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PMP Application Audit – Quick Tips

1- If your Application is audited by the PMI By applying to take the Project Management Professional (PMP) exam you also automatically agree to comply with the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) audit terms. The PMI clearly writes about this in the PMP Credentials Handbook.  If you get audited you will be notified by Email: If
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Five Steps To Tell Your Boss That Your Workload Is Too High

Approaching and communicating issues with your boss or supervisor can always be challenging for even the most experienced Project Manager.  Finding the right time, the right words and the right solutions so they understand your perspective can be extremely daunting. With regards to the topic of workload, it can be a very loaded subject to address. 
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Using iPad or iPhone for Your PMP Exam Prep

There are many ways to prepare for the PMP Exam. Mobile devices such as iPad have a number of unique features that provide for interesting possibilities in eLearning. As a completely portable learning tool, the iPad can be your best companion to keep you focused on your certification objectives anywhere you go. A new study by
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Leading By Example for Project Managers

“What you are speaks so loudly, I can’t hear what you are saying” – Ralph Waldo Emerson This quote really can get you thinking about how other’s perceive you by your actions, and you might start asking yourself a number of questions, such as “am I a very good example, not only to those at
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Net Present Value (NPV) Made Simple

Net Present Value (NPV) concept just means that money now is more valuable than money later on. Why? Simply because you can use money to make more money! You can either start a business with money, or simply put it in the bank to earn interest ! Imagine that your parents just won the lottery
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How to Avoid and Deal with Turnover on your Project Team

Turnover.  The mere mention of just this single word can conjure up images of chaos, confusion, stressed out coworkers, and project tasks that simply slip within the cracks.  Employee turnover can make it almost impossible for project teams to produce high-quality work products that meet the needs of both customers and the organization.  What’s more,
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Project Management Applications For Small Businesses

If you manage a small business or project, using email communications, Excel spreadsheets and company hard drives for managing and storing project information might be okay on a temporary basis, but as the number of your projects grow (and your number of collaborators grow with it) you’ll need to consider a more sophisticated system to incorporate
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Work – Life Balance in Project Management

As a Project Management Professional (PMP) are you feeling the grind of your work and personal life commitments?  Trying to get everything done within a 24 hour day, 7 days a week, week after week, can be challenging and tiring.  Contending with multiple projects, criss-crossing the globe with travel, stressful meetings and negotiations, plus adding
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How to Avoid the Pitfalls of International Holidays on your Projects

Time to gear up and get your schedules all organized. It might sound pretty simple, but it takes some planning and forethought to keep it all straight and to make sure you aren’t leaving anyone out or forgetting about anyone’s specific cultural holiday observances. As we become more culturally diverse and grow with more global
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Critical Thinking in Project Management

Whether you passed your Project Management Professional (PMP) certification exam or not, as a project manager you are constantly making decisions and probably face an onslaught of demands in all directions. Not everyone excels in critical thinking.  It can be tricky and it is definitely a skill that is developed and honed by practice, not through
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Moving From a Technical Position To Project Management In 10 Easy Steps

Getting pigeonholed is a killer when it comes to career advancement – especially if you’ve spent the last 5 to 10 years progressing through the ranks in a technical position. Moving into a managerial position seems an unattainable dream, particularly when you consider that only about 20% of major organizations actually operate leadership development programs
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Meetings, Meetings and More Meetings…

Over-scheduling of meetings is an extremely common complaint these days.  It seems like meetings can be on a continuous loop with no end in sight some days.  You go from meeting to meeting with no time to do your actual work. If your team members complain that they spend too much time in meetings, it’s
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Managing Multiple Projects in 10 Easy Steps

In today’s hectic workplace, where “lean” is the buzzword of the day, it’s rare for a Project Management Professional (PMP) to be able to concentrate on only one project at a time. In most companies, project managers are expected to juggle between multiple projects, without letting anything fall through the cracks. While this can be
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Opening Lines of Communication for Project Managers

If you are new in project management or if you’ve had some bad experiences communicating with colleagues, suppliers or clients, spend some time (and take an online training) about effective communication skills. It can greatly enhance your skills, and it will definitely pay off in the long run. Communication, rather effective communication, involves a lot
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Working with Difficult People for Project Managers

Let’s face it, conflict is a fact of life. Unfortunately, it’s also a fact of working with many people when you are a Project Manager in a medium or large size organization. Avoiding people who cause conflict only works where you don’t have to work with them in the future. For the rest, it’s necessary to
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Getting Status Updates on Your Projects

Receiving regular and reliable status updates from team members and sub-suppliers is critical for a Project Manager.  It allows you to strategically plan, identify any possible risks or delays early on, and to proactively make changes or mitigate potential problems before it becomes too late. However, establishing a framework to deliver clear, concise and a
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Training vs. Mentoring in Project Management

While learning a new skill whether it be a new fitness workout routine or for a new job or career change, it is important to be properly trained and mentored. Enrolling in a training program or mentorship can be an extremely valuable means to increase your knowledge and excel in your project management career. It
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Cultivating Productive Working Relationships For Project Managers

No two people are alike and nor do people do things exactly like.  Their needs, motivators, understandings and perspectives are as diverse as the world around us.  Sometimes this gets easily forgotten when you’re managing others and busy juggling multiple demands.  As well, it is easy to place your expectations and way of doing things
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