Project Management

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Tips and tricks for getting PMP Certified

After a few months of studying, I've got my Project Management Professional (PMP) certification in April this year. Although, at the beginning, the process for applying for the certification seemed extremely complicated, I didn't find it to be that hard. Since there don't seem to be many blogs on the Internet giving information about the actual experience of getting a PMP certification, I would like to share with you a few tips and tricks from my own experience. Hopefully, you will find them useful.

Six Symptoms of Poor Prioritisation

Prioritisation is crucial for effective project management in organisations. It is prioritisation that gains access to those resources required to get the project done. Without prioritisation there can be a continuous fight for resources and projects drag on and on. That is not to deny that some project managers are brilliant at getting projects done without priorities, using a range of relationship and influencing skills. Whilst this can lead to an individually successful project, it is questionable whether this is in the interests of the organisation. Without explicit priorities you do not know whether the project is really important enough in the wider scheme of things going on in the organisation.

The problem is that whilst we need clear priorities, project managers usually have no control over prioritisation. Priority decisions are made by other, often more senior managers – or more to the point, not made! A project manager may feel hopeless in this situation. But there are things you can do. You can lobby for clear prioritisation, and you can explain the impact of a lack of prioritisation to your managers. For this to be effective you first have to recognise the symptoms of it.

In this article I want to explore the symptoms of poor prioritisation. If this proves to be a topic of interest, in future articles I will look at what you can do about it.

5 Reasons Why Project Managers Should Use Facebook

I would like to continue the discussion started by Richard Newton on the challenge of managing offshore suppliers and talk about facebook and how to use it to manage your projects. After delivering several projects with only virtual teams, I've learned that facebook can be quite a useful tool, which helps you build relationships and know more about your project team and how to manage it. In this article I will explain what I think on this subject and share 5 reasons why project managers should use facebook.

Six tips for getting a new project management role

I am often involved in recruiting project managers for my clients. Project managers who clients hope will deliver the perfect project. What is it that makes me want to interview a project manager, and what CVs do I throw in the bin? At all times, but especially in tough times like the present, successful project managers are those who's skills are relevant to their customer’s needs. This is really important when it comes to changing your role. So, how do you make yourself appealing to that customer? Here are 6 simple tips that in my experience will increase your chances of getting that new job.

Tips for Managing Offshore Suppliers

Offshore suppliers are an increasingly important part of many projects, especially those involving software. Globalization and improvements in communications technology make worldwide virtual teams a cost effective way of delivering projects. If anything, this trend is increasing. How does this impact project managers? Read any of the major project management methods or bodies of knowledge. You will find nothing which cannot be applied to a globally based team, and nothing which indicates virtual teams are a problem to manage. Yet in reality, offshore teams create real challenges for project managers. In this article I explore these challenges and suggest ways to diminish them.

The Project Manager - Mastering the Art of Delivery

Project management literature is often very theoretical, dry and bores its readers very easily. Very few books are written in a direct, human tone which manages to capture attention until the end. "The Project Manager - Mastering the Art of Delivery", by Richard Newton, is one of these few positive examples. The book has a certain elegance about it, starting with its simple design, continuing with its content and the way the author communicates with his readers. Plus, it features some very thought provoking ideas.

The Prince2 Certification in a Nutshell

When I tell people that I am a Prince2 Practitioner I get replies like: "What's that?" or "Does that mean you are a master at some video games?". I bet you are asking yourself why take up a certification most people haven't heard of in the first place.

In this article I will try to give you a brief overview of Prince2, what it is about, how is it different than PMP, why and how to get your certification.

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