Shopping, it’s surely like a project?

Shopping, it’s surely like a project?

My wife will tell you I am the world’s worst shopper. She is as usual, probably right! Take last Sunday. She has a significant birthday coming up and I wanted to buy her a special present so off to Brent Cross shopping centre we went. We started off well and we explored a range of jewellers without much luck. From … Read More >

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What do you need to change to be more effective?

What do you need to change to be more effective?

“I really feel restricted by the internal processes here.” That is how a fairly long conversation started. This was a project manager who was trying to short circuit what he saw as the bureaucracy, but he was ‘having some issues’: He had not got the project team ‘with him’ – some of them complained to me that they did not … Read More >

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Networking for Project Managers

Networking for Project Managers

Tuesday evening in snowy Durham, and 30 project professionals came together to talk ‘networking’. It’s always a difficult subject to talk about – especially when it combined face-to-face networking, internal networking and on-line networking. For some of the audience, face-to-face networking is easy, something project managers have to do on a daily basis. For others it’s a necessary evil – you have to do it but that doesn’t mean it comes naturally. When we started talking about using Linkedin for networking – there were just two people in the room that didn’t have an account – and perhaps surprising to some (me included) not one person was using Twitter! Networking Skills So you can imagine what fun it was keeping thirty people, with varying levels of ‘networkingness’ engaged! I had some great chats with people afterwards and one project manager’s approach to a career change was great and I wanted to share it. Faced with the option of voluntary redundancy, the project manager decided to take it and start planning for the D-day which was 6 months later. They decided to approach the change just like a project and started up a Gantt chart.

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“The problem is not the problem. Your attitude to the problem, is the problem.”

“The problem is not the problem. Your attitude to the problem, is the problem.”

By Alison Smith Each day in the Project Agency office I see the above quote made by Captain Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Caribbean films. This is in a prominent place (on the fridge door) and this got me thinking about problems, or issues that arise in projects, and how these can be overcome. Yes, some might say … Read More >

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A New Beginning in 2014

A New Beginning in 2014

Watermark Learning Names Vicki James Director of Business Analysis Watermark Learning has named Vicki James, PMP, CBAP, to the position of Director of Business Analysis. James joins Watermark with 15 years’ experience in the public and private sectors as a project manager, business analyst, author, and independent industry consultant and trainer. Her responsibilities will include developing and maintaining Watermark Learning’s Business Analysis Training read more… It has been almost a month since I’ve taken on my exciting new role. I am so very excited to have joined the Watermark Learning team as the Director of Business Analysis. This has been a long time in the making but things that are meant to be have a way of working themselves out. What excites me about this is that I get to do everything I love to do, everything I set out to do with Professional Project Services, but with the support of a great team with years of experience providing training and consulting services. Having a team of like-minded professionals surrounding me is a blessing and I know I will accomplish much more with this team then I could have ever hoped to do as a solo entrepreneur

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