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An Effective Project Kick-Off Meeting Needs Preparation

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The initial project kick-off meeting is a key stage in helping to deliver a successful project outcome and provides an opportunity to share the plan with the team and stakeholders.

The Top Five Project Management Certifications in the UK

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In this guest post, Simplilearn , a global training provider (who are also part of the Arras People training directory), give us an overview of which certifications are the most popular in the UK today. Project managers are in high demand throughout the world. The UK is no different.

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What is a Project Scorecard?

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Project scorecards are one of the most crucial visuals of a project for senior executives and in this guest post from Execview – part of the Arras People PPM software directory – they give an overview about what the project scorecard is and what it includes.

Five Professions That Make Great Project Co-ordinators

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I recently held a project management careers clinic with someone who was wanting to get into a project management role. They were looking to get into an entry-level position – something like a Project Co-ordinator, Project Support, PMO or an Assistant Project Manager.

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?

How to Handle an Under-Performing Project Team Member

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Often when asked to manage a project you can be given an eclectic mix of personalities and be expected to mould them into an effective team.

Finding Freelance Project Management Opportunities

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I’ve decided to make the change and move from my permanent job of the last ten years and become a freelance project manager. Do you have any advance on where I could find opportunities? The place where many people start is the online job boards and whilst this approach is one of the quickest and easiest to access, it is often not the most fruitful way of securing new freelance contracts.

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5 Common Project Reporting Mistakes to Avoid

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A report is described as a document with key information covering a specific time period, and communicated in oral or written form. Or, more commonly, the bane of every project manager’s life!

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The War for Project Management Talent?

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Managing The Project Budget - Developing Your Project Management Skills

This eBook describes the process of managing the project budget and its associated costs.

Project Management Consultant or Freelance/Contract Project Manager?

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What is the different between a project management consultant and a freelance/contract project manager? Typically, a consultant, in any business field, has been traditionally focused on advising organizations what to do in certain business areas that need initiating, changing or developing.

How to Work Effectively with Your Project Sponsor

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Think back to your most recent successful project. What factors contributed to the desired outcome? A clear purpose supported by a detailed plan? Access to the right resources at the right time? An engaged team? A little bit of luck?

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The Project Management Benchmark Report 2016

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We launch the latest annual report on the UK and Global Programme and Project Management domain today. The report polled over 2,100 permanent and contract Programme and Project Management professionals during December 2015 and January 2016. You probably saw a lot of that?

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Managing Project Christmas

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Here’s SPOCE with the PRINCE2 approach to managing the project that is Christmas. Fantastic article if you’re also fairly new to project management too to understand the concepts and approaches. Hope your Christmas is on time and on budget! Starting up a project (SU).

Uncertainty in Project Management

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Last month I had the pleasure of joining the Delivery Club in Central London.

Top 5 Project Management Report Templates

These FREE most popular templates will help you perform your role more efficiently.

25 Years Project Management Experience: Do I Really Need PRINCE2?

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“Even though I’m a veteran project manager, I’m not PRINCE2 certified, but that seems to be all companies want in their PM job descriptions. How do I get companies to look at me anyway?”

Project Management – Where to Find the Jobs

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Everyday dozens of new project management jobs are created and filled. Projects of all shapes and sizes need to be managed and in many cases that means hiring in a project professional (hurray!). So how do you find out about these roles? The easiest way is to look at the job boards that exist today.

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Three Essential Skills for Facilitating Effective Project Meetings

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Facilitating effective project meetings can be something of a science and an art form for project managers, particularly when planning projects. There are plenty of steps you need to take to make a meeting a success – that’s the science bit. But an artful application of skills is also required.

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Moving from Project Manager to Programme Manager

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I’ve been spending time thinking about my future career and one day I’d like to move on from being a Project Manager to a Programme Manager. What development steps should I be thinking about to make that happen?

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Selling Data and Decisions to your Team

Speaker: Cait Porte, SVP Product and Customer Experience, Zmags

Gathering support for a product feature or enhancement is a critical skill for Product Managers. Talking to customers, working with key stakeholders in the business and convincing development that a feature is necessary can be a daunting task. Join Product Management expert Cait Porte as she covers how to sell your ideas internally by leveraging data to drive decision making.

Ten Trends in Project Management Recruitment in the UK

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At last month’s Project Challenge , we got asked a lot of questions, the most popular by far is, “ What is the market like at the moment?

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The Three Dimensions of Project Management Career Progression

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In the course of talking to and managing many PPM practitioners over the years, the question of career progression has come to the fore many times. Typically the discussion has arrived at the point of “is there a natural hierarchy through which PPM practitioners can progress?”

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Project Management CV – Writing in the First Person

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One of the most common things I see in a project management CV that jumps out straightaway and tells me that the rest of the CV might not be all that great is the use of the first person in the profile. Is it just a pet hate of mine or is it something that other hirers have a problem with too?

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What is PRINCE2 Agile All About?

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I have been working with PRINCE2 before it became PRINCE2 and for the last 10 years I have been a PRINCE2 trainer and consultant so I am already sold on PRINCE2. I have also been a software developer and used agile development methods and have never seen the two as being in conflict.

Agile Metrics for Team and Product Progress

Speaker: Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant, Rothman Consulting Group

You’ve seen team metrics like velocity. Velocity is not an accurate measure of a team's progress towards "done." So what should you use instead? Join Johanna as she discusses the measures that are actually useful in understanding what your team does, where the work is, and how long the work really takes - and in addition, we’ll examine what it takes to explain the team’s progress to others in terms of the product backlog burnup chart, ways to talk about what’s done and not yet released, and how to show others working product.

Member of PMI? Now What?

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I’ve recently become a member of PMI and successfully achieved my PMP. What else should I be doing to develop myself in project management. Congratulations! Hopefully throughout your PMP journey you have developed an appetite for learning and a passion for project management.

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Do Start-Ups Need Project Management?

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Start-ups are definitely an exciting somewhat trailblazing type of organisation to be involved in or with. But they are definitely not for everyone and not those with a nervous disposition.

What You Need to Know About PRINCE2 2017

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Axelos announced that there will be a new update to PRINCE2 later this year. The last change, in 2009, had quite a big overhaul, but what about this one?

Working for Yourself – Project Management Contractor or Consultant?

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I’ve come to a point in my career that I think it’s time to try working for myself. Any advice for making the transition? There is a lot to think about and my advice is to concentrate in two areas initially. One, be clear about what you can offer to the marketplace and how you could do that.

Connecting Analytics to Strategy - Keeping Your Corporate Objective In Sight

Speaker: Tom Evans, Senior Principal Consultant and Trainer, 280 Group

Data analytics has transformed the way many product managers approach product enhancements, creating strong demand for product managers with skills and expertise in defining and analyzing product metrics to make more valuable product decisions. But there is one essential element that is often left out of the conversation, and that is strategy. How does my product decisions support the overall strategy of the business, and am I tracking the right metrics based upon that strategy?

10 Ways to Write About Your Project Management Career History in Your CV

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So you’ve written your amazing introductory profile and got your key achievements just right. Now it’s time to focus on the real weighty part of the CV – your career history. So what’s the best way to tackle this?

What Is Strategy?

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Most CEOs are aware of the importance of formulating a strategic plan within their business. But what exactly is strategy?

What are PMO Technical Competencies?

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Last week I carried out a project management careers clinic for someone looking to move on in their PMO career. There was an interesting part of the conversation when I mentioned that of course PMOs differ in different organisations but generally there is a core set of PMO technical competencies.

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Using Linkedin to Find Project Management Jobs

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How can I use Linkedin to find out more about firms I want to work for in the future? Linkedin is a great way to find out what different organisations are looking for in its project managers. The way to do it is make connections with the project managers who already work there.

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Mixing Qualitative & Quantitative Data with Storyboarding

Speaker: Tristan Kromer, Lean Agile Coach, Kromatic

Qualitative vs. Quantitative is a silly argument. Qualitative data from UXers should not compete against the quantitative data product owners need for their business model. Both are necessary to have a complete understanding of where the desirability of the product meets the viability of the business.

The Project Management Consultant

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I’m intrigued. What is a project management consultant? Late last year I did a session for the PMI Virtual Talent Management Conference (it’s still available on demand until March 2016).

How to Pay Yourself from Your Limited Company

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In order to ensure your limited company runs as smoothly and effectively as possible, you need to be detailed and process-orientated. You need to busy yourself with the day-to-day running of your company, including obtaining contracts, managing accounts and finding suppliers.

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Practical Insights for Project Managers Facing Redundancy

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Being made redundant is one of the most stressful life events you can face. At Arras People we often speak to people who are currently looking for a new position following redundancy and for some it can be a tough time and for others they relish the change.

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Project Management Keywords in CVs

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We all know how ‘modern’ recruitment works in the UK. Keywords. Keywords are king. They have to be. Recruitment systems that hold hundreds and thousands of CVs have to be filtered in some way. It’s just like Googling.

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Creating the "Right" Product Roadmap With Data

Speaker: Sunil Parekh, Head of Product Management, SimplyInsured

Data can be qualitative or quantitative, and comes from multiple sources: customer interviews, product usage & funnel analytics, company financial performance, and internal stakeholders. How do you use that data to create a product roadmap that is aligned with your organization’s business needs?