How do you think about your approach to project management? Is it something well defined and fixed? Is it evolving and flexible? Is it mystical and incomprehensible? Or is it so innate and ingrained that you don’t even think about it? It’s an important question to consider, and one we don’t necessarily explore very often.
Vincent Chukwuemeka, the Director of Membership at the PMI Central Iowa chapter, recently interviewed James Brown, who lives and works in Central Iowa. Brown is a Director within the Platform Management organization for DuPont, and has eight PMI certifications. He took time out of his schedule to offer valuable insights and career advice.
Has PMI’s recent refocus on the Talent Triangle™ changed how you perceive your career? Should it? Your opportunity to diversify is now increased, and that is something this writer believes you can leverage.
The application of assumptions analysis aids in the prevention of unnecessary work within the planning process group, which has an overall positive time and cost impact on the remaining process groups. Utilizing assumptions analysis lays the foundation for teaching the impact of prevention early on in the project's lifecycle.
All conflicts—no matter how big or small—are harmful to projects. They all impact time, cost and our credibility. Let's bring into focus the importance of managing conflicts to ensure that our projects succeed.
Despite participating in prep courses, boot camps and other forms of study for certification exams, many people have test anxiety. Follow the author’s suggestions on the day of the test, both before the actual test, as well as during the test, to reduce the stress involved in test taking.
It seems ironic, but this practitioner wonders if the process of creating a curriculum and multiple choice-based testing procedure leads to an over-simplification of the subject matter and inhibits learning. Maybe it is the process of creating a credential or people’s inbuilt desire to simplify ideas, but we seem to have lost practical project management guidance on dealing with uncertainty.
Having reviewed the 13 chapters of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide)—Fifth Edition, this article explores the other important content that can be a source of questions for the CAPM and PMP exams.
PMI's Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct states: “We set high standards for ourselves and we aspire to meet these standards in all aspects of our lives--at work, at home, and in service to our profession.” But what exactly does “at home and in service to our profession” mean?
Many companies don’t have a PMO--and want to start one. But it’s tough for them to decide how to do that--and which tools or software to use, as there are so many options. In this article, the author tries to help solve this problem.
Looking for high-impact statements when you only have 30 seconds to demonstrate the value of project management--and present yourself in the best possible light? What would your elevator pitch be? It's harder than you think...
As a core team member who helped develop the Portfolio Management Professional (PfMP)® certification, this writer was eager to see the certification blossom. What better way than to attend PMI's PMO Symposium and speak about the merits of the certification--and more importantly, portfolio management?
Question: I read in Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell that to be really successful at something, you probably have to have about 10,000 hours invested in it--and that most people start as kids. I’d like my kids to be in the project field, but I don’t really know how someone can get that many hours experience in project management or agile practices.
Start with your kids at a very early age and blend the logic and selection process of project management into their day-to-day life. If you are creative, it shouldn’t take much time but rather just an awareness of what you are doing.
Ask your local Boy Scout and Girl Scout chapters if they can offer a series of 10 project management badges. If each one takes about two weeks’ worth of work, that’s 100 hours right there.
Plan to send your child to summer camp for project management when other kids go off for outdoor living, theater experiences or coding instruction. Children should have made a career decision by 7 or 8 so that they can get the most background possible.
Children have so little time to just be kids. Don’t make any attempt to teach them anything at home; they get plenty of education and homework at school. Once they arrive home, just let them relax.
A manager was suffering through a “project” in crisis--but it was not a project that he was managing at his office. The project is crisis was himself. Despite having three decades of project experience, he didn't have a risk response plan at the ready. That's when his project manager brain got to work...
Project success is measured by key stakeholder satisfaction. PMI’s newest knowledge area provides four processes to effectively manage the sensitive issues. In the finale of this series to get you ready for the PMP exam, this article looks at project stakeholder management.
Studying for the PMP exam and need some help with the five process groups in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide)? Get help with various inputs, tools & techniques, and outputs of each phase of Initiation, Planning, Executing, Monitoring & Controlling, and Closing using this study guide.
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?
In his webinar Aligning PMI®’s PMBOK® Fifth Edition to Lean Six Sigma DMAIC, Rod Baxter talked to us about how Lean Six Sigma (LSS) DMAIC projects can benefit from aligning to PMBOK Guide® Fifth Edition processes. We were not able to get to all of the questions during the live session. However, we were able to capture those that were unanswered.
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?
To reduce the negative risks on a project, is it really necessary to follow every PMI Project Risk Management process? While the answer may be “perhaps not,” this article explores the processes that need to be clearly understood to successfully answer PMP/CAPM exam questions.
According to the Project Management Institute, acquiring the goods and services that are necessary for a project to succeed follows four specific processes. This article continues the series of walking through the processes within each knowledge area.