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Project Planning Techniques

This post was originally written back in 2014 but was updated in April 2022. Fundamental project planning techniques have changed little during that time but many of the tools we now use have changed, and our best-practise knowledge has expanded immeasurably over that time. A project plan is the glue which will hold a project […]

Added: 7th April 2022 Read More

Attending project management training in Birmingham

Birmingham, in the West Midlands, is a very centrally located city in the UK that benefits from a great transport network. Project management training in Birmingham is a perfect choice and the city is, of course, well known for being the home of Cadbury World, The Bullring Shopping centre and as a manufacturing powerhouse. Transport […]

Added: 25th March 2022 Read More

Performing A Swot Analysis To Improve Teamwork

SWOT Analysis is a technique used frequently in project management to assist with decision-making. It is useful for project planning and risk management of complex projects and, as a consequence, it can also help to improve teamwork within a project team. The acronym SWOT stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats. These terms indicate that […]

Added: 24th March 2022 Read More

Project Management Training in Leeds

The third largest city in England, Leeds is located in the North of the country, in the heart of Yorkshire. If you are looking for a location to attend a project management training course, then Leeds is not only well appointed but has all the facilities and transport links you could need. Transport Leeds is […]

Added: 22nd March 2022 Read More

A complete guide to project scope

Defining the scope of your project clearly will help you to effectively manage stakeholder expectations, ensuring that all of the elements of the project are aligned with the objectives, therefore, increasing the chances of your project being a success. Because of this, the project scope is a critical part of project management to understand. Read […]

Added: 28th February 2022 Read More

Attending project management training in Crawley, West Sussex

Crawley is a large town located in the South of England. It is just 28 miles south of London and close to the coast with Brighton and Hove just 18 miles away. Crawley and its surroundings form one of the most dynamic business locations in the UK, where headquarters are located for major financial, tech […]

Added: 21st February 2022 Read More

Attending project management training in Manchester

Located in the North-West of England, Manchester is a thriving commercial hub and one of the biggest cities in the country. As a location to attend a project management training course, Manchester has everything that you could possibly need.  Transport Thanks to its substantial transport network, Manchester is easy to get to. It has its […]

Added: 18th February 2022 Read More

Mindful listening for project managers

Communication is one of those vital project management skills; it involves information being transmitted between a sender and a receiver. It is the sender who gives the message – by whatever means – and the receiver who either gets the message verbally or in written form. The success of communication relies on the words themselves […]

Added: 16th February 2022 Read More

Jan Underdown – Project Manager Interview

Recently I had the opportunity to speak to Jan Underdown, one of the Associates and a Project Management trainer with Parallel Project Training. She told me something of her background, how she got into project management and some of her thoughts on what skills are important for a project manager. Biography Jan has over 20 […]

Added: 14th February 2022 Read More

New APM Project Management Qualification Hybrid Course for 2022: 5 Days in 5 Weeks

What is Hybrid Learning Parallel has over ten years of experience delivering virtual project management training, but for the past two years, we have been providing pure virtual training, and we have learned what works best for the 7th edition of the APM Body of Knowledge. Today we are launching a new flexible hybrid approach […]

Added: 2nd February 2022 Read More

Stressed Project Team? Here Are 4 Quick Calming Tips

The world of work can be an incredibly stressful place at times. Here are our 4 top quick tips for when your project team is stressed. The workplace is a stressful environment, and despite the huge improvements in technology that really should make things easier, they seem to have become even more stressful. Businesses, and […]

Added: 2nd February 2022 Read More

Project Managers – Importance Of Good Body Language

Body language is incredibly important in many areas of work life, yes, even for project managers so we should understand how important it is in relation to all aspects of our working life. Here we look at the 8 different elements of body language.   Professional training courses for project managers teach you skills, and […]

Added: 20th January 2022 Read More

How to Pass Your Project Management Course with Flying Colours

Whether you already work in the field of project management or are looking at this as a new direction for your career, you will undoubtedly have come across the wide range of project management courses you could study. For many people, particularly those who are already undertaking a role successfully in the workplace it can […]

Added: 19th January 2022 Read More

Project Burnout – How To Spot It And How To Stop It

Being a project manager is a fast paced and highly demanding job. So, there’s no surprise that burnout can occur. Detecting signs of burnout is not something typically taught on a project managers training course but, nevertheless, it could be important. Even if you are using a controlled approach to managing your projects and consider yourself to […]

Added: 12th January 2022 Read More

How To Build a Motivated Project Team

We all know that projects are successful if the right people are involved and if those people are well-motivated to make the project a success. The people involved will include those who initiated the project, the customer and end-users and, of course, the people who will manage the work and do the work required to […]

Added: 20th December 2021 Read More

5 Reasons Your Business Needs Better Leaders

  The business world is a competitive one today. Owners are faced with crowded marketplaces, with numerous companies battling for their target consumer base’s attention. How can you make sure your business is the one that stands out from the crowd? Of course, there are many possible approaches. However, ensuring your business has better leaders […]

Added: 15th December 2021 Read More

Could Combining Traditional and Agile Methods Lead To More Successful Projects?

There are many different ways to approach managing a project, including hybrid project management. The best approach will partly depend on the type of project, the type of organisation and even the personal attitudes of the project manager. Some organisations will insist on following a formal methodology rigorously, others will allow a PM to adapt […]

Added: 10th December 2021 Read More

Parallel Are Delighted To Welcome a New Member To Their Growing Team

The Parallel Project Training team recently welcomed Rob Marriott as the new Director of Project Management. He joins the team following 14 years at two major global consulting firms: PA Consulting Group and Arcadis, where he was involved in a variety of Learning & Development roles. Career Highlights So Far Rob spent the first 8 […]

Added: 1st December 2021 Read More