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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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3P Method of Conflict Management: Pause, Pivot, Positive By Kerry Wekelo Remember your first team assignment in school and the challenges of working with such a diverse group of people—from the slacker to the overachiever, the complainer to the model communicator? Now you are the project manager for your company, and you’re running into the… Read more »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »