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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.

Certification Outputs Versus Outcomes

by Mike Griffiths

It is not the output of planning (the plan) that is most valuable, but instead the outcome of undertaking the planning. There is a similar relationship with certification and certificates--learning a topic has more value than the output of receiving a certificate, a point lost on many.

The Digital Requirements of the Digital PM

by Mike Donoghue

A digital project manager, aside from having project management skills and a technical background, may also need to display strength in how they employ and incorporate tools and techniques into the project processes of a more digitally driven world. The following skills are some of the ones you may need if you take on the mantle of a digital PM...

Job Title Obsolescence?

by Andy Jordan

Virtually everyone in the workplace has a job title, but does that concept have any relevance in 2016? Or should we be looking at a different approach? For most people reading this, you should be making resource and accountability determinations based on skills, not titles.

Hot IT Jobs for 2016

by Michael Wood

Last year, as predicted, the IT job market finally started to heat up. For 2016, the good news is the IT job market is going to be even better—at least for those with the right credentials.

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.

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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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

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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