Does an interim have to be industry specialist?

Some HR managers and interim providers seem to be advising executives and directors on hiring interim managers who have specialist experience in their sector.

It has always been so for certain sectors and they have a point: understanding the language and “standard operations” of these sectors is a real benefit when you want an interim to start fast and make positive impact quickly.  Especially where the role is to be a heavy weight temporary role.

However, one way in which I have been able to help clients is by bringing insights from other sectors which gives them a way of looking at the problem with fresh eyes. Read more of this post

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PRINCE2, PMBoK, Agile

A project manager is a project manager right?  Project managers should be able to manage any project.  Well, yes and no.

Do project managers need to be technical experts to manage technical projects? No. The technical content may have some impact and provided a technical expert is there to work with the project manager, all should be fine. Read more of this post

Hiring for a project team

You are a project manager with a resource requirement. You have a job description to say what the job is. You have a person specification so you can assess the education, training, aptitudes and experience of the candidates. You have approval for the budget and the legal team have approved the draft contract.  The interview will be easy, yes?

No! Read more of this post