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When should risk assessment begin?  The short answer is: at the beginning.  When I teach my standard PMP® Exam Prep course, risk assessment is taught on Day 4 of a 5 day class.   From a PMBOK® perspective, there are ten (10) knowledge areas in which risk management is the eighth. This leads many people to… Read more »

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by Chuck Crafton, Principal of Vendor Explorer and Adjunct Instructor for Project Management Experts As organizations continue to rely on their strategic software & services vendors, senior management and project managers in the organization should review who these strategic vendors are, evaluate the return on the investment, and ensure that value is being realized.  This… 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 project management to implement.  The Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition) is filled with best practices but trying to implement even half of… Read more »

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As one of his last official acts, President Barack Obama signed the The Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act! This bi-partisan legislature states that the Deputy Director for Management or designee shall: – adopt government-wide standards, policies, and guidelines for program and project management for executive agencies and oversee standards, policies, and guidelines; – chair… Read more »

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As we speak, the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition) is under development and from what we can tell, the new PMBOK® will contain considerable changes. PMI has done a great job of defining the roles that project managers play and identifying the knowledge areas that we need to perform in… Read more »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »