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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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Indian Jugaad by Michael Gates

 Following my recent PMI UK webinar Working successfully with the Indian Culture, here are some thoughts on Jugaad – a concept I mentioned during the session. 16 March 2009 – Indian Jugaad As a cross-culturalist, it is fascinating to become immersed in a less familiar culture and find out something new. It tends to happen quite quickly, as you...
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5 winning tips for pitching for business as a Project Manager by Ed Lamb

In February my friend and colleague Jeremy Cassell delivered a PMI webinar on influencing and many of you attended. There are many elements of that webinar that overlap with this piece, but here my focus is on pitching. There is a curious balance that a Project Manager has to strike when pitching. Too little focus on the risks that the project enta...
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Bournemouth University: Project Management Day 2021 - By Franco Guarrella

On 13 January the Bournemouth University Project Management Day, an event that marks the multi-year collaboration between the Bournemouth University and the PMI UK Chapter, took place virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic instead of the usual on-campus event. Project Management Day is dedicated to the development of the Project Management prof...
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Unlocking the You in PDU - By Rochelle A. Hood, PMP

Future Proofing Your Career Through Professional Development Professional Development often tops the list for many of us when we formulate our goals - for example for the New Year. Whether you have your sights set on landing a new position, earning, or retaining a credential, or expanding your business contribution by gaining new skills, the PMI Di...
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Digital Events: Finding balance and moving forward by Carla Miranda

"PMI UK members/volunteers design and deliver many high-quality digital events which help project practitioners share knowledge and experience and learn and develop. Sometimes it is not possible to attend a particular event. In 2020 we tackled this issue." Our response to Covid-19 2020 was a particularly demanding year; the Covid-19 pandemic brough...
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Accelerate your career progress using my 5 P's to success

80% of the qualities required to be successful are attitude based therefore success is within your control. In the modern world a career will span a number of decades, consequently it is not unusual for individuals to have a number of different careers throughout their working lives. An individual may work in one profession, discipline or industry ...
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Government Infrastructure - levelling up and looking forward

UK Parliament's Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (PACAC) has delivered a Report titled "Delivering the Government's infrastructure commitments through major projects (July 2020)" about the Government Major Project Portfolio (GMPP), of which a significant proportion of the value are related to infrastructure projects (£214b...
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