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Welcome to a collection of project, programme, portfolio and change management information for the active project manager.
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APM Takes Significant Step Towards Chartered Status - Project Accelerator News

APM Takes Significant Step Towards Chartered Status - Project Accelerator News | Project and Programme Management | Scoop.it
The Association for Project Management has juts announced a significant step toward the award of chartered status. The Privy Council considered the application
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How Fear of Embarrassment Turned into a $11 Billion Dollar Valuation

How Fear of Embarrassment Turned into a $11 Billion Dollar Valuation | Project and Programme Management | Scoop.it
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Good things to remember, passion and determination
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Decision architecture

Decision architecture | Project and Programme Management | Scoop.it
Creating a framework for good decisions architectureGood decisions in delivering change has been a theme in this blog. A recent paper on the HBR webs
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Who does what in your organisation or team

Who does what in your organisation or team | Project and Programme Management | Scoop.it
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Harvard Review providing some insight in to leadership.

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Your personal brand: time to put your ‘professional flag’ in the ground

Your personal brand: time to put your ‘professional flag’ in the ground | Project and Programme Management | Scoop.it
Think strategically. Have an awareness of your personal brand — who you are, what you stand for, and importantly, what you want to be known for.
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Worth a few moments of time to think what flags you are flying

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We are all project managers | Business | Subject areas | Publishing and editorial | BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT

We are all project managers | Business | Subject areas | Publishing and editorial | BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT | Project and Programme Management | Scoop.it
Stephen A. Roberts and Bruce Laurie, both from the School of Computing and Technology at the University of West London, immerse themselves in the sometimes murky world of project management.
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Managing Projects and Portfolios Using Microsoft Project Online

Managing Projects and Portfolios Using Microsoft Project Online | Project and Programme Management | Scoop.it
In this guide, you'll be introduced to Microsoft Project Online, a flexible solution for project portfolio management.
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A useful overview of Project Online

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What is Agile?

What is Agile? | Project and Programme Management | Scoop.it

Everybody seems to be talking about Agile. There’s a huge wave of enthusiasm and focus on it, and it’s being heralded as the way forward for the effective management of projects in the modern world. But what is ’it’? Does each person that commends Agile actually mean the same thing? -
See more at: http://www.changequest.co.uk/blog/agile/#sthash.GoHbMU09.dpufClick

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Useful insight from Change Quest as normal.

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When First Movers Are Rewarded, and When They’re Not

When First Movers Are Rewarded, and When They’re Not | Project and Programme Management | Scoop.it
What a study of mobile phone makers reveals.
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Project Managers: Leaders and Managers?

Project Managers: Leaders and Managers? | Project and Programme Management | Scoop.it

In an increasingly complex and uncertain business environment we hear much talk of leadership v management. John Kotter has spoken much on this subject and argues that leadership and management are distinct but complementary systems, each with its own functions and associated activities.

 

Strong management and weak leadership is a journey to a poor outcome, strong leadership with weak management is no better and sometimes actually worse.

 

Looking at the internet there are many reference lists of the attributes of leaders and managers.

 

Managers are about: planning, process, measures, control, resources, maintenance and formal hierarchy.

 

Leaders are about: vision, motivation, people, change, breaking down barriers and building aligned relationships.

 

As we encounter greater change in organizations and projects it is clear that change demands more leadership.

 

We should probably stop looking at leadership and management as two separate lists of behaviors and activities but rather consider how we combine the two to create a better type of leader and manager able to act in the ever more complex business world in which we operate. A project manager must do both leadership and management finding the right balance between them to deliver the required outcome.

 

Perhaps key to the future of the project management role is clearly recognising the need for both and ensuing that we provide both, each day, in every project we are involved with.

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Death of project management | Business | Subject areas | Publishing and editorial | BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT

Death of project management | Business | Subject areas | Publishing and editorial | BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT | Project and Programme Management | Scoop.it
Bryan Barrow MBCS considers the current issues in project management, and compares them with a conundrum that was faced by the scientific community last century.
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Some interesting and challenging thoughts for the project community.

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5 Alternatives to Wasting Time Attending Project Meetings!

5 Alternatives to Wasting Time Attending Project Meetings! | Project and Programme Management | Scoop.it
How to stop wasting time attending Project Meetings and get more productive. Get some insight into ways to keep teams collaborating outside of meetings.
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Some useful alternatives......talking to people now that's useful ! Why because you learn a lot more than just what you planned for a meeting. You often learn the important stuff that people will not speak about in a meeting. You learn the really important people stuff. How do you apportion meetings and really people communication?

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Project Manager

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So true but perhaps not just project management. Is this a comment on the pace of change in business
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Organisational Mindfulness and Change

Organisational Mindfulness and Change | Project and Programme Management | Scoop.it
Mindfulness is increasingly recognised as having the potential to transform workplaces; boosting efficiency, productivity, innovation and creativity. How can this be?
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Looking for the detail may help towards the answer
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The Making of a Corporate Athlete

The Making of a Corporate Athlete | Project and Programme Management | Scoop.it
Some executives thrive under pressure. Others wilt. Is the reason all in their heads? Hardly. Sustained high achievement demands physical and emotional strength as well as a sharp intellect. To bring mind, body, and spirit to peak condition, executives need to learn what world-class athletes already know: recovering energy is as important as expending it.
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Victory in a VUCA world - are your leaders prepared? |

Victory in a VUCA world - are your leaders prepared? | | Project and Programme Management | Scoop.it

Also see

 

http://www.thunderbird.edu/article/adaptive-leadership-vuca-world-tale-two-managers

 

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True in so many of todays business situations.

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The Age of the Cockroach

A Plague is coming to kill off the Unicorns, predicted by tech prognosticators everywhere. Inflated and unsustainable valuations, a shaky stock marke
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The power of networking: how to make it work for you | APM

The power of networking: how to make it work for you | APM | Project and Programme Management | Scoop.it
Over the last decade, networking has turned into one of the most powerful ways to develop a career successfully. Many people dread it, for others it is second nature. The first group sees it has a ‘must do’ task and would rather avoid it, the second uses it as an opportunity to connect with the professionals they would like to do business with, learn from or be inspired by. Some people argue that they are not comfortable with the idea of making a hard sell of their skills, almost feeling like they are not genuine and true to their themselves when they have to do it.
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10 Reasons Your Top Talent Will Leave You

10 Reasons Your Top Talent Will Leave You | Project and Programme Management | Scoop.it

"Have you ever noticed leaders spend a lot of time talking about talent, only to make the same mistakes over and over again? Few things in business are as costly and disruptive as unexpected talent departures. With all the emphasis on leadership development, I always find it interesting so many companies seem to struggle with being able to retain their top talent. In today’s column, I’ll share some research, observations, and insights on how to stop the talent door from revolving."

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/10-reasons-your-top-talent-leave-you-ahmed-abdul-qader

 

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Useful reminders for every day.

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Draft work programmes 2016-17 - European Commission

Draft work programmes 2016-17 - European Commission | Project and Programme Management | Scoop.it
Draft work programmes 2016-17 - The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation

Via nicoleta susanu
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Useful overview of the 2016-17 frameworks.

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The adoption and the publication of the work programme by the Commission are expected in mid-October 2015.

Evelyn Y. van Royen's curator insight, October 5, 2015 9:12 AM

Draft Work programme Health has been released. Get your network together

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5 Things Project Managers Should Stop Doing - Colin Ellis

5 Things Project Managers Should Stop Doing - Colin Ellis | Project and Programme Management | Scoop.it
Here are the top 5 things my clients suggest that project managers should stop doing...now!
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Get face to face with the team members and workout how they tick, then look at how to support each key team member. Help them to support those they work with as well.

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Innovative leaders ask powerful “what-if” questions

Innovative leaders ask powerful “what-if” questions | Project and Programme Management | Scoop.it
Asking questions is an essential component of leadership. Voltaire said that we should ‘judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers’ and Albert Einstein was obsessed with questions, or more precisely, with getting to the right question. Another smart mind, Tim Brown (chief executive and president of IDEO) says, 'It’s very easy in business to get sucked into being reactive to the problems and questions that are right in front of you. It doesn’t matter how creative you are as a leader,
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The big picture view, the looking over the horizon and the "if it were my money" views are great in provoking further thought and dialogue. "If I do this, could I sleep at night" and "Could I explain this as being the right thing to a judge if it all goes wrong" are also good questions from an ethical stand point. It is the big simple questions that often unlock the best decisions.

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Primal Leadership: The Hidden Driver of Great Performance

Primal Leadership: The Hidden Driver of Great Performance | Project and Programme Management | Scoop.it
We’ve known for years that emotional intelligence improves results—often by an order of magnitude. Now, new research shows that a leader’s mood plays a key role in that dynamic—a discovery that should redefine what leaders do first and best.
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We knew this really but some days we forget how important it actually is to those around us. Finishing the day knowing you helped move someone, one of your team, or someone else's team forwards is a great way to go home. As parents we know how this stuff works with our kids.... their mood is your mood and vice versa so it often is in teams. To lead we need to remember the glass is half full and that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

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