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Making the Military Transition to PM Easier

by Jay Hicks

Companies believe there are many benefits to recruiting and hiring you, the veteran. However, some companies have misconceptions about the risks and challenges associated with hiring employees transitioning from the military. You can easily overcome this bias by gravitating toward military-friendly companies.

Three Career Opportunities Created By Outsourcing

by Bruce Harpham

For many corporations, outsourcing has become business as usual, a key way to reduce costs and increase flexibility. While many debate regulation and controls, outsourcing presents an opportunity for project managers primed to seize it.

I Enjoy Re-Inventing the Wheel

by Michel Wagner, PMP

Everyone should aim to increase their knowledge and remain up-to-date with the latest practices. This is key for career progression and personal growth. Review what you have learned before, find some re-usable material from colleagues, forums and other sources of knowledge such as conferences. This is how “re-inventing the wheel” is of real benefit.

So You Want to Be a Digital PM?

by Patti Gilchrist, PMP

For those interested in a career in project management—or those currently in the field working as a project manager and interested in exploring potential career paths—this article is for you. It will explore a relatively new specialized PM role, the digital PM.

The Impact of Digital on Your PM Job

by John Reiling

Has digital project management become a PM specialty? Digital technology affects most projects—and its disruptive impact requires PMs to have strategic skills.

Passing the Exam: How I Did It

by Dennis Stout, PMP

Lots of studying. Lots of practice exams. Lots of stress. Studying for the Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam? Find out how one motivated project manager achieved his goal.

Topic Teasers Vol. 79: 21st Century Training

by Barbee Davis, MA, PHR, PMP, PMI-ACP

Question: My project team needs a substantial amount of training to tackle its latest project challenge. However, my organization just doesn’t have the time and money to fund the traditional classroom approach we have used in the past. Sitting through endless hours of online instructor droning won’t really engage and inspire me and my colleagues. Are there any other options available to us?
A. Ask human resources to reassign you to a different project where the team members are appropriate for the upcoming challenges. It is beyond the scope of your position to manage the project and also be asked to assume responsibility for their qualifications to complete the assigned work.
B. On the weekends, work to create your own training lectures. Ask your colleagues to donate one evening a week to work offsite with you in the interest of building a team better prepared to deliver the project objectives within the estimated metrics.
C. Suggest to your manager that the current team isn’t trained on the skill sets they need for your upcoming project. Propose retaining 50% of them, but replace the other 50% with others who already have mastered the needed expertise. The people you have kept can now be paired with the newcomers to learn the needed information.
D. Consider some of the blended learning options—which could be internal, external or a combination—for a more customized option that is likely to be more easily understood and adopted in daily use by your team. Focus on opportunities that use more hands-on exercises and methodologies to keep participants engaged.
Pick your answer then Test Your Knowledge!

SPMI: An Experience Worth Sharing

by Velimir Tasic

This experienced project manager was thrilled to be selected by colleagues from the Singapore Chapter of PMI to join in development of the 11th SPMI Regional Symposium and the 2nd SPMI Project of the Year Award 2015.

Consulting Agreement

PREMIUM deliverable

Whether you're a consultant starting with a new client or a company looking to outsource, this agreement will make sure everyone is on the same page going into your next project.

Conflict of Interest Questionnaire

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Stop conflicts before they start using this questionnaire designed to raise red flags with your employees' relationship to the company.

Discrimination Quiz

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Nobody means to discriminate, but are you sure that your policies are in line with legal definitions of discrimination? Take this quick quiz and find out.

Telephone Reference Check Template

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by Miriam Ziemelis

This Telephone Reference Check Template will help you checking references in a consistent way, asking the same questions of each former employer/reference so that you have comparative data to work with at the end of the process.

Traditional Job Competency Model

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by George Ball

Looking for a training tool that will evaluate as well as guide you? Here's an example of how to define and analyze basic job competency for a relationship management specialist.

Internet Policy Agreement

PREMIUM deliverable

Your employees spend a lot of time online, but what exactly are they doing on the Internet all day? It is wise to have a policy to outline what is expected of their Internet use.

Communication Skills Evaluation

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Communication is a vital tool that any candidate for employment must demonstrate. Use these questions and suggestions to help evaluate candidates' written and oral communication skills.

Applicant Rejection Letter

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With every offer letter, there's a horde of rejections to be made. Make it easier on yourself using this sample letter.

Training Presentation Package

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Use this agenda and the included tips to make your training meeting and presentation go off without a hitch.

Flex Time Policy Agreement

PREMIUM deliverable

If you decide that you're going to offer flex time to your employees, make sure you take care of the paperwork first. Flex time shouldn't mean "come and go as you please."

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