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Using Covey’s Matrix to tame your Time Management Woes

Covey's Time Management Matrix

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

APM Project Fundamentals - Project Context

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

APM Project Fundamentals Qualification

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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Does a Project Manager Need PM Qualifications?

APM Project Fundamentals Qualification - Distance Learning Course

What makes a successful project manager is a combination of their academic abilities, experience and skills, both “soft” and “hard” skills i.e. communication skills and motivational abilities in addition to knowledge and understanding of project management techniques and tools and any technical skills that may be required in certain PM …

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Knowledge management is more than simply learning lessons

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At best lessons learned are explicit knowledge.  Explicit knowledge can be readily articulated, codified, stored, accessed and transmitted to others. The process of transforming the ‘lessons’ recorded by a project team into explicit knowledge requires: The lesson to be recorded by the team. Ideally this is a contemporaneous process designed …

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There’s a reason why U N I are at the heart of communicate

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Few things kill a project quicker than ineffective or over complicated communication. At the heart of it, when you communicate – what’s important? Have you ever really thought about it? Actually, in the interests of clarity – take my question literally. Focus on the heart of the word ‘communicate’ … …

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Stakeholder engagement by any other name

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The chances are you organisation is already focusing on ‘stakeholder engagement’ but is using another name for the activity.  From an organisational perspective stakeholder engagement is a means to achieving outcomes that are increasingly being seen as being commercially desirable or necessary to comply with various rules and regulations. Some …

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The PMO Conference in London – 8th June 2016

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The PMO Conference returns for a second year following a sell out success in 2015. The conference takes on Wednesday 8th June 2016 at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) at Portland Place near London’s Oxford Street and Regents Park. This year’s PMO Conference features 4 streams and 22 …

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7 reasons IT Project Managers must be more innovative

Project Managers as innovators

As the New Year started I wrote a handful of blogs about challenges faced by Project Managers and how we are better equipped than ever to face them now. However, after I asked, “How many PMs work in a tangibly different way in the New Year to how they did …

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Praxis launches free capability maturity tool

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Capability maturity assessments are often done once or twice a year to check on how an organisation is performing and hopefully to improve project and programmes delivery . But between assessments, organisations can suffer a loss of focus on the things that need to be done to make project and programme delivery more …

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