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PMI-ACP  |  PMP Certification

Project Management Professional (PMP) vs. Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)

Project Management Professional (PMP) and Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) certifications are two popular options for project managers who want to take their careers to the next level. While the PMP certification and the PMI-ACP certification are both earned after passing an exam, the primary difference between the two is the methods on which they focus. The PMP exam is focused on the Waterfall methodology, and subsequent project management approaches that support this methodology. In contrast, the PMI-ACP exam is entirely focused Agile practices.

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Project Management  |  Risk Management

How to Apply Risk Management in Your Projects

According to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) Sixth Edition, every project is “a temporary endeavor undertaken to create a unique product, service or result.” It goes on to say, “the end is reached when the project’s objectives have been achieved …”1  Since the endeavor is unique and has, by definition, never been done before, there is an element of uncertainty, and in that uncertainty, there is risk. 

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Agile  |  Scaled Agile Framework

Common Problems with the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)

With every project management approach, project managers will face some challenges. As with other Agile approaches like Scrum or Lean, the Scaled Agile Framework has its own unique uphill battles you will need to overcome if you use this approach for your team. Because SAFe was designed specifically for large organizations, challenges may be difficult to spot and even more difficult to remedy.

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Professional Development  |  Project Management

Project Communications and Stakeholder Engagement

While all facets of project management and leadership are important, the most important skill a project manager or leader can possess is communication. It is said a project manager spends 90% of their time communicating. I have seen the single greatest factor impacting project success is communication.  In fact, project communication is so vital, it really encompasses two entire knowledge areas in project management; “Project Communications Management” and “Project Stakeholder Management.” The two go hand-in-hand. You must communicate effectively to drive stakeholder engagement, which is critical to overall project success and adoption. 

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Agile  |  Scaled Agile Framework

Agile vs. Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) vs. Scrum: How are they Different?

Agile, Scrum, SAFe. If you work in the project management industry, these are terms you’ve likely heard over the past few years as these approaches have gained popularity. However, you may not have a full understanding of how these concepts differ and where they overlap. Agile, Scrum, and Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) are all popular methods of project development that can increase efficiency and improve your processes. Before you’re able to apply these concepts to your own organization, you need to know a little more about how they differ.

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Agile  |  PMI-ACP  |  Project Management

Leading an Agile Team

Agile methods and frameworks have existed for several decades. The V-model, Rapid Application Development (RAD), and the Spiral model are three such methodologies which predate the 2001 creation of the Agile Manifesto. Because agile methods have been around for quite some time in the technology sector they are often viewed as being exclusively for software development and Information Technology (IT) organizations. However, several companies now realize merely adopting agile methods and frameworks are not enough to sustain competitiveness in an unstable business climate. Agility requires a wholesale replacement of a management paradigm invented in the Industrial Era but has evolved very little since that time. Organizations need to rethink every aspect of their operating model. Agility requires more than process adoption. In this article, we’ll explore what this means to managers and leaders.

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Project Management

Achieving the Elusive Work-Life Balance

In today’s environment of being connected all the time, it can seem like a far-fetched goal of achieving the ever-elusive work-life balance.  There is no proven method, flow chart, or simple formula to reach a perfect work-life balance.  It is going to require you to understand why you work and live, and to define what a work-life balance means for you. 

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Training and Development

Behaviors to Master When Communicating with Senior Management

As a project management consultant, I frequently work with senior managers at the Director level and above. Currently, I am currently reporting to two C-level executives – the Chief Operating Officer of the consulting firm for whom I consult, and the Chief Technology Officer of the company where I am embedded. (Three, actually, if you count the VP who I am dotted-line reporting to on a particular cloud project.)

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PMP Certification  |  Training and Development

17 Best Corporate Training Courses for Project Management

Developing and improving your team’s project management skills is always a wise decision. This not only makes them more effective project managers, but it also helps you improve your organization, compete for bigger and better projects, and ultimately increases your bottom line revenue.

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Project Management  |  Risk Management

Top 10 Reasons Why Projects Fail

There is a myriad of reasons why projects fail but they often come down to certain repeatable issues which, left unsolved, will make it next-to-impossible to ever fully succeed. Here is a list of ten reasons we’ve found to recur in poorly run or failing projects. 

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