Project Management

Taking the Plunge

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In case you actually read this description, the beginning of the blog is about preparing for the PMP exam. It then evolved into maintaining my credential. After taking a break for a few years, I'm back and will be blogging about project management, in general, and probably a bit of agile on a regular basis.

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Quick Update

Categories: PDU, PMP

Just a quick update... (as if I was capable of that)

PMI Northen Utah Chapter's Professional Development Day was a couple of weeks ago.  It was a great event.  I wrote a little bit about it on my personal blog site - (no longer active).  I am working on blogging more regularly, but it can be difficult to blog and work on writing projects at the same time.

Next year I will be in charge of the PDD.  I have some large shoes to fill, but am excited for the opportunity.

PDUs from the PDD put me over 60 PDUs with over a year left, but that doesn't mean I get to sit around and do nothing for a year.

The book I co-authored 4 chapters for is currently scheduled to be published in January.  I'm fairly certain that will mean PDUs that I can roll over into my next certification cycle, but that is not why I participated in the project.  I really did it for the opportunity to participate in what I believe will be a great body of work, and to speed up my timeline to get published.  I still want to publish my own book (or two), but that will take time.

In the meantime, there are articles to write.  The Requirements Networking Group (RQNG) has published my first article, 'The Requirements Delivery Plan," in which I advocate treating requirements like a project and using a delivery schedule to manage expectations for requirements delivery:

(unfortunately, requirementsnetwork.com is no longer active)

While I would love to claim PDUs for it, I can't, and I didn't write it for the PDUs.  One of my goals is to be a regularly published author - books or articles.  I'll worry about PDUs and getting paid later.  For now I am building my platform and refining my writing style.

I would love to talk more about the book, but we're not going to promote it heavily until closer to the release date.

Posted on: November 10, 2010 11:36 PM | Permalink | Comments (3)

Feedback is appreciated

Categories: Exam Prep, PDU, PMP

I've started a new blog on my own site:

(no longer active)

I'll be posting about life in general and project management themes, including events related to my new role as VP of Education in the PMI Northern Utah Chapter, on my new site.  I'll still post about things PDU related here but, if you haven't noticed, it is slowing down.  I'm a little over half way through my certification renewal cycle and have about 5 PDUs to go, which I will get on the Professional Development Day in October.  If I should happen to miss the PDD, for some reason, I'll be getting 5 just for doing my job this year, and a few for volunteering in my local chapter.

My next step is to figure out how to get 20 PDUs next year that I can roll over into the following renewal cycle.

I haven't asked about it yet, but I just realized that I should check to see if I will be able to claim PDUs for the book I am co-authoring.  I am only contributing a couple of chapters, but it is still exciting to get published.  You can expect to hear about it from me and other Ganttheads, soon.

Once the book is published, it will be time to get back to work on my own book. 

Back to my new role.  I am brainstorming ideas for service opportunities for voulnteers in the chapter.  I am thinking about a couple of different programs.  One is a mentoring program (one to one), where non-PMPs are assigned a PMP to help them prepare for the exam.  The other is for PMPs to lead study groups (one to many) to help non-PMPs prepare for the exam.  What do you think?  Feedback is appreciated.

Posted on: August 02, 2010 03:22 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

Follow up - Project Search and Rescue

Categories: PDU, PMP

Just a quick update.  Prodevia has enxtended the free "Project Search and Rescue" course.  Registration is open through June 30th. 

Now, if you are like I me, you could have used this information 7 years ago and have already learned much of it.  However, whether you are new to project management or a veteran PM, this FREE course presents the information in a manner that is conducive to learning and puts together the bits and pieces of knowledge you have picked up over the years into one package.

Posted on: June 16, 2010 04:57 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

Maintaining My Credential - More than enough Free PDUs

Categories: PDU, PMP

I promised a quick overview of a comment posted by fellow GanttHead Simon Cleveland.  He provided me with the following link

http://www.examiner.com/x-36104-Miami-Project-Management-Examiner~y2010m4d3-How-to-Earn-60-PDUs-and-more-for-FREE-towards-your-PMP-Certification

The link is for an article on where to find free PDUs.  I went through it quickly - no more than two minutes per site on those sites I had not been to before, to see if I could find the training easily.  Here is what I found:

  • International Institute of Learning - offers a number of free PDU webinars.  I have not taken any yet, but when I signed up for a couple, several weeks ago, they were at 4am my time.  I cannot speak to the quality of these classes because I don't get up that early if I don't have to.  Not all of them were that early, so I may register for more.
  • Solution’s Cube Group - free webinars - (http://solutionscubegroup.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=97&Itemid=43)
  • IBM’s Rational Project and Portfolio Management certification training e-kit site. I moved on because I did not find them quickly, but I am sure they are worth digging for.
  • Prodevia Learning Inc’s - they offer a free introductory course on Rescuing Troubled Projects worth 5 PDUs. You have to download a PDF and then fill out an online course completion and evaluation form.  But you have to hurry if you want to do this as the class is only available until May 31, 2010.  http://www.prodevia.com/  The link to sign up for the free introductory course is on the bottom left of the page.
  • Rita Mulcahy’s RMC University - numerous free webinars - http://u.rmcproject.com/forms/default.aspx

Keep in mind that I found these links through a search engine and they are only current as of the time that I post this entry.  I am not endorsing any of these products, just sharing information that you may find valuable.

Posted on: May 25, 2010 05:04 PM | Permalink | Comments (6)

Board of Directors

Categories: PDU, PMP

I attended the chapter luncheon today.  It was pretty interesting - a construction project manager talked about his experience working for a company that contracts to the DOT.  I sat with the current VP of Community Outreach and we talked a little.  It helped to finalize my decision to run for the VP of Education and Certification, instead.

The Elections Coordinator approached me a few days ago and asked if I would be willing to run for a different office, as the incumbent was no longer running and nobody else was looking to fill the position.  I knew that the current VP of Community Outreach had decided not to run (she is going back to school, good for her!), but I found out today that she has been working with another member for about 6 months who is planning on running for her office.  I figure that since he has knowledge of what is going on and plans for outreach efforts, it would make more sense to run for a different position.  Education and Certification will be a good fit.  I wouldn't say that this blog qualifies me in any way, but I am confident I have something to offer in the position.

If I am elected (wouldn't that be awkward to lose with nobody running against me), I can see blogging about those activities, as well.

Before I forget, somebody sent me a link to an article with several links to information about free PDUs.  Once I validate them I will post them, and give credit where credit is due.

Posted on: May 20, 2010 06:59 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)
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