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May 2012 Blog Posts (29)

PMP Exam Tip: The Exam will Test you on concepts you may not know

This tip is intended to tell our readers that they should expect the unexpected in the test questions. For instance one student asked why the technique of "Activity on Arrow" was a question he got on his exam, even though this technique had been removed from The PMBOK Guide. My answer was as follows:



The PMBOK Guide is a GUIDE. It doesn't contain 100% of the concepts and tools that project managers around the world use. As such both AON and AOA are still being used. Also, PMI…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on May 31, 2012 at 6:53am — No Comments

From Obstacle to Opportunity: Secure Collaboration in the Cloud

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In an information-driven world that requires higher and higher levels of intra- and inter-enterprise collaboration, CIOs, General Counsels, and their teams are being called in to provide airtight security to enable sharing of sensitive information via the cloud. They must secure their company's…

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Added by Admin on May 29, 2012 at 7:59pm — No Comments

Managing Projects better.

This is a presentation that I did to management a few months ago with the aim of continually improving the operations of the project office. I thought it would be a good thing to share with the community.

See the…

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Added by Shoaib Ahmed on May 29, 2012 at 6:11pm — No Comments

Facebook IPO Lessons Learned for Project Management

I was reading with some interest the various commentary about the Facebook IPO float and subsequent debacle faced by some…

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Added by Shoaib Ahmed on May 29, 2012 at 6:06pm — No Comments

The Right Way, the Wrong Way and the PMI Way

One of the regular comments we hear from people attending one of our training courses for a PMI credential is why do they need to learn the PMI way rather than the real world way to prepare for their exam?

The idea that the PMI way of managing project tested in the PMP and CAPM exams is not real world is a very wrong assumption! The PMI way may be different to your way but it is based on sound concepts.  Some of the factors that create a…

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Added by Patrick Weaver on May 29, 2012 at 7:31am — No Comments

Complementary "Project Performance Secrets"

Hi everyone,



"Project Performance Secrets" is a complementary course of ours that I'd like to give you as an introduction to our website.



I'm Richard Grimes, president & owner of Outsource Training Online.com (http://outsourcetrainingonline.com) , an e-learning site where members of various professional fields such as PROJECT MANAGEMENT can download our courses in a pdf format, take tests online and receive a…

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Added by Richard Grimes on May 28, 2012 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Charting a Path to Change: Lead by Example

Change events impact the business processes that folks are comfortable using.  So we ask our managers to plan and lead by example and we ask the people involved to make it happen.  But we also ask everyone to consider the future. 

How many times have you experienced a company or department reorganization?  Did it go well and result in immediate productivity or did it go sideways and result in delays or even rework?  Companies surveyed lose billions of dollars a year from failed change…

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Added by Barb@Vyrtunet on May 25, 2012 at 5:54am — No Comments

Charting a Path to Change: Pick Your Target and Go For It!

You Recognize that something’s not quite right and change is needed.  You have taken the steps necessary to Realize your business culture so you can plan change.  The Business Culture Questionnaire helped classify organizational values and behaviors at the source with responses being a snapshot of the current business principles and practices.  Compiling questionnaire results is pretty straightforward but what to do with those results is the next challenge.

To Aim for change…

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Added by Barb@Vyrtunet on May 25, 2012 at 5:52am — No Comments

Charting a Path to Change: Get to Know the Business Culture

The path of least resistance towards change starts with an understanding of the business culture and knowledge of the types of changes that need to take place.

Realize the business culture, how things get done and why certain things don’t seem to get done. 

Particularly for large organizations, a lack of process can impact how things get done and why certain things never get done.  Process does not resolve all disconnects because the impact of process…

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Added by Barb@Vyrtunet on May 25, 2012 at 5:49am — No Comments

Charting a Path to Change

We live and work in a world of constant change and we’re told in order to succeed, or perhaps even survive, one must be flexible and adaptable.  This applies to companies too.  Many methods exist to help us plan and implement business change, but few focus on the human impacts of change. 

Every business has a culture or set of management principles and processes that become routine for people over time.  People comfortable with these dynamics are more confident in their ability of…

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Added by Barb@Vyrtunet on May 25, 2012 at 5:44am — 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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You are developing your project’s Human Resource Plan. Your sponsor asked you to take the historical information from previous projects to determination the project’s human resource roles and responsibilities. Which of the following sources…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on May 25, 2012 at 5:28am — No Comments

PMP Exam Tip: Get Familiar with Decomposition

“Decomposition” and “work breakdown” are probably not the first words you want to hear with respect to the project you’re managing. However, Decomposition is perhaps the most important technique to understand when it comes to the Scope Management section of the PMP exam. Decomposition involves breaking down the overall project workload into smaller, more manageable tasks. These tasks can subsequently be broken down…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on May 24, 2012 at 3:12am — No Comments

7 Lessons Learned from the PMP Exam

Everyone has different ways of studying for the Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification. You may carry the PMBOK® Guide around with you, or use flashcards. You may join your local Project Management Institute (PMI)® Chapter and study in a group. Whatever your study path, someone has been there before you.



While everyone has a slightly different story to tell, there are some things that make a big difference to your chances of success with the…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on May 24, 2012 at 2:26am — No Comments

Australasian trends on MSP and PRINCE2

The Wellington PRINCE2 User Group met last week at the Deloitte House. The guest speaker at the event was Geoff Rankins, a programme and …

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Added by Shoaib Ahmed on May 23, 2012 at 5:39pm — No Comments

How do I influence to get the desired behavior?

I attended a training by an industrial psychologist Keith McGregor covering topics on why people behave the way they do and…

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Added by Shoaib Ahmed on May 23, 2012 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Dwelling on Decisions

“We can’t retract the decisions we’ve made, we can only affect the decisions we’re going to make from here.” As said by actor Jamie Foxx in the movie,
Law Abiding Citizen.

 

As you have been reading in
‘Turning Point’; decisions have been the recent theme of our discussions and time together. While web surfing, I found a site that shares ‘wisdom’ from the movies. Note I place ‘wisdom’ in quotes. Sometimes the…

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Added by Margaret Meloni on May 21, 2012 at 11:51am — 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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You are developing your IT development project team. Some of the team members need training on the latest software that you are using in your project. Which of the following documents is most useful to find out the information…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on May 18, 2012 at 7:59pm — No Comments

PMP Exam Tip: Read and Understand Your Books

The PMP Exam is mainly based on A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide). The most current version was published in 2008 and most people find a bit difficult to read. But due to the fact that the exam is based on this book, it is important that you actually read and understand all that it contains. As a supplement to studying the PMBOK Guide in preparing for the exam you need to get additional reference material.



I recommend that you buy a separate…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on May 17, 2012 at 6:32am — No Comments

Harvard and M.I.T. Team Up to Offer Free Online Courses

HARVARD AND MIT presidents Drew Faust and Susan Hockfield today announced EdX, a nonprofit joint venture that will offer online courses to the general public while investigating technologies for improving both distance learning and campus-based education. Appropriately, given the nature of the venture, the presidents’ event inaugurating EdX was streamed live to online viewers.





According to officials from the two institutions, EdX will enable them…

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Added by Shyamsunder Panchavati on May 16, 2012 at 6:16am — No Comments

Prof.Vijay Govindrajan on Reverse Innovation

Reverse Innovation guru Vijay Govindrajan talks about technology in third world countries that provides. an ECG for 30cents, artificial leg for $30 and and an Open Heart surgery for $2,000. 



The quality generated by these technologies being on par with or better than that in USA. And Dr.J implants an artificial leg on an elephant in Thailand,which makes the elephant walk normally. 



And How about a USD 300 house?? …

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Added by Shyamsunder Panchavati on May 16, 2012 at 6:00am — No Comments

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