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Strategy and project management are tied together quite closely – or should be! Here’s a look at three practical and useful approaches to help you link strategy to project management to produce results. Why Strategy and Project Management?
1. Von Clausewitz Carl […]
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Employers say that project managers need to hone strategic thinking skills. Read on for a primer on how jump start your own strategic thinking.
…but first, here’s the PMI’s take.
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As of December 2015, For PMP, PgMP (also PfMP and PMI-PBA): the total number of PDUs required is still the same. How the PDUs are maintained has been changed. The following chart show the changes.
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Should you earn a certification? If so, which one first? Which one is best after that?
These are all valid questions!
Many report that so many people have the PMP certification that it’s not a big thing to have it…but is if you DON’T!
What’s the reality out there, and how can […]
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Lessons Learned is most useful when you are preparing to write your certification, whether it is PMP, PgMP or CAPM. Surprisingly the top most read is a PgMP exam LL, probably because there are very limited PgMP LL archived.
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If you’re in IT and interested in PM certification, it’s important to understand the value of the certification – real and perceived.
CIO Magazine, also known as CIO.com, perfomred research on the value of PM certification, including conducting interviews of a number of important sources. Here are their sources:
Certified IT project […]
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List of Cornelius Ficthner articles
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A collection of the John P Reiling articles on Project Management, Certifications and various topics related to Project Management
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“I’m a senior software engineer with 9.5 years of experience…”
Could this be you?
“…Lead software engineer, SCRUM Master and other leadership roles, but my primary skills are technical.” What’s the next step to move ahead?
“Should I move toward more management or more technical…?”
You may want to look for opportunities […]
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75% of organizations rank leadership skills as the most important for successful navigation of complexity in projects, according to the PMI’s “Pulse of the Profession In-Depth Report: Navigating Complexity”.
Indeed, leadership skills are important. So what can you do about it?
First, you need to understand that leadership skills are, by and […]
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The Project Management Institute (PMI) will implement some changes to the Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) program this December. These requirements set the rules for how you earn PDUs. What are the changes, why is the PMI making them, and what impact will this have on you?
This is Part 1 of 3, […]
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You can study methodologies until you are blue in the face! However, nothing will change unless you have the right mindset!
So it goes with Agile…
Agility is the ability to shift almost seemlessly…to be less dogmatic and more pliable…to be highly flexible – and very focused on results.
And yet many […]
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The ability to learn effectively is one of the biggest skills you can have to move your career forward.
Being a good learner means that employers and clients will have faith that you can get up to speed qucily, even when you have nto done something before. This, in turn, provides you […]
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Some things can propel your career forward…and certain things that can hold it back! This post is about what holds you back – and what you can do about it – as it is a universal truth that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link.
To see how this […]
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Why would you earn the Six Sigma Green Belt certification, whether you are a certified PM or not? This post highlights some key considerations that can help you decide for yourself. Here are five things to consider – comparing Six Sigma to project management, whether you are PM-certified or not:
Project Management […]
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There are basically two ways to make decisions – by thinking extremely carefully and thoroughly, or not thinking at all. Well, of course, there are also varying combinations of these two extremes in the vast area between.
The message here is that the extremes are bad…and you need to find the optimal […]
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The foundation for a great project is a great business case. The business case justifies the project, and lays the groundwork for the metrics that can keep the project on track – something to be used throughout the project.
The business case is a primary input for the decision to do – […]
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Alhamdulillah, I passed my PMP exam today securing 4 Proficient and 1 Moderately Proficient. I would like to share my preparation strategy which might be beneficial for brothers planning for this certification in near future.
Total Study time: 3 Weeks (6-8 Hours a Day)
1.I kicked-off my preparation with Abu Bakrs PMP […]
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Do you work in an environment where you use one or more Agile methodologies regularly? Do you have both general project experience as well as Agile project specific experience? If either of these scenarios apply to you and you are interested in earning your Project Management Institute Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® certification, […]
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If you work in IT Project Management, this information will be of most interest to you. In fact, you may be familiar with the Information […]
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How often do you get a chance to accomplish two things at the same time – or as the saying goes, “kill two birds with one stone”? […]
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Should you learn “Agile Business Analysis”? Or is it better to learn “Agile PM” and “Business Analysis”, separately. I would argue that the latter choice is better, and here’s why.
To be the most effective, you need to have a solid grounding in the basics. Unfortunately, too much specialization skews […]
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You are on a project, either in a business analysis or project management role. And you find that the business analysis environment is shifting…that the same structure just does not work well in every situation…and you want to get clear on how to manage it.
The reason the Business Analysis […]
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Have you been hearing coworkers talk about taking the Project Management Institute® Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)®? Or have you been seeing the acronym PMI-ACP® more frequently? Has that left you wondering what exactly the […]
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There a just two simple but critical factors to be a successful IT project manager.
But I’ll get to that in just a second, after I give you some background.
In many project situations, meticulous execution is the key. Construction is a prime example that comes to mind. When a construction project […]
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Is studying for and obtaining your Project Management Professional (PMP)® Certification one of your personal or career goals? Are you wondering about things such as where is a good place to start, what materials might be the most helpful in studying, or how many practice tests are just right or too many? […]
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Most folks want a “quick fix” – to earn PM certification in the fastest way possible. The main objective for them, understandably, is to enhance their resume, get a pay increase, or get into a new position.
Fine objectives, no problem! And for three simple reasons:
Enhancing your resume is important! Getting […]
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As a certified Project Management Professional (PMP)®, the last thing you want to happen is to have your certification suspended. This happens if you do not earn the required 60 Professional Development Units (PDUs) within your three-year recertification cycle. Often, once […]
Like “soft skills”, management skills are best learned over time. But depending upon where you are in your career, you will need to place different emphasis on developing your hard versus soft skills. […]
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Well, I doubt it. Nor should you be! I recently read about a guy who had just reached the 100 certification plateau! He must be quite a guy. It is an impressive thing. And he surely is uniquely sharp, very smart, and knowledgeable.
But here’s the problem: he still only has 24 […]