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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 »

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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 »

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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 »