Thu, 02 Apr 2015 00:09:00 GMT The Money Files A blog that looks at all aspects of project and program finances from budgets and accounting to getting a pay rise and managing contracts. 5 Facts from Project Management Accounting Fri, 27 Mar 2015 13:20:11 GMT What does the average project manager look like? Wed, 25 Mar 2015 14:45:35 GMT The Arras People Project Management Benchmark Report contains a useful snapshot summary of responses by job title this year. It means we can take a look at what an ‘average’ project manager looks like, if there is such a thing. Bear in mind that the survey is mainly targeted at UK projec... When timetracking blocks efficiency Mon, 16 Mar 2015 12:26:36 GMT The second edition of Shortcuts to Success: Project Management in the Real World is now out and I had to ditch several great case studies from the updated manuscript. I thought you might be interested in this one: it describes what happens when project managers and timesheets don’t see eye to ... Understanding the recruiter's view of PM candidates Tue, 10 Mar 2015 14:07:47 GMT The Arras People Project Management Benchmark Report is out and 2015 is the 10th anniversary of this important study into the state of the industry. One of the interesting snippets of information in the 40-page report is a peek into how the recruitment pipeline breaks down because the people involve... 5 Reasons why you need a resource management strategy Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:59:16 GMT   Read more about the reasons why you should be investing in a resource management strategy. 9 steps for asking for a budget increase Sun, 22 Feb 2015 20:20:23 GMT You’ve looked at the budget tracker and – to your dismay – you can’t make the figures balance. At the current run rate you will be overspent by the end of the project. You are forecasting to be over by way more than your project sponsor has agreed in terms of tolerances. Ther... A Quick Guide to Managing Miniature Projects Sat, 21 Feb 2015 11:23:49 GMT Toy trains are now part of my daily life. In fact, I’ve had my routine disrupted several times by Percy from Thomas & Friends going missing, so much so that I’ve put plans in place to mitigate the risk of it happening again by shifting in other areas of the household routine. Tha... How do you create an environment for managing successful complex projects? Tue, 03 Feb 2015 14:40:08 GMT PMI has produced a whole practice guide on managing complex projects. Navigating Project Complexity: A Practice Guide, takes you through how to assess your project in the complexity stakes and then put together a robust project management approach to handle the areas that might be difficult. But... 5 Ways to create a budget Tue, 06 Jan 2015 11:41:42 GMT Blank spreadsheet, new project. Where do you start? Here are 5 options for creating your new project budget. Bottom up This is my personal choice most of the time. Work out the cost of the individual items included in your project budget and then you add them up to get the big picture. Simpl... 5 Facts From Program Management [Slideshare] Tue, 06 Jan 2015 10:53:42 GMT