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The Project Management Consultant

Arras People

What is a project management consultant? “ 65% of project management consultants do in fact carry out two things – they advise and they do, i.e., they also deliver the project or ‘solution’ too. These people are the modern-day project management consultants.

Project Management Consultant or Freelance/Contract Project Manager?

Arras People

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.

The Project Management Consultant

Arras People

It’s #pmchat on Twitter tomorrow (Friday) at 5pm UK time and this week’s topic is being hosted by me on the subject of Project Management Consultants Vs Freelancers Vs Full Time permanent staff. Reading this after the event? Check out the Storify from the Twitter chat.

Working for Yourself – Project Management Contractor or Consultant?

Arras People

You can consider contracting or consulting. This tends to be based on your recent experiences and could be managing similar projects, setting up things like PMOs or if you’re thinking about consulting in project management, what business challenges you can solve.

Humble Consulting – sustainable results through a different approach


In the early years of my career I thought that if I wanted to be a consultant, I needed to be a real subject matter expert with lots of expertise available to resolve challenging client´s needs. It is called “Humble Consulting – How to provide real help faster”.

Managing Risks as a Consulting Project Manager?

Brad Egeland

The upfront formal planning documents that we put together will differ from project to project, sometimes even the way we formalize and document requirements will differ if we are entering from the outside as a consulting project manager.

New PM Articles for the Week of July 4 – 10

Practicing IT Project Manager

PM Articles Agile Project Management Consulting Ethics in Project Management IT Management Leadership PMP Professional Development Project Management Project Management Articles Risk Management Scrum Stakeholder Management

New PM Articles for the Week of April 3 – 9

Practicing IT Project Manager

Michael Wood offers some career counseling for those considering a move to project management consulting. PM Articles Agile Project Management Consulting Leadership Project Management Project Management Articles Project Planning Scrum Teams

New Post at AITS: Decision-Making Under the Influence

Practicing IT Project Manager

IT Management PM Articles Consulting Leadership Stakeholder ManagementMy latest article for AITS was published today: Decision-Making Under the Influence: SME, HiPPO, and BOGSAT. Good decisions require accurate, timely, actionable information and good decision-makers try to gather a variety of viewpoints. The influence of the subject matter expert is usually all three, while the highest-paid person’s opinion may be an undue influence, and peer opinions may be counter-productive.

Major Update to my Home Office!

Practicing IT Project Manager

I addition to writing and blogging, I’m a project management consultant working from an office in my home. Tool Reviews Agile Project Management Best Practices Consulting User Experience

10 Questions: Rich Mironov

The Clever PM

For the second installment of my “10 Questions With…” I reached out to one of my mentors in the PM/Consulting space, Rich Mironov. I met Rich many years ago at ProductCamp Seattle, where he was giving a presentation about the struggles and challenges of the role that really spoke deeply to me and where I […]. Product Management Agile Definitions Good PM Influence Leadership Learning Organization PM Problem Solving Roles

Getting the Work Done with Project Management

Gina Abudi PM

For the last three years, one of Abudi Consulting Group’s clients, a global pharmaceutical organization, has been working with us to provide training for their employees at all levels in how to use project management best practices to accomplish work. A Client Story.

Are we going to do things better in 2017?


As a consultant or auditor in the area of project management you normally (only) get involved once problems appear. “Well Mr. Buijnsters. Again full of good intentions for the new year?” This way the dental assistant welcomes me to the bi-annual dental check.

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Risk Management Short Course

Musings on Project Management

Read in the library at Square Peg Consulting about these books I've written Buy them at any online book retailer! Need a quick introduction to risk management? Don't have much time for this? Try this very short course on risk management (no math required!). Risk management short course from John Goodpasture. Read my contribution to the Flashblog Risk Management

Can Project Management Transform Our World?


The SDGs are the result of a wide range of consultations between governments, businesses and NGOs around the world. In September 2015, countries adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda.

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The Myth of the Scrum Master and Actual Life Experiences

Herding Cats

The consultant parent. It's the Consultant that serves as the best parenting style. Determine if the team is behaving as a team, and when they are not consulting with them to determine why not, what can be changed to get back to the team processes.


Project Management – Where to Find the Jobs

Arras People

lf the sole intention is to find a job, social networking sites tend to work better for consultants (or contractors) looking for short-term consultancy work. Everyday dozens of new project management jobs are created and filled.

BA's on Agile Projects?


Mike Griffiths is a consultant and author specializing in effective delivery. The role of the business Analyst (BA) in agile projects in some ways parallels the role of the project manager (PM). In that, some people believe these roles are not needed at all!

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When is the Right Time for Project Managers to Switch Jobs?

Arras People

In project management you have three choices; working permanently; contracting/freelancing or consultancy. Consultancy tends to be an option for the more experienced project professional.

Kooks and Leaders

Musings on Project Management

Antonio Garcia Martinez Read in the library at Square Peg Consulting about these books I've written Buy them at any online book retailer! Have a mad vision and you’re a kook. Get a crowd to believe in it as well and you’re a leader. Read my contribution to the Flashblog leadership Quotations

Practical Insights for Project Managers Facing Redundancy

Arras People

At the time I was both shocked (what had I done wrong) and anxious (what will I do now) – after the initial feelings had subsided I was left with an outplacement consultant provided by my organisation and a cheque in my hand.

Agile Risk Management


It is done by the product owner, but with consultation and guidance of the development team. This article aims to dispel the myth that agile projects somehow magical manage risks for us, and outlines a couple of practical tools that can be used to start improving risk management approaches.

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Managing and working in Project Society


Examples of PBOs include consulting firms, creative and design agencies as well as architecture and civil engineering firms. Many surveys proof the fact, that we experience an increasing number and importance of projects in our society.

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The RASIC-Chart – a key tool for collaboration in projects


Other roles may support, consult or be informed by the responsible role. One of the key factors for successful collaboration in projects is having clear roles and responsibilities assigned.

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Boosting PMO's with Lean Thinking


Two overarching themes prevail over all the practices:  Involve everyone – Always make sure everyone involved, impacted and perceived to be impacted is consulted and engaged in the process.

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Principles, Processes, and Practices of Project Success

Herding Cats

This includes product vendors, consulting firms, and internal providers. Other times, I on the consulting firm acting as an internal provider. In the project management world, everyone is selling something to solve some problem.

3 Work Dinosaurs: Prehistoric Tools That Should Be Extinct


Yes, one-on-one consultations are needed to take team temperature and ensure your people are growing and continue to do the things they love. There’s a reason why dinosaurs are extinct. And while the exact theory pinpointing their demise is still being debated by scientists (crashed comets?

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3 Key Lessons on Stakeholder Engagement

Fix my Project Chaos

Naomi Caietti, PMP has recently launched her own consulting company to provide virtual services for clients that need a speaker, author, […].

New Role with RMC Learning Solutions


Working 50% of the time for RMC from home will free up more time for writing and occasional training and consulting. I have taken on an exciting new part-time role with RMC Learning Solutions as their Agile Practice Lead. I worked with RMC to create my PMI-ACP Exam Prep book and their ACP training offerings. So, I am really looking forward to working with them further.

Life is a project. You are the manager.

PM for the Masses

Have you ever felt like you didn’t like your job, or like that promotion might never come, or that you’d like to start your own consultancy or business but didn’t know where to start? Dear Project Manager: Have you ever felt like you were stuck? Have you ever thought you’d be a great public speaker, […]. The post Life is a project. You are the manager. appeared first on Project Management for the Masses.

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New PMO – the Hub of Innovation?

Arras People

To achieve level three, carefully planned communication and consultation is needed from the start. Is your PMO the hub of innovation in your organisation? Getting used to a new PMO function is a significant cultural change for any project community.

Projects and project management in China


PMRC runs since 15 years the IPMA-4-Level-Certification System for Individuals as well as certification systems for organisations and PM Consultants. The People´s Republic of China has a population of over 1.4 billion and this is the world’s most populous country.

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Podcast 80 – How to manage stakeholder expectations

Fix my Project Chaos

Let’s talk about: How to manage stakeholder expectations In this podcast project management consultant, speaker on personal growth and leadership, author and PPM expert Naomi Caietti from The Glass Breakers speaks with Elise about how to manage stakeholder expectations.

IR35 Changes – New Threat to Your Wealth?

Arras People

This initiative, known as the “ Off-payroll working in the public sector: reform of the intermediaries legislation ” which is currently open for consultation; is looking to change the status of workers who use a Personal Services Company (PSC) into some kind of pseudo employee.

Take Your Questions From Good To Great: 15 Examples

Project Management Hacks

For example, rather than hiring an external consultant, could you call 20 people at your company and ask if anyone knows a developer who can help you? Business writer and consultant Ed Gandia uses a list of questions to reflect on his business and plan next steps.

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Podcast 109 – How to become a trusted adviser

Fix my Project Chaos

How to become a trusted adviser – and not just an outsider As a project management consultant, John Alleyne knows how it feels to have to quickly establish working relationships and become a trusted business partner. In this podcast, he speaks to Elise Stevens about how to become a trusted adviser – and not just another project […]. The post Podcast 109 – How to become a trusted adviser appeared first on Fix My Project Chaos. Podcasts

Professional Practitioners and the Professionalisation of Project Management

Arras People

Accountants meanwhile have six accountancy institutes which operate under Royal Charter which make up a singular body CCAB (Consultative Committee of Accountancy Bodies).

4 ways good project leaders create cultures of success

Moira Alexander

These factors have the potential to make people – employees, consultants and management alike – either the best assets or the biggest liabilities to any project. The simple answer is everyone (executives/sponsors, vendors, customers, consultants and especially employees). People are not machines. They can’t be programmed to simply do as they’re expected.

Podcast 61 – Are You an Ethical Project Manager?

Fix my Project Chaos

On a typical project we can have responsibility for: Managing relationships with vendors, internal stakeholders, external stakeholders Leading cross functional teams Respecting sensitive information Hiring of external consultants and contractors These responsibilities can lead to ethical dilemmas and cause unease about situations […]. About This Podcast: As a Project Manager we make a lot of decisions.

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Why COACHING for Development


While one could help projects to improve through consulting or training, we have elected to use a coaching approach for two main reasons: ownership and effectiveness.

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