PMP Exam Going Through the Most Drastic Changes Since its Conception in 1984!

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Effective July 1, 2020, the Project Management Institute (PMI) will be changing the PMP® exam which they’ve labeled as “..the most dramatic changes to the exam since its conception!”.  That first exam was administered 1984!  We are encouraging all our students to attend bootcamps and sit for the test before July 1, 2020!  Listed below… Read more »

An Earned Value Case Study

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Earned Value is like the ghost that you can’t see but everyone tells you exists.  You know it’s out there but don’t truly understand what it does and why we as project managers need it. Simply put, earned value is a comparison of what we planned to spend, what we actually spent, and the value… Read more »

Project Management Technology Quotient

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Effective project management is crucial to meeting the strategic and tactical mission of any project-oriented organization.  According to the PMI’s 2019 Pulse of the Profession Study: “…organizations wasted almost 12 percent of their investment in project spend last year due to poor performance, a number that’s barely budged over the past five years….There is no… Read more »

Emotional Intelligence: A Skill All Project Managers Can Learn

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Emotional Intelligence (EI) is our ability to identify and control our emotions to achieve positive outcomes in our relationships. Project managers with high EI are better equipped to deal with team members, vendors, stakeholders, and sponsors and to handle and resolve conflicts.  Dr. Cary Cherniss, Professor of Applied Psychology at Rutgers University and co-author of… Read more »

Classroom vs. Online Training

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There is much debate on the best way obtain training to maintain certifications or just to enhance your knowledge in project management.  The training industry seems to be moving more toward online learning and even microlearning where students can receive learning in 5-10-minute increments.  Although classroom training will never cease to exist, here’s a list… Read more »

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 »