Education, opinion, and fresh insights on Project Management by authors worldwide.
Lately, I have seen lot of arguments out there about why you shouldn’t get your PMP credential. Why it doesn’t matter, why it is too expensive to keep and maintain, and why you would be better off twiddling your thumbs than bothering to go for it. On top of that, I have also noticed an online presence that argues against an organized exam prep class for a variety of reasons."You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with." – Jim Rohn
Take a minute to stop and think: who do you spend the most time with? Write down the top five people with whom you spend the most time on a day-to-day basis. Once you have your list, ask yourself: who are these people? Are they ambitious, successful, and happy?
There once was a time when you could take management classes in school, become a manager, and move up in the leadership ranks of your company based on your ability to coordinate others’ knowledge and efforts to achieve strategic objectives. Those days are coming to an end.
However, is agile really a good fit for every project? This question is especially relevant to government projects, which may have very different requirements and constraints than projects in the private sector. In this article, we discuss some potential challenges for making government projects “agile” and suggest some ways to overcome these challenges. Far from being opposed to each other, agile practices and traditional PMBOK® Guide standards complement each other to make ANY project run more smoothly and produce better results.
Many projects team members do not work in the same location any longer - even those working in the government sector. And even if they are in the same location, team members rely extensively on virtual communication tools rather than face to face communication. Using communication and collaboration technology tools is the norm - and we’re not even addressing all the cool software tools designed specifically to manage projects.
How do you define career success, and how do you know when you’ve attained it? Perhaps there’s a particular salary level you’d like to reach, or maybe for you “career success” means working in your dream job. But think a little deeper. Say you get that dream job - what would it look like for you to reach your highest potential in that position? Here at Cheetah Learning, we tend to define “success” a little differently than the way most people use this term. With regard to our students, we truly believe that their success is our success.
This experience has led me to the conclusion that the invention of the Earl of Sandwich is an apt model for what can be the deciding factor in awarding a contract. But not just any sandwich-I’m referring to that classic from my native Philadelphia - the Cheesesteak. The Oral Presentation-Cheesesteak comparison is based on their three similar components: