95% of people not paying tax on interest gained from these savings.

The Three Things Every Project Manager Must Know about Project Governance

Ron Rosenhead

It covers the very important topic of project governance. Project Governance is often seen as getting in the Way. Good Governance Adds Value. But good governance is not about meddling. Project governance is an essential discipline. Good Governance Sets Direction.

Why We Don't Need to Question Everything

Herding Cats

This begs the question - is there any governance process in place ? If there is a Governance process in place, then that means there are decision rights in place as well. Questioning those governance processes and questioning the principles, processes, and procedure that implement the governance processes usually starts with the owners of the governance process. Standing outside the governance process shouting challenge everything is tilting at windmills.

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Does your organization truly support project management?

Kiron Bondale

The April 2016 issue of PM Network provided updated project management capability findings from PMI’s 2016 Pulse of the Profession ® report. Leaders spend significant effort ensuring that the structure and processes for project governance are efficient and effective.

2016 82

Agile Project Management Methods for Corporate IT Projects

Herding Cats

This definition for single scrum teams needs to come in contact with Corporate Governance, managerial finance, decision making in the presence of uncertainty when spending the firms money that has impacts beyond the team and their natural desire to control their own destiny.

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The 5 Skills You Need For Managing Complex Projects

Girl's Guide to PM

Tera Simon spoke about this at the Digital Project Management Summit 2016. She explained about how her company had to standardize and bring together 12 disparate government websites. Sometimes projects can seem a bit overwhelming.

2016 131

What Is Management in the Context of Agile

Herding Cats

One view of management in Agile can be informed by Governance of the work efforts. Here's a version of Governance, from " Agile Governance Theory: conceptual development ,” Alexandre J. Agile Governance

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What they weren’t telling you when you took over that project…

Kiron Bondale

There is a dynamic decision making process : Project governance processes were not well defined or practiced and decisions are being frequently challenged and reversed. Lemon.

2016 97

Reality of the Value of Estimating

Herding Cats

NoEstimates Estimating GovernanceAvoid software project horror stories - check the reality value of the estimate first from Harold van Heeringen.

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The Spotlight on the Programme Manager

Arras People

With the public sector (24%) they’re more likely to be working in central government the most, followed by local government, then healthcare then education. Complex government projects.

2016 70

Moving from Project Manager to Programme Manager

Arras People

Specific process or technique focus, which differ from project management, is around how to set up the programme infrastructure including governance arrangements; how benefits management works; how to manage inter dependencies and resource management across the programme.

2016 98

What Should a New Project Manager Focus On?

Girl's Guide to PM

And this means three things to me: The Governance Hierarchy. Software Review: BusiBI Project Manager 2016 v5.7 This is a guest article by Dr Mike Clayton, who is the well-known author and trainer behind Online PM Courses.*. It was about 17 years ago.

2016 106

How To Take Over An Existing Project [Free Checklist]

Girl's Guide to PM

Check #5: Governance. Is there a governance structure? For other areas of governance such as reporting and approval levels, talk to your PMO and get these in place. Consider this. You’ve recently taken over a project that has already started. Your handover hasn’t been that great.

2016 128

What are PMO Technical Competencies?

Arras People

The top five of governance, reporting, administration, risk management, communications (and PMO management if you’re managing a PMO) tell you that these are the most important technical competency areas for PMO.

2016 91

How To Manage Multiple Projects At The Same Time

Girl's Guide to PM

Hydra: A new way of managing resources I met Manfredi Bargioni, Vice President Marketing at Hydra, at the Gartner PPM and IT Governance Summit in London earlier this month. At the moment I am managing multiple projects.

2016 132

Project Management Keywords in CVs

Arras People

Technical experience of building a Digital Portal into a secure, government, landing page is desirable and you will be able to show experience of delivering in both an Agile and PRINCE2 environment.’ We all know how ‘modern’ recruitment works in the UK. Keywords.

2016 75

How Project Managers Can Manage Their Own Careers

Arras People

Project Management career options include in-house projects, client facing projects, a whole range of different areas such as consulting, non-profit, and government which all give a different flavour of projects and the types of people required to manage them.

2016 78

Five Immutable Principles of Project Success

Herding Cats

NoEstimates Decision Making Estimating Governance Management Performance-Based Project Management® Principles Project ManagementAll successful projects adhere to these five immutable principles during the lifecycle of the design, development, deployment, and operation. These principles are independent of any project or program domain or context in that domain. They are also independent of any project management method or product development method, including agile.

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Understanding Project Management Job Specifications

Arras People

For a public sector body look for Public Service Agreements (PSAs), which set out national and local targets agreed by individual local authorities and government. These can be found on the local authority website or through the Communities and local government website at:

2016 75

The Origins of Scrum and Empirical Closed Loop Control

Herding Cats

Agile Decision Making Estimating Governance Management PrinciplesI came across a couple of interesting tweets over the weekend. Scrum is) more defined rather than empirical process. Agile in name only. scrum, not agile. not as it was prior to scrum. lost art.

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2017 Project Management Trends To Watch

Girl's Guide to PM

A positive benefit to this could be employers putting existing professionals through the Higher Project Management Apprenticeship scheme, upskilling them at virtually no cost (or at least, through funds already paid to the government in the form of the levy).

2016 105

6 Ways to Manage Projects Like a Nordic

Girl's Guide to PM

Entrepreneurs and start-ups are able to access government funding and offer a valid alternative to global conglomerations. This is a guest article from Kayleigh Töyrä, coming to us from Bristol but with her roots firmly in Finland.

2016 108

Successful Stakeholder Management Needs Teams

Girl's Guide to PM

Government agencies. However, it’s important that you still maintain governance over the progress of the project. This is a guest article by Isidora Roskic. Behind good companies lie great stakeholder relations.

2016 103

Ellen Maynes: Inspiring Women in Project Management

Girl's Guide to PM

Today’s interview is with Ellen Maynes, project management consultant, 2016 Global Peace Fellow, and one of the most interesting people I’ve ever spoken to. Governments, military and ethic groups are all working to broker peace, but women are missing from the conversation.

2016 83

Agile Project Management Methodology Explained


For example, daily stand-up meetings (step 5) were used in Japanese local governments as well as on oil-rigs. T he ultimate purpose of agile project management is to quickly respond to customer needs and market changes.

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How I Got a Broken Leg, Thought Deep About My Career and Focused More On My Passion

Girl's Guide to PM

It was not even an okada man (often referred to as someone driving a commercial motorcycle in Nigeria), it was a private person (a public servant) who was working in the same Local Government secretariat I was posted to.

2016 88

Men, Women & the PMP [Infographic]

Girl's Guide to PM

What are the benefits of project governance (infographic) What are the benefits of project governance? This infographic shares 6 reasons why project governance is a good thing for projects and project managers. Ever wondered if women are being disadvantaged at work? Yep, me too.

2016 69

Risk Management for Project Managers

Arras People

“Increasingly,” says Walaa Bakry, who runs Westminster Business School’s project management courses, “successful project management is becoming a synonym for successful risk management.

2016 64

Let’s Be Agile Together!

Arras People

Can we change a whole culture to allow such a change of philosophy to be implemented in say the UK Government who is talking about Agile rather than agility in their ICT strategy document?

2016 75

Contractors – Can You Afford a Further 11.5% Hair Cut on Your Revenue?

Arras People

government/consultations/off-payroll-working-in-the-public-sector-reform-of-the-intermediaries-legislation. Your chance to contribute will expire on the 18 th August 2016. Contractors – 11.5% reduction in rates coming your way? Contractors in the Public Sector may be in for a double whammy if the proposals contained in the “Off-payroll working in the public sector: reform of the intermediaries legislation” is passed into law and becomes effective from April 2017.

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Estimates, Forecasts, Projections

Herding Cats

We can estimate the total cost, total duration, and the probability that all the Features will be delivered on the program we are working for the US Government. NoEstimates Debunking Earned Value Estimating Governance Management Principles Project ManagementThere is the misuse of the terms of statistics and probability in many domains. Politics being one. The #Noestimates advocates are another of the most prolific abusers of these terms. Here are the mathematical definitions.

2016 30

The project manager’s guide to surviving the Trump Presidency


You survived the 2016 Presidential elections last Tuesday. No matter who wins an election, America is blessed with a constitution that guarantees civil rights and a system of government with institutional checks and balances. Congratulations.

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Project Managers Moving from Public to Private Sectors

Arras People

I’ve had a number of conversations with a few project managers recently who are looking for a career change – a few of those have been about moving from working in the public sector to the private sector.

2016 63

The Problems with Schedules

Herding Cats

NoEstimates Capabilities Estimating Governance Management Performance-Based Project Management® Planning Principles Project ManagementHere's an article, recently referenced by a #NoEstimates twitter post.

2016 30

Avoiding project change analysis denial of service!

Kiron Bondale

While planning the project, establish a simple process for determining if a given change request will require a meaningful amount of effort prior to its review by governance bodies.

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Cobras and Carrots: How to Get the Best Out of Project Teams

Arras People

The British government was concerned about the number of venomous cobra snakes in Delhi. The government therefore offered a bounty for every dead cobra. The term cobra effect stems from an anecdote set at the time of British rule of colonial India.

2016 48

Connecting Five Principles, Processes, and Practices of Project Success

Herding Cats

Capabilities Governance IMP/IMS Management Performance-Based Project Management® Planning Principles Project Management Requirements SchedulingTo increase the probability of project success, many things have to happen at the same time. Here's are Five principles and practices that can increase that probability of success. Principles and Practices of Performance-Based Project Management® from Glen Alleman. Related articles. Managing in Presence of Uncertainty.