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.
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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.
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?
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.|
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.
The best part about Project Cost Management is that there are only three processes. And while the first two processes are light dumbbell lifting, the third throws some heavy barbell exercises your way. Are you prepared?