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Writing a Great PMO CV

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We started off down a path to finding a great PMO role, so far we’ve looked at what it is you’re actually selling in the employment market and then we’ve started with the background prep we need to do before starting to write a CV.

2019 289

Is Project Management Really an Ageing Profession?

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Over recent years Project Management has gained a reputation for having an ageing population. This was one of the statistics that caught my eye recently when I was looking over the 2019 PMBR. As you can see by the figure below the percentage of 50 to 59 is 36%.

2019 259

Getting Started With Your PMO CV

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When you’re looking for a new role in PMO, we never start with the thinking that we’re looking for an average job, something that will do. It’s about putting our best selves forward so we can find and secure a great PMO job.

2019 295

How Will a Project Management Course Help My Career?

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A project management course can be a game-changer in your career, whether you are in the project management industry or simply managing projects within your role. Here we look at some of the simple questions that arise when people are embarking on or considering a project management qualification.

2019 287

Organizing for Customer Centricity

Speaker: Tatyana Mamut

Most companies today say they are “customer centric.” Yet many still make decisions primarily based on competitor threats, technical architecture, or executive opinions. So what sets apart those that talk the talk, and those that walk the walk? Join Nextdoor's Head of Product Tatyana Mamut, PhD as she outlines the 7 habits of truly customer-centric companies.

Get the ‘Right’ Project Controls & Enterprise Programme Management You Want

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Project management consultancy Dada Enterprises has released a copy of the webinar it presented on designing the ‘right’ Project Controls Solutions for an organisation.

How to Get The Best Out of e-Learning

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We’re all familiar with traditional classroom-based training courses. Even Gen-Z’ers who may never have attended a classroom-based training course would find it familiar because they are very often like a school class.

2019 269

Project Management Q&A: Networking for Opportunities

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I’ve been a longtime freelance project manager, but I’ve always had difficulty networking to help land new opportunities. Any advice? All freelance project practitioners should engage in some form of networking at least once a week, even if they’re currently working.

2019 256

Project Managers – London Calling

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Is London still calling project managers in 2019? As you can see from the image below (data taken from the latest PMBR ) the answer is yes. The title of The Clash hit from 1979 would still appear to be true when it comes to Project Management in the UK.

2019 256

Where to Start in Finding a Great PMO Job

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You’re looking for a new job in PMO, you don’t just want any job, you want a great job. One with great remuneration, bonus, benefits. One which will fulfil you, give you challenges and lead to a sense of achievement and fulfilment. So where do you start when you’re setting out to find it?

2019 273

Build Product Progress with a Strong Data Culture

Speaker: Nima Gardideh, CTO, Pearmill

Have you ever thought your product's progress was headed in one direction, and been shocked to see a different story reflected in big picture KPIs like revenue? It can be confusing when customer feedback or metrics like registration or retention are painting a different picture. No matter how sophisticated your analytics are, if you're asking the wrong questions - or looking at the wrong metrics - you're going to have trouble getting answers that can help you. Join Nima Gardideh, CTO of Pearmill, as he demonstrates how to build a strong data culture within your team, so everyone understands which metrics they should actually focus on - and why. Then, he'll explain how you can use your analytics to regularly review progress and successes. Finally, he'll discuss what you should keep in mind when instrumenting your analytics.

Filling the Project Manager Talent Gap

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At Arras People we get calls every day with people asking us: “how do I get into project management” Project management is an attractive and popular career choice that many are now looking to get into as a first career.

2019 273

Get the Right Project Controls

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As part of our coming series of webinars we shall provide a 45 minute interactive webinar on designing the ‘right’ Project Controls Solutions for your organisation. We all know that the benefits of an effective Cost Management system are: Accurate job costing.

The Top UK Project Management Certifications in 2019

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One of the top questions we have answered from our inception back in 2002 has been about project management certification. Back then there were fewer choices and the breadth of topics covered was much narrower, but the question remains as relevant today as it was back then.

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The Top UK Project Management Certifications in 2019- By Role

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In a recent blog The Top UK Project Management Certifications in 2019 , we explored the results from the 2019 PMBR (Project Management Benchmark Report) dataset to identify the take-up (or not) of PM certifications in the UK.

2019 248

What Is (and Isn’t) Product Management?

Speaker: Steve Johnson, VP of Products, Pragmatic Institute

Product Management is one of the most exciting - and most misunderstood - functions in technical organizations. Is it strategic or tactical? Is it a planning role or a support role? Many product professionals are unclear about what is (and isn't) product management. After all, product management spans many activities from business planning to market readiness. In this session, we’ll examine many product activities and artifacts for product strategy, planning, and growth, and introduce a simple tool that you can use in your organization to clarify the roles of product management and others. Steve Johnson explores the many roles of Product Management in this fun talk focused on why product managers should obsess on problems instead of solutions.

Top Insights from the Project Management Benchmark Report

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Economy Impacts: Entrances, Exits and Employment. Arras People launched the latest Project Management Benchmark Report today, it’s the fourteenth study of the project management marketplace that Arras have released.

2019 325

Being Successful in a Complex Role

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If you imagine project management to be like crossing a bridge, at first glance it would seem simple. You start at one end and walk across until you get to the other.

2019 320

Tackling Project Management Job Titles

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Looking through the data from the 2019 Arras People Project Management Benchmark Report (2019 PMBR) it really reinforces the fact that project management is so richly diverse when viewed across the many organisations and industries where these important skills are used.

2019 309

Reputation and Recruitment

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After all these years being involved in the business of recruiting Programme and Project Management practitioners, it still astounds me how people fail to recognise that their reputation is put at risk every time they enter the fray.

2019 250

Walk a Mile in Your Customer's Shoes

Speaker: Steven Haines

Product professionals use phrases like "voice of the customer," and "user experience" so often that it can be easy to lose sight of their actual meanings. How can we, as product professionals, learn to keep customers and users at the heart of our work? Join Steven Haines, globally recognized thought leader and author, as he guides us through a memorable journey demonstrating how you can walk a mile in their customer's shoes. He'll explore how, by developing true empathy for your users, you can ensure you're creating the features and products they actually want.

The Future of Project Management – Post Brexit, Apprenticeships and AI

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Dada Enterprises, a business consultancy based in London, recently featured as one of a carefully chosen panel of speakers to explore the key forces impacting on future projects and organisations at the University of West London (UWL) Claude Littner Business School.

2019 273

Project Success through ‘TRUE’ Motivators

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Blog by: Richard Lampitt. One of the many responsibilities of a Project Manager is to lead and motivate in order to get the best results from the project’s team members. Projects often require people to complete challenging tasks, within challenging timescales.

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Project Management Q&A: How do I Ask for a Suitable Pay Increase?

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I’d like to approach my line manager about a raise in salary and I want to make sure I do my homework before making such an approach. How can I make sure my salary increase expectations are realistic?

2019 256

Project Management Q&A: How to Hire a Project Manager for the First Time

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The nature of what we do has changed significantly and we find ourselves needing to recruit a project manager for the first time. What should we be looking for in terms of the calibre of project manager and should we, for example, develop internally or recruit externally?

2019 281

The Magic of Intent: Start Knowing The Goals of Your Users

Speaker: Terhi Hanninen, Senior Product Manager, Zalando, and Dr. Franziska Roth, Senior User Researcher, Zalando

It's important to know your users - what are their preferences, pain points, ultimate goals? With user research and usage data, you can get a great idea of how your users act. The tricky part is, very few users reliably act the same way every time they use your product. Join Terhi Hanninen, Senior Product Manager, and Dr. Franziska Roth, Senior User Researcher at Zalando, as they explain how they were able to reach a new level of user understanding - by taking their user research and segmenting their users by point-in-time intent. You'll leave with a strategy to change how your product team, and organization at large, understands your users.

Interested in Getting into Project Management or Committed?

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A New Year always sees an increase in our Project Management Careers Clinics , it’s not surprising that this time of year is used by many as a time to do something or think differently about their career and where they’re going.

2019 295

What am I Worth in the Current PM Market?

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On the 21st March Arras People attended Project Challenge in London with John Thorpe being invited to speak at the exhibition.

2019 266

Combining Waterfall and Agile in SAFe

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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.

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Project Management Q&A: Hiring the Right Person First Time

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As the hiring manager, how do I “ensure” that more often than not I get the right person for the role first time of asking? What a great question and I’m sure if we could crack this one all our lives would be much easier!

2019 269

How To Take Action on Customer Discovery

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

We all want to build successful products - and that means satisfied customers. Before anything else, you must understand what problems you can solve. The best way to do that is to get out of the building and start asking questions. But how can you make the most of those conversations, and ensure that you walk away with productive insights? Join Nick Noreña, educator, entrepreneur, and currently Innovation Coach and Advisor at Kromatic, as he covers how we can effectively action our findings from customer discovery conversations.

HOWZAT – Adapt or Fail

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In this summer of so much sport I am finding it hard not to see a constant stream of analogies with the world of project management and the strongest to-date comes from the England men’s team competing in the ICC World Cup.

2019 197

Business Change & Best Practice Needn’t Be Puzzling

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Imagine your business as a jigsaw with each jigsaw piece being a business function.

2019 248

The Lost Art of Having Conversations

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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.

2018 287

7 Linkedin Tips for Project Professionals

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Linkedin – love it or hate it, you can’t deny that it’s become a premium recruitment platform (even though that wasn’t the original intention – or was it!).

2018 300

Your 2-Part Metrics Audit for High-Value Products

Speaker: Sam McAfee, Product Development Consultant, Startup Patterns

You know what they say: what's measured improves. As product managers we're in a golden age of being able to get all sorts of metrics and run all sorts of experiments. But what are your measurements and analytics focused on? Are they really truly objective? Do they contribute to the ultimate vision of your product? And is everybody clear on that vision? Join Sam McAfee, Product Development Consultant, as he takes you through a two-part measurement audit. First, you'll learn how to make sure your measurements actually align with your product strategy. And second, you'll learn how to evaluate your culture of using measurements, so future experiments will more consistently provide high-value results.

How to “Brexit Proof” Your Project Strategy

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In early November DADA Enterprises sponsored an event in the Project Leader Resource Club series.

Top Five Interventions for a Failing Project

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Execview sees projects and programmes from many different sectors and a wide range of clients. The reason we get up in the morning is to help people like you become very successful in your role within the PMO.

2018 284

Project Management Q&A: I’m Getting Nowhere with My Job Applications. What am I Doing Wrong?

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I’ve applied for over 50 positions in the last few months and I’m getting nowhere – no feedback, no interviews. What am I doing wrong? This will be my first project management role since gaining my CAPM and graduating from college. First up, are the jobs you’re applying for at the right level for your current experience level?

2019 228

Using Social Media Networking Sites to find a job

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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.

2018 268

Task Management For Project Managers

How can project planning that stretches over months or years remain relevant and account for new ad-hoc activities that arrive every day?