Career advice

New to project management? 5 things you need to know

March 24, 2014

It would be nice to think that every company has a formal mentoring scheme, and that you can tap into the experience of other project managers through this. However, that isn’t always the case. As a result, new project managers and people managing projects for the first time often find themselves making mistakes. That’s normal […]

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Do I need a project management degree?

February 5, 2014

Recently someone got in contact with me to ask about how to get into project management. I thought I’d repeat here what I said to her, in case anyone else finds it useful. She wrote: I have been advised that you have to do a degree in a particular subject e.g. engineering, do project management […]

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Successful project management balances hard and soft skills (infographic)

January 8, 2014

This infographic was produced by Brandeis University M.S. in Project and Program Management Online. Click the image to see it in a larger size.

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Should I take CAPM or PRINCE2?

July 3, 2013

Recently I was contacted by someone who wanted advice about which project management certification scheme to pursue. Should she take CAPM or the PRINCE2 Foundation? Is it possible to take CAPM and then PRINCE2 Practitioner or are the standards different? Are PMP and PRINCE2 seen as equivalent by employers in the UK? I think these […]

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Managing your personal brand: an interview with Dr Andrew Makar

March 4, 2013

Today I’m interviewing Dr Andrew Makar, IT programme manager, blogger and author of Project Management Interview Questions Made Easy, about managing your personal brand at work and building a professional project management profile. Andy, why is it important to have a professional project management profile? Would you hire an individual dressed up in a bed […]

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6 Things I didn’t know about being a project manager

February 20, 2013

I decided to be a project manager. Admittedly, it wasn’t until I started working that I knew such a job existed, but when I realised I did, I knew it was for me. However, even though I thought I knew what I was letting myself in for there were still some things I didn’t know […]

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3 Steps to Presence: Book Review of The Power of Presence

March 5, 2012

Presence. It’s that thing all successful project and programme managers have. It’s when you walk into a room and the team subtly acknowledges you’ve arrived. You see it when the project team listen to a good project sponsor talking about the project’s objectives, or when a portfolio manager discusses the business benefits that will be […]

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Advising Upwards: Interview with Dr Lynda Bourne

February 6, 2012

Today I’m interviewing Dr Lynda Bourne, author of Advising Upwards: A Framework for Understanding and Engaging Senior Management Stakeholders (Gower, 2011). Lynda is CEO of Stakeholder Management Pty Ltd, a training and consultancy firm based in Australia. Lynda, your book is about helping project managers communicate better with executive stakeholders. Let’s start at the beginning. […]

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Focus on Coaching: What a coach does, with Josh Nankivel

January 4, 2012

It’s January, which means it is cold and grey and we are looking to do things better than last year. That’s why I’m spending January focusing on coaching and the role it can play in improving your performance and that of your team. Today I’m talking to project management coach Josh Nankivel about what he […]

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Turning the Generation Gap upside down: 5 tips for working with Baby Boomers

December 7, 2011

PM Network last month reported that 65% of people feel that there is a generation gap in project management. We are living in the first period where five generations are working together in the workplace. Experienced (i.e. older) project managers now have Generation X and Generation Y people on their teams. The age differences at […]

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