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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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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Project DPro Success Story: Maged Kassoum

Project DPro Success Story: Maged Kassoum

Case Studies, Project DPro, Project DPro Certification, Project Management
Name: Maged KassoumCountry: SyriaStudy: Self-Study or Training "I am Maged Kassoum. A humanitarian young man worker based in Syria. I think no effort is required to define or explain SYRIA. I am writing to tell you about my experience in achieving Project DPro Level1, especially how I proudly gained Project DPro certificate.Living in conflict zone, I apprehend the deep need for acquiring more professional skills and competences in humanitarian domain, especially in project development sector. I joined many INGOs: Syria Recovery Trust Fund/SRTF as field coordination officer; Islamic Relief Worldwide as FLS project officer and ACTED as TVET and SME Livelihoods assistant. During that time, my need to have more knowledge about managing projects increased fast; it even turned to a must. I was eager to attend and to study the most professional…
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Inspiring students about project management

Inspiring students about project management

Project Management
Posted on APM by Bobbie. Over 180 teachers from schools and colleges across the UK have signed up to our campaign, ’Make it Happen’, with the specialist youth engagement agency We Are Futures. Part of our suite of outreach support for schools, colleges and universities, the campaign was designed to inspire and raise awareness of project management as a career. It is also aligned to help schools and colleges meet their Gatsby benchmarks of good career guidance. Aimed at 15 – 18 year olds, the 'Make it Happen! toolkit' gives an inspiring and practical solution for students to help them manage their school projects. The kit includes a student project guide, a teacher guide, a launch PowerPoint presentation, and a selection of case studies. Registered students can also request a…
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Inclusive Project DPro for Visually Impaired

Inclusive Project DPro for Visually Impaired

Development Sector, Project DPro, Project Management
Author: Cristiano Moura Inspired by the democratization of information and access to management tools provided by the Project DPro Guide, Cristiano Moura developed a method to train the visually impaired in project management, specifically in the initial phase of the Project Life Cycle. This method proposes that the visually impaired can design projects, improve management, attract resources and be recognized professionals of the social development sector, after all, now they can see how to make a good justification of their projects and design structured projects, taking into account the tools of Identification and Design of Design, as Tree of Problems, Tree of Objectives and mainly the Logical Framework. And how could that be possible? Eyes of a visually impaired person are also in their hands, so the idea was to…
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Project management – a first career choice

Project management – a first career choice

Project Management
This article was originally published on APM. If you’re reading this, you are probably a project professional. You won’t need convincing of the fact that project professionals make things happen. Among a student audience, the project profession has had relatively little visibility, typically being part of a STEM-related activity which, while laudable, doesn’t do justice to the sheer breadth of opportunity projects offer. If you have several years of work experience, your project life is likely to have been your second or third career stage rather than your first – or something you had previously done alongside another role. There is nothing wrong with that but there is a sense that the time has come to promote the first-career project professional. Aside from the Royal Charter and the Chartered Project…
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Trends in Project Management in 2018

Trends in Project Management in 2018

Project Management
This article was originally published on APMG International. There are two trends that have been growing in 2017 and will start to have a real impact in 2018. The first is the greater understanding of agility. Now you may say that Agile has been around for years and has really taken off in 2017 and that’s not new. But I am not talking about Agile, I’m talking about agility. In the last couple of years lots of people have jumped on the Agile bandwagon as if is it the answer to all project problems. These Agile evangelists tell us that every project should be Agile and Waterfall projects are doomed to failure. They are wrong and the profession is starting to realise this. In 2018 we will start to talk…
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Mission Impossible: Benefits-led risk management?

Mission Impossible: Benefits-led risk management?

Development Sector, Project Management
This article was originally published on APM International. Safe brakes are worth a month of beans on toast Katie told me she’d been worried about her car, so she took it to the garage. The problem turned out to be the brakes, but the mechanic also mentioned her tyres were going to need replacing soon. “The brakes needed doing immediately, but the tyres I could defer until the MOT in the autumn. I realised afterwards, I’d basically done a cost benefit analysis and decided not getting killed was worth the unexpected expense!” As we chatted I realised she’d also, without realising it, thought about her benefit risks. Traditional risk management focuses on, for example, risk to schedule, costs or reputation. I see very few risk matrices which consider impact on…
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Project Management Culture: Necessity or Nuisance?

Project Management Culture: Necessity or Nuisance?

Project Management
This article was originally published on IPMA International. Written by Professor Jiwat Ram. It is often suggested that organizations progress or perish courtesy their culture. In simple words, culture is a microcosm of unwritten norms, values, behavioural tendencies, and ways of doing things that are peculiarly characteristics of a system, such as an organization. In a normal business organization with a more or less stable set of employees, culture will be quite well entrenched deep down in the foundation of organization and will be at the core of driving actions and behaviours of the organization; not varying great deal over extended periods of time unless something catastrophic happens. In fact, people not aligning themselves with the culture may even have to leave the organization, hence the culture remaining intact most…
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New Perspective in Project Management

New Perspective in Project Management

Project Management
The PM4NGOs partner IPMA International collaborated to create the international workshop: “New perspective in Project Management”.   This article was originally published on IPMA International. Written by Sandra Mišić and Amin Saidoun. On 9th of May 2018 Turkish Project Management Association in collaboration with IPMA and Gazi University organized an international workshop. The topic with the title: “New perspective in Project Management” attracted over 150 attendees from private but mainly academic sector. Both national and international speakers were invited to the event. Dr Jesús Martínez Almela (Spain), IPMA President started the workshop with an opening speech, underlining that IPMA strongly supports the development of project management in the Turkey. The workshop was organized in two sessions. The topic of the first session was New Standards in Project Management and the second one…
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