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Project Management as a Career

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So many people consider Project Management as a career choice and from the outside it can look like a tough nut to crack, sometimes it can also look like a bit of a clique full of middle aged white men in suits.

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Domain vs Project Expertise (80:20/20:80)

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One of the most common questions we get asked is “What’s more important when trying to get a job in project management, domain, or project expertise?”. Unfortunately, the answer like many others in the field of project management is “that depends!”.

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Project Management Training – Shifting from Classroom to Computer

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Training has always been an important part of working as a project professional. Training presents a prime opportunity to expand the knowledge base of all project professionals. If we follow the 70-20-10 rule we know that 10% of our development should come in the form of formal training.

2020 258

Project Management Q&A: How to Return to Project Management After Time Away

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I’ve taken a couple of years off to care for a relative. Now I’m finding it impossible to get back into a project management role. Any advice? Returning to full-time employment after time away (for any reason) can be a difficult process. But there are steps you can take to make it easier.

2020 259

Are Your Embedded Analytics DevOps-Friendly?

Does your analytics solution work with your current tech stack and DevOps practices? If not, any update to the analytics could increase deployment complexity and become difficult to maintain. Learn the 5 elements of a DevOps-friendly embedded analytics solution.

Project Management Q&A: How Can I Be Proactive About My Job Uncertainty?

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I am concerned that the project I am currently managing will be cancelled due to reprioritisation of my organization’s portfolio because of the pandemic, I think it will lead to my redundancy. What can I be doing to be proactive about the situation?

2020 292

Project Management Q&A: Taking Online Exams for the First Time

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I’m thinking about sitting my PMI-ACP exam online with the proctored system but it’s completely new to me, how does it work, what do I need? Throughout the pandemic, project practitioners have continued their learning with virtual courses , self-study, and eLearning.

2020 253

Myth Busting the December Job Market!

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“December is a bad time for job hunting” has become a generally accepted theory in the recruiting world. But is this statement actually true?

2020 247

Five Highlights of the 2020 PMI Job Report

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The Project Management Institute’s (PMI) membership magazine – PM Network – has just released the January issue with a report – 2020 Jobs Report – available for project management practitioners to take a look at (currently only available for members). In the report there are some key industry sectors to keep an eye on as opportunities grow – as well as the impact of new technologies as we go deeper into the age of ‘digital disruption’.

2020 252

UK Recruitment Shows Signs of Life

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After what seems like an eternity (4 months and 4 weeks) since the UK went into lockdown there appears to be a consensus that the UK recruitment market has finally started showing signs of life.

2020 259

How Embedding AI-Powered Analytics Can Give You a Competitive Advantage

Embedding dashboards and reports aren’t enough. Futureproof your application by offering instant, actionable insights that will give you and your customers a competitive advantage.

Project Managers – Stay Active in Isolation

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There is no doubt about it, it’s been an unprecedented couple of weeks for the UK and globally with the outbreak and reaction to COVID-19. As project people, we’re hard-wired to try and bring order from chaos but even this is something that we’re struggling to manage – there’s just so much uncertainty. In this week, many project practitioners are adjusting to working from home – some for the first time, others that have only ever worked at home on a Friday.

2020 278

Project Management Q&A: How to Step Up from a Support Role

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I’m looking to move from my role as a Business Analyst into a Project Manager role, do you have any advice on how to go about doing this? You’re almost there with your experience of working at the front end of projects and no doubt you’re already skilled working with customers; understanding the requirements; au fait with the project management processes and so on. You may find it easier to make the transition by opting for a combined BA/PM role which lots of organisations already look for.

2020 244

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. What Project Management courses are there… and which one should I choose? The answer to this question is wholly dependant on who you ask.

2019 232

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. Although the benefits of an effective Cost Management system are well known too often most companies rely on a hotchpotch of legacy systems with manual re-entry of data in different systems with excel being relied upon to cut-and-paste integrated reports together.

6 Steps to Improving Your Application’s Analytics Experience

No one designs bad dashboards and reports on purpose. So why do so many applications have terrible analytics experiences? Download this ebook for secrets to creating dashboards and reports your users will love.

Running Projects from Home – The New Normal

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For many of us, being flexible at work and working from home was an occasional luxury. But since the 23rd of March, for so many people, its become the new normal. Making this change is a process that may be difficult for those not used to prolonged periods of time away from the office. Over the course of the lockdown, I have been attending weekly Zoom meetings with PMO Flashmob WFH. The meetings usually have a theme not specific to the lockdown.

2020 244

‘The Apprentice’ Project Manager – A True Representation?

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With the BBC’s popular program The Apprentice back on the television, I thought it worth looking at how true to life are the so-called projects being managed by the so-called Project Managers are; taking in the challenges they encounter and how they deal with them, compared to the approaches set out in the PRINCE2® Method and/or the APM Body of Knowledge (APM BoK). Now, I know the Apprentice is pretty far detached from what actually goes on in real project management.

2019 207

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. The exception being, of course, new organizations or startups that go the Agile only route.

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Project Management Q&A: Will CAPM Help Fulfill the PMP Pre-Requisites?

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I’m currently studying for my CAPM as I have nowhere near the hours needed for the PMP. Will the CAPM help get me into a position to gain the hours? We all know that certifications and training courses alone don’t get you the job, that’s the same whether it’s the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) ® , Project Management Professional (PMP) ® or anything else.

2020 190

How to Choose the Best Embedded Analytics Solution to Modernize Your Application

If you are looking to modernize your application to improve competitiveness, then one of the quickest wins you can have is to embed sophisticated analytics that will wow your existing and prospective customers.

How to Ace Your Virtual Project Management Interviews

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With the world of remote working now the “new normal” for many of us who were used to working in offices; it feels like an age ago since we were able to work face to face with our colleagues, hang out around the water cooler or drop by a colleagues desk for a catch-up. If your new world feels tough, spare a thought for those who are currently looking for a new role, their challenges have increased significantly in the new on-line world.

2020 222

Overcoming Stress as a Project Manager

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The Project Management Conference, PM Summit (which takes place in Dublin) have recently carried out some research which stated that 40% of project managers (52,000 sample size) suffered from prolonged stress. This is worrying because while most of us will face stress regularly during projects or work in general this is usually contained in the workplace or a short period of time.

2018 261

Off-Payroll Working Legislation (IR35) Update

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Well, well, well, surprise email of the year arrived at 21:04 pm on Tuesday 17 th March 2020 from Mr Williams at HMRC. Tonight the Government announced that the reform to the off-payroll working rules that would have applied for people contracting their services to large or medium-sized organisations outside the public sector will be delayed for one year from 6 April 2020 until 6 April 2021.

2020 233

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. The new PRINCE2 Agile guide has been created to provide guidance for blending the PRINCE2 project management approach with agile delivery methods.

4 Approaches to Data Analytics for Your Application

Selecting the right solution for your embedded analytics is crucial to the success of your application. But with so many solutions and vendors, how do you make this critical selection? Learn about the different approaches to analytics and the pros and cons for each.

Getting Ahead of the Competition: Learning Lessons from 2008

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The economic impact of Coronavirus in the UK (and around the world) has so far been huge, with some comparing the situation to the “Great Recession” of 2008. So recruitment is also feeling the impact and just like 2008 this situation has made the job market more competitive than ever for project management practitioners of every hue.

2008 203

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? In this article we start by taking a look at the most important component when it comes to finding a new PMO job.

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The Importance of Training in Earnest

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Any output from any Project and Portfolio Management (PPM) tool is only as good as the information and data that you input. The importance of training is vital to all projects, programmes and portfolios in order to ensure Efficiency, Consistency and Quality. Training is important because it results in fewer mistakes and a better final product. When employers have a well-trained team, it ultimately leads to a more profitable and efficient workplace environment.

2019 185

IR35 in the private sector – Update

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Whilst many contractors celebrated the decision postpone the implementation of IR35 Off-Payroll Working changes earlier in the year; the legislation is slowly creeping through the Houses of Parliament as part of the Finance Bill, ready for implementation in April 2021.

2020 199

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?

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.

2018 254

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. Both of these steps are crucial if we want to find a great PMO role – without them we’ll just be making application after application without really understanding the chance we have in landing one of those roles.

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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. What Project Management courses are there… and which one should I choose? The answer to this question is wholly dependant on who you ask.

2019 189

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. In this piece we take a look at the data for UK practitioners by four of the most common roles to see if there are any differences in learning paths.

2019 194

The Rise of Embedded Self-Service Analytics

Speaker: Chris Von Simson & Nat Venkataraman

Can your users get the data and analytics they need without leaving your application? Watch this webinar with Chris von Simson of Dresner Advisory Services as he shares why user enablement has emerged as the theme in today’s embedded analytics landscape.

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. The point is drawn out further when looking at the many job titles that project management practitioners have even when they identify as belonging to the same groups such as ‘project manager’ or ‘project support’.

2019 229

Government Recognise Self Employed Workers in New Grant

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Last night Rishi Sunak told the self-employed : “You have not been forgotten.” ” A week after wage subsidies of 80% for furloughed salaried employees were announced, the 5 million self-employed workers of the country were left wondering if they’d be getting the same treatment. So Who Applies for the New Grant?

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. Integrated real-time cost & performance reporting. Manage resources effectively. Top-Down Planning.

How to Keep Your Projects On-Time and On-Budget

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Deltek is the latest member of the Arras People Software Directory , in this article they give a brief overview of how projects can be controlled and how software can help with this. From internal initiatives to major customer endeavors, there’s a universal truth: all projects are susceptible to cost overruns and schedule slippage. And now more than ever, projects that are over budget, behind schedule or are not delivering the value originally promised are in jeopardy of being cancelled.

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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.