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Agile and waterfall are two methods of project management that are often contrasted with each other. However, most projects use some of each method, in a unique combination that best serves the needs of that project. As a result, it’s important to understand the essence of both the agile and waterfall methods.
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Lessons Learned is most useful when you are preparing to write your certification, whether it is PMP or CAPM.
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There are two fundamental approaches to managing projects – typically software development projects. The waterfall method is the older approach and is based on working through all of the requirements before proceeding with building the application. By contrast, the agile approach acknowledges the pace of change, the time value of software features […]
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There are many hard core topics you need to master as you prepare for the PMP exam. It’s easy to dismiss the Code of Ethics! After all, if you remember to just “do the right thing” you will be fine. Not so quick! You may be by passing a great opportunity.
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I passed my PMP exam on Wednesday 05.27. Below are my Lessons Learned and other details.
My core preparations really started the Friday 05.22 with approx 6 – 8 hours each day including 4 hours of dedicated testing time. The core studies were:
Core Study Plan – 1. Read PMBOK 2. […]
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Any project manager knows that he or she is in charge of delivering projects on schedule, within budget, and at the required level of quality. But is there a fourth factor – very important – missing?
Let’s take a step back for just a second. A few months ago, in Dec 2015, […]
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According to A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) a project is “a temporary endeavor undertaken to create a unique product, service or result”. Being that each project is unique it is important to also understand that an organization’s project management processes will likely need to be tailored […]
Just passed the PMP Exam. Some thoughts . . . I used the PM PrepCast, Andy Crowne’s Book and Rita Mulcahy. Did not really use the PMBOK. […]
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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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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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List of Cornelius Ficthner articles
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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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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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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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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 PMI-ACP Exam is and if it is for […]
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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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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 the stress of taking and passing […]
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 […]
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Everyone has their own method for studying for the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® Exam. You might carry the PMI-ACP® Examination Content Outline or some Project Management Institute (PMI)® recommended study material around with you. You might join your local PMI® Chapter to study with others who also have the goal of […]
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Everything you need to know about PMI-ACP but afraid to ask: prerequisite, costs, are you eligible?
Everything you need to know about PMI-ACP
First to read is:
Cornelius Fichtner, PMP: What Exactly is the […]
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The Project Management Institute (PMI®) has developed a set of criteria and credentials for recognizing project management professionals who use Agile methodologies in their project, the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® certification. The credentialing process is fairly rigorous, including: 2,000 hours or twelve months of general […]
Felix Rodgers explains how he passed his PMI-ACP exam, despite a disappointing start with a classroom course. […]
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It takes time to become a seasoned and effective project manager, and PM certification can help you get there.
You may view CAPM, PMP, or any other PM certification simply as a means to an end. The trick is to keep your eye on two “ends”, or goals: near term and long […]
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The Pareto Principle, or 80:20 rule, says that we get 80% of the results from 20% of our effort or actions.
…but what is the right 20%?
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Want to know more on PM Certifications and how to fulfill your PDU? Cornelius will explain these topics to you through his writings; Cornelius is the author and founder of PM Prepcast and other podcast that guide thousands of PMP aspirants for certifications. (some are listed at the bottom of this list.
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It’s a New Year. Time to set some new goals. Maybe there is a job you want…or a particular role, set of activities, or work environment…or maybe you just want to earn more money!
In all cases, you want to advance…and would like to take control and do something about it.
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A Project Management Office (PMO) is the hub for project management for any organization that has one. It can take different forms, but in all cases needs to produce value through better management of projects for the organization. It also is more than a hub for processes, best practices, and expertise on […]
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If you have your PMP or are preparing now, you know that “Project Procurement Management” is a distinct PMBOK Guide Knowledge Area. “Outsourcing” is simply a distinct and uniquely challenging subset of Procurement. IT outsourcing has blossomed with the internet over the past 10-15 years and continues to evolve.
There have been, […]
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Many PMPs consider earning their PDUs to be a challenge. But it doesn’t really have to be! In fact, earning your PDUs does not even have to take you any more time that you might spend if you did not even have the requirement!
The idea is to earn your PDUs though […]
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If you know something about risk management, you are likely familiar with what I will call the “technical aspects of risk management”.
But there is another side to managing risk that is less often discussed. I call it “personal aspects of risk management”, as I think risk management is as much an […]
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Are you a certified Project Management Professional (PMP)®, Program Management Professional (PgMP)®, or PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® in need of Professional Development Units (PDUs)? Then use The Agile PrepCast™ and earn 37 PDUs.
The Agile PrepCast is a PMI-ACP Exam prep video workshop that you download to your smart phone, tablet, […]
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Are you thinking at all about business analysis skills, or even a business analysis career?
In these times of rapid change, business analysis is a core skill, but business analysis is tending to shift away from a singular career to a valuable activity regardless of your role, title or job function.
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Yesterday I have passed the PMP exam and probably the first PMP After change in exam basis to PMBOK5 [After change in exam, in India yesterday was first day available only in Mumbai between 5-9 pm and I was the only candidate there(written Aug 6)
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I passed my exam on the 22th of July 2013. It was still based on the 4th version of the PMBOK Guide. In late February I started learning for the PMP exam by watching a prep cast video series (Cornelius Fichtner) to get the 35 hours certificate.
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Lessons learned and tips related to registering for the PMP® Exam:
Decide on a timeline for when you want to sit for the exam, and based on that, plan your preparation.
As soon as you have your 35 contact hours, register to take the PMP® Exam. This will […]
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Who should apply? Are you eligible? What is the costs?
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Today, I Pass PMP. I am really thank full to every in group who help me by answering my posted questions, topics.
Below is my study pattern –
I have started study on June-12 but I could not do it on regular basis. I made it regular from Jan-13. I have not […]
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Before we get started, let me get this straight…. I personally read a lot of LLs prior to the exam and I know what it is like for others. I hope this will be one of the most effective LL that you will ever seen because frankly it works for me and […]
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The PMBOK Guide outlines Knowledge Areas, and you don’t need to look far to find reference to project financial management sprinked throoughout these Knowledge Areas. Financial management is at the core of justifying project and controlling project performance. Project financial considerations come into play as soon as a project is identified and […]
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There is a great discussion on this, and many think about it. Maybe you are. But really, there are numerous difference between earning a PMP or MBA. The discussion tends to focus on which is the better investment.
The consensus seems to be that the MBA is a good long term investment, […]
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It’s where the “rubber meets the road.” It’s what can make you indisputably an “elite project manager,” rising high above the pack. It’s the one critical ingredient you need – and lots of it! – if you are to succeed […]