Conflict Avoidance and Management through effective participation

Conflict Avoidance and Management through effective participation

Development Sector, Program Management, Project Management
One of the most significant differences between PM in traditional industries and the management of projects in the development sector, is the occurrence of and potential for conflict between stakeholders and beneficiaries. Our work with national NGOs reveals a continuing need to develop strategies and processes for conflict resolution between stakeholders. To give but one example, an NGO planning and implementing a project in an area containing several communities could be required to include numerous local grassroots organizations. Those organizations may well have different goals, interests and agendas.    (more…)
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Can Organisations Standardise Their Approach to Project Management and Still Remain Adaptive?

Can Organisations Standardise Their Approach to Project Management and Still Remain Adaptive?

Development Sector, Project Management
This article has been originally published at HumentumOur sector is notably opposed to the language of standardisation. So, when preparing to speak at the Humentum conference this year on how large organisations can standardise their approaches to project management and remain adaptive, the first thing I did was try to find an alternative for that phrase.A quick google thesaurus of ‘standardise’ throws up a long list of equally, often more, uncomplimentary terms. To institutionalise, to stereotype, to regiment or mass produce. Not things most Project Managers or organisations would want to be associated with.Scrolling down to the list of antonyms for ‘standardise’ gave even more reason to want to avoid it. To mix up, prevent, change or differentiate. These are camps which any PM worth their stripes would much rather sit in. Our…
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Five hidden skills every project manager needs

Five hidden skills every project manager needs

Development Sector, Leadership, Project Management
This article has been originally published at APM So you've decided you would like to climb aboard the project management ride, and feel that your love for planning, passion for budgeting and the pleasure evoked by telling people what to do will get you climbing the career ladder. But is this enough? What about the soft skills that you need to land and sustain your dream project manager role? Being a project manager can sometimes compare to being a pawn in a difficult game of chess. You are often assigned to projects which are aimed to implement change within the business but are fraught with politics and bound in bureaucracy. In these instances the project manager is often expected to perform an act of magic to deliver a project. I’m going…
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Depoimento sobre o Project DPro – Saulo Esteves

Depoimento sobre o Project DPro – Saulo Esteves

Development Sector, Humanitarian Sector, Project DPro, Project DPro Certification
Enviado pela APMG International Nome:                  Saulo Esteves Profissão:            Profissional de Monitoramento e Avaliação de Projetos Sociais Organização:      ChildFund Brasil Qual é sua opinião sobre o treinamento / exame Project DPro? “Não tenho dúvidas de que o Project DPro é o melhor curso de gerenciamento de projetos para profissionais do terceiro setor. A grande vantagem do Project DPro é que existem excelentes ferramentas aplicáveis a todos os ciclos de vida do projeto. Além de fornecer conteúdo rico para o setor de desenvolvimento, o Project DPro permite que você seja certificado internacionalmente em gestão de projetos. Eu recentemente obtive a certificação de nível 2. ” Continue reading
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Project DPro Testimonial – Saulo Esteves

Project DPro Testimonial – Saulo Esteves

Development Sector, Humanitarian Sector, Project DPro, Project DPro Certification
Sent by APMG InternationalName:                  Saulo EstevesRole:                     Professional of Monitoring and Evaluation of Social ProjectsOrganization:      ChildFund BrasilWhat are your thoughts on the training / exam?“I have no doubt that Project DPro is the best project management course for professionals in the third sector. The great advantage of Project DPro is that there are excellent tools applicable to all project life cycles. In addition to providing rich content for the development sector, Project DPro enables you to be internationally certified in project management. I recently achieved the Level 2 certification.” Continue reading
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FIELD – Field Managers in Emergencies Learning and Development

FIELD – Field Managers in Emergencies Learning and Development

Development Sector, Humanitarian Sector
Save the Children is offering you the chance to get involved in the development of a pioneering humanitarian learning resource! FIELD (Field Managers in Emergencies Learning and Development) is a ground-breaking, free capacity building programme currently being designed by Save the Children, with support of World Vision International and funding from the IKEA Foundation. FIELD’s focus is to develop the pool of local, national, and international staff who can prepare for and take charge of in-country operational programmes in humanitarian responses. If you want to learn more and engage, watch the FIELD Programme Video, visit FIELD Announcement Page, or contact the FIELD team: Valerie Gebhard: V.Gebhard@savethechildren.org.uk Timothy Quick: T.Quick@savethechildren.org.uk FIELD: field@savethechildren.org.uk
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Can agile be scaled?

Can agile be scaled?

Development Sector, Project Management
This APM Research Fund study builds on the 2015 APM North West Volunteer study on the practical adoption of agile methodologies which provided a review of approaches at a project level, this study aims to investigate the level of practical adoption of those programme and portfolio components addressed by Scaled Agile methodologies.  The objective of the study was to understand the extent to which scaled agile tools, techniques and roles are practically in place in corporate portfolio, programme, project and development management methodologies, to determine the level of corporate commitment to exploiting scaled agile, e.g. pilot, full use, selective based on need, as well as drivers for selection or deselection of the framework based on the overheads. Who is the intended audience? The proposed target audience is APM corporate members and their…
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The rise and reality of INGO domestic programming

The rise and reality of INGO domestic programming

Development Sector
Author: Susannah Pickering-SaqqaThis article was originally published at Bond There is a growing interest in the idea of INGOs running programmes in their home countries alongside their projects in the global south. These “domestic programmes” (DP) range from helping impoverished communities in the UK, Canada and the USA to supporting refugees and asylum seekers entering Germany and Sweden. Some INGOs, like Islamic Relief Worldwide, are embracing domestic programming for numerous reasons, but this multi-mandate focus presents a range of challenges. Why some international NGOs are working at home The research was commissioned by Islamic Relief/Humanitarian Academy for Development. For more information, please contact Dr Jennifer Philippa Eggert, Research and Development, HAD, Jennifer.Eggert@had-int.org or Dr Susannah Pickering-Saqqa, University of East London, s.pickering-saqqa@uel.ac.uk.
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