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Professional Development  |  Project Management

How to Get the Most Out of Team Meetings

As a project manager you know your primary responsibility and skill is communication.  And you know a lot of your communication is done through team meetings.  But, how can you be sure your team meetings are as effective as possible? Research shows most project managers believe their meetings are highly effective, yet most team participants rate meetings as less than effective.  Why the difference of opinion?  One thought is whoever is doing the most talking believes (disproportionately) they are being effective; the opposite is true. If you’re going over the project plan and asking for status updates, is this the best use of your team’s valuable time?  If you think your meetings are productive you probably aren’t soliciting feedback nor looking for opportunities to improve.  I’ve utilized a 4-part process to continually improve my meetings; Assess, Prepare, Facilitate and Reassess.

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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  |  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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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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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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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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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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