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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…

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,…

Book review:  PMP: Project Management Professional Exam Study Guide
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Book review: PMP: Project Management Professional Exam Study Guide

I recently got a copy of the 5th edition of PMP Project Management Professional Exam Study Guide, which is the partner text to the Review Guide and has been fully updated for the 4th edition of the PMBoK. Kim Heldman’s book is a weighty text, coming in at over 600 pages and with another two…

Book review:  PMP: Project Management Professional Exam Review Guide
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Book review: PMP: Project Management Professional Exam Review Guide

PMP Project Management Professional Exam Review Guide has a practical, descriptive title – and it’s a practical, descriptive book.  Kim Heldman and Vanina Mangano have written this book specifically for those project managers aiming to sit their PMP exam.  It’s structured logically, taking you through the project lifecycle. The book starts with a review of…