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Archive | 3. Project Management Certifications

There are project management certifications for beginning project managers, experienced project managers, program managers, project team members and project executives including sponsors, users, and stakeholders. There also industry specialty certifications such as IT project management, construction project management, business/marketing project management, healthcare project management and consulting project management. Each of these certifications provides best practices skills along with special skills needed for that particular industry.
The Project Management Institute (PMI) offers internationally recognized certifications for people who are new to project management (CAPM Certification) and those who are experienced project managers (PMP Certification).

Parametric Estimating

Parametric estimating is one of the most accurate techniques for determining a project’s costs and duration. Luckily, parametric estimating is relatively easy to implement. You define the specifications of each deliverable and then research published information about how many hours of work are required for each unit of the deliverable as well as the cost. The units could be linear […]

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Work Breakdown Structure WBS – Video

Work Breakdown Structure WBS: Deliverables or a “To Do” List? The work breakdown structure (WBS) provides the foundation on which a project manager works. The project manager uses the Work Breakdown Structure to control the project and the work of the team. The WBS also provides the checkpoints against which the project manager, the sponsor and […]

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Agile Project Management Methodology

What is Agile Project Management Methodology? There is lots of talk about an emerging approach to project management called “Agile Project Management Methodology.”  Understandably, some may confuse this with managing an AGILE software development effort as part of an organization’s  SDLC (Systems Development LifeCycle). All caps will be used to identify the software development methodology). […]

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PMP Exam – Are You Ready for Certification?

The PMP®, Project Management Professional, certification is a valuable credential for people who are job hunting or who want to gain credibility (and increased salary) with their current employer. The PMP® is an internationally recognized credential from PMI®, the Project Management Institute. On the job hunting front, the PMP® is often used as a résumé screening tool. Human Resources people often discard […]

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Project Launch – Sell the Project & Build Political Support

The project launch meeting is an opportunity for you, the project manager, and the sponsor to build enthusiasm for the project among the project team and the project stakeholders. The team members are the people who will be doing the project work. The stakeholders are the people affected by the project. Other attendees are managers affected by the […]

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Project Plan Blunder #2 – Turf Wars

A project sponsor is meeting with the department managers who are her subordinates. She’s called them together to tell them their company is receiving terrible publicity. Their horrid customer service has made the front page of the local paper. She needs them to create a project plan to improve their customer service. The sponsor explains that they need an integrated effort. Each […]

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Cost-Benefit Analysis in Project Initiation

Cost-benefit analysis is a simple technique for comparing the business value a project will produce with the cost of producing it. Project managers use cost-benefit analysis in the project initiation phase to show the value of doing a project. During project initiation, the sponsor and project manager must justify the project to get the organization’s approval to spend the […]

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Improve Team Performance – Video

The need to Improve Team Performance is always a challenge for project managers. This  often includes dealing with an individual team member’s poor performance. Sometimes bringing about performance improvement is straightforward. First, the project manager identifies the behavior that is causing the performance problem. Next, the project manager communicates what he/she thinks is causing the problem. Then they suggest a […]

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health care basics

Individual Online Mentoring Thru the Course & A Year Afterward $1,995 Healthcare managers and beginning project managers learn the basics of project management. Practice managing a project step-by-step with your instructor. Healthcare Project Basics Online Course Tuition $1,995 Talk to a Counselor 1-303-596-0000 Our Credentials We have been training project managers for over 25 years Our courses have […]

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Healthcare 131 Project Basics

Individual Online Mentoring Thru the Course & A Year Afterward $1,995 Healthcare managers and beginning project managers learn the basics of project management. Practice managing a project step-by-step with your instructor. Healthcare Project Basics Online Course Tuition $1,995 Talk to a Counselor 1-303-596-0000 Our Credentials We have been training project managers for over 25 years Our courses have […]

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Business Strategy

Project managers, especially those who manage medium and large size projects, must understand how their project fits into the business strategy of the sponsoring executive and the organization. To do a good job of planning and managing a new project, the project manager can’t focus on just the technical issues of plans, schedules, budgets and change orders. What is the Business […]

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CAPM Exam – Pass The First Time

Passing the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) exam the first time and earning the CAPM® credential, requires you to pass a rigorous 3-hour exam from the Project Management Institute (PMI)®. You have to answer questions about the project management processes, definitions of the inputs, outputs, tools and techniques and the basic mathematical formulas used in project […]

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Project Management Plan – Video

Knowing how to create a Project Management Plan is tricky. The size of the project is not important. People mistakenly think that longer project plans are better than shorter ones. They think the plan’s word count reflects the amount of thinking that’s gone into the document. The opposite is usually true. In our 25+ years […]

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Project Feasibility – Video

Many organizations require project sponsors and their project managers to prepare a project feasibility assessment of new projects before they are authorized to proceed. Organizations can call them by different names but the project feasibility assessment is part of the project approval process. It’s basically a justification for the project. The review by management committees is the only […]

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Project Launch – Video

Project launch, also called project initiation, is a critical phase of every project. If it is not done properly, the odds of the project’s success drop significantly. The purpose of the launch/initiation meeting is to build team member and stakeholder enthusiasm for the project. The project manager must also communicate the key strategic issues for the […]

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Project Sponsor Types: Political Operator – Video

There are many project sponsor types. Some are focused only on delivering business value to their organization and have excellent strategic vision. They know how to support the project manager and the team so they can be highly effective. Unfortunately, not all project sponsor types operate like this. There are a number of project sponsor types […]

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Project Closeout

Project closeout is a best practice in project management because it pays so many dividends for a relatively small time investment.  It’s tough when you’ve just finished a project and no one feels like having another meeting to talk about what went right and what went wrong. We can ease the burden on our project […]

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PMP How to Pass First Time

How to Pass the PMP Exam the First Time has changed as the Project Management Professional (PMP®) exam has evolved and become more difficult. (To take  the PMP Exam you must document at least 4,500 hours of experience managing projects.) Don’t have that much? Certifications with NO PM experience required: Project Certification,  IT Certification,  Construction Certification,  Healthcare Certification, […]

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Certified Associate Project Manager (CAPM)®

One path for beginning your project manager career is getting the Certified Associate in Project Management CAPM® credential. This is an internationally recognized certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI)®. This credential is an effective resume-builder because you learn the language of project management and its processes, techniques, terms and definitions.  Project Manager Certifications Main Page There is no project management […]

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Small Project Planning Techniques

Small Project Planning Techniques are often difficult to do well. That’s because new project managers often make the mistake of trying to apply every technique in their project management textbook. They wind up burying small projects under too many meetings and too much paperwork. There are just a few Small Project Planning Techniques that you need to use for success […]

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Large Project Planning Techniques

When your success as a project manager leads to larger assignments, you should learn and be ready to use these Large Project Planning Techniques.  Planning larger projects requires different techniques than those that are successful fro small projects . When you started your career in project management, the projects were small and planning was relatively easy. […]

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Project Management Certifications

Project Management Certifications: Functional and Specialty You can earn Project Management Certifications in functional and specialty areas in addition to the certifications offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI)® and PRINCE2®. Project managers should include those options in planning their career skills and credentials for advancement. Project Management Certifications: What Functional and Specialty Certifications are Available? Project managers can […]

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Project Phases – Video

Managing a project is a sequence of steps that are called the project phases. This is not to say that there aren’t surprises and it certainly doesn’t mean there’s only one thing happening at a time. But there are identifiable project phases that are planned and executed. The project manager and sponsor must reach agreement […]

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Project Approval

 Project Approval Process The project approval process varies from organization to organization. In some, it is a rational process of strategic and tactical planning. In others, it is a highly charged political game where project managers keep their backs to the wall to avoid a dagger from behind. Whatever the environment, there are two classic […]

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Project Manager Certification

Earning a project manager certification is one of the paths into a project management career. It can lead to the upper levels of project, program and portfolio management. Getting into project management for people with a some experience is easier if you have earned your first project management certification. That certification could be in a specific industry […]

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How To Initiate Projects

Projects fail when executives and stakeholders initiate projects like they’re ordering lunch at the drive-through window of a fast-food joint. In this situation, you, the project manager, can’t control the scope so the project finishes late and produces very little business value. Consistent project failure usually starts when PMs and sponsors initiate projects with fast food order-taking techniques. […]

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Keys to Successful Project Scheduling

Every project manager does project scheduling. Some do it on a yellow note pad, others use an Excel spreadsheet and still others use software specifically designed for project management. Some project managers have very little data to help them successfully managing their projects, deal with change orders or respond to variances. They may not even […]

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