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New APM webinar: PMO competences and career paths with the new APM Competence Framework

One of our team recently dialled in to this new webinar from APM delivered by Eileen Roden and Simon George.

The webinar shows you how the PMO function has been accounted for in the new framework and demonstrates how the framework:

  • Enables you to identify strengths and development needs to support your career progression
  • Provides you with clearly defined competences with outcome focused performance indicators
  • Can be used by PMOs and PMO professionals (source APM)

They had this to say after attending it – It was interesting to learn about the roles and responsibility within a PMO – I would very much like to work in a PMO, than be the project manager!

I wonder if everyone who attended has had that thought?

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International Project Management Day

We have recently received the following about  International Project Management Day for the 5th November 2015:

Recognizing the Contributions of the Worldwide Community of Project Managers – International Project Management Day Purpose:

The need for strong and well defined project management methods and strong project leaders is clearly evident in the world wide business, government, and non profit communities. A Review of PMI’s Pulse of the Profession research indicates a significant positive difference in organizational performance when defined project management methods are executed by trained and competent professionals.

The men and women who have chosen project management as their preferred career path should be recognized for their perseverance and dedication to achieving targeted goals and objectives. It is extremely important for managers, project sponsors and executives to take a few moments and recognize the contributions to organizational success that are provided through strong project leadership and high performing project teams. IPM Day is not a celebration, it is a moment of recognition. Reserve your celebrations for your project successes and the achievements of your teams as they meet and overcome the challenges they encounter.


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Alpha Project Managers

Want to know what the Top 2% know that everyone else does not?

Follow this link – to the Project Management – Alpha Study (by Andy Crowe) to find out

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Interesting Quote

“Many of the things you can count, don’t count. Many of the things you can’t count, really count” – Albert Einstein

How very true this is, programmes and projects rarely report on the things that really matter, like benefits realisation and stakeholder satisfaction – Albert must have been thinking of MSP® when he wrote that!!

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Leadership makes or breaks complex projects

Leadership makes or breaks complex projects. Why? Because complexity requires people to accept change. And people only accept change and flourish when they feel safe enough.

So who creates environments people can thrive in? It’s you. If you invest in becoming a leader, that is.

Becoming an effective leader isn’t about management training. It’s not about a new process, method or tool, or about command and control.

Becoming a leader is about looking in the mirror. It’s about listening to painful home truths. It’s about changing your behaviour to become the leader others choose to follow. And it’s not vain self-indulgence to focus on yourself. Your leadership is vital to creating the ‘people-intelligent’ project environments we need to deliver complex projects successfully.

There are three areas where most leaders can benefit from developing themselves:

Firstly, generating an exciting project vision and ensuring that everyone understands their part. That’s the way to create meaning and commitment and to obtain discretionary effort from everyone involved.

Another factor is being trustworthy, so that your teams learn how to nurture trusting relationships with customers and suppliers. This is because when things go wrong, it’s relationships that create solutions.

Finally, it’s important to focus everyone’s energy on what’s important – in other words, deliver measurable results. Prioritising, delegating and making good decisions are critical to prevent a limited supply of energy going to waste.

Interestingly, most leaders readily ‘get’ the above – and enthusiastically self-report about doing these things well. I recently watched one such leader demolish a team member who reported some disgruntled customer feedback. This leader’s much avowed ‘open and honest’ policy was seriously undermined because he was unaware of his fragility with perceived criticism.

Winners listen to feedback, no matter how painful it is. They then choose if or how to adapt. Their focus is on maximising success and they accept that others’ perceptions are key. At such times, I recommend a ‘think slowly, act swiftly’ approach.

If you want your complex project to be successful, then look in the proverbial mirror and relish honest feedback. In the words of Winston Churchill:

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”


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