Please join us and continue the conversation with presenters from PMI Global Congress 2015 –North America. During this webinar we’ll explore best practices, key takeaways and lessons learned from Improving Talent Management in Project, Program and Portfolio Management sessions. Don’t miss this opportunity to virtually meet the presenters and get a glimpse into their post-conference highlights and teachable moments from PMI Global Congress 2015 –North America.
Curiosity isn't a process, right?! Hmm...not so fast. Let's examine curiosity from the context of an investigation aimed at quenching a thirst for knowledge, and see how curiosity can be a vital and valuable asset to your projects--and your career development.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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...
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?
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.
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."
"Marta was watching the football game with me when she said, 'You know, most of these sports are based on the idea of one group protecting its territory from invasion by another group.' 'Yeah,' I said, trying not to laugh. Girls are funny."