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December 2011 Blog Posts (18)

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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Regarding WBS Quality Principle 1, there are two sub-principles that pertain to satisfying requirements for the use of a WBS. Which of the following are these two sub-principles?



A.) Hierarchical and Lucid

B.) Well…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on December 30, 2011 at 7:56am — No Comments

De-Projectising IT Maintenance

Not everything in IT needs to be a project – by de-projectizing maintenance work major improvements in delivery are possible.

In particular, the ‘Scrum’ variant of Agile offer the interesting option to de-projectize a lot of IT maintenance work in much the same way a large amount of physical maintenance work is undertaken by a team of ‘maintainers’ working through a backlog of prioritized issues. Where an IT shop uses stable teams, ‘scrum’ to plan work on a monthly basis and ‘sprints’…

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Added by Patrick Weaver on December 30, 2011 at 4:17am — 6 Comments

A Sticky Situation

Here's my latest post to Deep Tech Dive. Enjoy!

Deep Tech Dive- A Sticky Situation

Added by Trista Perez on December 29, 2011 at 1:31pm — No Comments

PMP Exam Tip: Expect the Unexpected during Your PMP Exam

As the saying goes: “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong”. Keep this in mind when preparing for the PMP Certification. It simply means that you should not solely depend on what others say about their experiences in taking the exams. Everyone's experience is different.



What you must remember at all cost is that you have…
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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on December 28, 2011 at 5:51am — No Comments

Don’t Be a Jerk to a Jerk

Sometimes you find yourself working with someone and no matter how kind and compassionate you try to be, you still think they are a jerk. Maybe they yell all the time or they are condescending or a back stabber. It might be tempting to yell at them more loudly than they yelled at you or to answer them with sarcasm or to plot your revenge.



Don’t do it! You don’t want to answer jerkiness with jerkiness. Sure, it feels great – at first. You sure got them right? You really showed…

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Added by Margaret Meloni on December 27, 2011 at 3:22pm — 1 Comment

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 managing a complex hardware design project. Deadlines are aggressive and the project team is stressed. You schedule a team meeting to motivate the team and to share some newly-approved design changes. During the meeting…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on December 23, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

PMP Exam Tip: Create a "Battle Plan" for the exam

The Project Management exam is the hottest certifications exam today. It is the most challenging project management certification exams to prepare for. This is because most of those thinking about taking this exam are at the stage of their…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on December 21, 2011 at 8:25am — No Comments

As we evolve, are we finding better ways to use the tools we have to increase our capabilities, or are we hampered by trying to use tools before we are ready?

While we focus on improving our operational delivery, our ability to construct, maintain and provide visibility to a structured portfolio is imperative.  Can tools get in our way?  Find out more at the Slalom Blog

 

http://blog.slalom.com/2011/12/20/the-crude-use-of-clever-tools/

Added by Carl Manello on December 20, 2011 at 2:24pm — 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 just took over the management of an industrial construction project, which is in the execution phase. You determine that your team is communicating directly with their client company's peers. According to the Communication…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on December 18, 2011 at 8:32am — No Comments

Project Manager Challenge: Influencing in Lieu of Oompa-Loompas

by Dr. Andrew Makar



Project managers are often put in the challenging position of having the responsibility for a project but limited authority over the people actually working on that project.  Can’t you just imagine a world where all of the project teams would work with the efficiency of the orange-faced Oompa-Loompas from …

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Added by Liz Pearce on December 15, 2011 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

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 2-5 weeks after you finish your class. A good PMP Exam preparation course provider will tell you to do more reading and practice exam questions. They should also direct you to training products specifically designed for the purpose. Additional, on-line or software…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on December 14, 2011 at 7:54am — 1 Comment

Gantter goes to the Cloud and more!

Providence, RI - Gantter now allows you to save and share your project schedules from our new cloud version of Gantter.

GantterCloud™ now allows you to easily access your project schedules anytime and from anywhere. Simply go to Project>Save to Gantter Cloud – and your project is saved to the cloud. It’s that easy!

Want to share and work with others on your project schedules? GantterCloud™ can do that too!

Click Project>Share – and invite others to view or edit…

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Added by antonella cassisi on December 12, 2011 at 5:11pm — No Comments

Keeping Others Down

"As long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold him down, so it means you cannot soar as you otherwise might." Marian Anderson

This is so obvious when you think about it from a physical perspective. If you were physically holding someone down, unless you have really long arms or really strong legs or some other technique; you have to adopt a posture which keeps you lower to the ground. I think this is only a good thing in…

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Added by Margaret Meloni on December 12, 2011 at 12:00pm — 4 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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Sensitivity Analysis has strong similarities to which of the following?

A.) Probability Distributions

B.) Risk Identification

C.) Design of Experiments

D.) Statistical…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on December 10, 2011 at 5:20am — No Comments

PMP Exam Tip: Be a planner and practice project management in the process

If you are preparing for the PMP or CAPM exam, you need to have a study plan. As an experienced project manager you know the value of a project plan. So practice what you preach as you prepare for the exam. Be a planner, and apply good…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on December 8, 2011 at 9:33am — 4 Comments

There’s a Method to the Madness: From Business Strategy to IT Project Portfolio Management

For IT organizations with tight budgets and scarce resources, new projects are difficult to justify as most of the available funding goes to keep existing applications and systems performing.  But IT can enable businesses to meet strategic objectives through innovation and continuous improvement.  Today’s IT organization is a major contributor to corporate strategy development and execution through IT as a service.

There is a method to the madness and the first step involves a clear…

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Added by Barb@Vyrtunet on December 6, 2011 at 1:51am — No Comments

The Adventures of Dan the Project Manager Man - A New Perspective

The Adventures of Dan the Project Manager Man

A New Perspective

As a project manager it is easy to get caught up in meeting deadlines, holding status calls, ensuring tasks are completed and driving towards go live dates.  It is sometimes easier to be the driving force instead of thinking what it means to be the driven one.

Carol, my manager, asked me to get involved in a project to develop project management training material as a resource, and not as the project…

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Added by Dan Vickers on December 5, 2011 at 9:42am — 4 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 managing a water supply network deployment project. During project planning you are considering two approaches to lay the pipe network.…
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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on December 4, 2011 at 4:08am — No Comments

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