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Agile Advocacy

by Mike Griffiths

We all need some help sometimes when introducing agile methods into a traditional organization. Fortunately, a new guide to ease the transition is available. The recently published Software Extension to the PMBOK Guide Fifth Edition acts as a Rosetta Stone for mapping and replacing traditional approaches with their agile alternatives.

Getting Comfortable with PMBOK

by Bruce Garrod

Are you starting the process of getting ready for the CAPM or PMP exam? Are you confused by the many articles that talk about the differences between PMBOK editions? The goal of this article is to clear away some of that confusion.

Technical Certifications: Is the Value Really There?

by Michael Wood

How are technical certifications different from professional licenses? What value do they provide the holder? Can they help someone get a job and earn more money? Are some certifications more prestigious than others? Do some hold the same stature as professional licenses?

Uncovering the New PM Triangle (Part 2): Project Leadership

by Harlan Bridges

Last year, PMI CEO Mark Langley recommended that the PM triangle should be updated with points being Business Acumen, Leadership and Project Management (a small triangle that included scope, budget and schedule). Part 1 of our series explored Business Acumen; here, we look at Leadership.

Uncovering the New PM Triangle (Part 1)

by Harlan Bridges

Last year, PMI CEO Mark Langley recommended that the PM triangle should be updated with points being Business Acumen, Leadership and Project Management (a small triangle that included scope, budget and schedule). In Part 1 of his series examining the triangle, Harlan Bridges explores Business Acumen.

The Path to the PMP (Part 12)

by Bruce Garrod

The Project Procurement Management knowledge area often causes stress to potential PMP exam takers, but it doesn't have to be that way. There are, however, a few important elements within the process that will need to be studied in further detail.

The Path to the PMP (Part 9)

by Bruce Garrod

Sometimes when exercising, it’s not necessary to do heavy lifting or run long distances. There can be easier days that still contribute to overall success. Project Human Resource Management is one of those easier days...but don’t take it lightly.

The Path to the PMP (Part 8)

by Bruce Garrod

Quality Management is a difficult knowledge area for people to connect with as they study for the PMP exam. Sadly, PMI also recognizes the weakness and includes plenty of questions to test your abilities.

Topic Teasers Vol. 10: Critical Path Error

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

Question: It appears to me there is an error in the Fifth Edition of the PMBOK Guide on how to figure a critical path, but perhaps I am wrong. Should I change my processes to comply, or keep on doing what I learned in earlier versions?

A. The PMBOK Guide is a recognized international standard. Follow it, even if it doesn’t make any sense.
B. The field of project management is constantly changing and you may be behind in the latest ways to do things, so alter your project practices to comply with the most recent information.
C. When common sense and your past training are at odds with a fresh version of the PMBOK Guide, stand your ground. You may be correct.
D. The Project Management Institute will remove certifications from those people who refuse to follow the instructions provided in the PMBOK Guide. International consistency is key.

The Path to the PMP (Part 6)

by Bruce Garrod

As we continue our PMP workout, we look at the Project Time Management knowledge area--which involves six processes that interact with each other and are described as discrete and sequential, but in reality may overlap.

How to Upgrade Yourself to the PMBOK Guide Fifth Edition

by Cornelius Fichtner, PMP

Studying the PMBOK Guide Fourth Edition to take your PMP exam? Not so fast...unless you're taking the exam soon, you'll have to be aware of some essential changes in store and take the Fifth Edition exam. This article outlines a possible approach to "upgrade" yourself, and since we all learn differently you should adjust this approach to your own needs.

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