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Project Management: 3 Key Secrets to Achieving Project Success

2019-01-14T10:16:10+01:00 November 21st, 2018|SkillPoint Blog|

Organisations continuously experience increased competition and market disruptions. Effective project management practices enable organisations to achieve success and desired outcomes. Projects are therefore vital for driving improvements within the organisations. However, project failure rates are still quite high as 15% of projects were deemed failures in 2018 according to a PMI® survey of 4,455 Project Management Practitioners.1 This poses a question of what can you do to avoid such scenario for your projects and below the 3 key secrets to achieving project success are explored.   1. Collect Requirements Effectively One of the standard processes during the planning stage of any [...]

3 key differences between Project Management and Change Management

2018-11-01T15:28:48+01:00 October 31st, 2018|SkillPoint Blog|

The terms Project Management and Change Management are frequently used interchangeably, however, despite some similarities, they represent two completely different disciplines. Projects are initiatives of temporary nature that organisations undertake to develop unique products, services, processes or specific results. Project Management is the discipline that explores the effective management of such initiatives. There are five groups of processes that Project Management is traditionally split, consisting of i) project initiation, ii) planning, iii) execution, iv) monitoring and controlling, and v) closing. On the other hand, Change Management is a discipline that explores the approaches which enable and support successful change adoption by [...]

Project Management: What is the ‘Triple Constraint’ model?

2018-09-19T14:16:20+01:00 September 18th, 2018|SkillPoint Blog|

Project Management: What is the ‘Triple Constraint’ model? The project management theory suggests that projects, whatever their purpose, goal or type, are typically constrained by three key elements: scope, time and cost. The Triple Constraint model is one name used to describe these elements, another popular name being the Project Triangle. The elements of the Triple Constraint model are variable by name. For example, cost is sometimes being referred to as budget, and time being referred to as schedule. However, their meaning remains the same: Scope: The goals and deliverables required to fulfil a project. Time (Schedule): The schedule for the [...]

5 Key Steps to a Career Change

2018-08-08T12:05:48+01:00 August 8th, 2018|SkillPoint Blog|

Nowadays, making a career change is a much more common practice than it used to be. In fact, employers increasingly value candidates who have transferrable skills and experiences to bring from other specialisms as it is likely to enable disruptive thinking and improvements to their business. If you are not satisfied with your current employment situation and are considering changing your career, there are a number of steps you should undertake to successfully change your career. Please see below the summary of 5 key steps to a successful career change. 1. Research As Confucius famous quote states: “Choose a job you [...]

Certified professionals earn more!

2018-07-13T11:28:43+01:00 July 11th, 2018|SkillPoint Blog|

Achievement of a professional certification demonstrates to current and prospective employers that you possess the required knowledge, skills and competencies for a professional role. Undertaking Continuous Professional Development (CPD) activities indicates that your knowledge and skills are up-to-date and competitive. Therefore, getting certified will enable you to improve your job prospects and, with the right effort and focus, get a job offer for a position you want. Whether you are looking for new employment opportunities or not, adding a professional certification in your area of specialism will enable you to enhance your professional knowledge and skills, evidence your professionalism and enable [...]

Entering a Project Management career

2018-08-08T12:04:01+01:00 June 14th, 2018|SkillPoint Blog|

Nowadays, projects are a fundamental aspect of any workplace. Companies are aiming to adapt to changing market environments and high competition levels, resulting in new projects for the work that is outside of their standard business-as-usual (BAU) activities. The constant need to adapt and change creates a high demand for project management professionals. Project Management is becoming an ever-popular career choice by aspiring professionals, because of its demand, salaries, prospects, associated responsibility and constant change, which makes every day at work both unique and rewarding. If you have considered entering into the Project management profession, you may have encountered a number [...]

Introduction of PRINCE2 Agile® Foundation

2018-08-08T12:08:49+01:00 April 13th, 2018|SkillPoint Blog|

In March AXELOS announced the launch of the PRINCE2 Agile® Foundation certification. PRINCE2 Agile® Foundation will be a new entry requirement for the PRINCE2 Agile® Practitioner certification, enabling project managers outside of the existing PRINCE2 community to explore the PRINCE2 Agile® method. Background Since the launch in 2015, PRINCE2 Agile® was a single-tier Practitioner certification. The PRINCE2 Agile® Practitioner certification provides guidance on tailoring PRINCE2 in an agile environment. It enables candidates to apply the project management principles of PRINCE2, whilst combining the responsiveness and flexibility of Agile concepts such as Kanban and Scrum. The PRINCE2 Agile® Practitioner certification equips candidates [...]

Benefits of E-learning

2018-08-08T12:12:06+01:00 April 13th, 2018|SkillPoint Blog|

In the world where change is constant, the need for Continuous Personal and Professional Development (CPD) is on the rise. E-learning is a great option for people who would like to upskill or advance their careers. Five key benefits of e-learning courses are outlined below: Convenience and Flexibility E-learning courses are accessible via a variety of web-enabled devices from anywhere where you can access the internet. These courses can be accessed at any time, which provides candidates with a convenient opportunity to fit learning around their busy lifestyles. All you need is a web-enabled device and a stable internet connection for [...]

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