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Learning The Hard Way About Projects is The Best Way

Earlier this year, the Major Projects Association held an event about learning from mistakes. The focus of the discussion was on whether we learn more from our own failures or from learning about the failures of others. It won’t be a surprise to you to know that the overwhelming response ...

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How to Write a Good Development Plan

I often hear managers and employees say that their organization does have a process in place for reviewing employee performance and setting career goals for the year ahead, but that they are not following it! Or, if they are following it, it seems that they are doing so, not for ...

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What is Your Project Learning Style?

There is a lot of importance placed on continuous learning: if you’ve done your PMP® study and passed the exam you’ll know that professional education doesn’t stop when you get your certificates. Many professional bodies have an obligation for members to carry on learning so that their skills are up ...

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Why project managers are not owed project management development

As we look across the globe for top business challenges, you will see the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, recruiting monster Manpower (USA) and the UK’s Institute of Engineering and Technology are all calling out a skills gap at the top of their respective lists. While companies and jobs under the ...

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How future project managers should manage their expectations

It has been said that young people are now being educated in such a way that there are no winners or losers, that no matter how they perform they will still get a ‘trophy’. Add to this the constant supervision from parents to ensure they go to a good university, ...

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Five ways for project managers to share lessons learned

We all know that capturing lessons learned is an essential part of making sure that future projects go well, but capturing and sharing them seems to be something that we don’t feel we do particularly effectively. In my experience, most project managers feel that they could ‘do’ lessons learned better. ...

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The benefits for project managers who know how to coach

Coaching is a process that helps an individual reach their full potential – mainly through the coach supporting and empowering them. Effective coaching relies on a relationship between coach and coachee that is based on the needs of the individual that is being coached, rather than the desired outcomes for ...

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How to build on your Project Management skills

Earlier this year, the BBC had to concede failure of their Digital Media Initiative (DMI) project after spending £98.4 million ($152 million). More recently, healthcare.gov in the USA has dominated press coverage with its $500 million project failure. High-profile projects like these have put a spotlight on the project management ...

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How to avoid leaving your training in the training room

One of the most important aspects of any training is the evaluation which takes place after – to ensure what you have learnt on the course is put into practice. Without it, it is all too easy to return to a project which has problems and find that implementing changes ...

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Why competency assessment is crucial for self-development

Project managers who want to progress need to take control of their career development. Even those who have been working on projects for years need to identify what their skills are, in order to understand how good they are. It is equally important to know where their skills fit and ...

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The importance of graduate training programmes

Graduate trainee programmes are the perfect way to develop a workforce of home grown talent that is fully able to understand the core values of a company, its aims and objectives. By rapidly emerging graduates in a company culture, and teaching them the skills to not only fit in but ...

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The benefits of blended learning

The concept of blended learning – a training programme that delivers a mix of classroom and online modules, has existed since technological advances paved the way for less dependence on traditional teaching methods. But economic factors have played a more significant part in changing the way professionals are now trained – particularly ...

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Why it pays to be active in sustainable learning

Learning drives desired results, but a learning programme can only be effective if it is sustainable. The key to making it sustainable is to find a balance between building an individual’s skills through training and education, and ensuring their growth is channelled into driving results. By this we mean the ...

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The Value of Learning Sustainment

Tighter budgets require smarter resource management. Yet one of the most overlooked, yet solid investments an organisation can make is in its human capital. Employee training, when applied back on the job, can have many benefits. According to a 2011 global survey conducted by ESI International, a majority of organisations ...

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