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...
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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.
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.
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.
Where we stand today and how we may influence tomorrow Dr. Brandon will share highlights from his recent research study exploring the key expertise, experience and career development factors which contribute to overall project manager competency and project success. The objective is to offer insights into how project managers rated their skill levels, provide an easy assessment tool, and recommend ways for project managers and leadership to enhance levels of expertise and accelerate professional development.
The Covid-19 pandemic has caused massive disruptions globally. According to several studies, governments will spend more than $10 trillion on reconstruction projects in the next 10 years. This means there will be millions of projects — more than ever — put into production within the decade, and each will require a project manager. Project management jobs are already aplenty. Do a quick search on LinkedIn and thousands of roles will pop into your feed. To the point, we did a search while writing this article and found more than half a million openings in the United States alone. These are just a few indicators that the project economy is here to stay. If you’re curious about this career, now is a great time to start learning about the field, what it takes to land a project management role, and if it is the right path for you.
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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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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.
Whether you're a new or a seasoned project manager, it's easy to fall into some traps when you're too busy, too preoccupied or too insecure. Watch out for these five pitfalls...and learn how to avoid them.
Question: Recently, the Project Management Institute adjusted its Talent Triangle®. I’m not sure how I can quickly adjust my finances to take classes for extra PDUs. After working so hard to earn my certification, I don’t want to lose it. Any clever ideas for how I can meet the requirements with little or no associated costs?
The project economy is here to stay—and if you’re curious about a career in this field, now is a great time to start learning what it takes to land a project management role, and if it’s the right path for you. This is a follow-up to the successful webinar, where the presenters answer more of your questions.
Organizations have had to shift their ways of working—and we have had to adapt both professionally and personally. What does it mean to be a virtual knowledge worker today? These six tips can help you successfully navigate our new normal.
Hybrid has become the most popular way to work. But thriving in this arrangement is going to take some practice. Use these tips to make the most of each type of day, whether in the office or remote.
The career most people pursue requires a compromise, but does project management need to be more than a job? Our craft requires too much commitment from the people doing it—and personal investment in the work. Is it more than just a paycheck to you?
PM skills are in high demand and there’s a supply shortage that’s driving opportunities. In the current working environment, project managers have more ability to control their careers than ever before—and they need to take advantage of that opportunity to achieve everything they want.
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