Project Managers: Make Change Control Part of YOUR Formula for Success

by Margaret November 15, 2013 Change Management

As a new project manager it was glaringly obvious to me that my success was largely dependent upon customer satisfaction. I knew that I needed strong collaborative relationships with my customers. I needed them to respect me and trust me to get the job done. I needed them to help keep the project priority high [...]

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Use YOUR WBS to Build Team Strength

by Margaret November 5, 2013 Leadership

We Build Strength (WBS). I realize you know that from a traditional project management perspective the correct words behind the acronym WBS are work breakdown structure. Now since you are going to follow best practices and create a WBS as you plan your project; why not consider using it as a team building exercise? Team [...]

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New to Project Management? Avoid these Common Mistakes

by Margaret October 18, 2013 Communication

Today’s thoughts on mistakes that project managers make come to us from Pam Warren. Since overcoming life-changing injuries from the Paddington Train Crash of 1999, Pam has become a master of re-invention and a catalyst for change not just in her own life but in the lives and work of others. Building on her skills [...]

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The PMBOK Guide® Changed Now What?

by Margaret September 16, 2013 Becoming a PM

Let’s start by acknowledging that this is not new information. The current and fifth edition of The Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge® became available to us in January. Why talk about it now? Well… some of you have asked some really good questions. Basically it comes down to this, “So there is [...]

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Why YOU Spend 90% of YOUR Time Communicating

by Margaret August 15, 2013 Communication

“A Project Manager spends 90% of his or her time communicating.” Really? Yes really! “But if I spend all day talking on the phone and sending texts and emails and attending meetings when I am supposed to get my other work completed?” THAT is a question that many students ask me when this topic comes [...]

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The Best Agile Certification Training

by Margaret July 22, 2013 Agile

A quick confession I ‘grew up’ in a waterfall world. All of my early projects used a waterfall methodology. Another way to describe this could be a step or stair step approach. We stepped through the phases. When we completed the initiation phase, we moved on to planning, then to design, then to construction. In [...]

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Managing Multiple Projects versus Multitasking

by Margaret July 8, 2013 Becoming a PM

  Are you a good at multitasking? You can test yourself right now using the Multitask Test, maybe you really are a multitasking star or maybe you should consider doing one thing at a time. Most of us do a better job when we can focus on one thing and then turn our attention [...]

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