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April 2012 Blog Posts (25)

Prince2 Training Courses in London

This morning I woke up to hear the greatest news we have all been waiting for. Scientists have decovered that the earth gravitational rotation is slowing. This means that everyone single person will have an extra hour a day bring the current total up to 25 hours a day.  

World leaders are calling it the greatest discovery in modern history. Religious leaders are saying that its a test from God and the extra hour should be used for worship. Businesses are calling on the Government to…

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Added by Maria Burton on April 30, 2012 at 4:30am — No Comments

A CEO Needs Management Consulting And Counseling Services

A CEO needs management consulting to help him / her improve on overall business management, focus, guidance, direction, strategic planning, strategic management, leadership, career and life goals. A CEO has to deal with a lot in business and life. Therefore, management consulting and counseling can be so beneficial in your business, life and career.…

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Added by CEO BusinessManagement Solutions on April 29, 2012 at 11:46pm — No Comments

Free PMP Exam Sample Question

The following PMP® exam sample question is taken from the Free PMP Exam Simulator at http://free.pm-exam-simulator.com - The answer is at the very bottom:



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Project Integration Management consists of all of the following activities except?



A.) Develop Project Charter

B.) Develop Project Management Plan

C.) Perform Integrated Change Control

D.) Collect…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on April 28, 2012 at 6:28am — No Comments

Pmp Exam Tip - How To Use The Tornado Diagram

One of the more obscure terms that you need to know for the PMP Exam is the "Tornado Diagram". Basically, the tornado diagram is a typical display format of the sensitivity analysis. Let's look at this in more detail.



A Tornado diagram, also called tornado plot or tornado chart, is a special type of Bar chart, where the data categories are listed vertically instead of the standard horizontal presentation, and…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on April 26, 2012 at 7:10am — No Comments

PMBOK -v- Methodology

One of the more common discussions on the web and in other places is focused on arguing the merits of, or comparing, the PRINCE2 Methodology with the PMBOK Methodology.

The problem with the proposition is basic premise is completely wrong! The PMBOK® Guide is not and never has been a methodology.

Methodologies define the processes, responsibilities and workflows needed to achieve an objective. PRINCE2 is a good project methodology for managing projects with a large internal…

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Added by Patrick Weaver on April 26, 2012 at 5:47am — 7 Comments

That was a Decision, Really?

Tom was not surprised when Jacob and Marilyn asked for a private meeting with him. He had a hunch that some of the team was displeased with him. He thought of Jacob and Marilyn as ‘unofficial’ team leaders. They seemed to be the two people who his team members looked to for professional guidance. Tom had mixed feeling about his upcoming meeting with the two of them. On the one hand it would be a relief to find out what was wrong and on the other hand, well he was going to find out what was…

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Added by Margaret Meloni on April 23, 2012 at 1:27pm — No Comments

Free PMP Exam Sample Question

The following PMP® exam sample question is taken from the Free PMP Exam Simulator at http://free.pm-exam-simulator.com - The answer is at the very bottom:



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Your sponsor asked you to quickly complete all your project planning processes and start the project by next week. One week later you were working on your Communications Management Plan when your sponsor asked for a project…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on April 22, 2012 at 6:40pm — No Comments

Get 7 Free PMP Exam Resources

Preparing to take and pass the PMP® Exam is an intense, complex, and sometimes even an expensive venture. So, why wouldn’t you want access to a variety of free exam resources located conveniently in one place? That is what you can expect when you sign up for The Free PM PrepCast.



Just go to http://www.pm-prepcast.com/free and sign up to receive all…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on April 20, 2012 at 9:56pm — No Comments

PMP Exam Tip - Schedule your PMP Exam as early as possible

One of the more important steps in preparing for the PMP exam is to schedule you exam date as soon as you meet all the eligibility requirements. This will give you a specific date toward which you can work. Now you have deadline - a big red "X" on your calendar - and this will motivate you in your studies. If you don't have the date scheduled you can always find excuses for not studying and delaying things. But having…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on April 19, 2012 at 9:34am — No Comments

Ask for information you can use

PMOs and projects regularly collect and report on data but you have to ask how often is the data converted into information the organisation can use?

A while ago I wasted 15 minutes trying to respond to a survey commissioned by our local city council. The structure of the survey was so bad there is no way the data collected would allow any useful information to be gathered. Two of the questions (from memory) were:

  • Overall how do you rate the “The Council’s”…
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Added by Patrick Weaver on April 19, 2012 at 2:50am — No Comments

Featured Review: Mind Mapping with MindMaple for Project Management

Mind mapping is an ideal tool for project managers to organize and effectively manage all the facets of their projects.  In addition, mind mapping allows project managers to tackle projects in a nonlinear process further increasing creativity and productivity.…

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Added by Admin on April 17, 2012 at 2:29pm — No Comments

The process to find a Project Management Job

I have been looking for years for an IT job. My experience is vast and helped me a well rounded IT professional. It has been difficult to find a job in the Birmingham Alabama area. There are 5 jobs a day if I want to move out of town.....

The amount of listings has been getting longer.

Keith Cash Project Manager

Added by Keith Cash on April 15, 2012 at 9:54pm — No Comments

Is innovation a necessity or a luxury?

Every business has to make constant choices between many factors. One of the most common choices is between maximising revenueand investing in …

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Added by Shoaib Ahmed on April 15, 2012 at 4:56am — No Comments

Free PMP Exam Sample Question

The following PMP® exam sample question is taken from the Free PMP Exam Simulator at http://free.pm-exam-simulator.com - The answer is at the very bottom:



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Which of the following statements regarding WBS templates is incorrect?



A.) They are always present in Organizational Process Assets.

B.) They provide a starting point for WBS creation.

C.) They may help…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on April 14, 2012 at 8:58am — No Comments

PMP Exam Tip: The Project Management Plan

A project management plan is a formal, approved document that defines how the project is executed, monitored and controlled. It may be summary or detailed and may be composed of one or more subsidiary management plans and other planning documents. The objective of a project management plan is to define the approach to be used by the Project team to deliver the intended project management scope of the project. The project manager creates the project management plan…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on April 12, 2012 at 7:27am — 1 Comment

A thought on PMOs and Project Controls

The quality guru W. Edwards Deming said ‘In God we trust, all other bring data’. However, developments in the Victorian Government health system a couple of years ago offer a salient reminder to any PMO manager on the need to validate data and being careful in the selection of the KPIs measured – pick the wrong KPI and you get behavior changes that are worse then before the KPI was introduced.

Victorian hospitals are rewarded for good performance and fined for poor…

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Added by Patrick Weaver on April 11, 2012 at 5:30am — No Comments

How long does software development really take?

I was reading some stats the other day … 85% of all software development projects fail to come in on budget or on time! That is a staggering and sobering statistic. In what other profession would there be such a low hit rate? How is it that so many bright people get it so…

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Added by Shoaib Ahmed on April 10, 2012 at 7:28am — No Comments

Please, Make a Decision

Over lunch, Jacob and Marilyn discussed some of the frustrations they were experiencing on one of their current projects. Jacob was a business analyst on the project and Marilyn was the subject matter expert. Jacob turned to Marilyn and said to her, “If you could say just one thing to Tom our project manager, what would it be?” Without hesitation Marilyn replied, “Please, make a decision.”

Unfortunately Jacob and Marilyn both viewed Tom as wishy-washy. He seemed to be either unwilling…

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Added by Margaret Meloni on April 9, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

Best institute imparting Project Management knowledge/ skill.

I shall highly appreciate if some body could let me know some of the best institutes/ universities in India and in the world which imparts project management skills/ knowledge. The teaching language need to be English. 

Added by vijay mevada on April 7, 2012 at 1:34am — No Comments

Working with Project Sponsors

I went to the Wellington PRINCE2 User Group meeting this week. The topic of the meeting was working with project…

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Added by Shoaib Ahmed on April 3, 2012 at 6:10pm — No Comments

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