The Politically Astute Project Manager

In this post, we return to the topic of politics in projects. Politics has a bit of a dirty name. It’s associated with false promises, backstabbing, alliances and manipulating others. The worst weakness of Politics is its failure to deliver on its promises. Time and time again we see public politicians or business leaders failing to deliver the…

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The Qualities and Skills Project Managers Need to Develop

We all know that to secure the best project management roles, especially if coming new into an organisation, requires some sort of formal PM qualification. Even the introductory PM courses such as APM Introductory Certificate show a level of commitment to developing within your chosen career. But assuming you have at least a basic level…

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The Importance of the People in Projects

Pure project management is about planning, communicating, monitoring, controlling, reporting etc etc but it is also about risk management and change management because few, if any, projects are without risks and change. But it can sometimes seem that change management, in particular, is an afterthought or only concerned with changes to the project plan, business…

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Project Beginning: Why Communication Is Key

Communication is always important within project management, but particularly at the beginning of the project. Here we look at why this is in more detail. Communication is important in all companies, businesses, organisations and of course, within project management. It is important all the way through a project, but particularly at the beginning of the…

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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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