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Professional Development  |  Project Management

Don’t Be Like a Squirrel Hiding Nuts With Project Lessons!

 

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Professional Development  |  Project Management

Fine Tune Your Leadership and Nonverbal Communication

Today, project management is focusing more on the human element of organizational change management.  Fundamentally, PMI is placing a greater emphasis on leadership and communication.  In fact, leadership is one of three components making up PMI’s project manager competency model known as the PMI Talent Triangle®.  In fact, the word ‘manager’ is starting to develop a negative connotation.  For that reason, I believe in 10 years, we will be called project leaders and not project managers. 

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Professional Development  |  Project Management  |  Training and Development

Project Management Career Paths for Your Future

As you think about the trajectory of your career, do you wonder what options are in front of you?

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Business Analysis  |  Project Management

The Importance of Business Analysis Skills in Project Management

This blog originally appeared on our sister site Watermark Learning. 

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Professional Development  |  Project Management

8 Project Management Underperformance Problems

Every project manager faces worries about underperformance throughout their career. In fact, most projects present challenges that seasoned project managers must learn to overcome. In this article, we will look at some real-world examples of project management underperformance, how these experiences negatively impact the success of a project, and how Project Management Professional (PMP®) credential holders can overcome these challenges. 

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Agile  |  Project Management

Integrating Agile in a Waterfall Practice (Part 5): Helpful Tools in Implementing Your Agile Strategy

(This is the fifth in a five-part series on this topic where we will discuss how organizations can approach or refine their Agile delivery methods.) 

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Agile  |  Project Management

Integrating Agile in a Waterfall Practice (Part 1): What Are We Talking About?

(This is the first article in a five-part series on this topic where we will discuss how organizations can approach or refine their Agile delivery methods.)

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PMP Exam Prep  |  Project Management

6 Common Project Manager Challenges and How to Overcome Them

Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification holders face challenges each day. However, the mark of a successful PMP® certification holder is that you are able to overcome these challenges and still deliver successful projects. Find out more about some of the common challenges PMP credential holders face, and learn some strategies to help you overcome them.

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Project Management  |  Training and Development

4 Components of Effective Project Team Communication

Why is Communicating Effectively Important? You spend countless hours creating a Communications Plan for your stakeholders.  You identify and prioritize them and create an extensive strategy regarding what, when, and how often you’ll communicate with them.  But what about your project team members?  Do you know what Josh is working on, where Chrissy sees risk, and the fact Shannon hasn’t been to work for a few days?  The rigor you apply to project stakeholders should also be extended to the team.  In fact, I’ve found it is often more important to be thorough and strategic in communications planning and execution with team members than stakeholders outside the team.  Remember, without effective project team communication, what are you going to communicate with the other stakeholders?  Incorrect, incomplete, and possibly inappropriate messages? 

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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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