Project Management: Is It Really a Profession?

One of the major international project management organisations (APM – Association for Project Management) has been working hard to obtain chartered status for the profession in the UK. This is the type of recognition that a lawyer or accountant might enjoy; the case is currently at the court of appeal but it looks likely that…

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New APM Project Fundamentals Course and Study Guide

Here at Parallel Project Training we are delighted to have once again collaborated with the Association for Project Management (APM) on a new study guide to support candidates studying for APM qualifications. Following on from the success of the previous collaborative publication “The APM Project Management Qualification Study Guide” the latest book “Introductory Certificate: The…

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A Career in Project Management

Whether you have trained specifically for a career in project management through a degree or Masters course at college or university or whether you have been one of the many “accidental” projects managers who happened upon this career path by chance there are plenty of opportunities to develop in the project management world right up…

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The Key to Successful Project Management

A project could be something as relatively simple as designing a new kitchen, through creating a new website to building your dream house or relocating an entire company overseas. Projects crop up in our personal life and in almost all areas of business and industry on a regular basis but what makes for successful project…

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A world in which every project is a success?

“We know why projects fail, we know how to prevent their failure — so why do they still fail?” Martin Cobb, CIO, Treasury Board Secretariat, 1995. The reasons why projects fail are well understood they include[i] Poor project definition including announcing major funding decisions before the business case has been fully developed. Optimistic assessment of…

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Performing a SWOT Analysis to Improve Teamwork

SWOT Analysis is a technique used frequently in project management to assist with decision-making. It is useful for project planning and risk management of complex projects and, as a consequence, it can also help to improve teamwork within a project team. The acronym SWOT stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats. These terms indicate that…

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Is this really the best planning book ever published?

Project controls, which include topics such as planning, cost management, risk management, earned value management and change control, is a much-neglected part of project management development. Whilst there is plenty of  best practice guidance for project, programme and even portfolio managers, there is very little for the project controls professional beyond an introductory level. The…

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