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Winter Sale: Get Ready For 2017 with 20% off

If ever there was a time to celebrate our involvement in the world of project management now is that time; 2017 looks set to be a year of change for project management and the wider world. To get ready for this year of change Parallel is offering 20% off all it’s APM course in January…

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Essential Elements in a Quality Management Process

We all know that a good quality project is one in which the final outcome or deliverable meets the needs of the stakeholders and is “fit for purpose”. So a Quality Management Process aims to ensure the final deliverable does just that by focusing on quality throughout the project lifecycle; by incorporating it into the…

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New Professional Recognition for Project Managers

In my last post I discussed the skills and qualities that project managers need to develop to be successful because they have such a varied role it can sometimes be difficult to know what skills are the most important. A good project manager will be able to engage just as effectively with senior management as…

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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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Project Management Skills and Qualities All PMs Should Develop

We all know that to secure the best project management roles, especially if coming new into an organisation, requires some sort of formal project management 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…

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Importance of people in projects

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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Saving a Failing Project Doesn’t Always Mean Extra Resources

As project managers we all know the value of extra resources – if only we had that extra time in the schedule, an extra member of the project team or additional budget we would be bound to complete our project successfully. Wouldn’t we? Well that certainly can be true sometimes and on some well-managed projects…

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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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Unhappy Project Manager: Control Your Negative Emotions

Here we look at a couple of different negative emotions you might feel at work as a project manager, and how to deal with those emotions so you remain professional and are not an unhappy project manager.     Frustration   Perhaps you feel like you are in a situation you can’t get out of,…

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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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