Applying Project Management Principles to the COVID-19 Project – Part 5: Lessons Learned

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Governments and organizations world-wide should be performing a comprehensive lesson’s learned throughout this COVID-19 pandemic.  Documenting and responding to these lessons will help nations move forward through the present health crisis and better respond to the next pandemic. Here are my lessons learned (not necessarily those of all PME Instructors): Event 1: The Trump Administration… Read more »

Applying Project Management Principles to the COVID-19 Project Part 4: The Importance of Being Proactive!

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The Trump Administration is being heavily criticized for their reactive response to the COVID-19 virus.  In response, President Trump has continually blamed the Obama Administration for leaving “empty shelves” in the nation’s Strategic National Stockpile (SNS).  Others can determine the truth of that statement but what is true is that in 2018 the Trump Administration… Read more »

Applying Project Management Principles to the COVID-19 Project: Part 3: Executing and Controlling

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In my previous article on planning for the COVID-19 project, I stressed that The Project Management Plan for this project would have detailed the scope, schedule, and cost baselines, clearly stating what deliverables would be created and when they would be completed. The approach used to forecast PPE’s, ventilators, and bed space would need approval… Read more »

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 »