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October 2011 Blog Posts (24)

Monthly Discount Coupon Program

Great deals are coming your way starting this November as we are offering great discounts and deals from our line up of PM products.  Each month, a featured product will be offered at a discounted price in the form of coupon codes giving you… Continue

Added by Cornelius Fichtner on October 30, 2011 at 3:13am — No Comments

Free PMP Exam Sample Question

The following PMP® exam sample question is taken from the…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on October 29, 2011 at 4:25am — No Comments

Help to qualify for CAPM certification.

I have a B.Tech in Industrial Mathematics with ten(10) years working experience, though not in a project-based environment. It is quite obvious that I cannot apply for PMP certification. So, as I apply for CAPM to start with, I need all the resources that will help me pass the exam. Please, kindly share your relevant experiences and resources with me.

Added by Samuel Ayodele Odemo on October 27, 2011 at 9:14am — No Comments

PMP Exam Tip: Interpersonal Skills a PMP Needs: 8. Negotiation

In Appendix G, the PMBOK Guide discusses Interpersonal Skills for the project manager. We are currently reviewing these one by one in our weekly PMP exam tip and we have reached the last one in the series: Negotiation.



The nature of the role of a project manager makes it essential for them to have good negotiation skills. There are usually many stakeholders involved in the project and most projects have team… Continue

Added by Cornelius Fichtner on October 26, 2011 at 8:23am — No Comments

The Adventures of Dan the Project Manager Man - How Much is Too Much?

Are you working on tasks efficiently as possible? How much is too much?

On Monday, I had been working away at several new projects that had come my way.  I had had several meetings on my calendar.

Tuesday was more of the same.  Existing projects needed to be updated.  Administrative work needed my attention.  Carol, my manager, invited me into her office and asked me to consider documenting a new process for posting our timesheets.

By Wednesday, it had been a long week…

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Added by Dan Vickers on October 25, 2011 at 3:36pm — 1 Comment

Learning from your Mistakes

I have had to confront a couple of different aspects of people getting things wrong recently. The experience triggered 2 or 3 thoughts……

The first was the advice given last century by (from memory) Fred Daly MP to a new member of parliament ‘always leave the back door unlocked’ – no matter how sure you are of the correctness of your position in an argument always have a way to back out gracefully.

Every one wants to employ experienced people but very few employers…

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Added by Patrick Weaver on October 25, 2011 at 6:01am — No Comments

It is Not Just the Language

Three travelers were on a tour when they became separated from the rest of the group. They found themselves alone in a strange area of a strange land. They each spoke a tiny bit of English but did not speak the language of the area and other then their little bit of English they did not share a common language. They did all agree that they were hungry and they agreed to pool their money to purchase some food. This is when the arguing began.



One traveler kept insisting on a…

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Added by Margaret Meloni on October 24, 2011 at 7:30am — 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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Tim is working on an electronic manufacturing project. In his project he wants to establish a warranty for some of the precision parts he is buying. What risk response strategy is he using?



A.) Mitigate

B.)… Continue

Added by Cornelius Fichtner on October 22, 2011 at 12:15am — No Comments

Congratulations, you're PMP certified. Now how do you stay current on PDUs?

Once you have entered the global ranks of those that have successfully navigated the study course and you have passed the exam, you get to call yourself a PMP.  However, the work is not done for you my friend.  Your obligation to stay current with your PMP requires that you obtain professional development units ("study credits") throughout the tenure of our certification.

 

While keeping up to date is critical for all PMs, don't take this committment too heavily.  Finding and…

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Added by Carl Manello on October 21, 2011 at 8:06am — No Comments

Get Your Free PMP Exam Guide Now!

Be the First to Download The Short Guide to Becoming a PMP



Today, the long wait is over! The Short Guide to Becoming a PMP by Cornelius Fichtner, PMP, is now available for download.



For project managers who are preparing to take the challenging PMP exam, here’s a little help to get you started. The Short Guide to Becoming a PMP is a FREE e-book designed to help you prepare for and pass the exam with flying colors.



Written by noted PMP, Cornelius… Continue

Added by Cornelius Fichtner on October 21, 2011 at 5:00am — No Comments

Is good project management software enough?

What constitutes ‘good software’? A recent blog by ‘Dan the Project Management Man’ reminded me of an on on-line survey that looked at purchaser’s satisfaction with project management and business analysis software tools. Only 1.2% of the 270 respondents felt their software purchase had exceeded expectations and another 9.3% felt the software had met all…

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Added by Patrick Weaver on October 17, 2011 at 12:07am — 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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A project manager takes over a challenging two-month project to design a new sports car using CAD/CAM software. In the first project team meeting the project manager assures the team that good performers will be rewarded. After… Continue

Added by Cornelius Fichtner on October 14, 2011 at 8:36am — No Comments

Are you realizing the value you expect from your vendors?

Are your vendor relationships returning the expected value or is the relationship on a downward spiral. “Working together is success,” or so says Henry Ford. How can you take that wisdom and apply it to the working relationships you have with your vendors? Are you really in it together? Is there a relationship? As you both work to commit, you’ll find high value returns.

 

Find out more here:…

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Added by Carl Manello on October 13, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

PMP Exam Tip: Interpersonal Skills a PMP Needs: 7. Political and Cultural Awareness

In Appendix G, the PMBOK Guide discusses Interpersonal Skills for the project manager. In the sense of a…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on October 12, 2011 at 4:25am — No Comments

What are the right steps to getting your hands on risks?

Are you frustrated by Risk Management? Are you looking for a way to at least get your hands around the right risks?  These are a few approaches to leverage to get the right risks identified.



http://blog.slalom.com/2011/9/30/weighing-the-risks/

Read more on Project Management, Portfolio Management, People Management and more at The Slalom Blog:…

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Added by Carl Manello on October 11, 2011 at 3:15pm — No Comments

Compassion is not a Weakness

Some people believe that compassion and especially compassion in the workplace is a form of weakness. Perhaps they think that survival of the fittest in the corporate jungle leaves no room for something like concern for other people and their feelings. March ahead, take no prisoners!



Yet report after report shows us that those who have a high degree of emotional intelligence come out ahead at work. Empathy is an important part of emotional intelligence. To relate to others you…

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Added by Margaret Meloni on October 10, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

How to Formulate Strategy for a Start Up Organization

 

The best practice is not often the best strategy.

Strategy is a way of thinking, not a procedural exercise or a set of frameworks. To stimulate that thinking and the dialog that goes along with it, it is essential to design metrics based on sound and practical parameters, and follow a set of action oriented steps aimed at helping executives assess the strength of their strategies. It is imperative to design steps focused on testing the strategy itself (in other words, the…

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Added by Shyamsunder Panchavati on October 10, 2011 at 2:00am — No Comments

Earned Schedule

Earned Schedule (ES) is emerging as a valuable tool in the overall management of projects. In our view, the ES methodology provides a valuable adjunct to, and a useful sanity check of, the ‘critical path’ (CPM) schedule developed for a project, for very little effort - provided the project has implemented Earned Value Management (EVM).

Using the same data as EVM, ES ‘scales’ the remaining duration of the project based on the volume of work accomplished to date compared to the planned…

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Added by Patrick Weaver on October 9, 2011 at 1:47am — No Comments

Free PMP Exam Sample Question

The following PMP® exam sample question is taken from the…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on October 7, 2011 at 9:53am — No Comments

Project Server 2010 Consulting Services

 

 

 

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Added by Hans Esquivel on October 5, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments

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