Effective project communications (3)

Posted on: October 7th, 2013 by Jim

As mentioned in my last post, PMI has recognized that a significant number of projects fail due to poor communications. So knowing that, our goal on the project is to prevent bad communications as much as possible, thereby reducing risk to the project. How can we do that? I will suggest a few things: -Communications […]

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Requirements to become a PMP

Posted on: September 27th, 2013 by Jim

I held a webinar yesterday to discuss what it takes to become a Project Management Professional (PMP). It always astonishes me how little people know about this, even including students who walk into my classes. Some of them have done zero homework and are greatly disappointed when they find out that yes, there are pre-requisites. […]

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Effective project communications (2)

Posted on: September 23rd, 2013 by Jim

In line with my recent post about communications, PMI has published a “Pulse of the Profession” report entitled, “The Essential Role of Communications.”  This report only serves to buttress the importance of excellent communications on a project. I’ll summarize some findings below:  The most crucial success factor in project management is effective communications to all stakeholders.  […]

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PMI study – Poor project performance leads to dramatically higher costs

Posted on: September 3rd, 2013 by Jim

The Project Management Institute published a paper (appears to be 2012) called, “PMI’s Pulse of the Profession: The High Cost of Low Performance.” The executive summary is this: “When organizations continue getting better at executing their projects and programs, they drive success. But when organization executives undervalue the benefit of effective project, program and portfolio […]

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Job growth in project management per PMI report.

Posted on: September 2nd, 2013 by Jim

Recently (March 2013), PMI published a report called “Project Management between 2010 – 2020.”  In the introduction it says, “Between 2010 and 2020, 15.7 million new project management roles will be created globally across seven project-intensive industries. … The enormous anticipated growth… will make the next seven years an opportune time for professionals and job-seekers […]

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Portfolio Management Certificate from PMI

Posted on: August 15th, 2013 by Jim

PMI has added a new certification in portfolio management. Other than as a cash cow, I don’t see why. According to the PMBOK, “Portfolio management refers to the centralized management of one or more portfolios to achieve strategic objectives.” This sounds to me very much like a senior management role. Question – do senior managers […]

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Effective project communications (1)

Posted on: August 6th, 2013 by Jim

Communications is one of the 10 Knowledge Areas that PMI covers in the Project Management Body of Knowledge. When I teach it, I tend to get on my soapbox about it, just because it’s so important. It’s my contention that the average person does not know how to communicate in any clear and consistent fashion […]

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PMBOK 4 to PMBOK 5 deeper drill (final)

Posted on: June 18th, 2013 by admin 2 Comments

  PMBOK 5 PMBOK 4 Work Performance Data. Raw observations and measurements including start and finish dates of schedule activities, percent complete. Work Performance Measurements. Planned vs. actual performance, earned value measurements such as SV and CPI     Work Performance Information. Work performance data collected, correlated and contextualized. Includes deliverables status, implementation status for […]

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PMBOK4 to PMBOK 5 deeper drill (4)

Posted on: June 18th, 2013 by admin

Some of the changes in the early sections of the book appear to be there for the purpose of justifying project management’s role as a business tool in adding value. PMO now described as having three types: supporting, controlling and directive Expands on the concept of operations management including operational stakeholders Adds a new section […]

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PMBOK 4 to PMBOK 5 deeper drill (3)

Posted on: June 15th, 2013 by admin

  Inputs, Tools and Techniques and Outputs that were removed Work performance measurements Project management estimating software Budget forecasts Proprietary quality management methodologies Run chart Stakeholder management strategy Forecasting methods Reporting systems Information distribution tools Planning meetings and analysis Risk register updates Status meetings Teaming agreements Risk-related contract decisions Contract types (these are now inputs […]

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PMBOK 4 to PMBOK 5 deeper drill (2)

Posted on: June 14th, 2013 by admin

Processes that changed names Old name                                                       New name Direct and Manage Project Execution Direct and Manage Project Work Verify Scope Validate Scope Plan Quality Plan Quality Management Perform […]

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