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Learning The Hard Way About Projects is The Best Way

Earlier this year, the Major Projects Association held an event about learning from mistakes. The focus of the discussion was on whether we learn more from our own failures or from learning about the failures of others. It won’t be a surprise to you to know that the overwhelming response was that people learn more from their own mistakes. But we can’t all make the same mistakes to get the ...

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How to Write a Good Development Plan

I often hear managers and employees say that their organization does have a process in place for reviewing employee performance and setting career goals for the year ahead, but that they are not following it! Or, if they are following it, it seems that they are doing so, not for the benefit of the individual, but because the process dictates that they have to do it. What a shame! A ...

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What is Your Project Learning Style?

There is a lot of importance placed on continuous learning: if you’ve done your PMP® study and passed the exam you’ll know that professional education doesn’t stop when you get your certificates. Many professional bodies have an obligation for members to carry on learning so that their skills are up to date. We also learn at an organisational level: capturing project lessons learned in order to build company knowledge and ...

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Why project managers are not owed project management development

As we look across the globe for top business challenges, you will see the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, recruiting monster Manpower (USA) and the UK’s Institute of Engineering and Technology are all calling out a skills gap at the top of their respective lists. While companies and jobs under the umbrella of STEM get much of the attention, every industry is being affected by this gap.  As you would expect, ...

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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 benefits for project managers who know how to coach

Coaching is a process that helps an individual reach their full potential – mainly through the coach supporting and empowering them. Effective coaching relies on a relationship between coach and coachee that is based on the needs of the individual that is being coached, rather than the desired outcomes for the coach or their company. Coaching is intrinsically linked with good leadership and its emphasis on skills such as listening, ...

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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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