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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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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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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 […]
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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Whether you are a practicing PM, or an aspiring PMP, why not take a break for a minute, sit back…and think about thinking!
OK, let’s start with a quick mind stretcher. To stretch your […]
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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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Microsoft certifications are a bit like a moving target. Microsoft Project certification is a good case in point.
The Microsoft exam 70-178, “Microsoft Project 2010, Managing Projects,” is being retired on January 31, 2014. This means that the exam will no longer be given for MS Project 2010 (it will for MS […]
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A collection of the John P Reiling articles on Project Management, Certifications and various topics related to Project Management