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September 2012 Blog Posts (26)

PMP Exam Tip - What Should Flashcards for the PMP Exam Contain?

Flashcards are a wonderful study aid, but sometimes determining what you need to study and include on a flashcard can be a bit confusing, if not overwhelming. So, let’s take a look at what should be included on your PMP Exam Flashcards:



The Five Project Management Process Groups

The Nine Project Management Knowledge Areas

The Forty-Two Project Management Processes

Definition of a…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on September 30, 2012 at 5:08am — No Comments

Building capability in organisations

My personal reflection time during the week is on Saturday mornings, when I take my children to the local swimming pool for lessons. I was looking at the pool this week, with children of various abilities learning to swim – all in separate lanes. I recalled how my children had gone through the grades. It occured to me that building …

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Added by Shoaib Ahmed on September 29, 2012 at 5:30am — No Comments

Free PMP Exam Sample Question

The following PMP® exam sample question is taken from the Free PMP Exam Simulator:



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Estimating costs demands expert skills. Which of the following is most important to document when estimating costs?



A.) Documentation of all assumptions made.

B.) Documentation of any known constraints.

C.) Indication of the range of possible estimates.

D.) Documentation of the basis of the…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on September 25, 2012 at 5:24am — No Comments

Expectation is reality

We hear about perception being reality in service management space. When you are dealing with projects, expectation become the be all and and end all. How your project is perceived is proportional to the level of expectation about the outcomes that you have built.…

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Added by Shoaib Ahmed on September 24, 2012 at 7:41pm — No Comments

PMP Exam Tip - What Formulas should I Study for the PMP Exam and How?

There are forty nine formulas that you will need know and understand prior to taking the Project Management Professional (PMP)® Exam. There are PMP Exam formulas to plan activity durations and costs. There are formulas to calculate the value or cost of the project. There are formulas to make sure a project stays within scope, on schedule, and within budget. There are formulas to forecast project schedule and cost if…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on September 24, 2012 at 4:04am — No Comments

Is Project Management 2.0 Dead?

Project Management 2.0 (PM 2.0) seemed to be going the same way some Agile anarchists were trying to take software development which was essentially not to do project management and hope a group of people with good will and good luck will create something useful.  Agile anarchists have largely been supplanted by Agile pragmatists who recognize an appropriate amount o management control is needed to achieve the best outcomes for the client; but what if anything is happening to PM…

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Added by Patrick Weaver on September 22, 2012 at 3:34am — 1 Comment

Do procurement processes allow Agile software delivery?

Longer projects run, higher likelihood of project failure. One of the moves in recent times to reduce complexity in software development is to adopt Agile delivery approaches. The desire to build confidence and leave tangible benefits even if projects are cancelled has provided further impetus to adoption of Agile practices. This approach has delivered good…

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Added by Shoaib Ahmed on September 19, 2012 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Free PMP Exam Sample Question

The following PMP® exam sample question is taken from the Free PMP Exam Simulator:



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You are the project manager on a new nationwide telecom network. Your client told you that conformance to the highest quality standards is mandatory but this client is new to the telecom industry and is unable to provide specific technical parameters. Your client said that the network's conformance should be graded against the leading telecom operator in the…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on September 17, 2012 at 7:36pm — No Comments

How good are we at lessons learned?

We as human beings have the incomprehensible ability to make the same mistakes over and again. You have to take a glance at history to see the same pattern repeat itself – a nation is enlightened, makes rapid progress, gets intolerant and starts to impose itself, loses its hold and goes back to the pack. Chinese, Persians, Romans, Greeks,…

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Added by Shoaib Ahmed on September 17, 2012 at 7:40am — 1 Comment

What do I do in a failing project?

I was reading a report from Keith Ellis from IAG Consulting that only one in threesoftware development projects in the US actually makes it to completion. Larger the organisation, higher the chance of cancellation. Regardless of the reasons behind the cancellations, it means as…

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Added by Shoaib Ahmed on September 17, 2012 at 6:51am — 1 Comment

PMP Exam Tip: What are ITTOs for the PMP® Exam and how do I Learn Them Fast?

There are forty two project management processes within the PMBOK® Guide which means there are forty two sets of Inputs, Tols & Techniques, and Outputs (ITTOs) to learn for the Project Management Professional (PMP)® Exam. That may seem a bit overwhelming but with the use of flashcards studying the ITTOs it can be done quickly and easily.



The first step is to be able to determine which ITTO goes with which…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on September 16, 2012 at 4:47am — No Comments

The Value of Project Planning

The Association for Project Management (UK) in its ‘Introduction to Project Planning’ outlines a high level overview of all of the planning processes needed for a successful project outcome including scope, risk, cost, schedule, quality, procurement, resources and earned value (the subject of another APM standard).

The authors of this guide feel the discipline of planning is undervalued, its value is not recognised and the overall process is misunderstood by many in the…

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Added by Patrick Weaver on September 14, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments

DIVIDE TO CONQUER

See more at: 

http://4projectmanagement.wordpress.com

http://projetointegral.wordpress.com

 In antiquity this famous words from Julius Caesar had a cruel sense of social…

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Added by Irene Ciccarino on September 13, 2012 at 7:26pm — 1 Comment

How To Save Money On Your PMP Exam Studies

Studying for and earning your Project Management Professional (PMP)® Certification can be a costly affair, some training courses can cost upwards of several thousand US Dollars. However, there are ways to cut your costs and still have access to valuable and useful study tools. Below we will discuss several ways you can lower the cost of studying for and obtaining your PMP® Certification that does not include spending a…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on September 13, 2012 at 11:44am — No Comments

Corporate acceptance - industry based challenges for PMs

Public, private and non-governmental enterprises are all PM cultured now or adapting fast toward PM best practices globally. The performance of PMs in lieu of their cumulative identity as PMI members remain in lime light. On one hand a performance at par is acknowledged at wide. On other hand a nagging performer is casting a debate about not only oneself, but in less PM friendly environment, towards the entire PM practice.

A case in hand is personal experience of this writer with a…

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Added by Ammar Naqvi on September 11, 2012 at 11:07pm — No Comments

Free PMP Exam Sample Question

The following PMP® exam sample question is taken from the Free PMP Exam Simulator:



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Your Risk Register says if your IT Administrator is unavailable for a period longer than a week it will cause serious issues for your project. You have just learned from you Human Resource Department that your IT Administrator has resigned and has given a one-month notice for the company to find a replacement.

This situation is an example of which of the…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on September 11, 2012 at 5:19am — No Comments

Where is the line between agility and chaos?

We are living in an age of social media. One where opinions are best expressed in 140 characters or less, hashtags galore and needs need to be met instantly. There is a level of agility required to work well in this environment. If an organization rigidly sticks to how business used to be done, more than likely they will be left behind by others that are willing to alter course. However, can one get into the habit of altering so much that they go around in circles? There are many…

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Added by Shoaib Ahmed on September 8, 2012 at 2:53am — 2 Comments

Understanding your people

You read many different topics on project management, but very few to do with understanding the people that work with you. I had previously posted about some of the lessons…

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Added by Shoaib Ahmed on September 8, 2012 at 2:46am — No Comments

'CHARACTERISTICS' TO BEING A SUCCESSFUL PROJECT MANAGER

By Dale Laarz…

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Added by Dale Laarz on September 6, 2012 at 9:25pm — 3 Comments

Basic Components of Taking Over a Project – Before You Take Over

By Dale Laarz

 

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Taking over a project; if you are saying to yourself that there is no way you will ever take over a project, think again.  At least think twice if you are a PM that delivers results with an established reputation based on relationships,…

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Added by Dale Laarz on September 6, 2012 at 9:16pm — 1 Comment

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