Project management methods are typically taught with a large organization in mind. But what about starting and growing a part-time business? Here are some of the lessons learned along the way from a practitioner who has created additional sources of income and developed new skills with his side hustle.
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We start the new decade with a bang as we present the 13th edition of our annual virtual conference and exhibition! Whether you’re a seasoned PM or new to the field, PMXPO provides an excellent opportunity to learn, network, earn PDUs and broaden your perspective on project management. This year’s show is headlined by keynote speaker Cara Brookins, a bestselling author who rebuilt her broken family by building her own house watching “how-to” videos on YouTube.
Join us for PMI Business Analysis Virtual Conference 2019! This virtual event will explore the latest trends in business analysis and provide you with the insights, resources, and tools to advance your career and enhance project success.
The PMI Talent & Technology Symposium 2019 explores the impact of rapidly changing technologies on the project management profession across industries. Participants will gain an understanding of how to better position themselves for growth and to identify talent for their project teams.
UNDERSTANDING HOW TO QUASH PROGRAM PARALYSIS Good enough is no longer good enough! Because of the impact of “FAANG!” (Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix & Google) stakeholder expectations have risen exponentially. They now expect… demand, really… to be delighted! Truthfully, change management is no longer good enough. Change leadership is now the standard your performance is measured against. For professional practitioners, Agile Government is the Change Management Frontier and it holds valuable lessons for every marketplace arena. During this reality-based, technically-sophisticated learning event you will discover how to invert paralysis and gain insights into pragmatic steps that will fuel amazing career opportunity for you! It applies to you because successfully delivering highly complex government programs requires change leadership supported by contract and program management professionals engaged as trusted advisors who know how to reverse analysis paralysis using Lean principles and the best practices available… proactively! Decision latency – that is, delays in making decisions – drive huge, negative impacts into project outcomes. Reversing it will supercharge project results… and your career growth!
In this installment of the Discover PMI – Ask Us Anything Series, we will introduce KICKOFF™ - a FREE, 45-minute course and toolkit for informal project managers or members of project teams. KICKOFF™ guides users through the basic of project management, with bite-sized, engaging content and actionable templates, so they can effectively manage their projects from start to finish.
Strategy Implementation refers to the execution of the plans to accomplish the organization's long-term goals. It converts the opted strategy into the moves and actions of the organization to achieve the objectives. In today's world driven by change, it is a rare and valuable skill set that sets apart the most successful and influential leaders in business. Individuals with proven ability to implement strategy are in high demand worldwide. Yet, the current generation of leaders has been taught how to plan but not how to implement. This is reflected in the high strategy implementation failure rate, which drives the need for leaders to enhance their abilities and become recognized implementation specialists. Yet, often, managers and leaders are asked to implement their organization's strategy but are not provided with the guidance or any kind of roadmap to do so. To fill in this implementation gap, we have developed the Strategy Implementation Roadmap, which consists of the seven pillars required to be successful in implementation. This webinar will focus on exploring each of the pillars of this new and easy-to-apply framework that will help you build your own strategy implementation roadmap.
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How content you are in your current and future career potential? With your physical and mental health? With your current and future financial status? This assessment will help you think through areas in your life that are most important to you—and develop a practical and sustainable purpose statement to guide you when to say "yes" to some things and "no" to others. Use in conjunction with the blog "Your North Star – Creating a Practical and Sustainable Purpose Statement."
Translate your improvement plans into concrete actions and real results using this simple questionnaire, which helps you chart development focus areas and tie them to situations you encounter on the job. Adjust to fit your situation, and add rows/sections as needed.
Use this template in conjunction with the article How to Strengthen Your Resilience to help evaluate yourself across 12 dimensions and look for areas to improve—and strengths that will enable you to help others.
No matter where you are on the career ladder, consider creating a roadmap for moving forward by comparing your current state to the requirements needed to achieve your career goals—and then identify the actions you need to take to make it all happen. Use this template in conjunction with the article What’s Your Career Plan?
Use this Excel sheet as a quick reference when studying inputs; tools and techniques; and outputs from A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide)—Sixth Edition. It categorizes them by chapter, process group and knowledge area.
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Have you ever considered being a free agent project manager? It can be an incredibly satisfying and enjoyable way to make a career, and a life. But there are risks and challenges. Keep these tips in mind if you decide to take the plunge.
Some contract PMs end up working with the same client for a very long period of time. Is that a good thing for them or the client? No. Here's why.
For anyone currently employed in an organization and thinking about something different, you have a lot of choice before you: contracting, consulting, volunteering...the list goes on. The key is figuring out what you really want—but the decision is never easy.
Contract project managers have the opportunity to make a great living—but it isn't easy. This career path also carries significant risk. How can you ensure you never run out of clients as a contract PM? Choose one of these Ideas to Implement now...
There are a few things that the project management consulting profession needs to do in order to ensure that it remains a growth discipline that is perceived as delivering value for clients. And those things that we need to do fall under the general advice of making ourselves unnecessary.
Are you a PM consultant or a contract PM? Is there a practical difference, or is it just semantics? For many people, the terms have become synonyms for each other, but that’s not quite right. Let’s explore why...
This practitioner's decision to become an independent project consultant was the best career move he ever made, but the impact of the decision has not been without its stresses. Before you take the leap, make sure you understand what you're signing up for.
Many of us invest a tremendous amount of time, energy and money into developing our career. But when we’ve achieved what we want, then what? Do you consider the legacy of your career, and how do you define it?
Project management isn’t very well understood, even by project managers—and that’s a problem for all of us. How do we change things to ensure we all have a rewarding career with an optimal work/life balance?
Project management can be a 24-hour job…should It be? As PMs, we see ourselves as the center of very important work. We are driven to achieve and take great pleasure in seeing deliverables materialize. But we must set limits to avoid burnout.
Your daily routine has the power to help or hurt your career growth. As project managers, we know the value of using processes and other resources that reinforce quality and effectiveness. It’s time to apply the same disciplined thinking to our career. Read about four habits you should avoid...and some you should adopt.
The skills that have allowed you to reach the point in your career where you are currently are different from the ones that will allow you to grow in the future. PMs who want to enjoy healthy career success need to become experts in a handful of categories.
The webinar Project Manager Expertise, Experience, and Career Development received so much feedback, we didn’t have time to cover everything! The discussion continued afterward, and here Timothy covers some additional questions and answers that came out of his presentation.
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