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Negotiation: A Lifelong Skill!

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Project “Buy a New Truck.” ” Let me tell you, this project has been going on for months. With the supply chain woes, new vehicles are in short supply, which makes used vehicles in short supply, also.

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Focus on Delivering Value – PMBOK 3.4

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“Continually evaluate and adjust project alignment to business objectives and intended benefits and value.” ” PMBOK pg. This is my favorite principle out of the 12. When I first started my career, the focus was on scope. I would be handed a project and told to get it done.

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The Principles of Being a Good Steward – PMBOK 3.1

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“Stewards act responsibly to carry out activities with integrity, care, and trustworthiness while maintaining compliance with internal and external guidelines. They demonstrate a broad commitment to financial, social, and environmental impacts of the projects they support.”

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2021: A Retrospective

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Time to say goodbye to another year. 2021 wasn’t a s**t-show like 2020, but still had its unique challenges and opportunities. As we look to the future, tis the season to do a retrospective of the past 12 months. Here are my highlights and take-aways of the year. Biking and Business.

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The Big Payoff of Application Analytics

Outdated or absent analytics won’t cut it in today's data-driven applications. And they won’t cut it for your end users, your development team, or your business. Learn how 5 companies used embedded analytics to achieve huge returns and greater value than anticipated.

Everything Was Going Fine, Until It Wasn’t (and what to do about it)

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I had a plan. I had everything in place to support my plan. I was ready to execute and when I did, everything was going fine, until it wasn’t. I am an ultra distance runner and cyclist. I attribute my crossing the finish line to successful planning and execution.

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Enabling Change – PMBOK 3.12

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“Prepare those impacted for the adoption and sustainment of new and different behaviors and processes required for the transition from the current state to the intended future state created by the project outcomes.” ” PMBOK pg. “What’s OCM?”

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Project242: Success is a Long Road and a Team Event

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Project242 (P242) is my journey to bike 242 miles in 24 hours, across the state of Minnesota on gravel roads, in August, 2021 (the Day Across MN, or the DAMN). I’ve found many lessons experienced riding a bike can be applied to our careers. In these posts, I will share the correlations.

Project Management Trends in 2022

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The project management industry continues to evolve. Traditional responsibilities of a project professional continue to be blurred. In our hybrid reality of remote teams and short-staffed companies, new challenges and opportunities will arise.

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Adaptability and Resiliency – PMBOK 3.11

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“Build adaptability and resiliency into the organization’s and project team’s approaches to help the project accommodate change, recover from setbacks, and advance the work of the project.” ” PMBOK pg.

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Embedded Analytics – 4 Mission-Critical Steps to Take on Your Analytics Journey

The right analytics capabilities will turn data into valuable insights for your end users. This research-based guide, derived from insights of industry professionals, will allow you to create an optimal strategy for acquiring those capabilities.

New Year’s Resolutions: Three Words You Need to Know

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Tis the season to make New Year’s Resolutions! This time-honored tradition happens when a person resolves to change undesirable habits, or, more commonly, accomplish a personal goal. Yes, we hear them every year, and probably make a couple ourselves.

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Navigating Complexity – PMBOK 3.9

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“Continually evaluate and navigate project complexity so that approaches and plans enable the project team to successfully navigate the project life cycle.” ” PMBOK pg.

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Responding to Risk – PMBOK 3.10

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“Continually evaluate exposure to risk, both opportunities and threats, to maximize positive impacts and minimize negative impacts to the project and its outcomes.” ” PMBOK pg. “What happens if you see a bear and then it tries to eat you?

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Effective Stakeholder Engagement – PMBOK 3.3

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“Engage stakeholders proactively and to the degree needed to contribute to project success and customer satisfaction.” ” PMBOK pg. Let me tell you a story about why I hammer on stakeholder engagement when mentoring new PM’s.

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2021 Dresner Advisory Services Business Intelligence Market Study

Every year Dresner reviews the state of the BI market as it stands today. This 12th annual report breaks down customer perceptions of BI and how well each vendor performs. See for yourself how all the major BI vendors stack up.

Project242: Build Strength in Multiple Areas, Not Just a Few

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Project242 (P242) is my journey to bike 242 miles in 24 hours, across the state of Minnesota on gravel roads, in August, 2021 (the Day Across MN, or the DAMN). I’ve found many lessons experienced riding a bike can be applied to our careers. In these posts, I will share the correlations.

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Project242: Don’t Get Too Wound That You Snap

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Project242 (P242) is my journey to bike 242 miles in 24 hours, across the state of Minnesota on gravel roads, in August, 2021 (the Day Across MN, or the DAMN). I’ve found many lessons experienced riding a bike can be applied to our careers. In these posts, I will share the correlations.

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Tailoring Your Approach – PMBOK 3.7

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“Design the project development approach based on the context of the project, its objectives, stakeholders, governance, and the environment using “just enough” process to achieve the desired outcome while maximizing value, managing cost, and enhancing speed.”

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Be a Holistic, Systems Thinker – PMBOK 3.5

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“Recognize, evaluate, and respond to the dynamic circumstances within and surrounding the project in a holistic way to positively affect project performance.” ” PMBOK, pg. I don’t know how many times the word “system” is used in section 3.5, but it’s a LOT!

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Insiders' Guide to Self-Service Analytics

Self-service analytics are vital for how your users interact and engage with your application. As you explore analytics solutions for your application, see why self-service analytics can prove critical to the adoption and stickiness of your application.

Leadership Behaviors – PMBOK 3.6

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“Demonstrate and adapt leadership behaviors to support individual and team needs.” ” PMBOK, pg. Leadership is one of the most critical skills a project professional needs for success.

What’s Your Learning Plan?

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I learned early in my career that professional growth and development was my responsibility, not my employers. I learned this lesson when I asked my boss what my professional development should be. He said “How the hell do I know. It’s your development.”

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What is Your PMO’s “Marketing Plan”

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This post was originally written in 2019. But, out of respect for the PMO manager who asked not to be named or have this published until his retirement in March of 2021, I held off. Today, 3/11, was his last day. Thank you, good sir, for being a leader, mentor, and friend.

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Working in the “Gray Zone”

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“Yeah, well, you know gray is my favorite color I felt so symbolic yesterday If I knew Picasso I would buy myself a gray guitar and play” – Mr. Jones by the Counting Crows. I heard this on a “Classic Hits” station (released in 1993) and had to chuckle.

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4 Approaches to Data Analytics

As the analytics landscape continues to evolve, application teams who need to embed dashboards, reports, and other analytics capabilities in their applications can choose from dozens of solutions. How do you differentiate one solution from the next?

Project242: A Career is Like an Ultra Endurance Event

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Project242 (P242) is my journey to bike 242 miles in 24 hours, across the state of Minnesota on gravel roads, in August, 2021 (the Day Across MN, or the DAMN). I’ve found many lessons experienced riding a bike can be applied to our careers. In these posts, I will share the correlations.

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Project242: Building a Solid Foundation

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Project242 (P242) is my journey to bike 242 miles in 24 hours, across the state of Minnesota on gravel roads, in August, 2021 (the Day Across MN, or the DAMN). I’ve found many lessons experienced riding a bike can be applied to our careers. In these posts, I will share the correlations.

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Traits Shared by Effective Project Professionals

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Every project manager knows they need to execute on projects within the constraints of time, cost, scope, and quality. They also know to be successful requires meeting project requirements consistently.

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Project242: Defining Your “WHY”

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Project242 (P242) is my journey to bike 242 miles in 24 hours, across the state of Minnesota on gravel roads, in August, 2021 (the Day Across MN, or the DAMN). I’ve found many lessons experienced riding a bike can be applied to our careers. In these posts, I will share the correlations.

The Hybrid Work Model Made Easy - How to Achieve Project Management Success in a Flexible Work Environment

Speaker: Melissa Wilks-Cunningham, VP, Marketing + Brand at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach | Clark Fuller, Engagement Manager at Wrike, a Citrix Company | Renee Thomas, Head of Customer Success - North America, East at Wrike, a Citrix Company

In this fire-side chat, Melissa Wilks-Cunningham and Clark Fuller will detail the most effective way to manage a successful hybrid team

Not Every Story Your PMO Tells Will Have a Happy Ending

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I’m sure you’ve all seen them. Those Disney movies where life is happy and carefree in the beginning. Then, bad s**t happens and there’s chaos, sadness, and destruction. The hero, or heroes, fight evil with help of their friends and in the end, triumph!

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Project242: Embrace the Climbs

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Project242 (P242) is my journey to bike 242 miles in 24 hours, across the state of Minnesota on gravel roads, in August, 2021 (the Day Across MN, or the DAMN). I’ve found many lessons experienced riding a bike can be applied to our careers. In these posts, I will share the correlations.

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Project242: Don’t Lose Sight of What’s Important

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Project242 (P242) is my journey to bike 242 miles in 24 hours, across the state of Minnesota on gravel roads, in August, 2021 (the Day Across MN, or the DAMN). I’ve found many lessons experienced riding a bike can be applied to our careers. In these posts, I will share the correlations.

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Project Management Trends for 2021 and Beyond

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The dumpster fire of 2020 is slowly being extinguished. Project management, like many professions, has undergone a transformation in the past 12 months. Project managers (PM’s) have experienced disruption and needed to adapt. The way they, and their teams, have worked shifted.

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The #1 Reason Why Sales Coaching is Critical to Your 2022 Sales Success

Speaker: Tim Hughes, Co-Founder and CEO of Digital Leadership Associates

Join Tim Hughes, Author of Social Selling – Influencing Buyers and Changemakers and Co-Founder/CEO of Digital Leadership Associates, as he details how investing in sales coaching will teach your team how to navigate social media and therefore create greater sales success.

Project242: Being Visible vs. Being Invisible

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Project242 (P242) is my journey to bike 242 miles in 24 hours, across the state of Minnesota on gravel roads, in August, 2021 (the Day Across MN, or the DAMN). I’ve found many lessons experienced riding a bike can be applied to our careers. In these posts, I will share the correlations.

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Project242: You Can’t Fix All Problems By Yourself!

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Project242 (P242) is my journey to bike 242 miles in 24 hours, across the state of Minnesota on gravel roads, in August, 2021 (the Day Across MN, or the DAMN). I’ve found many lessons experienced riding a bike can be applied to our careers. In these posts, I will share the correlations.

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Project242: Is It Failing If You Learn?

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Project242 (P242) is my journey to bike 242 miles in 24 hours, across the state of Minnesota on gravel roads, in August, 2021 (the Day Across MN, or the DAMN). I’ve found many lessons experienced riding a bike can be applied to our careers. In these posts, I will share the correlations.

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Tips for Managing a Creative Team

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“Well, that conversation didn’t go as planned!” ” This is something I’ve said to myself a few times in my career when working with creative teams and team members (including very recently, working with a website & marketing team).

How Sales Enablement is Supporting Social Selling in 2022

Speaker: Brynne Tillman CEO | LinkedIn Whisperer at Social Sales Link

In this 1-hour session, Brynne Tillman from Social Sales Link will teach you why Sales Enablement teams should own Social Selling