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How to Develop Leadership Skills at Any Stage of Your Career

by Leigh Espy

You know that strong leadership skills can help you in your career, but just how does someone develop them before becoming a leader? It is possible to develop leadership skills that will help you at all leadership levels, and you can start now.

Topic Teasers Vol. 82: Balancing Business Analysts

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

Question: After being team lead for our Customer Operations business unit transformation project, I’ve been offered a position to head the new department. It will now also include Information Technology (IT). Here’s my issue up front: I’m a traditional project manager and now I’ll have nine business analysts and an agile IT team to lead. Who is responsible for what on projects now? I need to figure this out fast.
A. Business analysts replace project managers, so once you assign a BA to a project, your work is over. All you will need to do is help referee the conflicts between the BAs and the IT teams.
B. If your business analysts are trained and certified, they’ll know their own roles or can adjust quickly to what you want them to do. The agile IT team should be fairly self-directed. All you need to understand is who does what, present the responsibility chart and stand back ready to support them if needed.
C. Agile teams do not need any supervision or direction over and above their own ScrumMaster, who is 100% devoted to one project at a time. Ask your BAs if they will cross-train as ScrumMasters to maximize the number of projects you can run at any one time.
D. Due to the new strategic and business requirements from PMI, project managers have now been renamed. Just have your newly christened business analysts do what project managers have always done.
Pick your answer then Test Your Knowledge!

The True Cost of Free Exam Prep Questions (Part 2)

by Mike Griffiths

In Part 1 of this article, we examined how many free exam simulators can actually be poor value for money. In this article, we will continue exploring how to spot poorly written test questions to avoid wasting your study time—and also provide some tips for answering situational questions more effectively.

Agile Experience Preferred?

by Andy Jordan

In the last year or so, this practitioner has seen an increasing number of project management job postings asking for agile experience. What’s driving this trend? Is this something project managers need to be aware of when considering their career development?

Top 14 Skills for Digital PMs

by Helena Lui

In the digital world that we now live in, companies are implementing more and more projects that involve digital content. If you want to be a digital PM, it is not enough to know the tactics of project management. Here are some fundamental design and development skills that you should invest in…

PERT: Part of Your Military DNA!

by Jay Hicks

The United States military has developed many project management tools and techniques that are widely accepted around the world and in use today. Using PERT, you can analytically estimate and justify the most likely time required for your project.

The 5 Steps to Achieve PMP® Certification

by Fábio Mourão

Everybody can learn from the experiences of others. In this article, the author shares how he planned for, studied and passed the PMP® exam by following five steps.

Consulting Agreement

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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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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

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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

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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

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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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