PMP®

Project Management: Stress Vs. Panic

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Several strategies can be deployed to help PMOs avoid lapsing into panic when the pressure mounts, whether it’s because of an emergent problem or because there simply seems to be too much to do. Knowing where to draw the line is key when balancing stress levels.

6 Things PMP®’s Should Stop Doing

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Project management teams are comprised of driven, high performing people. In short, they get a lot done. But along the way some PMP®s have also picked up efficiency-sapping habits. If you’re a busy PMP® looking to maximize your efforts, see if you’re doing any of these 6 things. 1 – Creating new workflows for every…

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WHO IS THIS PROJECT ABOUT?

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Is the project about the stakeholder, or about you? With everything PMO teams invest in each project they oversee, it’s sometimes difficult to separate themselves from the needs and desires of stakeholders. This deep connection with a project’s achievables, when it becomes overbearing, may interfere with advocating for stakeholder requests and responding to concerns. Being…

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6 STEPS TO BETTER COLLABORATION

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Project management teams rely on collaboration to accomplish nearly everything they do. Unfortunately, heavy workloads can dampen a PMO’s ability to maintain productive relationships across the various sub-groups. People slip into silos and partnerships dwindle. Fortunately, there are a number of things the project office can do to keep collaboration alive. If teamwork is slipping…

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WHY DON’T PMP®s PURSUE TRAINING?

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Continuing education is crucial in the project management sector. Best practices are always evolving, new thought leadership is always emerging, and PMO teams are always tackling projects that require new skills and expertise. Unfortunately, project management training isn’t always at the top of the priority list. There are many reasons PMP®s may not chase down…

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CREATE STRONG PROJECT PERFORMERS

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Project management teams are always looking for high-achieving employees, but experienced PMP®s are in heavy demand and recruiting them can often be difficult and time consuming. What if you could look inside the PMO instead, and transform your existing team members into the strong performers you need? With some careful planning and a commitment to…

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PROJECT MANAGEMENT AFTER THE CAMPAIGNING STOPS

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The discipline of project management shares some common traits with political campaigns. PMO members often pull together metrics and statistics to help illustrate the benefits of specific project outcomes, while candidates craft messages that support their (or their party’s) platform. Stakeholders ruminate on the options. The public considers which candidate will receive their vote. Eventually,…

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SPOT PROJECT BOTTLENECKS NOW, AVOID PROBLEMS LATER

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It’s no secret that bottlenecks are efficiency killers. But while many potential areas of congestion are identified and weeded out as part of routine project office improvement efforts, there remain many places in every project, and even within the PMO itself, where bottlenecks can still lurk. Some might cause recurring issues while others may only…

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SAY “NO” WITHOUT BURNING BRIDGES

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Sometimes project management teams just have to say, “No.” Requests by stakeholders can’t always be accommodated (for good or bad), no matter who they are. But whether it’s an issue with resource availability or a request that doesn’t fit into the organization’s overall objectives, there are some strategies that will help PMOs decline stakeholder requests…

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WORKING WITH WALLFLOWERS

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Project offices benefit from having a wide range of personalities on the team. Different people bring different dispositions and interaction styles. But sometimes those various personalities can also bring challenges. One common obstacle is how to help those project management professionals who are naturally introverted or shy be more engaging—with their colleagues as well as with…

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