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Professional networking comes naturally for many people. They don't think about it or agonize about it, they just do it. They're the ones people listen to and whose names everybody knows. Take for example, my friend and colleague Cornelius Fichtner. Does that name ring a bell? If you are familiar with Project Management Podcast's or PMP Exam Prep it certainly should.
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Saturday, 15 December 2007 20:09

Chief Consultant

PMPal is a software tool for software project management and software metricsw tool. I has modules for software estimation (size, effort, cost & schedule), WBS, Defect Manager, Change Manager and software metrics that are adequate for a CMMI level 5 company
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Monday, 10 December 2007 05:09

Should Project Managers Retire?

The question is: "Should Project Managers Retire and, if so, what is the place for our project management elders amongst the project management community?" Having reached that age when one begins to think of leaving a "legacy", I was persuaded to attend a "Philosopher's Café". This assembly was arranged by our local university to discuss the subject of "The Place of Elders in an Ever-evolving Society". In his introduction, the facilitator observed that "In traditional societies the elders were respected for their knowledge and wisdom."
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 We have all been on projects where an understanding different stakeholder groups becomes a ‘touchy-feely’ process.  You have a gut feel for their tolerance for change, commitment, ability to influence and what they view as important.  Most of the time we are wrong but if we had some real data for these areas, then we could establish effective communications and begin to understand what challenges faced us during our project time line.

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 In part 1 of this blog, we talked about not all communication events were pushed out to the project stakeholders.  Let’s look at some different types of communications interventions that represent the information, ideas, topics and subject matter that flow to and from the stakeholders through formal communication channels.

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 Many of you have heard the old adage of “Communicate… Communicate… Communicate” as a preamble by a Project Manager at a project kickoff meeting?
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Tuesday, 28 August 2007 08:31

Get It Right or Forget It

Have you ever had a perfectionist on your team? They can be the perfect team member or a perfect pain. Here are some tips on how you can have a more perfect partnership.
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Tuesday, 21 August 2007 06:14

Project Planning:

Every year thousands of projects are completed over budget, out of scope and past deadline.  Still, with each passing year, project managers continue to rush into projects without due diligence in defining the project and creating a plan for project execution.  By lightly addressing these critical components they are, in essence, failing their projects before any work has even commenced.  So how can project managers efficiently execute a project plan while at the same time meeting the deadlines and expectations of senior management?

 

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Sunday, 12 August 2007 21:11

Point 12 - Deming in Project Management

Enable Pride of Workmanship

Deming claimed that the sense of having helped other people is the most significant motivator and source of job satisfaction. It is one of the biggest enablers for pride of workmanship.

Of the projects you have worked on, think about the ones you are most proud of. What is it that makes you look back and say, “Wow! Look what we did!!!”
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Sunday, 15 July 2007 13:13

35 Contact Hours

In order to apply for the PMP® Exam you will have to evidence "35 contact hours of formal education". The PMI explains this as follows in the PMP® Credentials Handbook :

"Verify at least 35 contact hours of specific instruction that addresses learning objectives in project management. Document all project management education hours, regardless of when they were accrued. The course work must be completed at the time of application. The course hours may include content on project quality, scope, time, cost, human resources, communications, risk, procurement and integration management."

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