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Women in Project Management Break the Bias Virtual Conference, 8th – 10th March 2022

Celebrating United Nations International Women's Day Estelle Detrembleur reports on the recent PMI UK conference#IWD2022 #BreakTheBias "Imagine a world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination. A world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated. Together we can forge women's equa...
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What do all successful project managers have in common?

  Tunde Ajia, Director of Operations, PMI (UK), considers the skills necessary to be a great project manager.  A project manager is someone who applies knowledge, skills, tools, and procedures to project activities to satisfy project objectives and requirements. What constitutes a good project manager, on the other hand, might vary d...
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Using emotional intelligence to improve project performance

The business climate has changed immeasurably, even more so since Covid and the work-from-home ethos. To optimize project results and maximize the use of available resources, it has become necessary for project managers to understand and apply the principles of Emotional Intelligence (EQ). Project managers must create a climate in which clients, te...
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Toastmasters New Club

Are you 'Tired of Teams?', feeling 'Zoomed out?' or stuck on 'Mute?' Clearly, as project professionals, we've all had to contend with new ways of working over the last couple of years. None more so than remote working and the more permanent move to the virtual world of communication. It's tough to master, energy draining and, increasingly, it's fil...
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Going beyond Emotional Intelligence

 By Hugo Minney PhD This article focus on an important soft skill - Emotional Quotient (EQ). EQ is about understanding yourself and others - understanding the emotions that can run high, that can either get in the way of your own performance, or get in the way of the message you are trying to convey. But there's a next generation developm...
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The Project Manager and #NetZero

In the first part of this two part blog, Estelle Detrembleur explained the meaning of Net Zero, and why it is so important. In this second article Estelle explains what we need to do within that as a project community. Every contribution to Net Zero counts  Since climate change affects all projects it is important to perform a review of its&nb...
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Towards #NetZero

NetZero has been the subject of much discussion. The recent UN conference on Climate Change (COP26) re-affirmed the goal of achieving 'Net Zero' by around mid-century. But what exactly does this mean, and how does this goal relate to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals? In this first of two articles Estelle Detrembleur gives us some answers. And...
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November 2021 | Managing Risk for Sustainable Business

On International Project Management Day, November 4th, Dr David Hillson delivered a thought provoking yet practical lecture on 'Managing Risk for Sustainable Business' at the University of Westminster. Yes, David was at the university, as was about half of his audience, this being the first hybrid event PMI ventured in after lockdown. It was great ...
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Climate action: get involved with Enactus UK

One of the most encouraging aspects of the recent PMI UK Net Zero Conference was the focus on practicality: what is it that the project management community can actively do to contribute to climate action. Following on from their presentation at the conference, Amy Brereton of Enactus UK tells us more about the activities of the organisation, the i...
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The Neurological Levels Model of NLP

Would you like to know more about yourself? Would you like to know why you act and react in certain ways? Would you like to understand why change and learning is sometimes difficult, and sometimes easy? Would you like to understand and predict actions or reactions of your colleagues / stakeholders under specific conditions? If yes, then read on! Th...
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SEVEN THINGS PROJECT MANAGERS CAN DO ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE

By Dr Rick Graham PMP  A recent article asked what COP26 (26thUN Climate Change Conference, Glasgow, Autumn 2021) has to do with project management. The clear answer: projects deliver the technology and behavioural changes necessary to meet our climate targets. 'Projects are where the rubber meets the road'. In addition to such critical value-...
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Transforming the Net Zero Landscape through the Power of Projects

By Franco Guarrella, PMI UK Chapter  We are at the gates of a second epochal industrial revolution. The first started in the UK in the 18th century and was characterised by the introduction of mass production machinery and the energy needed to drive it. Energy has irreversibly transformed the way we live, both from a social and technological p...
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The PM Book Club and The Brain Rules

By Franco Guarrella, PMI UK Chapter  You are invited to join the the PM Book Club! This is open to all members of the projects community, but is organised and promoted by PMI UK Chapter members and has a thriving PMI UK membership. The club is a great opportunity to be actively engaged and to share the latest thinking around project management...
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Three great reasons to join the PMI UK Chapter

The Project Management Institute (PMI) is the world's leading project management organisation with almost 700,000 global members and 325 local chapters internationally. The UK chapter is entirely volunteer-led and provides a range of benefits to our 3,000 PMI UK members - as well as the wider profession and project economy. Of course we can simply ...
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Integrating Design Thinking into your projects Bruce Gay PMP

Following my recent PMI UK webinar Integrating Design Thinking on Your Projects, I would like to share some thoughts on Design Thinking that could be useful to project leaders when considering deploying the methodology within their teams. In today's business environment, project leaders must look beyond the foundational knowledge of managing projec...
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Presentation Skill Tips

You may not know it, but you are already an expert on presentation skills. I mean, how many presentations both good, and bad, have you suffered in your time at work? Clearly you can recognise a 'good' presentation and a 'bad' presentation, but let's take a look at what makes a presentation so. More importantly let's look at what you can do to impro...
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The Art and Science of Benchmarking - Improving Project Performance 

Benchmarking was the subject of a PMI Webinar in May 2019 with Tim Podesta sharing his experience and expertise of the subject. Supported by Merv Wyeth, and using Mentimeter for live interaction, the audience represented a diverse group in terms of project roles and industries - from services & software to government & construction. Looking...
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How to put together a Target Operating Model

Introduction A Target Operating Model (TOM) is a blueprint for an organisation's desired state after a change has taken place. An example would be where the organisation wants to understand the impacts of a structural change intended to increase efficiencies or to allow growth. Systematic use of the model gives a fuller understanding of the benefit...
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How to improve decision making by regular review of the business case by Helen Winter

 Purpose of the business case The business case provides a justification for undertaking the project, providing a rationale for this solution. It assesses the benefits, cost, and risks, as well as alternative options and competing demands for scarce resource and budget. Upon approval by decision makers, the business case provides a forecast, a...
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What has COP26 Got to Do with Project Management? by Franco Guarrella

What Has COP26 Got To Do With Project Management? The Paris Agreement, adopted at the Paris climate conference (COP21) in December 2015, set out a legally binding framework to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit it to 1.5°C. Some 196 countries (including th...
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