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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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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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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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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, […]
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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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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 […]
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Jim Owens, PMP
A wide variety of topics – all covered in style by Jim Owens, PMP
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A list of great articles from David Kohrell, PMP on Project Management topics
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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 […]