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Michelle Symonds

Michelle Symonds is a freelance consultant specialising in digital marketing. She has many years experience in IT and IT Project Management in the oil industry and investment banking on complex global projects involving the management of outsourced project teams.

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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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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Is Any Project Ever Truly Successful?

Benefits of project management

With so many corporate projects of all different types failing to live up to initial expectations you might wonder if any project could ever be considered successful when compared against the original aims and expectations. At the start of a project there is usually a very clear idea of what …

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Making Testing an Integral Part of a Project


There are so many products, processes and services that are simply not well-designed and do not quite work as they should. Some are not even fit for purpose. This could be anything from a small electrical item such as a kettle that leaks to a major software system that cost …

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Successful Projects Need A Project Management Framework


There are three main sections to a Project Management Framework, which are designed to help the project manager complete a project successfully. The first of these is what we fundamentally understand as project management, and this along with the other two parts are described below. But if you have a …

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