Daily Stand Up Meetings by Alan Zucker (Adjunct Instructor with PME)

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Lean and Agile organizations have harnessed the power of the stand-up meeting as a valuable process tool.  The stand-up is an efficient and effective way to communicate.  It promotes transparency into the progress of work and highlights issues.  The meeting fosters a collaborative work environment and creates accountability.   In this article, I share best… Read more »

The Value of Change Management

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If you’re managing a Project Management Office (PMO) or just responsible for improving the project management culture, you may be faced with the question about just how much change management to implement.  The Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition) is filled with good practices, but trying to implement even half of… Read more »

2019 PMP Prep. Course

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There is much debate on the best way to prepare for the PMP® exam.  In the past, we’ve provided our students with 5 days in the classroom to include 4 days of lecture, discussion, exercises and sample test questions plus a 1-day simulated test and review.  For 2019, we have restructured our PMP® Exam Prep…. Read more »

Managing and Leading Millennials

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Millennials have grown up with cell phones, laptops, internet access, and a highly socially-networked world.  They grew up being told they are “special” and as a result tend to be confident, entitled, and sometimes even narcissistic.  50% of millennials consider themselves politically unaffiliated, job satisfaction matters more than monetary compensation, and work-life balance is considered… Read more »

Program Management Improvement Accountability Act Update

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  On December 14, 2016, President Barack Obama signed the Program Management Improvement Accountability Act which aims to improve program and project management (P/PM) practices within the Federal Government.  On June 25, 2018, OMB Director Mick Mulvaney sent a memorandum to all federal agencies laying out a 5 year strategic outline for improving project and… Read more »

Ethical Approach to Leadership

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I’ve always felt that before you can lead a team you must first understand human behavior and specifically what motivates a typical team member. In Daniel Pink’s book Drive he summarizes studies performed by psychologists Harry Harlow and Edward Deci in 1971 and another study that carried out by professors at MIT in 2017.  He… Read more »

Kanban Essentials: Improving How We Work

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Kanban Essentials: Improving How We Work by Alan Zucker, PMP, PMI-ACP Agile practices are sweeping through the project management industry and are being used in software development, organizational leadership and even news reporting. According to the Standish Group, agile projects are 4-times more likely to be successful than traditional waterfall projects. Lean and Kanban practices… Read more »

If Agile is Better, Why is the Adoption Rate So Low?

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If Agile is Better, Why is Adoption So Low? By Alan Zucker, PMP, PMI-ACP   Agile software projects have significantly better outcomes than Waterfall methodologies.  Statistics from the 2015 Standish Group’s Chaos Report show that, on average, Agile projects are three times more likely to be successful than Waterfall projects.  This gap is even more… Read more »

What’s New in PMBOK 6th Edition

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PME is presently writing new curriculum for the recently released Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition). This is quite a challenge given the 6th edition is considerably different from the 5th edition.  PMI has done a great job of defining the roles that project managers play and identifying… Read more »