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Tapping the Base of the Triangle for Hidden PDUs

by Mike Griffiths

When it comes to renewing your PMI credentials, it can sometimes be a challenge to find the full complement of PDUs you need. Now that the PMI Talent Triangle® has been introduced, the area at the base of the triangle (“Strategic and Business Management”) seems to be the most difficult for people. It doesn't have to be...

Exam Panic Time?

by Bruce Garrod

The sixth edition of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) is coming…is it time to panic? How important is it to write the PMP exam based on the current edition? (Spoiler alert: You can calm down and rest easy...)

Construction Extension to the PMBOK® Guide – A Glance at the Third Edition

by Fabio Teixeira de Melo

The third edition of the Construction Extension to the PMBOK® Guide was recently published. A supplement to the PMBOK® Guide for those in the construction field, this article is a teaser of the new edition. It makes brief comments about the changes from the previous edition and hints at the challenges experienced.

Researching Project Success and Failure

by Konstantin Ryzhkov

What defines a successful project? Are there any techniques that we can improve on to increase the quality of our projects and the speed at which they are executed? Is it useful to apply specific methodologies when completing certain projects? One practitioner's informal research led to some surprising results.

Bouncing Back from Exam Failure

by Christopher Cook

A failing result on the PMP exam is devastating. What you do next tells more about yourself than flying through the exam and passing with ease. What should you do? Get back on the horse!

Transparency in Project Management

by R. Sarma Danturthi, PhD, PMP

Transparency in everyday project management practice sets the bar high and gives project managers and their teams a sense of responsibility to stand by. Aligned with selected Process Groups and their Knowledge Areas from the PMBOK® Guide, this paper serves as a starting point to cogitate, initiate and implement transparency.

How to Help Your Human Resources Team Promote PM Maturity

by Robert Bulger

Effective partnerships with your human resources team can lend incredible support in your drive to increase maturity within the PMO and with your program and project managers. The Project Management Institute offers a wide assortment of research, tools, and programs that—when working collaboratively with the HR team—you can help to integrate into your organization.

The PMO Symposium® Experience

by Robert Bulger

The 2016 PMO Symposium® focused on benefits realization, coinciding with PMI's annual update to its Thought Leadership Series on the same topic. In this article, a speaker shares his thoughts from the successful event.

Examining the Agile Experience Requirement

by Mike Griffiths

Have you been thinking about getting your PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® credential but are put off by the agile experience requirement? Fear not, you might have the experience you need even if you have not been working on a pure agile project. This article explores the prerequisites elements and explains what you need to qualify.

PM Certification Drives Culture Change and Business Performance Improvement

by Graham Campbell

One global engineering organization took the bold step of making certification of all project managers a mandatory requirement for some 7,500 staff in 29 countries—a step not that common in the traditional, technically driven architecture and engineering industry. As this practitioner shares, the results of this change have been stunning.

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.

Building the Right Team: The PMO Director

by Laura Burford

Have you found the right fit? To help ensure PMO success, you should utilize the three sides of the PMI Talent Triangle™ and clearly articulate job expectations for your PMO director.

Scrum vs. PMP® in IT Projects: A Possible Compromise?

by Emanuele Boschi

Today, roles have changed. As a project manager, you must keep your projects (and developers) on the right track. It doesn’t matter how many languages or platforms you know. This seasoned practitioner explores two different approaches and applies them to a complex IT scenario, looking at the best of both worlds.

Rules of Considerate Conduct and the Aspirational Standards of the PMI Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct

by Katherine Holderbaum

The aspirational standards of the “PMI Code of Ethics” provide practitioners with the “what” of professional and socially responsible conduct. Applying Forni’s Choosing Civility: The Twenty-Five Rules of Considerate Conduct can enhance the “PMI Code of Ethics” with specific actions and behavior and support more effective management of project management processes, especially communications. The discussions that may result can further benefit project managers and their teams.

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!

Earned Value Management Formulas...Illustrated

by David L. Rico, PMP

The whole point of Earned Value Management is to use past project performance measurements to depict the current standings and predict future efforts and resources required to complete the project goals. If you think in pictures, this illustrated formula will aid in your pursuit of certification or provide a refreshing perspective for veteran practitioners.

The PM Octagon

by Uchenna Ugo-Alum

The PM octagon is an illustration of the convergence of key project management knowledge, processes and practices to guarantee project success from a practical perspective regardless of the project's scope or size, or the organization or industry. This articles discusses the octagon, along with more concepts essential to understanding it.

Risk Management Mistakes

by Syed Moiz

Risk management is one of the most critical functions that every PM and every business leader must focus on. This article will focus on some common mistakes to avoid when managing project/organizational risks.

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.

Project Stakeholder Management

by Preston Charles, PMP

It may be tempting to overlook stakeholder management when facing tight deadlines. The author explains the perspectives of the many stakeholders along the supply chain and how each of them has an impact upon someone else. Everyone from the manufacturer to the final customer is able to recognize the benefits of successful project stakeholder management.

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