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The PMP Exam Changes in 2013. Here’s What You Need to Know.

The fifth edition of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge: (PMBOK® Guide) was published in December of 2012. It is the latest edition of this global project management standard published by the Project Management Institute (PMI)®. The release of this new edition has consequences for anyone who is preparing for (or thinking about preparing for) the Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam.



In a nutshell: On July 31st 2013 the …

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on February 12, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments

Project management lessons learned from a vacation

After nearly a two month hiatus in blog posts, it is time to jump back on the horse. In that time, I have spent five weeks on vacation and either side of it two and a bit weeks in doing handover and picking the work back again. I thought it would be useful to share lessons I learned from this exercise.

Re-posted from my blog Project Management in Practice.…

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Added by Shoaib Ahmed on February 1, 2013 at 9:25pm — No Comments

The Planner as a Leader

The power of a written plan to influence outcomes cannot be underestimated. This works at the personal level and the business level. The only requirement is the people involved in making the plans happen need to be committed to the planned outcome.

 

If in doubt, the HARVARD STUDY Evidence that writing down your goals works should convince you:

 

Students in the 1979 Harvard MBA program were asked: ‘Have you set and…

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Added by Patrick Weaver on February 4, 2013 at 8:26pm — No Comments

Risk & Issue Management – First Hand

The current problems with the Boeing's 787 Dreamliner have reminded me of a personal experience a couple of years ago. On the 17th Dec. 2009 I was a passenger on an early A380 Qantas flight from Singapore toMelbourne that experienced a catastrophic engine failure after take off, that came close to destroying a wing, and of course we had to return to Singapore.

From a risk and issues management perspective, overall the Qantas response was very good. In flight the information provided…

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Added by Patrick Weaver on January 20, 2013 at 5:12am — No Comments

The Art of Project Management

Project Management is without a doubt a science, however science, to use a concept from Quantum Physics is still fluid in it's absoluteness.

"It is physically impossible to know both the position and the momentum of a particle at the same time. The more precisely one is known, the less precise the measurement of the other is" *

This is where project management becomes an art. We can plan for every eventuality except…

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Added by Adrian Lamond on January 24, 2013 at 8:33am — 1 Comment

PMBOK Guide Fifth Edition: Big-Time Changes That Will Impact Your PMP Exam Studies

I always thought that the PMI Standards Subcommittee that developed the fourth edition of the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (the PMBoK Guide) was light years ahead of the rest of us. Who else could update that standard to allow it to answer all of our project management questions as well as set the number of processes to provide “the answer to the great question of life the universe and everything”1[i].…

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Added by Dana Safford on January 2, 2013 at 5:00pm — No Comments

How to Suffer Successfully

How to Suffer Successfully, is the title of chapter four in Alain de Botton’s first book of philosophy, How Proust Can Change Your Life. The same idea is the theme of The Adversity Paradox by J. Barry Griswell and Bob Jennings.

The Adversity Paradox is full of inspiring examples of people who have suffered major adversity and have used the experience to improve their capabilities and gone on to outstanding success. The knowledge they gained from overcoming…

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Added by Patrick Weaver on January 6, 2013 at 4:18am — 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

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

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

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

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

Proof of Concept, Prototype, Pilot, Agile … confused?

Every industry sector has its own jargon that users or system developers use. IT is no different and plenty of words are used interchangeably that different stakeholders take to mean different things. This often makes for difficult conversations down the track. My colleague Nathan Heazlewood recently put in some effort in defining some of these. Thought he did an excellent job, well worth sharing.…

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Added by Shoaib Ahmed on November 30, 2012 at 2:03am — No Comments

The Demise of the Iron Triangle

The iron triangle was invented by Dr Martin Barnes in 1969 to demonstrate the connection between time, cost and output (correct scope at the correct quality) – see The Origins of Modern Project Management. The correlation remains but the concept of the triangle is fading and becoming more complex.

The problem with the triangle is whilst the three…

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Added by Patrick Weaver on November 23, 2012 at 2:12am — 5 Comments

How much do you think it'll cost?

How many times have you heard that? “Oh, I’m not going to hold you to this, but just a ball park figure?” Sounds even more familiar? And now the clincher, “You know our systems, surely you have an idea.” Trying to answer this sort of question from the client too soon causes enormous headaches in projects.

Re-published from my blog Project Management in Practice.…

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Added by Shoaib Ahmed on November 26, 2012 at 2:52am — 2 Comments

5 things a tech lead can do that a Project Manager cannot

I was talking to a former colleague and reminiscing about some of the projects we had worked together. He is still in a technical role and enjoying it. I have long since moved into project management and have been enjoying that. As friends would banter, we started talking about how our different roles give us different flexibilities and constraints in…

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Added by Shoaib Ahmed on November 21, 2012 at 3:31am — No Comments

How do I trade off between cost and capacity?

In every organisation that I have worked in there has never been any argument that additional capacity can help better delivery of projects. But seldom are organisations in a position of luxury to have additional resources, which may not be contributing to the bottom line. For every staff hire, there is an expectation of revenue if it is aprofessional…

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Added by Shoaib Ahmed on November 14, 2012 at 3:56am — No Comments

PMP Exam Tip: Leads, Lags and... Hammocks??

The terms leads and lags are used to identify and control the timing of various activities within the project. It is important to accurately document leads and lags.



Lead Time: Let's assume a project has two pieces that need to be completed at the same time. Work package A will take 4 weeks to complete, but work package B only takes one week. B would show in the project plan as a finish to start (FS)…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on October 20, 2012 at 5:14am — No Comments

The Ideologue, the Zealot, the Practitioner, the Secular and the Non-believer

I am preparing to deliver part of a day long project management workshop at a conference. As I was thinking through the content I wanted to cover and reading some references, the BBC was covering the …

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Added by Shoaib Ahmed on October 16, 2012 at 11:41pm — No Comments

Stakeholder Management with apologies to Dr. Seuss

When beetles battle beetles in a puddle paddle battle and the beetle battle puddle is a puddle in a bottle…

…they call this a tweetle beetle bottle puddle paddle battle muddle.

Excerpted from: Tweetle Beetles, ‘The Fox in Socks’, by Dr Seuss

The connection between a book written to be read to under 5s and business stakeholder management is the ‘puddle muddle’ otherwise known as the stakeholder pool. The challenge of managing…

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Added by Patrick Weaver on October 16, 2012 at 5:49am — No Comments

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