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Notes on PMBOK 6 – PMBOK 5

PMBOK 6, as mentioned before – will be the base of PMP/CAPM Exam as of first quarter of 2018. For your planning purpose, we suggest that you schedule your PMP Exam within this year, 2017. If by any reason you […]

For all CAPM & PMP Aspirants: PMBOK 6 is coming! FAQ on PMBOK 6

PMP PMIQuestion 1: When will PMBOK Guide 6th Edition be released? Answer: According to PMI, we can expect the following release dates:

Draft Release: First quarter of 2017 (Jan-Mar 2017) Final Release is scheduled 3rd quarter of […]

Cornelius Fichtner, PMP, CSM: Project and Process Tailoring for the PMP Exam

According to A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) a project is “a temporary endeavor undertaken to create a unique product, service or result”. Being that each project is unique it is important to also understand that an organization’s project management processes will likely need to be tailored in order to […]

John P. Reiling, PMP: The Difference Between Agile and Waterfall – and Why It Doesn’t Matter Much

Agile and waterfall are two methods of project management that are often contrasted with each other. However, most projects use some of each method, in a unique combination that best serves the needs of that project. As a result, it’s important to understand the essence of both the agile and waterfall methods.

The Essence of […]

John P. Reiling, PMP: The Agile Mindset

You can study methodologies until you are blue in the face! However, nothing will change unless you have the right mindset!

So it goes with Agile…

Agility is the ability to shift almost seemlessly…to be less dogmatic and more pliable…to be highly flexible – and very focused on results.

And yet many people – because […]

John P. Reiling, PMP: How Six Sigma and PM Certification Compare

Why would you earn the Six Sigma Green Belt certification, whether you are a certified PM or not? This post highlights some key considerations that can help you decide for yourself. Here are five things to consider – comparing Six Sigma to project management, whether you are PM-certified or not:

Project Management is broad…Six Sigma […]

John P. Reling, PMP: Two Ways to Make Decisions…and What’s Best

There are basically two ways to make decisions – by thinking extremely carefully and thoroughly, or not thinking at all. Well, of course, there are also varying combinations of these two extremes in the vast area between.

The message here is that the extremes are bad…and you need to find the optimal place to be […]

John P. Reiling, PMP: PMs: Put on Your “Strategic Thinking” Cap!

Porter five forces of strategyEmployers say that project managers need to hone strategic thinking skills. Read on for a primer on how jump start your own strategic thinking.

…but first, here’s the PMI’s take.

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John P. Reiling, PMP: Agile Business Analysis – or Agile and Business Analysis?

Should you learn “Agile Business Analysis”? Or is it better to learn “Agile PM” and “Business Analysis”, separately. I would argue that the latter choice is better, and here’s why.

To be the most effective, you need to have a solid grounding in the basics. Unfortunately, too much specialization skews your perspective…and I […]

John Reiling, PMP: Are you a “100 certification” person?

Well, I doubt it. Nor should you be! I recently read about a guy who had just reached the 100 certification plateau! He must be quite a guy. It is an impressive thing. And he surely is uniquely sharp, very smart, and knowledgeable.

But here’s the problem: he still only has 24 hours in a […]

John P. Reiling, PMP: PMP Exam Prep: Don’t Ignore the Code of Ethics!

There are many hard core topics you need to master as you prepare for the PMP exam. It’s easy to dismiss the Code of Ethics! After all, if you remember to just “do the right thing” you will be fine. Not so quick! You may be by passing a great opportunity.

I have always been […]

John P. Reiling, PMP: Three Key Responsibilities of the Project Manager…or Is It Four?

Any project manager knows that he or she is in charge of delivering projects on schedule, within budget, and at the required level of quality. But is there a fourth factor – very important – missing?

Let’s take a step back for just a second. A few months ago, in Dec 2015, the Project Management […]

John P. Reiling, PMP: Fine Wine, PM Skills, and PMP Certification

It takes time to become a seasoned and effective project manager, and PM certification can help you get there.

You may view CAPM, PMP, or any other PM certification simply as a means to an end. The trick is to keep your eye on two “ends”, or goals: near term and long term.

In the […]

John P. Reiling, PMP: Soft Skills Make the Difference

The Pareto Principle, or 80:20 rule, says that we get 80% of the results from 20% of our effort or actions.

…but what is the right 20%?

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Cornelius Fichtner, PMP, CSM – On Certifications and PDU

Want to know more on PM Certifications and how to fulfill your PDU? Cornelius will explain these topics to you through his writings; Cornelius is the author and founder of PM Prepcast and other podcast that guide thousands of PMP aspirants for certifications. (some are listed at the bottom of this list.

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John P. Reiling, PMP: Three Triggers Reveal Whether You Need a Certification

It’s a New Year. Time to set some new goals. Maybe there is a job you want…or a particular role, set of activities, or work environment…or maybe you just want to earn more money!

In all cases, you want to advance…and would like to take control and do something about it.

And one task for […]

John P. Reiling: Project Management Office (PMO) – Challenge and Opportunity

A Project Management Office (PMO) is the hub for project management for any organization that has one. It can take different forms, but in all cases needs to produce value through better management of projects for the organization. It also is more than a hub for processes, best practices, and expertise on project management; a […]

John P. Reiling, PMP: Outsourcing and Project Procurement Management

If you have your PMP or are preparing now, you know that “Project Procurement Management” is a distinct PMBOK Guide Knowledge Area. “Outsourcing” is simply a distinct and uniquely challenging subset of Procurement. IT outsourcing has blossomed with the internet over the past 10-15 years and continues to evolve.

There have been, and often still […]

John P. Reiling, PMP: Make your PDUs work for you!

Many PMPs consider earning their PDUs to be a challenge. But it doesn’t really have to be! In fact, earning your PDUs does not even have to take you any more time that you might spend if you did not even have the requirement!

The idea is to earn your PDUs though some means that […]

John P. Reiling, PMP: How do you look at risk management?

If you know something about risk management, you are likely familiar with what I will call the “technical aspects of risk management”.

But there is another side to managing risk that is less often discussed. I call it “personal aspects of risk management”, as I think risk management is as much an art as a […]

John P. Reiling: Business Anaysis Skills: Important to Your Agility

Are you thinking at all about business analysis skills, or even a business analysis career?

In these times of rapid change, business analysis is a core skill, but business analysis is tending to shift away from a singular career to a valuable activity regardless of your role, title or job function.

Here are two business […]

John P. Reiling, PMP: Keep Project Finance on Your Radar Screen

The PMBOK Guide outlines Knowledge Areas, and you don’t need to look far to find reference to project financial management sprinked throoughout these Knowledge Areas. Financial management is at the core of justifying project and controlling project performance. Project financial considerations come into play as soon as a project is identified and is considered to […]

John P. Reiling, PMP: Should You go for Your PMP – or and MBA?

There is a great discussion on this, and many think about it. Maybe you are. But really, there are numerous difference between earning a PMP or MBA. The discussion tends to focus on which is the better investment.

The consensus seems to be that the MBA is a good long term investment, while the PMP […]

John P. Reiling: Three Approaches to Strategic Project Management

Strategy and project management are tied together quite closely – or should be! Here’s a look at three practical and useful approaches to help you link strategy to project management to produce results. Why Strategy and Project Management?

 

 

Three Approaches

1. Von Clausewitz Carl von Clausewitz was […]

John P. Reiling: The One Thing You Must Have for Project Success.

It’s where the “rubber meets the road.” It’s what can make you indisputably an “elite project manager,” Rubber-meets-the-roadrising high above the pack. It’s the one critical ingredient you need – and lots of it! – if you are to succeed as a Project Manager.

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John P. Reiling, PMP: Use 80:20 to Boost Your Stakeholder Management

Do you find that stakeholders all too often simply “ask for the moon”? Often for stakeholders, a new project quickly becomes an opportunity to fix every problem in sight…and achieve MANY different things at the same time. But, applying the 80:20 Rule, or Pareto Principle, […]

John P. Reiling, PMP: You and the Financial Side of Business and Projects

Do you understand how and why your projects are funded?

If you would like to learn more on the financial side of projects, you may want to consider earning PDUs with finance and accounting training.

If you are in a construction, consulting, or service business, your organization is […]

John P. Reiling: Getting Ahead: Do You Have an “Agile” Project Management Mindset?

Some professionals estimate that by the end of this year, as many as 80% of applicatilon development projects will be executed using Agile methods. The Project Management Institute (PMI) has a new and very popular Agile Certified Practitioner (ACP) certification.

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The Perennial Question: The New PMBOK is soon out – Should I write the Exam now or later?

How to cope with the new exam? This discussion was during the PMBOK 4th to PMBOK 5th edition transition, but the answer is relevant for any other version PMBOK

Question: I am new (beginner) to PMP and was looking to start my preparation for PMP with PMBOK 3rd Edition.

However, I’ve found on this forum […]

John P. Reiling, PMP: How to improve your Learning 10x!

Here’s how you can explode your learning by almost a factor of 10!

Think back to the last time you went to a seminar or training course…or even read an article…

How much did you learn?

Research shows that typically we take away only a small fraction – about 10% after 30 days! – of […]

John P. Reiling, PMP: Management Skills and You – Hard Skills versus Soft Skills

Like “soft skills”, management skills are best learned over time. But depending upon where you are in your career, you will need to place different emphasis on developing your hard versus soft skills. […]

John Reiling, PMP:Learn to speak the Language of Finance

Have you ever been in a meeting and wish that you could demonstrate a better understanding of financial and accounting principles?

How about sales and marketing…operations…or human resources?

As a project manager, or prospective one, you are expected to be conversant in a broad range of subjects. A project manager tends to be more of […]

John P. Reiling, PMP:: Is it better to work more on your strengths or your weaknesses?

The answer may surprise you!

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John P. Reiling, PMP: Are you a ‘project management maven”?

JRPresumably as a Project Manager you see yourself, as a leader…or at least an aspiring, developing leader. But are you a “maven”?

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Cornelius Fichtner, PMP: What is a PMP Exam Simulator?

The PMP exam is a 4-hour, 200 question, multiple-choice, computer-based exam that leads to the Project Management Professional credential. It is based largely on the contents of the PMBOK® Guide, although you will probably want to use other books as well during your exam preparation. The PMBOK® Guide is wide-ranging and covers many […]

Margaret Meloni, MBA, PMP: Tips on Handling a Problem Team Member on your Project

mmOh there is a problem alright. And it starts with the fact that you have a boss, peer or project team member who is completely in denial about the chaos that is all around them. If they do see any kind of issues, well those issues start […]

Cornelius Fitchner: Contingency Plan vs Workaround

Although many people use the terms “contingency plan” interchangeably with “workaround”, they are not the same. The difference between the two terms is related to whether the problems being handled were identified ahead of time or not. Contingency plans are made based on potential risks that are identified that could derail a project. Workarounds are […]

Cornelius Fichtner: The Work Package explained

The concept of a work package can be a difficult one for some people. In project management, a work package is defined as the effort required to produce a deliverable within a project. This effort may be a single task or it could be several related tasks. Many […]

David Kohrell: Brainstorming – Facilitated Workshops for Project Selection & Scope

The whiteboard. The dry eraser. The multi-color pens. The overbearing meeting participant. Those four things often come together when thinking of brainstorming. It’s a technique among multiple management nexus disciplines and at the heart of agile, business analysis and project management. It can produce great results from a team.

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David Kohrell: Stakeholder Management Strategy

A Stakeholder Management Strategy is a document used by project managers to outline a plan to increase support and minimize obstruction from the project stakeholders. This document is created through the Identify Stakeholders process, which is one of the 42 project management processes described in the fourth edition PMBOK®.

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David Kohrell PMP: PERT Formula

The Program Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT) formula is a simple and useful tool for project managers, and those who are planning to take their PMP Exam should have it memorized. There is much more to PERT as a project scheduling and planning technique than this formula, but here we’ll focus just on the formula.

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A-KS: Passed my PMP on Jan 27

I passed my PMP a couple of days back. This forum has given me a lot of help. So thought of sharing.

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Cornelius Fichtner, PMP: Which PMI Credential is Right for me?

The Project Management Institute (PMI)® offers 5 credentials in project management. Are you confused about which is the right one for you? Well, then here I am to help you find an answer.

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Dr P.D. Giammalvo: A Comparison of PM Certifications – A Preliminary Model

pdgHave you ever wondered what professional level credentials are available for project/program managers to choose from, and how these various project management certifications compare against one another?

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Naggesh Desaraju: Leading Change – Based on real life experiences

ndAbout the author: Naggesh is a graduate from the PLD program at Harvard Business School, and has obtained MBA and Second Master’s in Information Systems. He has a PMP from PMI in addition to being an Associate Management Accountant.

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John P. Reiling, PMP:: Leverage “Just in time Learning” Concepts for Certification Success

The pace of change gets faster every day, and that means we need to learn faster and faster. But that does not mean we can skim and not learn as well! If anything we need to not only learn faster, but also better.

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John P. Reiling, PMP:: Is the PMP certification enough?

Is the PMP certification enough? Maybe…and maybe not! …a better question would be:

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Cornelius Fichtner, PMP: PMI’s PDU Secrets

A project manager has to be many things. To name just a few, a PM has to be a great communicator, a leader, a visionary, and be able to both build and inspire the team. First and foremost, however, a project manager has to be proactive. We employ […]

Jim Owens PMP: Who Writes the Project Charter?

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I was so pleased when I read the “Develop Project Charter” section of Project Integration Management in PMBOK Fourth Edition. They have finally caught up with what really happens in real projects (maybe they have been reading JIMBOK 🙂

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Jim Owens PMP: Should We Manage and Control Projects?

Jim Owens PMP comments on Tom DeMarco’s article “Software Engineering, An Idea Whose Time Has Come and Gone?”, which advocates little or no measurement or control in software projects. […]

John P. Reiling, PMP:: Now You’re a PMP! What Next?

Congratulations! You have earned your PMP certification, and it feels great to have that behind you. It is certainly a milestone, and an accomplishment worth celebrating. But after a short time, the question often becomes “What’s next?” (updated march 17, 2014 with additional comments from the author)

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Interview with Max Wideman – The person

Nov 21, 2006 It is hard to find a PM who has never heard of Max Wideman, a legendary figure and a guru of the PM Universe. Max was the President of PMI in 1987 and later the Chairman of the Board in 1988. More […]

Interview with Max Wideman – His PM Career

Nov 28, 2006

 Max, please let us know a little bit of your professional background.

I am a civil engineer by profession. I knew that I wanted to be a civil engineer ever since my first project at the age of seven. That was […]

Interview with Max Wideman – His view on PMBOK, PMI and PM world

Dec 13, 2006

 How is your experience and working relationship with PMI in the past and now?

I enjoyed the Institute more when it was run almost entirely by volunteers for the benefit of the members. I don’t find that to be the case today. […]

David J. Lanners: Let’s Run the Numbers Before We Proceed

When we are given a variety of financial metrics to use in the project selection process, it might be helpful to keep some heuristics (general guidelines) in mind.

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David J Lanners: Do PMPs need to be comfortable with numbers anymore?

I’ve heard it said that if one wants to know whether or not to trust somebody with $100, lend them $1 and observe how well they manage it.

Today I received my receipt for $139.00 as payment for my membership dues through 28 Feb 2009.

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Jim Owens: Leadership, a few thoughts

In times of battle some unlucky leaders have had to sacrifice the lives of a few to save many. If you were the husband, wife, parent or child of one of the sacrificed “few”, would you say the leader did “the right thing”? And saying that leaders are […]

Jim Owens: PRINCE2(TM) History and Overview

I was often asked questions about the Prince2 methodology, so I thought I should jot down a few notes on it.

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Jim Owens: Power in Project

Hi all, I though I would jot down a few notes about “power” this morning – I hope you find them of use.

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Jim Owens: Life After PMP

Hi everyone: The “Lessons Learned” is a great forum to browse, because it’s all about success – and everybody wants to be successful.

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