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5 Steps to Build Confidence in Your Team Members

In a previous post, 5 Tips to Build Confidence in Yourself As a Project Manager, we looked at how to build confidence in ourselves. In this post we change the focus and look at how to build confidence in others.…

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Added by Alison Meier on April 22, 2014 at 12:41pm — No Comments

7 Steps to Improve Collaboration on Your Team

Effective collaboration achieves what no single team member can on her own. As business magnate Richard Branson said, “A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts.”  The best collaborations do this—optimize each person’s skills by utilizing suggestions from around the table, inspiring cooperation and creative buy-in from all involved.…

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Added by Alison Meier on April 15, 2014 at 1:32pm — No Comments

SMAC technologies in 2014 and beyond

The increasing pace of change is rapidly driving customer, businesses and technology firms in a tight embrace, with the convergence of disruptive technologies eroding the boundaries separating them. Businesses are becoming more and more agile, and technologies such as social media, mobility, analytics and cloud computing are coming together to unleash unlimited opportunities for everyone involved. This convergence – also known as…

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Added by Sujeet Katiyar on April 15, 2014 at 12:07pm — No Comments

Risks don’t add up

The way PMI deals with risk in the PMBOK® Guide is simplistic. Calculating the effect of one risk using the suggested probability x severity calculation provides one value.  For example, if there is an 20% probability an estimate is under valued by $50,000 the Expected Monetary Value (EMV) for this event will be:

  -$50,000 x 0.2 = -$10,000   it is simple but its not a lot of use in the real world.

The first problem is the under-estimated value is not known and would be…

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Added by Patrick Weaver on April 13, 2014 at 3:09am — No Comments

Breakdown Structures Revisited

Breakdown structures are central to the practice of project management and have their origins in the industrial revolution.  In the ‘Wealth of Nations’ Smith advocated breaking the production of goods into tiny tasks that can be undertaken by people following simple instructions. ‘Why hire a talented pin maker when ten factory workers using machines and working together can produce a thousand times more pins than the artisan working alone?’  Similar ideas underpinned Newtonian…

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Added by Patrick Weaver on March 29, 2014 at 4:08pm — No Comments

Do managers need technical background?

Couple of years ago I wrote a post on whether managers needed technical background to be successful. That article had a specific focus on project management. I have recently been thinking…

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Added by Shoaib Ahmed on March 15, 2014 at 1:00am — No Comments

In the Future Everyone Will Be a Project Manager

Charles Seybold is a bit of a trend-setter in our book. When he makes statements like, “You are a project manager!” to someone who’s a marketing writer, we like to sit down and get the full story. As our Chief Product Officer, Charles co-founded and designed LiquidPlanner with a vision to transform how projects were managed among teams. We asked him about what the future of project management will look like – and how far we’ve come already.…

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Added by Alison Meier on March 10, 2014 at 1:17pm — No Comments

17 Reasons Why Time Tracking Makes You a Better Project Manager

The idea of time tracking hurts more than the reality of it. The initial resistance to tracking time is normal – you’re changing habits which takes some getting used to. But in reality, can you and your team (and organization) afford not to know where the precious resource of your time goes – and how it affects the business?…

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Added by Alison Meier on March 6, 2014 at 1:46pm — No Comments

How To Become PMI-ACP Certified Even After A Disappointing Class

Even if your classroom experience is disappointing, you can still go on to pass your PMI exam. Felix Rodgers, PMI-ACP, is one successful candidate who had a less than good experience of his training course.“It was really interesting stuff,” he said, in an interview with Cornelius Fichtner, PMP, CSM, host of The Project Management Podcast. “Even though the actual study guide we used in class wasn’t up to…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on March 1, 2014 at 12:41pm — No Comments

Are numbers real?

As project managers we use numbers every day of the week but how real are they?

In the western world, numbers in the form we know and use today appeared in the 13th century when Leonardo Pisano Bigollo (c. 1170 – c. 1250), known as Fibonacci an Italian mathematician, published the Liber Abaci (1202). In the book, Fibonacci advocated numeration with the digits 0–9 and place value, and showed the practical importance of the new numeral system by applying it to…

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Added by Patrick Weaver on February 17, 2014 at 3:39pm — No Comments

Free Sample PMP Exam Questions for Free. No need for sign-up

Test your PMP knowledge right now with this 8th Set of 15 free PMP Exam sample questions in an online exam:



http://free.pm-exam-simulator.com/index.php/free-eight



This exam is just one of a series of 8 exams. To sign up for all our free exams please visit…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on February 13, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments

11 Ways to Raise Your Team’s Morale

At some point in your career as a project manager, you’ll find yourself leading a troubled team. There could be a number of reasons for this: burn out; a past history of poorly managed projects; office politics or business changes, a fear-based culture. The list goes on – and many of us have been there.

team morale

According to the Gallup…

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Added by Alison Meier on February 12, 2014 at 1:01pm — No Comments

6 Reasons Why You May Have Failed The PMP Exam 3 Times

While I hope it doesn’t happen to you, some people fail the PMP exam 3 times. If you do find yourself in that situation, you will have to wait a year from the date of your last exam before you will be able to apply for your PMP certification again.



Over the years, I have found several reasons why someone continues to fail the exam. However – and as hard as it may be to hear this – if it happens to you then you have to acknowledge that you are part of the problem! You are the one…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on February 5, 2014 at 11:12am — No Comments

Free PMP Exam Sample Question

The following PMP® exam sample question is taken from the Free PMP Exam Simulator (The answer is at the very bottom):

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You are managing a software development project. In the middle of the project, you find out that you are way behind schedule. Your company has invested a lot in this project, and if you don't deliver the project on time, it will be a total disaster. You analyze your…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on February 2, 2014 at 6:48pm — No Comments

Take a free sample PMP exam. No signup required

Practice makes perfect, so test your PMP knowledge right now with the following 15 free PMP Exam sample questions in an online exam:



http://free.pm-exam-simulator.com/index.php/sevenforfree



This exam is just one of a series of 8 exams. To sign up for all our free exams please visit http://www.free-pm-exam-questions.com/



Until Next…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on January 29, 2014 at 5:19am — No Comments

Featured PMP Exam Lessons Learned from Sachin Vehale, PMP

This week's featured lessons learned comes to us courtesy of Sachin Vehale.

In this lessons learned Sachin shared with us his experiences and preparations for the PMP exam.



"Throughout my preparations, It’s been an enriching experience for me in terms of professional & personal development. Journey started in June. I spent quality time doing my homework i.e. learning about the PMP certification. I got a hardcopy of PMBOK and was reading few chapters…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on January 29, 2014 at 3:37am — No Comments

PMP Exam Tip: Read, Read, Read & Practice, Practice, Practice

Don't try and take the PMP exam immediately after your PMP exam prep class. Similarly, don't wait for months either. The right moment is usually between…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on January 28, 2014 at 3:35am — No Comments

Free PMP Exam Sample Question

The following PMP® exam sample question is taken from the Free PMP Exam Simulator (The answer is at the very bottom):

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You are managing a construction project. You have just finished defining your activities and you are now estimating their durations. Obtaining government permits is one of the project activities that is critical to the success of your project. You obtain expert opinion…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on January 26, 2014 at 7:53pm — No Comments

Featured PMP Exam Lessons Learned from Vicki Kilmurray

This week's featured lessons learned comes to us courtesy of Vicki Kilmurray.

In this lessons learned Vicki Kilmurray shared with us her story about the struggle she took before she successfully passed the PMP exam...



"It took me 3 goes to pass the PMP exam. Unfortunately I didn't find the Prepcast until I had already attempted the…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on January 22, 2014 at 9:56am — No Comments

Predicting the Future

Only fools and the bankers who created the GFC think the future is absolutely predictable. The rest of know there is always a degree of uncertainty in any prediction about what may happen at some point in the future. The key question is either what degree of uncertainty, or in project management space what is the probability of achieving a predetermined time or cost commitment.

There are essentially three ways to deal with this uncertainty:

Option one…

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Added by Patrick Weaver on January 14, 2014 at 5:08am — No Comments

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