Elevation Through Conflict?

by Karen Chovan

Anticipate. Influence. Elevate. These were the themes of PMI Global Congress 2016—North America. Words of contemplation listed on a wall, blasted on screens, without context. Until we started the program and it all became clear.

PMI Congress: Lessons in Leadership, Communication

by Bruce Harpham

Thousands of project managers gathered in San Diego in September to share best practices, network and improve their skills. In a few short days, there was much to learn. In this article, some attendees share some of the benefits they gained through meeting others and sharpening their skills.

Behind the Scenes: Receiving the Kerzner Award

by Robert Bulger

The PMI Educational Foundation administers the prestigious Kerzner Award, sponsored by International Institute for Learning, to recognize a project manager who most emulates the professional dedication and excellence of Harold Kerzner, a globally recognized project management expert and best-selling author. This year's winner shares his San Diego experience.

Lessons from PMI Global Congress

by Mike Griffiths

Guess what…this project manager went to a project management conference and it wasn't boring! In fact, it was very memorable. This two-part article recalls some thoughts from attending the recent PMI Global Congress 2016—North America in San Diego.

Ask the Expert: A Notable Experience

by Dr. Deepa Bhide, PMP

Attending the PMI Global Congress 2016—North America as part of the "Ask the Expert" sessions, one practitioner quickly discovered that the experts are everywhere—and that we all have something to learn.

The Entrepreneurial Project Manager

by Wendi Salvaggio

Entrepreneurial project managers are a different breed of project managers. They occupy a small niche within the project management discipline, but have a profound impact on those who’ve worked with them.

The Job Hunting Project

by Eran Prigat, PMP

You have worked for your company for several years and have made the most of it; but now, it’s time to move on. With job search activities based on Process Groups in the PMBOK® Guide, this article explains how you can treat job hunting like a project, meaning that you set a timeline to execute it, it should be temporary and you should have a start date and a finish date.

Topic Teasers Vol. 84: Drafting Career Blueprints

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

Question: Luckily, a key department manager went to bat for us and we now have a standing team. I think this will help us produce deliverables more quickly, as we don’t have to get reacquainted and learn to work with a whole new group on each project. However, the “negative Nellie” on the team is already concerned that this will stall his career. How do I show my colleagues that this is a positive step and that it will help their career progress, not hinder it?
A. Plan for the organization to pay for as many certifications and college or junior college classes as possible. Insist that any coursework your teammates want to take is crucial to their success at their current work. All knowledge is powerful knowledge in the workplace.
B. No one can plan a future career, as promotions and opportunities are only given to those who have special connections or subservient relationships with those at the CEO, CIO and CFO level. You are puffing smoke to craft pipe dreams if you suggest otherwise to your friends.
C. Work with each team member to draft a blueprint of where they would like their career to go within the next five years. Help them choose, plan and implement important steps to allow them to be ready for opportunities along their desired path. It may not work, but it’s better than not having a plan.
D. As the old Doris Day song goes, “Que sera, sera. Whatever will be, will be. The future is not ours to see. Que sera, sera.” With the lightning speed changes in business occurring each day, it is impossible to envision what skills one will need in the future. Cross your fingers and hope.
Pick your answer then Test Your Knowledge!

PMI Fellow Profile: Frank Saladis

by Bruce Harpham

After nearly 30 years in a variety of roles at AT&T, the career journey of Frank P. Saladis has transitioned to consulting, writing books and raising the profession’s profile. Here, the esteemed PMI Fellow shares some of his thoughts on his career and the project management profession.

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
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


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."