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Estimating Techniques: A Beginner’s Guide

Estimating is an essential part of project management planning. Learning how to perform and understand an estimate is a critical skill for a project manager to have. There are a number of estimating techniques that you can use, and we have included four key ones here as a starting point. What are the key estimating […]

Added: 25th August 2023 Read More

Benefits Management: A Beginner’s Guide

Introduction The point of undertaking any project is to introduce a change that will have a resulting benefit. A benefit is the positive outcome of the project, or the thing that the project has achieved which provides something new, different or better. Without benefits, what is the point in doing the project? Benefits are the […]

Added: 11th August 2023 Read More

Change Management: A Beginner’s Guide

Change management is arguably one of the most important project management processes. Change is at the heart of every project. All projects seek to bring about positive, measurable changes. In order for these changes to be the most impactful and successful that they can be, it is important to control and manage them. This article […]

Added: 27th July 2023 Read More

Workstream or Work Package: Which is right for you?

On the radio the other day, I heard a senior civil servant discussing the workstreams in a project, which led me to ponder: why use the term workstream instead of work package? Are they merely two different terminologies for dividing a project, or does the language bear significance? The more I thought about this, the more I realised that these terms might reflect underlying different philosophies in project management. Why do I say this? Exploring these terms reveals a deeper understanding of project structuring, crucial for effective management and successful outcomes.

Added: 30th September 2023 Read More

An Action Plan for Overcoming Project Overload: My Experience

I had an intriguing meeting this week with a client. We discussed challenges their organisation was facing: the entire team was burdened with a plethora of projects, causing prolonged delays, and there was constant confusion about which projects should take precedence. As it turns out, this issue is all too common. Even when organisations introduce […]

Added: 18th July 2023 Read More

How to Pass the APM PPQ using STAR

Master the APM PPQ assessment with our tips and the STAR method. Enhance your interview performance for the APM Project Professional Qualification by structuring your answers effectively. Explore real-life examples and expert advice to excel in the assessment. Unlock success in your APM PPQ journey today.

Added: 29th June 2023 Read More

10 Powerful Tips for Project Managers in the Telecommunications Industry

No matter what type of industry you are involved in, project management skills will form a valuable part of your skill set. For those project managers who are employed in the telecommunications industry, there is a good chance that you will spend much of your time talking to a range of different people, from the […]

Added: 31st May 2023 Read More

Race Across the World or just another project?

The latest challenge to face the band of intrepid would-be travellers is to get across Canada from west to east by train, boat, bus, car, boke, foot or any other form of transportation that doesn’t involve air travel. And all for the price of an airline ticket for the same journey. The pairs are chosen […]

Added: 12th May 2023 Read More

APM Chartered Project Professional revised guidance – key changes

The APM have just released their revised ChPP chartered status standard and guidance notes. As an organisation that supports many candidates through their Chartered Project Professional journey, we are working hard to update all our support material like our ChPP study guide, ChPP podcasts, ChPP e-learning and other material. We, therefore, thought it would be […]

Added: 9th May 2023 Read More

What are the prerequisites for APM PPC – Project Planning and Control™?

The APM PPC is just one of the project management qualifications that are available to those who want to choose a career in project management or who already work in the profession. It offers knowledge, skills and the tools that are needed in order to become an effective project planner. But are there any prerequisites […]

Added: 27th April 2023 Read More

Barriers to benefits management and how to get around them

Benefits management is a method used when investing both time and resources in a project in order to ensure that positive change happens. In order to do this, it is important to identify, plan, measure and track all of the benefits of a project from the beginning to the end when all of the benefits […]

Added: 24th April 2023 Read More

What careers can the APM PPC lead to?

For anyone who is looking to become an effective project planner, the Association for Project Management (APM) approach to Project Planning and Control™ (PPC) is an essential course that can help you fully understand all the tools and processes needed for this role and other related careers where APM PPC accreditation is valuable. The training […]

Added: 20th April 2023 Read More

A breakdown of your project benefits management plan

A benefits management plan is designed to explain the different benefits of any project area and, perhaps more importantly, how and when they might be delivered. This is done through the inclusion of the following: Different types of benefits A benefits management plan will look at the two types of benefits, both tangible and intangible. […]

Added: 17th April 2023 Read More

Carmen Campos achieves Chartered Project Professional (APM ChPP) Status

Huge congratulations to Carmen Campos, one of the Parallel Project Training trainers, who recently became a Chartered Project Professional. She had her ChPP interview on the 31st January 2023 and was awarded chartered status on the 22nd February 2023. The APM ChPP is a prestigious award, which requires hard work and commitment to achieve. There […]

Added: 13th April 2023 Read More

One woman’s experience of gaining Chartered Project Professional status

Congratulations to Carmen Campos, one of the Parallel Project Training  trainers, who recently became a Chartered Project Professional. The APM ChPP is a prestigious award, which requires hard work and commitment to achieve. There are only around 500 people worldwide who have earned this accreditation so Carmen truly deserves our congratulations. I spoke to her recently […]

Added: 13th April 2023 Read More

10 Powerful Tips for IT Project Managers

For most leaders and most industries, project management skills are absolutely essential, and never more so than for leaders in tech related industry roles. It is often the case that a tech team will be juggling several projects at the same time, communicating with a range of stakeholders and dealing with different priorities and deadlines. […]

Added: 12th April 2023 Read More

Overcoming project barriers for website project managers

As any project manager will tell you, when you work with a group of individuals there are always project barriers or obstacles involved. It can be very difficult to work with a diverse group of people and give them the right leadership to work together as a cohesive team. Although it is easy to learn […]

Added: 12th April 2023 Read More

7 Powerful Tips for Project Managers in the Digital Marketing Industry

Whilst professional project managers may be strong in their own field and know which project management processes and procedures to use to deliver successful projects, when it comes to digital marketing knowledge, they might benefit from a little help. It isn’t essential to have industry experience to be a successful project manager in that industry […]

Added: 12th April 2023 Read More