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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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Agile  |  PMI-ACP  |  PMI-SP  |  PMP Exam Prep  |  Professional Development  |  Scaled Agile Framework

6 Best Project Management Certifications of 2019

Are you thinking about earning a project management certification? Earning a certification can take your career to the next level and increase your earning potential. However, there are numerous options out there, each one with its own benefits. It can be difficult to determine what the right option could be for your future.

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Project Management

Balancing Project and Change Management: Obtaining Project Adoption

As a project manager, if you meet your scope, schedule and cost baselines, was your project successful?  If it takes a prolonged time period to achieve the business outcomes planned, is that your responsibility?  Does your involvement end when the project is finalized, or do you have some responsibility to ensure project adoption?  If you believe you’re responsible for meeting project baselines and ensuring project adoption you will need to look beyond project management.  Project adoption is about change management, so you must integrate change management into your project activities to ensure success.

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Agile  |  PMI-ACP  |  Project Management

2019 Reviews of Agile Software Platforms

Agile is a flexible, streamlined project management approach. Due to this flexibility, numerous Agile software solutions have emerged, each one ideal for a different type of business or team structure.

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Continuing Education  |  Professional Development  |  Training and Development

Keeping Your PMI Certification Fresh: A Tutorial on PDUs

Project management is a complex, ever-evolving forum of methodologies, principles, and best practices. So, it’s little wonder why Project Management Institute (PMI®) asserts that a continuing education is an essential part of a project manager’s professional development. Consequently, PMI requires certain post-exam educational standards be met in order to maintain certification status. These requirements, known as Professional Development Units (PDUs), may seem ill-defined at first glance. In this article we’ll attempt to answer your questions about the quantity, frequency, and availability of PDUs necessary to maintain your certification.

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Professional Development

When Team Members Clash: Managing Conflict in a Team Environment

In a perfect project management world, all projects would be done on time, within scope, and under budget. But any practicing project manager will tell you the sad reality: things are not always going as planned. In that sense, it’s plausible that conflict will occur at some point in your project’s development. Taking appropriate preventative and corrective action against this conflict will grant your project the highest probability of success. In this article, we’ll explain some tips to alleviate potential project conflict.

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Corporate Training  |  Professional Development  |  Project Management  |  Training and Development

Project Management as a Business Investment

In this article, we will briefly look at project management as an investment and provide some suggested approaches for turning an investment in project management into big dividends.

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Agile  |  PMI-ACP  |  Professional Development

PMI-ACP Eligibility Requirements: Everything You Should Know about the Exam

Becoming a PMI Agile Certified Practitioner takes some work, but the investment of your time and effort will have long-term positive results in your career. Because earning your PMI-ACP requires so much time, you need to know exactly what you’re required to do to earn this certification, so you can plan according to your personal and professional schedule.

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Agile  |  Scaled Agile Framework

What is the Scaled Agile Framework?

Are you looking for a way to use Agile Methodologies in your business, but your worried your workforce might be too big or too small for some of the common Agile approaches? Fortunately, there’s an answer to finding an Agile framework that works well for any company: the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe). SAFe is a popular Agile implementation that blends both Agile and Lean enterprise concepts for a scalable approach that enables rapid development of complex software solutions and systems, regardless of the size of your business.

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Continuing Education  |  PMI-ACP  |  Professional Development

How to Maintain Your PMI-ACP

Have you dedicated long hours of study and hard work to prepare for the Project Management Institute Agile Certified Practitioner exam? Successfully earning your PMI-ACP is a major accomplishment. But if you want to continue reaping the benefits of holding your certification, passing the exam is not the end of your education. All Agile Certified Practitioners are required to meet specific recertification requirements every three years.

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Agile  |  PMI-ACP

4 Industries (Other Than Software) That Benefit From The PMI-ACP

When Agile Methodology was first developed, it made waves in the software development space. And, in many cases, Agile continues to be closely associated with the industry.

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Lean Six Sigma

Six Sigma Belts Explained

Lean Six Sigma is a widely used approach that enables teams to eliminate waste and maximize operational efficiency. Because this is a popular and beneficial approach, many professional seek a Six Sigma Certification to improve both their career prospects and their organization’s outcomes.

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Agile

8 Benefits of the Agile Methodology

Are you thinking about bringing Agile project management practices to your organization? Customers, vendors, and project managers alike all benefit from using the Agile Methodology. Traditional project implementation practices can be ineffective on complex projects with unclear requirements. This often lead to projects being completed late, ineffectively, or not at all. In these types of projects, Agile can lead to greater success.

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Professional Development  |  Project Management  |  Training and Development

The New World of Project Management

When it comes to project management, the future is now.

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Agile  |  Project Management

Agile vs. Scrum: What You Need to Know

Are you ready to take your project management approach to a new level? One of the most popular project management approaches today is commonly referred to as Agile. Agile is more of a mindset then a defined methodology and is purposefully lightweight and adaptable. In organizations that adopt agile and have projects with high complexity or ambiguous requirements, projects are completed at a rate of 75%, while companies that use more traditional project management approaches for this type of work only have a 56% project success rate.

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PMP Certification

4 Reasons Employers Want You to Have Your PMP Certification

Over the past few years, you may have noticed more and more job postings for certified project managers popping up. Project management experts are in high demand, because it’s a role that can ensure major projects are executed successfully.

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Lean Six Sigma  |  PMP Certification

PMP vs. Lean Six Sigma: Which Certification is Right for Me?

Earning professional certifications is a wise career move for project managers. But, there are multiple certifications you can earn, each with their own set of benefits. Two of the most common certifications are the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification and the Lean Six Sigma (LSS) certification.

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Agile  |  PMI-ACP

Agile vs. Scrum: Is There a Difference?

For many in the project management industry, Agile and Scrum are terms you have likely heard for a while. And at first glance, it can feel like some people use the terms Agile and Scrum interchangeably. However, these terms have specific meanings, so it’s important to understand Agile vs. Scrum, and how they work together help you get your work done.

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PMP Exam Prep

Psychometric Assessments and the PMP Exam

(This is meant to explain psychometrics in broad strokes, as there are plenty of articles that already exist on validity and reliability)

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Agile  |  PMI-ACP  |  Project Management

The Basics of Agile Project Management

For those that operate in the project management space, you’ve likely heard a lot about Agile Methodologies. And while you may have a vague idea of what Agile means, it’s hard to picture the real-world benefits of Agile without a comprehensive understanding to this project development approach.

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Continuing Education  |  Professional Development

A Primer on the PMI Talent Triangle

The PMI Talent Triangle® combines technical, leadership, and strategic and business management expertise to focus competencies that are vital in professional development and continuing education for project and program managers. Traditionally, project managers have focused on the technical skills that they need to be successful in an organization. The Talent Triangle ensures that project managers are well rounded professionals with the knowledge and skillsets necessary in a complex business environment.

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PMP Certification  |  PMP Exam Prep

13 Best PMP Study Guide Materials

It's no question that study guides are essential for passing the Project Management Professional Certification Exam. But, every aspiring PMP has different schedules and learning styles, which means you need a PMP training program that offers a wide variety of materials to meet everyone’s needs.

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PMP Certification  |  PMP Exam Prep

Which Project Management Training Course Is Right for Me?

Have you decided to take the PMP Certification Exam? If so, congratulations! This is the first step to moving up in the field of project management. But, before you can sign up to take the exam, you should first take a project management training course to help you adequately prepare.

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PMP Certification

5 Sections of the PMP Exam Explained

Are you preparing to take the PMP exam and become a certified Project Management Professional? If so, you’ll feel more comfortable taking the exam when you know what to expect.

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PMP Certification

How Do I Maintain My PMP Certification?

Becoming a Project Management Professional is a huge accomplishment. If you have earned your PMP certification, you have joined the ranks of proven project management experts. And while this is an accomplishment you should certainly be proud of, there are more requirements to meet if you want to maintain your PMP status.

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PMP Certification

4 Things to Know about the PMP Exam

Are you planning to pursue a career as a project management professional? If so, you’re making an exciting decision! Certified Project Management Professionals have a much higher earning potential than their non-certified counterparts. A certified PMP earns 20% more on average than project managers who haven’t earned their certification.

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PMP Certification  |  Project Management

3 Unknowns of the PMP Certification Exam

There’s a lot you should know about the PMP (Project Management Professional) Certification Exam prior to taking it. In particular, your should know that passing this exam could have a huge impact on your salary. It’s estimated that if you’re a certified Project Management Professional, you could make 23% on average than your peers.

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PMP Certification  |  Project Management

Benchmark PMP Certification Salary Ranges

Are you considering earning your PMP (Project Management Professional) Certification? Regardless of all the other motivations someone has when looking to obtain a PMP Certification, a salary increase is the most enticing. And, if you think earning your certification will come with a big salary jump, you’re probably right.

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