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Handling Illness: A Project Manager's Way

by Debasis Chakrabarti

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...

Topic Teasers Vol. 67: 10,000 Kid Hours

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

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.
A. 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.
B. 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.
C. 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.
D. 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.
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Project Phases Processes: Study Guide

by Hiba Awaysa, PMP, CAPM

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.

PMI Congress 2015: Lessons Learned

by Bruce Harpham

From keynote presentation lessons and education spotlights to attendee and exhibitor observations, one PM professional checks in from an enlightening trip to his first ever PMI Global Congress.

Curiosity as a PM Process

by Mike Adams, PMP

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.

Topic Teasers Vol. 64: Important RDS Shifts

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

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?
A. 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.
B. 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.
C. 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.
D. 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.
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The Business Skills Development Gap

by Andy Jordan

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?

Master of Your PM Domain?

by Patti Gilchrist, PMP

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?

The Importance of PM Education in the Medical Curriculum

by Dr. Deepa Bhide, PMP

In recent years, the usefulness of medical education in India has been questioned. Enter the project management methodology, which offers a systematic process that can help students think through patient care needs in a comprehensive way.

Impossible Filmmaking (Part 2)

by Kevin Richardson

Nothing in his impressive experience could have prepared a time-crunched filmmaker for his hectic project in China...except one thing: earning his PMP certification. Read how this international project management consultant got an animated film off the ground in no time flat.

Impossible Filmmaking (Part 1)

by Kevin Richardson

Nothing in his impressive experience could have prepared a time-crunched filmmaker for his hectic project in China...except one thing: earning his PMP certification. Read how this international project management consultant got an animated film off the ground in no time flat.

Four Steps Project Managers Should Follow to Help Ensure Strategic Success

by Marcela Diaz Angel, MGP, PMP

Although project managers are often called upon to begin a project immediately, it is important to stop and think critically about the project before getting started. By integrating relevant knowledge before beginning a project you can save time during execution and will have a more complete view to help develop adequate and necessary structure, tools, techniques and guidance to ensure project and organizational success.

Methodologies for Effective Project Management: A Review

by Sreekumar Menon

Adopting and maintaining an appropriate project methodology is vital for organizational success. The purpose of this article is to explore and analyze project methodologies that find common application in effective project management.

Project Manager 2.0: What is Your Change Management Plan?

by Irfan Shariff

The organizational world within which project managers operate is going through rapid and unprecedented change, driven by forces of globalization and digital technology. So, the choice is yours: change now, become PM 2.0 and survive. Don’t change, and await extinction...

PDU Category Structures: Existing and New

by Mike Griffiths

You may have heard that the PDU Category Structure is changing in December, but are you clear on what it changes from and to? This article illustrates those changes, contrasting the current structure to the new structure and discussing some of the implications.

Topic Teasers Vol. 57: Skill Shifts to Notice

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

Question: My teams seem to be composed of younger and younger people, and even though I am an experienced and certified project manager we are having retention issues. I am managing just as I have successfully done in the past, but it no longer seems to work. The expense of constantly recruiting and training new people for my team is raising flags with my manager about my own performance. What can I do?
A. The majority of employees in the workforce today are Generation X. They will not be led and must be allowed to form their own teams and do the work when and how they see fit. Do not try to manage them.
B. The majority of employees in the workforce today are millennials, and they do not respond well to being managed by someone for whom they do not have respect as a leader. Up your leadership skills.
C. Ask your own manager for the position power to put people who do not do what you ask within a reasonable amount of time, and to the standards you require, on report. Let them know that if this same behavior happens on the next task, they will be asked to leave the company.
D. Modern employees are unwilling to have someone else set the goals for their workday. Involve teams in each and every decision that is made about what the project will create, when it can be delivered and the quality standards to which it must adhere.
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Ethics: It’s Your Shield, Use It!

by Frank J. Gorman

Like all publicly recognized professions, PMI has promulgated a Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. The code protects us as a group--it's an effective defense shield for our professional reputations. Are you taking advantage of this valuable resource?


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