The field of project management is continually being transformed by changes in technology, society, and markets. According to reports, in the US alone, there will be 700,000 new PM jobs by 2020. In the UK, project practitioners who made an employment move during 2018 achieved significant wage increases. The job of a project manager is complex, and the role requires attention to detail, planning, foresight, correct choice of the right tools, and the ability to execute. Opportunities are present, organizations are hiring, and professionals are ready to move. However, getting all these together at the right place and time is a major challenge. And this is exactly what Lindsay Scott enjoys doing.
Introducing Lindsay Scott
Lindsay Scott received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at The University of Manchester. She was Operations and HR Assistant at Esso supporting the operational management team in recruitment. At HP, she was Project Office Coordinator, then Manager for the company’s Professional Services and Consultancy Division. During this time at HP, recruiting for a project office of more than 20 members, Lindsay came face to face with the issues of recruiting good PM professionals. She was frustrated as how recruitment agencies they used did not understand the roles found within a project office. Even after explaining what they need, they end up with under- or overqualified candidates.
Programmer and Project Management Recruitment Specialist
In 2002, Lindsay co-founded and became Director of Recruitment of Arras People. It is a professional staffing and recruitment company based in Manchester that helps organizations looking to hire, and project professionals looking for work. She manages the marketing and sales function. She occasionally recruits for PMO roles and provides career clinics for PMO professionals. She also holds speaking engagements on PM career topics.
Project Management Office Advocate
While starting Arras People, Lindsay Scott was also Marketing Manager of the APM’s Programme and Project Management Office Specialist Interest Group (PMOSIG) Committee. She managed this voluntary group for over 11 years, being responsible for marketing, brand development, and partnerships. She also started the PMO Flashmob in 2013. It is a learning and social meetup group with the subject of PMO at its center and focus. It is a networking and community group for PMO professionals, open to anyone interested in portfolio, programme, and project offices. The organization hosts events which bring together practitioners in different locations across the UK.
In 2014, Lindsay started the PMO Conference as its Conference Organizer. It is a yearly conference curated and designed for the PMO practitioner. The one-day conference is focused on portfolio, programme, and project offices, enabling attendees to learn more about their chosen profession. After setting up PMO Flashmob and the PMO Conference, it was a natural progression for Lindsay, and together with Eileen Roden, to start PMO Learning. PMO Learning is a training organization focused on professionals working within the PMO field. It provides certified PMO courses, such as from AIPMO, BCS, and AXELOS. It also customizes PMO courses and teach them on-site, run open public courses, provides coaching, mentoring, workshops and events.
PM Handbook Author, Co-Editor
Lindsay authored/co-edited Gower’s Handbook of People in Project Management. It was published in 2013 and brought together a compilation of over 60 chapters and more than 40 authors – the people who sponsor, manage, deliver, work and were responsible for successful projects.
Providing Training, Advice, and Leadership to PMO Professionals
Leadership is essential in project management. To develop leadership skills, Lindsay Scott advises professionals to go beyond acquiring new knowledge from books, seminars, and talks. She recommends project professionals to also develop new thinking, and have the confidence to put it into practice. She is a regular PM career columnist for PMI’s Network Magazine, column writer for APM’s Project Magazine, and regular contributor for the Arras newsletter and blog. Lindsay Scott is also on Twitter and LinkedIn.