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PM Podcast 334: PMP PDU Program Updates are Coming On December 1st 2015

Categories: Career, PDUs

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Victor Carter-Bey, Director CertificationsDo you have a PMI certification like PMP, PgMP, PfMP, PMI-ACP, PMI-RMP, PMI-SP or PMI-PBA?

If yes, then this interview is extremely important to you because the rules on earning PDUs are changing on December 1st, 2015.

In a nutshell: PMI is introducing the Talent Triangle, which has Technical Project Management, Leadership, as well as Strategic and Business Management on its three sides. Going forward you must earn PDUs in each of these three areas.

This interview with Victor Carter-Bey (Director Certifications, PMI) was recorded at the 2015 Global Congress in Orlando Florida. We review the Talent Triangle, the details of what exactly changes with the PDUs, the timeline of implementation and how to report them going forward.

Please visit the PMI website for all the details on these changes...

(This interview was originally published on The Project Management Podcast.)

Posted on: October 16, 2015 07:17 PM | Permalink | Comments (5)

PM Podcast 333: Project Manager Career Path Boost Through Thought Leadership

Categories: Career, PDUs

Listen to this free interview and earn 0.25 PDUs (Leadership):

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Emad RahimIf you are looking to boost your project manager career then you are very likely thinking along the lines of getting a mentor, taking on a stretch assignment, going back to school to get a degree or certification, or maybe even improving your public speaking skills.

But most likely you haven’t thought about accelerating your project manager career path through thought leadership in project management and joining the ranks of famous project managers out there.

And if you think that becoming a thought leader in project management is hard to do, then think again.

Our guest Dr. Emad Rahim, DM, PMP (www.linkedin.com/in/erahim, @DrEmadRahim) assures us that talking about what you love -- project management -- through writing, speaking or simply by finding and sharing pertinent articles will make you get noticed as a thought leader in our industry.

It’s a simple but powerful concept to boost your career in project management.

(This interview was originally published on The Project Management Podcast.)

Posted on: September 22, 2015 07:49 PM | Permalink | Comments (3)

PM Podcast 332: Project Sponsor Challenges and Solutions

Categories: PDUs, Project Sponsorship

Listen to this free interview and earn 0.25 PDUs (Technical PM):

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Todd WilliamsWhat is the definition of the project sponsor role?

If you have an executive sponsor on your project and you have a documented and agreed upon project sponsor definition, then you are exceptional.

Why? According to Todd Williams’ (eCameron, Inc) latest white paper titled “Challenges in Executive Project Sponsorship” the lack of project sponsor roles and responsibilities is a major issue. It’s right up there with a lack of engagement, missing change management and the fact that executives don’t even acknowledge that these challenges exist to name just a few.

This executive sponsorship white paper is at the core of our discussion. Todd and I will review the identified challenges and give you the solutions he proposes. You’ll even get his definition of the role of project sponsor.

Posted on: September 18, 2015 03:49 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

PM Podcast 331: Add Compassion to Your Project Manager Skill Set

Categories: PDUs, soft skills

Listen to this free interview and earn 0.50 PDUs (Technical PM):

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Margaret MeloniWhen you think of your project manager skills, then “compassion” is probably not the first word that comes to mind. You would probably first list some other hard project management tools and techniques like your scheduling abilities or completing your projects on scope and on budget.

And only if you keep adding words to this project management skills list will you eventually come to terms like conflict management, team building, empathy and compassion.

Margaret Meloni (http://www.margaretmeloni.com) says that we project managers should value compassion much more than we do.

If we are supposed to use compassion as one of our project management soft skills then we have to first define what it is, how it relates to project management and hear examples of how to use it on our projects. And that’s exactly what you are going to get from Margaret’s interview.

But the most important question that I have asked Margaret is this: If compassion is truly so important for me as a project manager, how can I see quantifiable results on my projects?

Posted on: September 15, 2015 10:54 AM | Permalink | Comments (3)

PM Podcast 330: Project Coaching makes you a better Project Leader

Categories: Leadership, PDUs

Listen to this free interview and earn 0.50 PDUs (Leadership):

Susanne Madsen, AuthorGenerally speaking there are six leadership styles: authoritative, democratic, affiliative, pace setting, commanding and coaching. Each one of these has its time and place.

But for you and me as project leaders, project management coaching should be at the top of our list. After all, it is the people working on our projects who get things done, so we want to unlock their potential. And coaching may just be the answer.

A little while back we had Susanne Madsen on the program to discuss how her Project Management Coaching Workbook can help unleash your potential. And today, we are going to do a deep dive into various coaching techniques and how it can make you a better project leader.

This interview was originally published on The PM Podcast.

Posted on: September 03, 2015 10:21 AM | Permalink | Comments (2)
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