Managing Your Time Effectively As A PM

Good time management is so important in project management, but can be easily over-looked because of poor working habits. Here are some tips to help you get into the good habit of effective time management. As a project manager, you should be the king of time management right? Your calendar is filled with client meetings, […]

Storytelling In Project Management

As a project manager, you are, no doubt, continually striving to improve your skills. However, some skills cannot be easily taught but have to be learnt over time. One of those skills is storytelling. You tell a story in a certain way and the words you say are remembered – the way the words sound, […]

Risk and Issue Management

Hi Paul, Section 11.5 of the APMP Syllabus states ‘explain the advantages and disadvantages of risk and issue escalation’. I’m struggling to find any text on risk escalation, do you have any ideas what they are looking for here and where to find it? Thanks

Risk and Issue Management

Hi Paul, Section 11.5 of the APMP Syllabus states ‘explain the advantages and disadvantages of risk and issue escalation’. I’m struggling to find any text on risk escalation, do you have any ideas what they are looking for here and where to find it? Thanks

Saying No To A Project

Sometimes saying no to a project can be the best course of action for you, your career and your organisation, and yet so many of us avoid doing it. Have you ever wondered why you agreed to take on a certain project? Have you wished you had just said no without any repercussions? Have you […]

Business Analysis in Agile Projects

Business Analysis On ‘Agile-Type’ Projects

This week I ‘ave mostly been reading about Business Analysis (for those who remember Paul Whitehouse’s character Jesse from The Fast Show) And, unlike Jesse’s diet and fashion tips, there is much to say about business analysis in the current project environments that are moving away from traditional waterfall methods towards – if not exactly […]

Salary Trends in Project Management

Salary Trends: Are You Just An Average Project Manager?

We all like to think of ourselves as successful project managers or maybe you are aspiring to be a successful project manager but the recent 2015 inaugural APM Salary and Market Trends Survey starts with an insight into what the average project manager is. Somehow that term “average project manager” doesn’t smack of success – […]

Estimate Don’t Guesstimate

When planning a project accurate estimates are key to a realistic plan. However, many estimates are no more than guessing. Sometimes it simply is not possible to provide an accurate estimate because the project involves tasks that have never been done before so there is no historical data to draw upon. But often, even when […]

Reflections On Marking Mock APMP Exam Papers

I’ve been marking APMP mock papers for most of this week and I thought it would be useful to share some reflections on what makes a good answer in the APMP examination. Answer the question as asked The first things that I have noticed it that candidates have a tendency to reach straight through the theory when answering […]

Top Tips For Remote Project Managers

Remote project management isn’t new, but that isn’t to say it doesn’t come without its challenges. Here are some top tips for remote project managers. In today’s amazing world of fast advancing technology, remote working is now part of many people’s everyday work experience. In fact many companies are predicting that a large part of […]

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Project Management Timeline Infographic

As this project management timeline infographic from Telegraph Courses shows there are many trends in project management that we should be aware of but one  to watch is cyber security – this is likely to become ever more important and project managers will need to ensure deliverables are secure. Project Management Timeline – An infographic […]

Feedback On Sample Exam Paper Question 8 Much Appreciated.

‘List and describe five important environmental legislative requirements which the project manager must take into account when planning a project.’  A Safety and Environmental Management Plan is in place. Risk Assessments have been completed. The Project Team are trained. Safety equipment is provided. Environmental issues are addressed.   The Project Manager must make sure that […]

Feedback On Sample Exam Paper Question 2 Much Appreciated.

‘List and describe five key activities typically performed as part of an effective configuration management process.’ Configuration Management Planning. Configuration Identification. Configuration Control. Configuration Status Accounting. Configuration Verification and Audit. Configuration Management Planning is required to make sure that an appropriate Configuration Management procedure is in place and is being followed. The Configuration Management procedure […]

Conflict on a Project

How To Deal With Conflict On A Project

As a project manager it is your job to deal with conflict on a project when it arises and this can mean having a potentially difficult conversation. You might want to avoid confrontation but you simply can’t so here are some tips to help you deal with those difficult conversations.   When people work together, […]

Sample APM exam answer

Answering APMP questions. Many people take a while to realise that passing the APMP exam is not just about quoting direct from the study guide. This is the exam questions are not always a direct copy of the syllabus learning outcomes. For example a questions List and describe five approaches a project manager can adopt […]

Sample APM exam answer

Answering APMP questions. Many people take a while to realise that passing the APMP exam is not just about quoting direct from the study guide. This is the exam questions are not always a direct copy of the syllabus learning outcomes. For example a questions List and describe five approaches a project manager can adopt […]

Write A Progress Report That Matters

If you’ve been a project manager for a while you’ve probably already written lots of progress report, but do you feel confident those reports were as good as they could have been? Did you feel like your reason for writing those reports was clear? Have you found yourself writing the reports because they need doing, […]