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10 Easy Ways to Get PDUs & Stay PMI Certified

A project manager is a professional. And, like any professional, if you take your profession, your career and yourself seriously, you’ll undertake Continuing Professional Development (CPD). What is a PDU?

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Need help with Monte Carlo analysis?

Musings on Project Management

For many years, I've preached the benefits of the Monte Carlo simulation (MCS). For many reasons, it's superior to other analysis paradigms. In network analysis, for instance, it handles the parallel join or 'gate' as no other method will. In fact, it's this very capability that renders the Monte Carlo superior to other risk adjusted ideas, like the PERT method in scheduling. PERT suffers. Risk Management

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How To Help Your Team Manage Project Risk

Girl's Guide to PM

A project manager’s job isn’t just about managing the work. You are also responsible for your team, and making sure they have the skills required to do their jobs. Part of a resource management plan is to build the skills of your team.

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The Quality Project Manager: an Interview with Olu Jinadu

Project Bliss

Quality project managers work with teams to ensure the success of quality improvement projects. I had the pleasure of meeting Olu Jinadu on a flight from Memphis to Detroit. I was traveling to see my aunt in the beautiful countryside of rural Vermont.

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Task Management For Project Managers

How can project planning that stretches over months or years remain relevant and account for new ad-hoc activities that arrive every day?

Progress is the secret sauce of motivation…

Kiron Bondale

I’ve written about many drivers of individual motivation. Receiving regular recognition (Early Saturday morning alliteration!),

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Retrospectives and Intraspectives for Agile Practitioners


Two woodcutters were assigned to chop wood in a forest. Both formed a team and started early and earnestly. Although working a distance from each other, they felt the competition to produce the best results.

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PMP Course Comparison: PM PrepCast and PTCoE

Online PM Courses

The PMI's will delay the changes to its PMP exam. So, it's a good time for our PMP course comparison showdown between the two courses we recommend. The post PMP Course Comparison: PM PrepCast and PTCoE appeared first on OnlinePMCourses.

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PMO Health Check 101

Brad Egeland

Do you have a healthy PMO? Is it run efficiently? Is it constructed for the “now” or for the long haul? Will it be here in this form in 5 years or is it going to need to be rebuilt? Is it scalable? Are you running the right projects with the right people?

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Musings on Project Management

Fidelity, faithfulness, and commitment often seem to be the tension between: What the customer/sponsor/user want, and. What the project charter/scope calls for. Why so? Why isn't it straightforward? The business case begets the project charter; the charter begets the project plan; and then the project team is off to do the deliverables. Simple, right? Wrong! It's never that simple --. Project Management

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Managing The Project Budget - Developing Your Project Management Skills

This eBook describes the process of managing the project budget and its associated costs.

8 Employee Retention Secrets from Industry Leaders

There are many reasons why employee retention is important. According to a study by Employee Benefits News , the cost of losing an employee can cost the company as much as 33 percent of that employee’s salary. It’s a bottom-line issue, but the financial hit is only part of the problem.

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7 Simple Yet Effective Steps to Create A Perfect Project Timeline


One of the biggest reasons why projects fail is because project managers set unrealistic deadlines and goals. Setting unpragmatic deadlines and targets not only put extra pressure on your team but also forces them to rush through project activities.

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How centralized project management software can improve your agency

Function Point

In today’s rapidly evolving digital world, many agencies seek technology-based solutions that help them control the chaos, improve their project management and deliver outcomes more efficiently for clients.

5 Reasons Why You Should Check Out Acuity PPM

Brad Egeland

In my next “5 Reasons Why.” ” installment, I'd like to suggest 5 reasons why you should check out Acuity PPM for your project portfolio management needs. It is a high performance but very affordable, scalable PPM tool that is likely a great choice for your organization.

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Top 5 Project Management Report Templates

These FREE most popular templates will help you perform your role more efficiently.

Kill the messenger?

Musings on Project Management

The messenger: “Unfortunately, my King … here I am, unwilling and unwanted … because I know that no one ever welcomes a bearer of bad news.” Antigone by Sophocles, circa 442 BC The surprise: “It is pardonable to be defeated, but never to be surprised.” Frederick, the Great Who's listening? Pedro C. Ribeiro, writing in NASA's ASK magazine, has a nice posting on risk perception. Risk Management

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Small Business Funding: 10 Tips for Getting the Money You Need

Getting the right amount of small business funding that you need is no small task. It is stressful to need money in order to launch your business, and at times it can seem impossible to get.

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What if You Don’t Have a Product Owner? w/ Sara McClintock & Jeff Streitmatter

Leading Agile

The dilemma of what to do if you don’t have a Product Owner is one of the more commonly recurring questions that I get in the CSM and CSPO classes.

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Overcoming Resistance to Change with Change Management

Strategy Execution | PMO Perspectives

Change management is one of the most challenging components of a project’s success, but having acceptance for the changes a project brings will help realise the benefits of the project.

Walk a Mile in Your Customer's Shoes

Speaker: Steven Haines, Founder and CEO, Sequent Learning Networks

Product professionals use phrases like "voice of the customer," and "user experience" so often that it can be easy to lose sight of their actual meanings. How can we, as product professionals, learn to keep customers and users at the heart of our work? Join Steven Haines, globally recognized thought leader and author, as he guides us through a memorable journey demonstrating how you can walk a mile in their customer's shoes. He'll explore how, by developing true empathy for your users, you can ensure you're creating the features and products they actually want.

New Project Manager? Read This.

Brad Egeland

Are You a New Project Manager? We all have to start somewhere. At some point in time, all of us are new to project management. There are a few different ways we can chose, move into and even fall into the role of project manager.

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Heart of Agile: a missing tree in my bird’s eye view on the agile forest

Henny Portman

On linkedIn I received a remark that the Heart of Agile was missing in my bird’s eye view (kudos to Milvio D. ). The Heart of Agile is a radically simpler approach to achieve outstanding outcomes. The founder is Dr. Alistair Cockburn, one of the Agile Manifesto co-authors.

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How to Prepare for an Interview: 10 Life-Changing Tips

Preparing for an interview is about getting in the right head-space. Imagine you are a performing artist about to take the stage. You only have one shot to show off your best features, make a connection and leave a lasting impression.

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How to Succeed As a Project Management Professional in the Gig Economy


My grandpa worked at the same company from the time he graduated high school to the time he retired. His loyalty was rewarded with promotions, raises, and respect from his colleagues and the higher-ups. His story isn’t really unique to his generation, but it’s unique to ours.

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Driving Discovery and Experimentation in your Organization

Speaker: Teresa Torres, Product Discovery Coach, Product Talk, David Bland, Founder and CEO, Precoil, and Hope Gurion, Product Coach and Advisor, Fearless Product LLC

If you want to build what matters, you can't move forward blindly. But to make progress, you can't let things slow to a crawl while you focus resources on gathering data. This is where continuous discovery and experimentation come in. Join Teresa Torres (Product Discovery Coach, Product Talk), David Bland (Founder, Precoil), and Hope Gurion (Product Coach and Advisor, Fearless Product) in a panel discussion as they cover how - and why - to build a culture of discovery and experimentation in your organization.

How to Make Project Decisions Faster with Epicflow

Epicflow Blog

How long does it take you to make a project decision? And are you always satisfied with the decisions made? There’s no doubt you’ve ever had difficulties in doing that, and not all your decisions had positive results.

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What PPM Should Be

Brad Egeland

The right PPM will help you analyze and choose the right projects. What technologies is your company equipped to handle this next quarter?

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Swimlanes make project plans clear


Swimlanes help to clarify a project or a group of projects by sectioning their tasks. Let’s assume you are managing 10 projects. Isn’t it nice to see the tasks for all your projects shown in one Kanban board? How about viewing each team member’s tasks in one or all their projects?

Buyer Persona: How to Make One that Actually Helps

Strange question: Do you know the brand of toothpaste your customers use at night? To know your customer, you don’t need to know what toothpaste they use or what toilet paper is next to their toilet. However, what you do need to know is who they are, what they think, and why they buy.

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Plan for Product Launch Success with Data and Analytics

Speaker: Piyanka Jain, President and CEO, Aryng

When you launch new feature (or an entirely new product), there are many questions that you'll need to answer. Is the feature being adopted? Do your customers like it, or does it need to be improved? Was the launch successful? Well, that all depends on how you define success. Join Piyanka Jain, President and CEO of Aryng, as she explains why - and how - you should use data and analytics to define and track a successful launch.

Overcoming Indecision: 9 Simple Ways to Stop Being so Indecisive and Help Your Team Make Better Decisions


We’ve all been in one of those meetings, brainstorming sessions, or calls that end up sounding like you’re listening to a broken record. What do you think we should do?”. “I I don’t know. What do you think we should do?”. “I’m I’m not sure. What do you think is the right decision?”.

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Webinar Recap: Agile Series Part 2 – Agile Features & Capabilities in MS Project / Project PPM


Please find below a transcription of the audio portion of Tim Runcie’s Agile Series Part 2 webinar being provided by MPUG for the convenience of our members. You may wish to use this transcript for the purposes of self-paced learning, searching for specific information, and/or performing a quick review of webinar content. There may be exclusions, such as those steps included in product demonstrations. You may watch the live recording of this webinar at your convenience.

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5 Powerful Benefits of Doing a Weekly Review At Work


When you are in charge of many different people, tasks, and projects, staying on top of things can feel nearly impossible at times. From meeting deadlines to handling task delegation, you have a constant list of problems to worry about.

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