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Getting Into Project Management – Five Steps to Take

As project management becomes more and more popular, we are seeing increased frustration from people wanting to break into it. Like all good project managers know, it requires planning and dedication to make the transition into a project management position. A popular way to try and kick start a career has been to take a PRINCE2 course and hope for the best. But before you dive straight into enrolling on ...

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Remembering and Using Your Project Management Training

You attend a training course, how do you make sure you’re doing everything you can to get the most out of what you are learning? How do you make sure that once the training is over and you head back to the office, that you’re still able to utilise what you have learnt? From as early as 1981 with Michalak’s research called ‘The Neglected Half of Training’, there has been ...

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Top Tips for Realistic Project Estimations

Poor estimation is a major cause of project failure. According to the PMI, inaccurate cost estimates is a contributing factor in 28% of projects that fail. Many project professionals have first-hand experience in how devastating it can be to underestimate a project. Perhaps you have too. When an estimate has been delivered, clients and executives will often see it as binding and will expect the project to track to it. ...

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The PMO and Stakeholder Engagement

How can the PMO support project managers in stakeholder engagement? That was the question raised at the PMO Conference in a session delivered by Louise Worsley in London over a year ago now. It’s a question that still gets raised when the PMO looks beyond the more technical and analytical aspects of their work in supporting portfolio, programmes and projects in an organisation and thinks about how they can assist ...

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Four Project Management and Leadership Pitfalls to Avoid when Starting Up a Project

From working on projects we know that an infinite amount of things can go wrong. The technical solution could be flawed, the user’s needs could change and team members who are instrumental to the project’s success might leave. But worst of all, proper project management and leadership might not be used. When project management isn’t employed properly, there will be no controls, no way to manage the risk and no ...

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Risk Management – Threat and Opportunity Mirror Images?

Everyone knows that a risk event is something that may or may not happen, and, if it does, will impact the project. For worse is a risk, and for better is an opportunity. And certainly, if we follow the PMBOK approach to risk management, then we know that threat and opportunity management are simply mirror images of each other. For opportunities we identify, analyze, prioritise, and respond just as we ...

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Successful Learning: 3 Ways To Build Your Project Management Skills

It’s the time of year when we all start to think about what to include in our appraisals with project sponsors and line managers. It’s also the time when we need to think about what development and training opportunities we’d like to get involved with in the year to come. That’s where 70/20/10 comes in. Have you heard of 70/20/10? It’s a learning and development model that is widely used ...

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