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Getting Started With Metrics on Learning Effectiveness and Project Performance

Whenever the subject of measuring learning effectiveness comes up, most organisations think medium-term impact.  Not many people think of its impact to ongoing projects. What if the focus was for ongoing projects with an easy, scalable and repeatable feedback mechanism? Often the true status of projects is unknown.  Many reasons for this, here are some: Project Managers are too optimistic Go ahead and prove it to yourselves and ask the ...

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3 Ways Your Project Can Learn from the Major Projects Authority Review

You might not be delivering complex, multi-billion pound public sector projects but you can learn from the people who are. The latest annual report from the Major Projects Authority (MPA) explains how UK government projects are showing a steady increase in successful delivery. Tony Meggs Interim CEO, Major Projects Authority, puts this down to three things. 1. Transparency Matters “Problems cannot be confronted unless they are fully acknowledged,” he says ...

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Soft Skills Training – What Do Project Managers Really Do?

In this year’s Project Management Benchmark Report released by Arras People, an annual report that looks into the roles within project management, there was a new section under scrutiny. Soft skills training. We know that much of the focus of training and development spend is on accreditation and courses that provide certification. Most of these courses focus on what I would call the ‘technical’ side of project management. Yet, we ...

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The Project Management Talent Survey 2014 Report

ESI launch their new project management talent report to coincide with PMI’s Synergy event in Central London today. The inaugural UK project management talent survey conducted by ESI International aimed to uncover career trends specific to the profession. While the survey had over 1,270 respondents from the project management profession with varying levels of experience across multiple industry sectors in the EMEA region, we selected data solely from the 405 ...

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What Comes First: The Process or the People?

Designing a new process invigorates an organisation with the promise of something new, something that will fix a vexing problem and some new ‘way of doing things’ that will make the employees gush with gratitude.  Unfortunately, the process becomes the jewel in the crown as the people get left behind. Process design can fall flat on its face when sponsors forget two very important principles: First, the ‘want’ has to ...

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How to make project managers more productive

A recent Labour Market Outlook report from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has highlighted that organisations will not necessarily increase their recruitment activity in the medium term, despite the recent increased confidence in the economy. Instead, organisations will be looking to make “more intensive use of their existing staff” by increasing productivity and utilising existing employees, as demand increases. Unusually, during the period of recession, many organisations took the ...

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Five ways for project managers to share lessons learned

We all know that capturing lessons learned is an essential part of making sure that future projects go well, but capturing and sharing them seems to be something that we don’t feel we do particularly effectively. In my experience, most project managers feel that they could ‘do’ lessons learned better. And this isn’t surprising as it is hard to do well. So how can you capture and share lessons learned? ...

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The top 10 trends in project management for 2014

ESI would like to wish everyone in the project management profession a happy and prosperous 2014. As is tradition, we begin the New Year with a look ahead to the top 10 trends in project management, as identified by our senior executives and subject matter experts. While there are many positives to look forward to, particularly the high demand that project managers will continue to be in, the trends for ...

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