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Advice to Project Managers Changing Industries

The days of staying in one company for your entire career—let alone a single industry—are long gone. This is good news because it exposes you to a much bigger world and different ways of doing things. It can also be challenging if you decide to switch to a new industry. The following discusses the pros and cons of industry experience vs. project management experience, and offers ways to make the switch gracefully. The debate has been around for as long as Henry Gantt put two bars next to each other and called it a day. It gets people even more heated than discussing Apple vs. Windows, K...
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7 Non-Financial Benefits For Projects

Many project business cases focus on the financial benefits of doing the project: more products sold, the ability to save money somehow, cutting the company’s running costs or increasing profits. But those aren’t the only reasons to do projects. While it’s tempting to think that in a difficult economy, projects that make or save money float to the top of the priority list, there are a number of other good justifications for doing project work and over your career you’ll probably work on a number of initiatives that don’t rely on generating cash as their main rationale. Here are 7 ...
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More Conflict Management Tips For Projects

Is your project team a happy, harmonious place? Where nobody ever argues and everything is done with a smile? I’d be surprised if it was! In fact, there’s a common management model put together by Bruce Tuckman that shows the different stages that a team goes through when they come together for the first time – and there’s even a stage called ‘Storming’ which is where the team members clash and compete with each other! So it would be naïve to think that you will be able to avoid conflict on your project. It can take many forms, from executive stakeholders arguing at the Project...
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5 Reasons To Get the PMP® Credential

Thinking about going for PMI’s Project Management Professional (PMP®) credential? Recognized around the world it is a professional qualification that shows you know what you are doing when it comes to managing projects. However, it is a lot of work and you have to prove that you have experience in the field, so it can be time-consuming too. The effort involved in going through the application process and then studying for the exam does put some people off, but there are huge career and personal benefits to getting the PMP. Read on to learn more about 5 of the top reasons why project mana...
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4 Ways To Deal With Project Stress

Have you felt muddled, exhausted, emotional and worn out because of your project? That could be stress. It manifests itself in different ways with different people, so you might feel as if your confidence has dropped and that you are letting people on the team down, even though you can’t help it. It can also show itself through feeling as if you can’t switch off, so if you constantly check your smartphone for project updates through the night that can also be a sign that you are feeling overwhelmed with work. There’s no escaping it, projects can be very stressful environments, especia...
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Help Your Team See The Big Picture

We spend a lot of time putting our project management documentation together. It’s not an easy job and it almost hurts our feelings when others don’t take the time to read it or worse yet, ask questions that you know are answered in the document. The following sheds some light on reasons why this happens and what you can do to help others see your project documents in the same way you do…as works of art! A mosaic is a pretty interesting form of art. It’s where a pattern or picture is produced by arranging differently colored, small pieces of material such as stone, tile, or glass. Tech...
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3 Interview Questions You Need to Be Able to Answer

Interviewing for a project management position can be exhilarating and exhausting at the same time. There’s the potential for a lot of opportunity on the other side of the interview process if you are hired, but there’s also a lot of anxiety and stress as you meet with different interviewers. One way to reduce that anxiety is to be well-prepared. Here are three questions that may come out of left field, and which are good to have answers for. Once I’ve been hired onto a company and I’ve settled in for a couple of months, it’s always intriguing for me to dig into the details of why...
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3 Ways To Help A Struggling Colleague

Projects can be very stressful. I saw this for myself once when Martin (not his real name) started acting differently at work. The project we were assigned to had ambitious deadlines and he started to withdraw from discussions and become quieter than usual. Normally an outgoing, vibrant member of the team, I noticed that his behavior had changed. In particular, project tasks that he used to be able to do without worrying about them became a problem and he seemed to lack confidence in his own ability to do work to the right standard. As a result, he asked people to check his work more frequentl...
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Be A Project Management Volunteer

PMI credential holders have to undergo a program of continuing professional development. This makes sure that their knowledge is up-to-date and that they keep on building their skills over time. It’s a great way of staying current with developments in the field of project management but sometimes people find it hard to know what to do to get their Professional Development Units (PDUs). Volunteering is a simple and fun way to earn PDUs. And it’s free! PMP® credential holders can earn up to 45 PDUs in the ‘Giving Back to the Profession’ category (Category E) over the 3 year recertifi...
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6 Steps For Setting Up A PMO

A Project Management Office (PMO) is a beautiful thing. A PMO can bring order, structure, and peace of mind to your company. Yes, that’s right, peace of mind. The following article shows how this is possible and provides 6 steps for setting up a PMO in a relatively short period of time. Years ago, one of the companies I worked for had a number of project managers spread throughout the organization. One focused on network projects, another on projects for clients, and yet another on projects related to the software application the company built and maintained for customers. Plus, a smatte...
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