The Value of Online Training

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Everyone comes to formal business/adult education with their own objective.  Some folks are seeking formal certifications to enhance their careers and better position them for future opportunities. Others simply need continuing education credits to maintain their certification.  All should have the fundamental interest to become better educated and gain knowledge in their respective fields. As… Read more »

The Value of Certification

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Project management certifications demonstrate that you have the academic knowledge needed to manage projects.  But it doesn’t necessarily mean you are a good project manager.  Good project management can only come from experience.  Let’s examine the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) perspective on the value of their primary certifications[1]:   Project Management Professional (PMP)® The PMP… Read more »

The New PMP Exam: What’s Changed?

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Much is being written and said about the new PMP® Exam that was released on January 2, 2021. In my mind, the greatest difference between then and now is not in the test itself (although it is different) but in the training material and the vendors who can teach this material. In the past, anyone… Read more »

The Servant Leaders Search for Truth

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Servant Leadership is a mindset that the leader’s role is primarily to serve others in their collective search for success.  “Others” means ALL stakeholders including team members, consumers, taxpayers, and the community as a whole.  James W. Sipe and Don M. Frick in their book Seven Pillars of Servant Leadership; Practicing the Wisdom of Leading… Read more »

Progressive Capitalism

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Milton Friedman introduced his “Friedman Doctrine: The Social Responsibility of Business is to Increase Its Profits” theory in a 1970 essay for The New York Times. In it, he argued that a company has no social responsibility to the public or society; its only responsibility is to its shareholders. He justified this view by considering… Read more »

Using Agile with Traditional Project Management Methodologies
by Susan Parente and Mark Tolbert

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We live in very interesting times!  There is volatility in highly competitive global markets and engaging with remote resources is now far from an anomaly.  Organizations that are resilient and work to innovative, can provide the right set of products and services at the right time. As project managers, we are helping our organizations survive…

Lessons Learned from COVID-19

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Governments and organizations world-wide should be performing a comprehensive lesson’s learned now that the pandemic is winding down.  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: Event 1: The Trump Administration failed to respond in… 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 »