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Confessions of a Business Artist

by Braden Kelley

A business artist sees through complexity to what matters most--and often appears to be a jack of all trades. Unfortunately, they are becoming more scarce. How do we create more business artists?

Topic Teasers Vol. 64: Important RDS Shifts

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

Question: I hear the PMP certification exam is changing. Frankly, I already have my PMP certification and this news doesn’t really seem to be anything I should care about. I’m trying to figure out if I need to pay attention. Is there any reason that current PMPs need to know what is changing on the exam?
A. No, you can be sure that this information will be reflected whenever a new version of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) comes out. Until then, the content and details of what is changing and why will have no impact on you.
B. No, the PMP exam is exclusively for those who don’t currently have a certification and want one. If you already have it and are employed as a PMP, this is information that you can feel comfortable in ignoring.
C. Yes, there are several potential new roles in an organization that may be directly affected. Plus, a PMI role delineation study shows that PMP roles are shifting and you may need to know the direction to lean in order to keep your worth to your organization high.
D. Yes, if you work with an agile team you will need to know the details of these changes to the PMP exam, as they are identical to the PMI-ACP exam changes that are happening soon.
Pick your answer then Test Your Knowledge!

The Business Skills Development Gap

by Andy Jordan

There is increasing recognition that project managers need much more than PM skills in order to succeed. However, that is not yet translating into comprehensive skills development for PMs. How do we change that?

Topic Teasers Vol. 63: New Manager No-Nos

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

Question: I have recently been assigned to manage a group of project managers. Unfortunately, I have no background or experience in project management, let alone the training and certifications they hold. In addition, I really have little experience in business at all…just a tangential college degree. What can you tell me about managing PMs that will help me survive in this new position?
A. Immediately get a book on project management and read up on this profession. A general overview will allow you to see that all projects are so similar that implementing your own new procedures can be equally beneficial for all the projects in progress when your start date occurs.
B. You are in a perfect position to manage project managers because you will have a fresh outlook and not be influenced or limited by what has been happening before you came. Make as many changes as you can in the first few months before you are dragged down into how things have been done in the past.
C. This is a more common situation than you might think. The best thing to do is familiarize yourself with the most common new manager mistakes and at least avoid making these. Lay low until you can figure out what is going on.
D. You should never have been hired. There is no way that a person who is not a project manager can successfully supervise those who are. Contact your boss and ask if you can be moved to a department that has people with more generic skill sets. You can be successful there.
Pick your answer then Test Your Knowledge!

Swimming in the Moat: The Business of Projects

by Ian Whittingham, PMP

For any project manager, knowing the business means knowing how their projects contribute to achieving that goal. This is important because the decisions and trade-offs made on a project need to be informed by an understanding of how they ultimately influence business outcomes.

Master of Your PM Domain?

by Patti Gilchrist, PMP

Domain knowledge is becoming increasingly important within the project management profession. Is it really necessary, and why? Are you master of your domain? And if so, what do you need to do to stay relevant in the profession?

Leadership and Learning from Others

by Kenneth Darter, PMP

Learning should never stop, but you can’t get all of your knowledge from books. In order to be a successful project manager, you have to be able to learn from other project managers. Get help forging your own path.

When Is It Time to Move On?

by Tom L. Barnett, PMP

It’s a big dilemma that hits many of us at one time or another--stick with the current job or take a new opportunity? What should you do? Consider the following three aspects when making your decision...

The Cost of Time

by Andy Jordan

For career-minded project managers, balancing progression with experience is critical…but how do you do that? Is it better to build a track record of success even if that delays career progression, or is it better to look to move up when an opportunity presents itself--even if that means leaving things undone?

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


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

Discrimination Quiz


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

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

PREMIUM deliverable

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 mangement 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


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


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


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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