PMBOK® 6th Edition Has Arrived

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The long awaited PMBOK® 6th edition has finally arrived and it has considerable updates from the 5th edition.  Although the PMP exam won’t change until Q1 2018, we are beginning to prepare our curriculum for release in January 2018. These changes are so immense that PME is offering a 3 hour overview starting in October…. Read more »

When Should Risk Assessment Begin?

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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 »

Value and Benefits of the Vendor Management Office

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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 »

How Much Project Management is too Much?

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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 »

Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act Signed By President Obama

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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 »

What Can We Expect from the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition?

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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 »

What is Agile? by Dr. Julie DeSot

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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 »

Understanding and Leading Team Members

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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 »

Why YOU Should Obtain your PMI-ACP® by Dr. Julie DeSot

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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 »

Agile and Project Management

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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 »