The Winner of the May Ten in Ten Draw is…

The Winner of the May Ten in Ten Draw is…

Denise Pate!! Denise was selected from a collection of hundreds of participants in the premier edition of the Prize Draw commemorating the latest monthly edition of the 10th Birthday Celebration from Arras People . As was the case last month, hundreds took part in the May contest, with several repeat participants from our opening contest in March and April. We just can’t thank all of you enough for the interest. As our grand prize winner , Denise wins a £500 voucher to be used toward a project management training course with one of our co-sponsors, IIL Europe . The event is also co-sponsored by PMI UK Chapter . Thanks to our co-sponsors this month, and as a courtesy to some of the IIL Europe courses, click here . Well done to Denise – many congratulations.

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A Look at One University’s Commitment to PPM

A Look at One University’s Commitment to PPM

Arras People wanted to understand more about project management in today’s universities in the UK and spoke with Dr Walter Mswaka about the University of Huddersfield’s approach. Whilst the university are doing a fine job in teaching and promoting project management both as an academic subject and a practical course ( for  postgraduate and undergraduate students), they are also conscious of ensuring courses relate to the real world. Project Management is a specialist course within the MSc Management suite with the overarching aim of equipping students with a sound grasp of the key concepts, theories and issues which pervade the field of project management. I’ve previously written about how keen I am to see the management part of the project manager’s title given more prominent so it’s great to see this strong link in education. The university’s Business School has also got closer to the industry’s professional body in the UK and has also become an accredited provider of the Association of Project Management (APM) certificates. Building strong local connections with the APM not only gives students access to local meetings and talks but also the opportunity to mingle with practicing PMs and pick up new insights in discussions.  The APM also sponsors their ‘Best MSc Business Project Management dissertation” each year, which is a boost for a student picking up this prize.  The most popular course is the MSc Business Project Management which attracts a variety of professionals and overseas students. As I said earlier, the university is conscious that courses have to include the real work element and as a university this has to be a constant focus.

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Tipoffs Out Thursday

Tipoffs Out Thursday

It’s all academic for Project Management Tipoffs this Thursday. The May edition is in the hands of the esteemed members of our Arras People Project Management Higher Education Directory, which is continually adding new members all the time. Recent additions include Cardiff University and Leeds Metropolitan University , and several other institutions will be involved this month. We wanted a better grasp on how plugged in professors in PPM are with the practice. As you’ll learn this Thursday, they’re not just plugged in: they’re leading the way, too. Here’s a rundown of what to expect (provided you’ve signed up already ): Cranfield School of Management offers a strong case study for better master planning through lessons learned and placing the right people into the roles they’re well-suited for. Heriot-Watt University talks about the evolution of PPM out of engineering and construction-focussed disciplines, and into its own concentration of focus University College London argues for the strength of the university experience in the development of project managers.

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Some Twitter Handles Project Managers Dig

Some Twitter Handles Project Managers Dig

As Lindsay Scott revealed in this space last Wednesday, Arras People’ s 10th birthday celebrations opened in March with some great book prizes from Gower Publishing . As part of the competition we asked you who were your top project management Twitter handles from across the globe. As Lindsay did with the top bloggers last week, we’d like to share the results – in no particular order – of the Twitter choices our participants wrote, so you can check out who you and your peers are reading: @projectmgmt – There goes Lindsay’s ego… @PM_StrayDogg – …and now, there goes mine. @corneliusficht – of course you’d find Cornelius Fichtner on here @rkelly976 – some well-earned respect for Robert Kelly @susannemadsen – Ironically, Susanne plays a role in the Ten in Ten competition next month ; stay tuned! @thelazypm – People are anything but lazy in tracking down Peter Taylor @thepmcoach – praise for Thomas Kennedy, PMP @DonnieMacNicol – the plugged-in Donnie MacNicol gets his due @APMG_Inter – The handle for APMG International @GrandmasterPM – Who’s behind this Twitter handle – is it myth or legend? Who cares: the social media love here is real @pmosigUK – The handle for the PMO Specialist Interest Group, now under the guidance of APM. @ronrosenhead – Ron Rosenhead earns love, perhaps from one of his more than 1000 followers @PPMpractitioner – The handle for Neil A. Walker

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When Should I Take the PMP Exam?

When Should I Take the PMP Exam?

As you prepare for the PMP ® exam, one of your most important decisions will be when to actually take the exam. For many people, the question of when is driven by these two additional questions: How will I know that I am ready to take the exam? I heard that the exam changes on the full moon of the seventh month and it will be impossible to pass, should I take it before the seventh month? You may think that question #2 seems pretty silly. You are right, it is silly. But what it represents is the amount of rumor and urban legend that surrounds the PMP ® exam. Do not let rumors push you to take the exam when you are not prepared to take the exam.

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