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PMP Certification or Education

I’ve seen several social media system users post in project management community forums that they want to get into (or are in) the project management field and are looking for the best path forward.  Project Management Professional (PMP) seems to be at the core of the discussion without fail.  Project management certification seems to be a one size fits all.  …

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Drive Project Manager’s Excellence

Mastering Project Management To stand out from the crowd project managers have to outperform and position themselves for excellence.  They also need to know how their performance counts.  They can’t do it alone though!  This is where the alpha project manager comes into play.  Defining an alpha project manager isn’t easy.  The supporting organization has to commit itself to drive …

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PMO – You Need These to Deliver in 2018 and Beyond

Information Technology (IT) projects are crushing it in 2018! To the tune of US$3.7 Trillion. ZDNet and TechRepublic teamed up to develop a special report that extracted Gartner’s statistics regarding IT spend.  Check out the infographic further down in this post.  With 39% of corporate respondents (worldwide) indicating an increase in IT budgets it is vital that the technology project …

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Project Manager Must Haves for Tech Meetings

Every project manager or analyst I’ve come in contact with has their style when it comes to meetings that cover technical knowledge.  Even phase gate meetings or executive briefings where decisions are discussed.  In some cases, I’ve noticed when they don’t bother with notes at all because the ability to filter out non-productive information keeps project focus.  One of the …

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Do Introverts Make the Best Project Managers?

Project managers are great ringleaders but they also can perform while working alone heads down into a technical problem.  Many project tasks don’t require an entire resource list to accomplish, and that’s when the solitary functions begin.  As a technology project manager, you might really enjoy developing an intricate Gantt chart or building a matrix that will ensure maximum risk …

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Battle Project Manager Burnout! Are you at risk?

Project Management Burnout It’s inevitable.  You’ve been with the company several years, managed several high visibility projects, are known for high output, are well-rounded, and respected by your peers.  You are so good at your job that leadership says your name every time some team is spun up to analyze project improvement.  In fact, they think that tossing a few …

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Top Five Reasons PMOs Fail

Failure is lack of success or the omission of a required action.  In some PMO organizations, a charter can describe some of the actions it promises to take.  A vehicle’s lack of success could be that the doors will not lock, one of the tires needs air, the navigation system leads you off on a path you did not want …

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Why BPM Matters in Project Delivery

Often organizations tout their ability to deliver projects in a repeatable, efficient manner.  Although some agencies may have figured this out, it’s probably more likely that the actual process or governance in place is often ignored and a project manager will execute despite it.  An efficient, successful project Manager has no issues with the execution of a project and considering …

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What is project excellence?

In the technology field, we could say that project excellence is any delivered component that functions as designed.  Or we could follow the three constraints of scope, cost, and schedule.  You took the requirements, fleshed out the details, managed all the risk, and threatened when necessary.  Now you have a completed project with on-time delivery with miraculous results on your …