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Review: uCertify’s PMI-RMP Prepkit
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Review: uCertify’s PMI-RMP Prepkit

This is a review of the PMI-RMP Prepkit course version 5, first published in 2018. If you are planning to take the PMI Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP)® credential, then you’d be advised to get yourself some study materials. After all, the Practice Standard for Project Risk Management doesn’t exactly make riveting reading, and PMI itself…

Book Review: Practical Project Management for Agile Nonprofits
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Book Review: Practical Project Management for Agile Nonprofits

I was a volunteer. I lost count of how many hours of community service I donated over 13 years of providing first aid cover at school fetes, amateur dramatic theatre productions, Remembrance parades, or in teaching others. But I don’t volunteer any more. Instead, I have a standing order that pays an amount to charity…

How PRINCE2 has helped big business

How PRINCE2 has helped big business

This is a guest post by Peter Richards. When considering investing in a training course for yourself, a single staff member or your team, it’s crucial to consider the applications of that course. While PRINCE2® is a carefully-accredited training course, whose original two levels of Foundation and Practitioner have attracted favourable reviews from all over…

Project work is growing, but the profession is struggling to keep up
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Project work is growing, but the profession is struggling to keep up

Project-related work and the number of project-related jobs are growing too quickly for our approaches to professionalism to keep up. You don’t have to look to hard to see that the world of work is becoming more focused on projects. I don’t think it’s just project professionals who would say that – business leaders are…

Is project management training really effective?

There’s a whole industry around certification training for project managers. Job adverts declare that you have to be PMP® certified or a PRINCE2® Practitioner. But does training actually make a difference to how you do your job? Training can make you about 26% more effective, according to research by PM Solutions (link broken as at…

Villanova Friday, Week 8: 3 Steps to Build Resiliency in Project Teams
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Villanova Friday, Week 8: 3 Steps to Build Resiliency in Project Teams

It’s the last week of the Maximising IT/IS Team Effectiveness course that I am taking with Villanova University. The focus this week has been on managing others and establishing an environment that moves others through change. One of the lectures was on creating resiliency in your project team. Why do we need resiliency? IT projects…

Villanova Friday, Week 7: Damage Control
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Villanova Friday, Week 7: Damage Control

This week on the Maximizing IT/IS Team Effectiveness course I am taking with Villanova University we looked at managing expectations. There was a whole lecture on damage control, which could have been subtitled When Project Managers Lie About Progress. I once worked with a contract project manager who routinely reported that all his tasks were…

Villanova Friday: Week 1:  Understanding Your Leadership Style

Villanova Friday: Week 1: Understanding Your Leadership Style

I’m taking a course with Villanova University called Maximising IS/IT Team Effectiveness. This is Week 1, and already I’m overwhelmed. The first time I log in, there are already messages on the message board, documents to download and entries on the class roster. I can’t make the video lectures work despite reading the help files…

2011: The Year to Get Registered or Chartered?
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2011: The Year to Get Registered or Chartered?

APM has been campaigning for Chartered Project Professional status for some time. It hasn’t happened yet, and they have now brought out Registered Project Professional status. I think this is a watered-down version of being Chartered, and it might reflect their frustration at the Chartered process taking so long. APM Registered Project Professional (RPP) is…

Book review: Agile Project Management: A Mandate for the 21st Century
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Book review: Agile Project Management: A Mandate for the 21st Century

“[T]he time has come when we need to admit we (the program/project manager, business customer, product architect/designer, other stakeholders) do not know the solutions to the problems… and indeed, that “we” – our methods, our habits, our leadership styles, our assumptions – are part of the problem,” writes Karen R. J. White in her book,…