I finally passed my PMP exam today with an “Above Target” rating in all 5 process groups. Attaining the PMP certification is a journey I was on for quite a while, I must say. I set the goal a couple of years back but was too busy to do much about it. It feels fulfilling now that it’s done and dusted. I’ll outline in this post, what helped and what didn’t, especially for those on the path to getting certified. I hope this helps.Read More
Business Analysts do not work in vacuums; they work on projects.
This blog is for those wearing (or planning to wear) the Project Manager Hat.
As a project manager, you will be expected to come up with project plans. While plans certainly have their downfalls—they are hypothetical, constrain future ideas, and are perpetually out-of-date—they certainly have their uses. In fact, your company or client will need to review the project plan in order to determine when tasks will be completed, how much the project may cost, and validate the project deliverables/scope. Guest Post By Ben Aston.Read More
Understanding exactly what your business needs to work more efficiently as you’re navigating projects is key to choosing tools that will support (and not hinder) your goals. Adding a software solution just to have more tools, without understanding exactly what you truly need may, in fact, cause increased or unnecessary costs and frustration on your small team. Guest Post By Jeni RogersRead More
Lengthy or complex projects can sometimes be necessary to support growth initiatives within a company and the skills and tools you use as a project manager will help ensure that you successfully oversee your projects to completion. Guest post by Jeni RogersRead More
Completing a project is never easy. Even a project you are working on by yourself can prove difficult to complete. How many times have you started a project and given up halfway through? Well, imagine how difficult it is for businesses with so many different people and departments working on projects—the high failure rates are hardly surprising. This infographic from Trainwest takes you through why projects fail and what project managers can do to keep project teams motivated.Read More
Fast tracking and crashing are 2 schedule compression techniques for managing time on projects. If your project is running late or you would like to shorten its duration, these 2 techniques can come in handy:Read More
This method of planning is used on evolving projects where complete information is not available. When requirements are vague or the key activities that need to be executed are not clear upfront, the rolling wave planning technique can come in handy.Read More
We all live in an imperfect world. We can never expect to have complete information. Colin Powel, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of State, uses the 40/70 rule. He explains that he never takes any action unless he feels he has at least 40 percent of the necessary information. He never expects to have more than 70 percent. To wait and try for more causes too many missed opportunities.Read More
An effective Project Manager should be able to identify what makes team members tick and what doesn't. There's a need to understand and avoid what demotivates team members so that team morale can be improved and sustained.Read More
Projects managers do not work in vacuums and as such, need to take some time to understand the culture of any organization in which they find themselves. One effective way of making sense of organizational culture is Geert Hofstede's 6 dimensions of organizational culture.Read More
One common area of confusion when studying for the PMP Exam is the difference between projects, programs and portfolios. PMBOK clearly outlines the difference between projects, programs and portfolio management. To help clarify the air on the difference between these three concepts, this post sheds some light on the characteristics of each.Read More
Project Managers certainly have their work cut out for them. They must lead, inspire and motivate their team members to put in their best. One of the most important attributes of an effective Project Manager that certainly deserves a mention is Servant Leadership.Read More
A Project Manager is the person assigned to lead the team in charge of achieving the deliverables of the project. The Project Manager may also be described as the person in charge of leading the team responsible for delivering the objectives of the project.Read More