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December 2012 Blog Posts (15)

PMLL Podcast 0144 is now available...

The other day I uploaded a few more PMLessonsLearned (PMLL) podcasts.

Here are the archive.org urls for Session 12 (PMLL #143) and Session 13 (PMLL #144).

 

On iTunes, you can download…

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Added by Dana Safford on December 29, 2012 at 4:09pm — No Comments

My Top 10 Recommended Web Sites for Free PMP Exam Sample Questions

After eight years as a project management trainer, I have helped more than 20,000 students prepare for their Project Management Professional (PMP)® Exam. In my experience along the way, I’ve found one thing that unites them all: They all want to practice with free PMP Exam sample questions. In an effort to help, I have identified 10 web sites that offer free PMP Exam sample questions. I recommend each of them for the quality of their questions.…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on December 26, 2012 at 10:20pm — 1 Comment

Project Lifecycle Governance – with elements of PPM, ALM, ITIL and Cobit

 

The Project Lifecycle Governance we are talking about addresses the process from initiation of an IT project to the deployment into production, and the ability to conduct oversight across the entire series of events. 

So what?  Doesn’t everyone do that? You may say. 

Our observation at CIO Services, LLC ( http://cioservices.us ) is that the overall process governance has been and continues to be fragmented.  Clients of…

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Added by Don Curt on December 19, 2012 at 4:16pm — No Comments

Project Management and the Enviroment

Where do we begin with regards to environmental project management?

I am not referring to projects specifically focused on the environment, but rather construction related projects and there impact on the environment.

The reality is that protecting the environment has a price tag, one which in the end is passed onto the customer.

So from the start, planning the environment into the project already has a huge obstacle - cost, then the next item is time, both from a…

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Added by Adrian Lamond on December 19, 2012 at 4:11am — 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 managing a construction project for a client and have subcontracted out some of the project work. You negotiated different contracts with the subcontractors, which include various activities and resources, such as site excavation, raw material supplies, and labor workforce to different subcontractors. Each of these contract life cycles can end during…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on December 17, 2012 at 7:24pm — No Comments

Henry Gantt – Debunking the myths

It may come as a big surprise to many, but Henry L. Gantt did not invent bar charts despite many people miss labeling them ‘Gantt Charts’ and he had nothing to do with developing project management!

This definitive paper highlights the origins of bar charts in Scotland in the 18th century and looks at Gantt’s real work in manufacturing – when you have finished reading it, I hope you will agree the following myths should be ‘busted’ once and for all:

Misconception #1…

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Added by Patrick Weaver on December 16, 2012 at 4:40am — No Comments

Can Bad PMs Be Certified?

There's an interesting discussion on the LinkedIn PMI Career Central group about whether bad PMs can be certified.  I decided to comment. Check it out.

 

 

Added by Dana Safford on December 12, 2012 at 4:41pm — No Comments

Powerful rolling wave planning with LibrePlan

 

Introducing rolling wave planning

 

Rolling wave planning is a project planning technique that basically consists of elaborating progressively the project plan over time. It is common that on starting to plan a project the project manager does not have all the information needed to make an accurate and realistic planning. This usually happens with projects that have a significant duration.



Therefore, to plan the whole project with a high level of…

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Added by Javier Morán Rúa on December 12, 2012 at 11:15am — No Comments

Free eBook: How to kickstart your career in project management

If you're just starting out in the project management sector then you may be looking for some careers advice to help you progress further. Check out this free eBook produced by Knowledge Train, based upon feedback from their students, full of nuggets of advice to hopefully give you some direction in getting ahead in the project management sector.…

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Added by projectmanagement on December 12, 2012 at 8:55am — No Comments

5 Common Problems with Virtual Project Teams

Since I've been managing virtual teams since 1993, I commented on this…

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Added by Dana Safford on December 11, 2012 at 5:37pm — 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 managing an amusement park development project. You received the following estimates for site excavation and area development activity, which are critical to the success of your project. The most likely estimate is $100,000, the optimistic estimate is $90,000, and the pessimistic estimate is $120,000. What is the variance of the data?



A.)…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on December 11, 2012 at 4:55am — No Comments

5 Questions Project Managers must ask

Projects are inherently risky endeavours and require plenty of shepherding to ensure successful completion and the desired results. Key to successful project management is clarity of understanding on what you are trying to deliver. It is easier said than done. Different people can read the same requirements and have different impressions of deliverables. I’ve been thinking about some of the strategies I have used and seen successfully applied. Following is a set that I have found very…

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Added by Shoaib Ahmed on December 11, 2012 at 4:31am — 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 currently planning your project and identifying various project risks. One of the project tasks is new and unique. Neither you nor your company has ever carried out such a task. Which of the following information gathering technique is suitable for conclusively identifying risks associated with this new task?



A.) Delphi Technique

B.)…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on December 3, 2012 at 7:01pm — No Comments

The Cultural Dimension of Project Communication

The importance of understanding culture in designing successful communications to influence and inform stakeholders cannot be understated. Exactly the same words or diagrams can be interpreted differently depending on the culture of the receiver, but culture is multi-dimensional. Some of the facets that influence how information is received and interpreted include:

  • corporate culture – how the organisation works
  • industry/professional culture – the way people in a…
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Added by Patrick Weaver on December 3, 2012 at 5:24am — 2 Comments

December 2012 Promo

We are giving you an additional 20 days access to The PM Exam Simulator…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on December 2, 2012 at 8:29am — No Comments

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