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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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DEMAND FOR WEBINAR PLACES SOAR, REPORTS PMI UK

PMI UK, the UK chapter of the world's leading project management organisation, has seen attendance of its online webinars double during the Coronavirus lockdown. Over the last four months, over 2,500 people have taken part in 22 widely acclaimed PMI UK webinars covering topics such as the strategic/future PMO, value and benefits realisation managem...
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Working from home: a blessing or a curse? - By Hugo Minney

 "May you live in interesting times" is often cited as a Chinese curse. It highlights the dilemma that we prefer having interesting things going on, but perhaps not when we have no control over them. The same applies to lock-down It's great working from home because I can be flexible with my time. I can work as long as I like into th...
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Morale is a Velocity Amplifier - Written by Didier Estibals

This article is inspired by : "The LEAN mindset : Ask the right questions.", a book written by Tom and Mary Poppendieck (ISBN 13 : 978-0-321-89690-2). All IPs are therefore acknowledged. In 1950, as George Merck, the then CEO of the pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. was retiring, he explained the underlying philosophy that drove its success : "W...
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Taking the PMP exam : now … or later ? - Written by Didier Estibals

The PMP® exam format will be changing drastically on the 2nd of January 2021. It was originally scheduled to change this month (June 2020), but PMI® took the decision to extend the current format until the 31st of December 2020, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. What is changing? From next year, the 200 multiple choice questions will be grouped...
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How the Project Manager’s Role is Evolving with Digital By Navjot Singh

Technology trends are converging. Accelerating development, collaboration, speeding adoption, and inspiring innovation are adding to the fast pace of change in all industries. This pace of change is often affected when a technological innovation gathers critical mass in terms of distribution base, acceptances, and capability. For every technology t...
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Leading the Way By Haseena Bheekhun

It is interesting to listen to people's perception of project management—even those within the profession, including project managers, have different perceptions and definitions of what the profession encompasses. Project management covers the development and execution of a specific project isolated from day-to-day operations. Often a project ...
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