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Preparing for the Exam with PMBOK Guide—Fifth Edition (Part 4): Scope Management

by Bruce Garrod

It’s time to continue working on self-improvement. This fourth article in a series exploring A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide)—Fifth Edition through a lighthearted comparison to personal fitness improvement explores the Project Scope Management knowledge area.

Putting Multimedia in Your Training: Does It Help?

by Mike Donoghue

Understandably, we want to keep the attention of students and get them interested in the material. But is the incorporation of multimedia in our training process the route we should be taking?

The Best (and Worst) Study Approaches

by Mike Griffiths

If you are studying for an upcoming certification by highlighting key text and re-reading important sections of textbooks, you are likely wasting your time. Despite being popular, these study techniques have been found to be the least effective approaches. So why not work smarter (not harder) and make better use of your study time?

Four Steps to Lower Stress

by Kenneth Darter, PMP

The project manager’s life changes from day to day. This kind of life can lead to a great deal of stress--and may even push some people out of the field entirely. How can you keep up with everything and keep your sanity intact?

Skills Tracking: An Unattainable Ideal?

by Andy Jordan

It’s very difficult to assign the right people to the right tasks, to ensure that the right training is delivered to the right people at the right time, and hire to fill skills gaps. How can you effectively track your resource pool’s skills efficiently?

Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone

by Kenneth Darter, PMP

There are times when a project manager needs to step out of their comfort zone to get the job done. Doing so can be nerve wracking--but also very rewarding. Here are some tips to ease the stress.

10,001 Hours of Project Management

by Ian Whittingham, PMP

How many hours does it take to become a project manager? That’s not a trick question, but can become tricky when you try to answer it with any kind of precision.

Three Essentials to Being a Successful Consultant PM

by Michelle Stronach

As a consultant project manager, it is more important than ever that you differentiate yourself from your competition--both internal and external project managers. The No. 1 way to differentiate is through reputation. Keep these three core principles in mind as you try to take advantage of the abundance of opportunity out there.

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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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

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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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