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Transitioning Military Service Members: Why Project Management?

by Jay Hicks

According to Mark Langley, CEO of the Project Management Institute, the military is a “highly projectized environment, which makes many veterans a natural fit in the project management world.” Here an expert explains why it's such a natural fit.

Topic Teasers Vol. 67: 10,000 Kid Hours

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

Question: I read in Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell that to be really successful at something, you probably have to have about 10,000 hours invested in it--and that most people start as kids. I’d like my kids to be in the project field, but I don’t really know how someone can get that many hours experience in project management or agile practices.
A. Start with your kids at a very early age and blend the logic and selection process of project management into their day-to-day life. If you are creative, it shouldn’t take much time but rather just an awareness of what you are doing.
B. Ask your local Boy Scout and Girl Scout chapters if they can offer a series of 10 project management badges. If each one takes about two weeks’ worth of work, that’s 100 hours right there.
C. Plan to send your child to summer camp for project management when other kids go off for outdoor living, theater experiences or coding instruction. Children should have made a career decision by 7 or 8 so that they can get the most background possible.
D. Children have so little time to just be kids. Don’t make any attempt to teach them anything at home; they get plenty of education and homework at school. Once they arrive home, just let them relax.
Pick your answer then Test Your Knowledge!

Should Project Managers 'Go Temping'?

by Jay Hicks

Do not exclude the idea of finding a temporary position while looking for the right (sometimes seemingly illusive) project management job. Here are a few reasons you may want to visit a temporary agency...

A Model for Training and Development: Plotting a Course for the Organization

by Mike Donoghue

In determining our talent needs for the current and upcoming generations, we all need a roadmap of some sort to get us started on the journey. A recent study with a competency model identified the major trends in learning and demonstrated how our training and development initiatives should be approached for our dynamic and changing workforce.

In Celebration of Project Management

by Andy Jordan

Every now and then, we need to take a step back and recognize just how important project management is. Those of us involved in it tend to take it for granted--we’re too close to be able to appreciate it for what it delivers. In honor of International Project Management (IPM) Day, let's recognize some of the great things project management is doing...

Project Phases Processes: Study Guide

by Hiba Awaysa, PMP, CAPM

Studying for the PMP exam and need some help with the five process groups in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide)? Get help with various inputs, tools & techniques, and outputs of each phase of Initiation, Planning, Executing, Monitoring & Controlling, and Closing using this study guide.

Leadership Development: The Cornerstone to Project Success

by Jiju (Jay) Nair, PMP

Recruiting project management talent and retaining them is one of the biggest challenges for any company. Organizations need to develop and nurture leadership traits of their project managers to keep operations running smoothly--and to achieve benefits everyone can appreciate.

Topic Teasers Vol. 66: Daily Time Stretchers

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

Question: How can the year be almost over? I had such good intentions, but my project load has once again kept me from adding to my professional knowledge. I know it’s important to keep up rather than catch up, but things are changing so fast and there is no time. My colleagues seem to know the latest information. Do they know something I don’t about stretching time?
A. There will never be time to devote to reading, learning and growing like you once could, so take a little bite out of things on a regularly scheduled basis. Even 15 minutes will be worthwhile.
B. There is always time to learn the new and challenging things that are important to your career. You are just not being honest about your desire to keep up. Just give up and stay in your present job as long as you can.
C. Business and products change rapidly. Learn only about the things that will help you on the project you are doing today, then the next, then the one after that. This keeps you from wasting time learning things that aren’t immediately applicable.
D. If you were to give up watching or participating in sports, viewing television, hanging out with your friends and lounging around the house on the weekends, you would find plenty of time to keep up with current topics. Set your priorities wisely.
Pick your answer then Test Your Knowledge!

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."


Do, or else do not. There is no 'try'.

- Yoda