What is Agile? by Dr. Julie DeSot

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Agile is incorrectly referred to as a methodology.  Agile itself is not a methodology but a mindset and approach to developing and managing a project incrementally and iteratively.  Using Agile approaches allows teams to respond to unpredictability and change in a much easier, and even more proactive manner than traditional project management. Traditional project management… Read more »

Understanding and Leading Team Members

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Motivation, worker behavior, and efficiency studies have been conducted since the industrial revolution.  Management scientists like Abraham Maslow, Frederick Herzberg, and David McClelland and even more modern studies like the recent MIT Federal Reserve Board study reach much of the same conclusion: We all want to be the Happy Carpenter! We as leaders must work… Read more »

Why YOU Should Obtain your PMI-ACP® by Dr. Julie DeSot

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Do you use Agile practices, tools, and techniques in your projects? Is your organization transitioning or implementing Agile methodologies? If so, you may want to consider an Agile certification.  With so many options for certifications, why choose the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP®)?  Like other certifications, holding the PMI-ACP® formally recognizes your knowledge and skills… Read more »

Agile and Project Management

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Project managers can be well served by implementing an Agile development approach to their software development projects.  Agile is an iterative software development approach where an integrated team from across the stakeholder community work together to evolve the development of the project’s software product. This is considerably different from the traditional waterfall or predictive development… Read more »

The True Value of Earning your PMP®

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I’m angry!  I know a strange way to open a blog post but it’s true.  I’m getting a bit fed up when I hear colleagues talk that they got their PMP® because they wanted to a better job or to be more marketable on a federal proposal.  I get it, we all want to advance… Read more »

Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act 2015

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I’ve spent the majority of my career committed to improving the project and program management competency of my federal clients.  Whether by training, process improvement, or project/program management (PMO) support, the intention is always the same: how can my federal clients perform their project work faster, better, cheaper.  Capital Hill is beginning to share my… Read more »

Classroom Training or E-Learning?

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This question is not easily answered and is usually personal in nature.  By this I mean that everyone comes to formal business/adult education with their own objective.  Some folks are seeking formal certifications such as the Project Management Professional (PMP)® or the Agile Certification Professional (ACP)® to enhance their careers and better position them for… Read more »

What is Government Innovation?

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What is Government Innovation Lou Kerestesy, President of GovInnovators and Adjunct Instructor for Project Management Experts What’s All the Buzz About Innovation? Government is busy innovating. Federal, state and local agencies are standing up innovation centers and operations. Agencies are innovating programs, processes, R&D, and acquisition. They’re using technology to involve citizens and deliver better… Read more »

Training and Organizational Change Must Go Hand in Hand

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Training and education programs sponsored by companies and government agencies is a tremendous way to improve how organization’s operate, enhance job enrichment for employees and implement innovation. Too often though, training is offered or demanded by employees without a clear plan to how the organization itself will be impacted. Numerous times I’ve gone into organizations… Read more »

Now We REALLY Need to Learn Something!

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The project management world is in bit of a panic as the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) change for all certification holders. In summary, PMI has mandated that all certification holders maintain their certification by acquiring Professional Development Units (PDUs) in 2 categories: Giving Back: 25 PDUs for volunteering, creating knowledge and… Read more »