The Top UK Project Management Certifications in 2019

Arras People

Taking data from the 2019 PMBR (Project Management Benchmark Report) dataset we were able to construct the table below which shows the take up (or not) of PM certifications in the UK. ITIL – A Framework of Best Practice: Some may be surprised to see ITIL (IT Infrastructure Library) in a list of project management certifications but like its stable mate PRINCE2 as a framework, it offers a broad insight into service delivery.

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Necessary Big Data Management Best Practices For Optimal Infrastructure

Brad Egeland

Use The Tools Available Two things primarily facilitate Big Data: cloud computing—which provides a variety of infrastructurally enhancing applications —and the Internet of Things (IoT). The potentiality is billions in savings with no loss of operational quality—in fact, there can be an increase in infrastructural efficiency and output. Utilizing Big Data and infrastructural management software is key

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Big Announcements from Ignite 2019


Attendees explore new hands-on experiences that will help them innovate in areas such as security, cloud, and hybrid infrastructure and development. In support of that commitment and with 1628 sessions, Ignite 2019 was proud to host events accessible to everyone.

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How to Plan an Event

Decide on needed infrastructure: wifi, capacity, bathrooms, near shopping & restaurants, etc. This post updated December 2019). Need to know how to plan an event? If you’re planning a big event like a conference, we can help you successfully plan, structure and lay it out.

Living With Technical Debt: Balancing Quality and Perfection

Speaker: Cliff Gilley, The Clever PM

As a Product Manager, you probably have to deal with technical debt. Regularly. Whether you like it or not - because it can’t be avoided. Unexpected details pop up, as small as UX that needs clean-up, and as big as a previously unforeseen flaw in the infrastructure of a project. We have to accept that nobody gets away without some technical debt. And of course, the longer you take to deal with your technical debt, the more difficult it becomes to address fully. Feeling frustrated? Fortunately, we can take a step back, gain clarity, and see how the decisions we make impact our technical debt. Then, we can make decisions about how we want to balance technical debt with other priorities. Are we willing to live with some level of technical debt in order to ship product and meet deadlines? Can we mitigate technical debt to get to an MVP faster?

10 Places to Get Free Project Management Templates

Girl's Guide to PM

Infrastructure & Projects Authority assurance templates. The Infrastructure & Projects Authority (IPA) arranges and manages project assurance reviews for the UK governments’ complex and high risk projects. Note: These sources were reliable and correct as at 28 June 2019. You’ve got responsibility for a project. And yet… somehow the organisation doesn’t have the documentation you need to get it started, keep it on track and close it down successfully.

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IT Governance: Definitions, Frameworks and Planning

ITIL: Stands for Information Technology Infrastructure Library, this framework includes five management best practices from strategy to design that aims to ensure that IT supports core business operations.

Best Program Management Tools for Managers

Infrastructure: allocating resources of the program. This post was updated November 2019. Program management is different than project management in that when you’re a program manager you’re managing several related projects at once. In a sense, it’s like a recipe for disaster or madness, at least a nasty headache. But there are tools that can help you keep all of those balls in the air, and land them where you want them, when you want them.

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How to Make a Disaster Recovery Plan

It enables the recovery and continuation of critical technology, infrastructure and systems. It enables the recovery or continuation of critical technology, infrastructure, and systems. Whether a disaster is man-made or of natural origins, if you don’t react quickly then it’ll get worse. Jennifer Bridges, PMP, shows you how to make a disaster recovery plan. Here’s a screenshot of the whiteboard for your reference. In Review – How to Make a Disaster Recovery Plan.

Resource Management in Projects: The Ultimate Guide

Girl's Guide to PM

However, what I didn’t know was that as soon as change freeze was over, the infrastructure running the software was due for an upgrade. Projects are done by people. Whether that’s just you, or whether you have a team of many hundreds, a project team is how work gets done. Working with people is the main part of project management. You need to know how to get people on your team and get them to do the work at the right times. Project resource management is how you do this.

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How to Make a Scope Management Plan

Infrastructure will also have a great impact on the scope of the project and therefore must be included as part of the plan. Scope can make or break a project. If you’re not keeping a finger on the scope of the project, it can quickly go off-track, messing up your schedule and depleting the budget. That is how many projects fail. Yes, scope management is one more constraint a project manager must master, but then project managers love making plans to overcome challenges.

Using Operational Excellence to Be More Productive

If a company is unable to change to stay competitive and adapt management infrastructure in order to adopt and thrive in these changing environs, then the company is not staying competitive. People often think of productivity on an individual scale: how can I be more productive? But most of us work for organizations, and if the organization isn’t productive, then you can’t be productive either.

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IT Audit: Definition & Quick Guide

An information technology audit is therefore an official examination of the IT infrastructure, policies and operations of an organization. If you’re running a business or managing a project, the impact of a cyber criminal on your company can be catastrophic. They can steal costumer data and ruin your reputation. It’s something many don’t recover from. And, unlike in the physical world, where bad neighborhoods are more clearly demarcated, cyber threats can be like a trojan horse.

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How to Go From Technical Expert to Leader

Girl's Guide to PM

We had put together a new infrastructure solution to connect our office in Beijing to the Canadian head office. Domenic was very smart, very precise and had a lot of success in his current organisation (as a chemical engineer). He was given the opportunity to act as a team lead, a role he very much wanted and where he felt he could make a difference. He took the role on and was frustrated.

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10 Construction Conferences In 2019


Looking to add construction conferences to attend in 2019 to next year’s schedule? There are many different options of conferences, summits, and expos in 2019, so finding the right one for you is crucial! Construction Conferences in 2019. AEI Conference 2019.

How to Make Your Office Eco-Friendly

It’s good to have the “infrastructure” in place for a low-impact office, but if your employees don’t buy into the program, it won’t last. Leading your office towards eco-friendliness can save you money, increase your bottom line, improve your brand perception, boost employee morale and even attract top talent to join your organization.

2019 158

How to Create a Stellar Independent PM CV That Gets Clients

Girl's Guide to PM

the infrastructure costs by 6.4M$ a year in 9 months.”. This is a guest article from Sidar OK, an executive coach who supports employees wishing to increase their income by becoming an independent consultant. Introduction. Sidar OK. When I became an independent consultant 12 years ago, freelance missions were abundant. In fact, I would get about 3-4 offers per week just with my LinkedIn profile and my public CV. Times changed after the 2008 crisis and the ensuing recession.

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Project Management Tools and Services to Consider for 2020

Brad Egeland

What I've compiled here is what I hope – my time permitting – is the beginning of a series of articles to introduce different software tools and services that help get project leaders and planners and PM infrastructures themselves on the right track and headed in the right direction. The world of project management requires leaders and doers and shakers to make it happen.

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The Ultimate Guide to Project Dependencies and Constraints

Girl's Guide to PM

Example: “We have an upstream dependency on Claire’s project to complete the infrastructure before our project can use it.” No project happens in a vacuum. Projects are constrained by and are dependent on the environment in which they are taking place – both the corporate environment and the wider environment outside the company. In this article we’ll look at everything you need to know about project dependencies and constraints.

2019 180

Stories about Stories in Agile Development


There will be work items to improve the infrastructure, improve processes, find a response to a risk, etc. Infrastructure Stories. Every development team uses a number of infrastructure related to coding, debugging, deployment, and configuration, among many others. Infrastructure stories are about adding, or improving, new infrastructure. This article is dedicated to the memory of my father, late Harendra Nath Dash, who passed away on June 11, 2019.

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The growing need for project leadership

Susanne Madsen

In the UK the Infrastructure and Projects Authority, reports that less than half of their projects had a green or amber/green rating upon delivery. You are probably as familiar with the statistics of failing projects as I am. According to the PMI only 52 per cent of projects are delivered on time and 69 per cent meet their goals and business intent. The numbers vary by industry and region.

5 Project Management Tools and Services to Consider for 2020

Brad Egeland

What I've compiled here is what I hope – my time permitting – is the beginning of a series of articles to introduce different software tools and services that help get project leaders and planners and PM infrastructures themselves on the right track and headed in the right direction. The world of project management requires leaders and doers and shakers to make it happen.

2020 106

Half Agile Isn’t Real Transformation

Leading Agile

Tech Infrastructure != I’m including all IT resources “in front of” the API layer in the organization’s technical infrastructure. Dividing your transformation initiative along the seams of the technical infrastructure will often be a suboptimal approach. The reason this happens is a product line or value stream (or whatever you choose to call it) may not be supported entirely within the front-end infrastructure. A Metaphorical Journey.

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Risk Assessment for Information Security

Brad Egeland

Solution accelerators help with communications, collaboration, and infrastructure management. Because data security has become a top concern for most businesses, the primary debate is now focused on which techniques are best for achieving your ultimate goal. Risk assessment methods and programs should be key components of your security plan, as they guide your team in establishing a strong framework for compliance.

Questioning Agile Dogma

Leading Agile

How can the same principle be a good idea in 2002 and a bad idea in 2019? Given a heterogeneous and complicated technical infrastructure, multiple different platforms and programming languages, and a need for specialized skills in areas where skilled personnel are rare (rules engines, ETL tools, call center platforms, database systems, network engineering, security, etc.),

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The Case of the Accidental PM


The Professional Other persona (like many Heroes are), are engaged in some form of infrastructure development, and tend to be older construction workers, now turned construction managers.

2019 83

The Hybrid Project Portfolio Management Approach

Brad Egeland

Finally, your project management solution must support your project management methods and infrastructure What exactly is hybrid PPM? First let's consider what PPM is and should do and then let's explore what happens with a hybrid PPM tool.

2019 118

Surveys Said: Agencies Need a New Approach to Compete


Agencies that wish to better compete must not only embrace a blended workforce, but they must also create the infrastructure necessary to support this new paradigm. Learn About the Services Economy in 2019. Learn more by downloading The 2019 State of the Services Economy report and gain valuable insights into the industry and the challenges commonly being faced today. This article was originally published by MarTech Advisor on May 6, 2019.

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Agile Project Management for Distributed Teams


And since 2005, each year the remote workforce has increased by 10% which makes it 140% in 2019, which is huge. Scrum scaling is an amazing procedure in the agile project management model where every project is first evaluated and before scaling the project, a proper infrastructure is put into place to better understand all the elements related to the project. Agile project management is an iterative approach to delivering requirements throughout the project life cycle.

Is Your Technology Causing More Problems Than It’s Solving?


Finding a Better Infrastructure for Your Software Solutions. Note: This is an excerpt from our ebook, “Can Technology Accelerate Your Services Business?” Download the full ebook to learn more.

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Newbies’ Guide to Scrum Project Management 101


Kanban vs Scrum: Which one is the better approach to use in 2019? It was agreed to introduce Scrum into the first, relatively relaxed phase: the development of pre-silicon infrastructure and readiness work. Also Read: The 21 Best Free Productivity Apps of 2019. The 23 Best To-do List Apps of 2019 for Personal Task Management. 10 Essential Project Management Skills for Project Managers of 2019. 27 Best Task Management Software for Startups in 2019.


Add More Value to Your Projects in 2020

Brad Egeland

Are you looking for new ways in 2020 to push your project management office (PMO) or PM infrastructure over the fence into new service and performance territory?

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4 Ways to Supercharge Your PMO

Brad Egeland

And not just a PPM tool, you need the right PPM tool for your organization, your types of projects, and your overall PM infrastructure needs. Indeed, it is more of an enabler of success – helping to create a roadmap to success for projects overall and greater profitability, customer retention, and project manager development for the organization and the PM infrastructure.

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Determining Project Success

Brad Egeland

Success and failure on projects can sometimes mean different things to different organizations. There is no exact measuring stick standard in the project management world.

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Is Joining a PMO the Right Career Move for You?


If you’ve managed website projects for years, joining a PMO will give you insight into other projects, such as financial, enterprise resource planning implementations, or infrastructure projects, that you may never experience without leaving your siloed organization. In your project management career, you’ll have multiple opportunities to perform different project management roles ranging from a project analyst to a program manager.

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PMO Health Check 101

Brad Egeland

You need for important projects to be thrown to the PMO right from inception and that will only happen if you have buy-in for the PMO infrastructure from the leaders of the company. Summary / call for input A healthy PMO means a healthy PM infrastructure and more successful projects for the organization. Do you have a healthy PMO? Is it run efficiently? Is it constructed for the “now” or for the long haul?

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Are You Big Enough for a CIO?

Brad Egeland

Is your company large enough that it needs a central figurehead who has the very visible, high-level responsibility to make the technology decisions and infrastructure maneuvers required of a strategic, technical organization? If you have a need for long-term infrastructure decisions, technology planning, and good roadmap created to follow along your company growth path, then go for it. Are You Large Enough for a CIO?

2019 111

All About…Project Manager Nomads


Meet Dan, he’s an American millennial managing infrastructure projects—ones that incorporate new stabilized soil technology designed to keep roads intact in ever-shifting terrains. The Day I Knew I Was One…. Ironically, it was while managing a program to provide upgraded yurts to nomadic people in Southwest China. I realized that after almost 40 years of doing this type of work, I’d become as nomadic as those on the Tibetan plateau that I was trying to help—only perhaps more digitally so.

2019 74

Slack, Flow, and Continuous Improvement

Leading Agile

For instance, some organizations separate work on different technical platforms or at different architectural layers, such as mobile apps, web apps, mid-tier apps, APIs, and back-end apps, as well as separating application development teams from infrastructure engineering teams, database management teams, and so forth. One of the key ways to keep work moving forward is to avoid working on too many things at the same time.

2019 95

How to Use nTask for Waterfall Project Management – A Practical Guide for First Timers


Waterfall methodology is ideal for projects with clearly understood, fixed and documented requirements, well-understood technical tools, architectures and infrastructures, access to ample resources with the required expertise, a stable well-defined product, and a short lifecycle. Also Read: The 21 Best Free Productivity Apps of 2019. The 23 Best To-do List Apps of 2019 for Personal Task Management. 10 Essential Project Management Skills for Project Managers of 2019.