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What technical, soft and hard skills do you need in project management?

The career field for project managers is rapidly expanding; perhaps because in the working world everything can be classed as a project and so there is never any shortage of work for experienced professionals! But how do you become a great project manager and stand out from the competition? The answer is found in the […]

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Improving time estimation as a project manager

The timeline of a project can be a long affair subject to all manner of unforeseen influences that can throw it unexpectedly off track resulting in time creep. Here are some handy tips to help help with time estimation and ensure you work with and not against the clock: Use the past as a guide […]

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Business projects affected by Coronavirus – what has been the impact?

  • 14th October 2020
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The COVID-19 pandemic has affected pretty much every business sector within the UK and overseas with many business projects affected by coronavirus. Some companies, including commercial giants, have even closed their doors altogether. Let’s look at how coronavirus has been impacting projects… It is clear that many projects are no longer being delivered on time […]

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Knowing which specific skills to use, and when, as a project manager

The role of a project manager involves knowing when to use the various combinations of skills for maximum effect to successfully reach the finish line of each and every project they undertake.There are many soft skills such as communication, motivation, conflict management and building trust, but just when should you use these specific skills? Credit […]

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Project at risk of being derailed? Here’s the solution

Most experienced project managers have worked on at least one project that has been at risk of being derailed at some point. If your current project is at crisis point here are some ideas, gathered from delegates on some of our project management courses, to get it back on track. Cut the conflict Clashes of […]

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5 more solutions to avoid project hurdles

In the previous post we looked at some ways to overcome project hurdles but there are so many solutions that we’ve gathered even more ideas from delegates on some of our recent project management courses. Here they are… Boosting morale One of the biggest project hurdles is keeping your team engaged and motivated. Monday mornings […]

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5 solutions to avoid project obstacles

Obstacles to progress or productivity are an everyday possibility for every manager, and they can seriously threaten the success of a project as well as the morale of your team. Here are 5 of our  favourite solutions here at Parallel Project Training,  that offer the opportunity for you to raise the bar and succeed, rather […]

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Gantt charts for beginners

Do you use Gantt charts for project management? If not and you’d like to, we offer some great basic tips about Gantt charts for beginners here. Gantt charts are a popular tool with project managers, and it is easy to see why. They are a simple tool that can be used to help visualise time […]

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Quick wins for project managers

The most important quick project wins are the ones you should ensure happen in every project. Find out how to quickly build a starting point for a successful project. It doesn’t matter how many projects you have been involved in, as you will learn on any project manager course there is always plenty of scope […]

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Project Manager Salaries in the UK

Since 2015 the Association for Project Management (APM) have been producing an annual Salary and Market Trends Survey for the project profession. So it’s always good to take a peek at the latest data and see how project manager salaries, job satisfaction etc. compare with others in your industry. Of course, the Project Management Institute […]

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The Benefits of Adobe Connect For Virtual Learning

  • 20th May 2020
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If you are not using Adobe Connect for your virtual learning, then read on to see all the benefits you could be taking advantage of. When it comes to virtual learning whether you are undertaking a project managers course, or indeed any other form of training, there are a number of different platforms out there […]

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Prioritising Work With The Eisenhower Matrix

The Eisenhower Matrix is a great way of prioritising project work for maximum efficiency so here we look at how to get it to work for project managers. Too often the one thing that you might find missing from your work life is the right amount of prioritisation and organisation in order to complete an […]

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What is Visual Project Management?

Visual project management is a relatively new idea that combines data visualisation methodologies and visual thinking tools with the more traditional concepts of project reporting, communication and the practices linked to facilitation. Visual project management is a somewhat revolutionary approach that combines the latest data and information presentation techniques in a way that improves both […]