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  • Are project management certifications are a waste of time?

    September 2015

    Reading time: 14 minutes I’ve been delivering projects and programmes for over 20 years. During that time, I’ve interviewed countless numbers of people for project management positions. Despite the hundreds of people I’ve interviewed who professed to have Prince2 qualifications, I’ve never met anyone who could tell me what the ethos of Prince2 is (and if you think its ‘Project in Controlled Environments’ you don’t know the answer either!). In this article I’m going to explain why project management certifications can be a waste of time and money, and what you can do about it, whether you’re looking to get certified or whether you run a project management function. And I might even explain to you what the ethos of Prince2 is. Before I go any further, I should declare that I do have project management certifications. These include CompTIA: IT Project+ (that takes me back a long way!), Prince2…

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  • What should you study – Prince2, Agile, or ITIL?

    January 2015

    Reading time: 9 minutes “As an IT Manager, with years of experience without certifications, I have been asking myself which qualification would be of most benefit to me – Prince2 or ITIL?” I recently responded to this question which was posted on LinkedIn. This article expands upon the answer I gave on LinkedIn, providing analysis on current trends, and opinions to take into account when assessing your certification needs, and those of your team. Some of the answers may surprise you! Declaration Before we dive into the article I need to make a declaration: I am an avid believer in life-long learning.  In line with this belief I have a number of certifications including Prince2 Practitioner, Agile PM Practitioner, ITIL, Certificate in Management, and a number of other certs going back to NT4 MCSE, and even Network+. So it could be said that I have a bias towards certification. But that’s…

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  • Legal Project Management, Pricing, and Alternative Fee Arrangements

    October 2014

    Rating: Published: 2013 Legal Project Management, Pricing, and Alternative Fee Arrangements is written by Jim Hassett and has probably the longest, most cumbersome title of any book I’ve ever read! Thankfully the content is better than the title. The main focus of this book is really alternative fee arrangements, or AFA’s as they are often known. Legal Project Management (LPM) is an essential discipline to be able to use AFA’s profitably, and Hassett has chosen to introduce LPM first. Like many books on the legal sector, it makes reference to the Altman Weil surveys. These annual surveys really do provide great insight into the sector. Hassett quotes a general counsel responses to the 2012 Chief Legal Officer Survey on the question of: “what you would most like to see from outside counsel?” the answers to which were: Cost reduction (50%) Non-hourly based pricing structures (53%) More efficient project management (53%)…

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