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Changepoint Appoints New CEO and CFO to Lead Company Through Next Phase of Growth

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Executives Will Accelerate Innovation and Execution to Drive Global Business Expansion Changepoint, a leading provider of project and portfolio management, enterprise architecture and professional services management applications, today announced it has appointed Matt Scheuing as Chief Executive Officer and Scott Mahan as Chief Financial Officer. Both bring more than 25 …

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Professional project management (Part 1)

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The project management associations worldwide are at the forefront of the push to have project management recognised as a profession, but what does professional project management look like?  To answer this question we first need to understand the project a project manager is managing…… The PMBOK® Guide 5th Edition defines …

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Is your project team made up of puppets or pioneers?

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I recently had the pleasure of working with two IT Project Teams who are paradoxically both very similar and very different. The first, I’ll call them ‘Team X’ was struggling to deliver projects within agreed parameters and the second, ‘Team Y’ was hitting targets but was asking ‘what else can …

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Rewarding your team

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In The Power of Happiness, I suggested a ‘happy team’ was more likely to be an outcome of a motivated team, than something you can work to achieve in isolation. This post looks at some of the key elements a leader can use to develop a motivated and committed team …

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Using Covey’s Matrix to tame your Time Management Woes

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Good time management is something that often sounds easy in theory but in practice can often prove elusive. For managers, the difficulty comes from having to juggle your day to day workload with managing a team of people and all the unpredictability that brings. Good time management isn’t just about …

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APM Project Fundamentals Podcast – Project Context

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This podcast looks at project context or environment – this is where the project sits within an organisation and in the wider world and what factors  affect the project. For example – imagine the organisation you work at is an electronics company –all projects follow a theme that is well …

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APM project Fundamentals Podcast – Project Roles

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Everybody should have a clear understand of the different project roles because otherwise there could be confusion which can cause friction or chaos. This podcast from the Parallel Project Training’s APM Project Fundamentals distance learning course looks at the typical roles in a project.   Related Posts:APM Project Fundamentals Qualification …

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APM Project Fundamentals Podcast – Project Lifecycle

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Why do we have a project lifecycle? Plants and animals have a lifecycle – they are born, live and die in the simplest sense so projects are the same. In this podcast we look in more detail at the project lifecycle.     We break the project into a number …

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APM Project Fundamentals Qualification – Introduction Podcast

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Listen to the first of the APM Project Fundamentals Podcasts from Parallel Project Training     This training course is targeted at people who want to know the basics of project management –people just starting out in their career who want to know the language and principles of project management. …

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APM Project Fundamentals: Starting Your Journey in Project Management

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As a new project manager your first projects can be challenging without the necessary processes, methods, knowledge, skills, tools and experience. However, there is a training course that could be just right for you; the APM Project Fundamentals Course provides a flexible way to apply tried and tested project management …

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Practical Stakeholder Engagement

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As we all know the problem with good practice is it slowly slips away as we respond to time pressures and expediency and bad habits take root. We know what’s supposed to be done but settle for a comfortable second best until it’s too late.  Well, this is a New …

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