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I believe that everyone can learn from the experiences of others. In this article, I will share how I planned for and studied in order to pass the PMP exam. I followed these five steps:
1. Choose Your Preparatory Course
You need to search for at least three training centers and compare the material, benefits and costs. After that, choose the best cost/benefit for you. I recommend Master of Project Academy.
2. Choose Your Study Material
Pay attention when choosing the material. You will have a lot of options of books, courses, blogs and specialized websites that will offer everything about the PMP certification. You should choose, at maximum, three books because you will not have time to read more than that. When I studied for the exam, I used preparatory course materials, with books and simulation exams. Read the Complete Article
Clarizen, an award-winning work collaboration solution, announces an important update. Now available to all users, Portfolio Optimizer enables better forecasting by aligning projects with business objectives. Also added, improved JIRA integration and Sharepoint. Finally, Clarizen cleaned up the navigation bar, calendar view, summary card, and the system for favoring items.
Clarizen created this addon to more effectively align resource allocation with planning. Using weighted business objectives and financial metrics, Portfolio Optimizer tests workload allocation and financial resources. Teams across an organization collaborate on the planning, and the optimizer provides quick and visible viability reports. Once approved, plans move easily from the sandbox to production. All of the attached profiles, timelines, and reports automatically follow.
2. JIRA and Sharepoint Integration
Projects originate from various sources, including an internal business need for a product or service upgrade, an external client request or some kind of demand in the market. Whatever the project’s origin, a project manager must have a great plan in order to execute that project well.
As a perpetual student, continuing to hone your project management craft, perhaps you’ve previously stopped by our website. If so, earlier this month, you may have come across the article “Top 5 Project Management Phases” written by Roli Pathak.
In her article, Roli mentions that there are different ideas about exactly how many stages or phases are needed or should occur in order to spell out each step in a project plan effectively so that things can run smoothly. She references the book titled Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) by the Project Management Institute, saying that it “points-out that the number of phases is determined by the project team and type of project.”
Further, she explains, that “project management is solely based on the idea that a project goes through a number a phases characterized by a distinct set of activities or tasks that take the project from conception to conclusion.” Roli provides an overview of an organizational strategy that includes the following 5 phases:
- Monitoring & Control
Exploring Phase #1 – Initiation
In this article series, we’re going to delve further into the details for each of these 5 phases of a project. Read the Complete Article
If you own a small business, you might need tools that can help you manage your projects on a strict budget. Fortunately, there are several project management tools that allow you to do that for free. While most of the tools on this list aren’t entirely free, they do offer freemium versions that enable business owners to run smaller ventures.
Here’re 8 of the best, so far.
If your business is just starting to spread its wings, use iCoordinator. This is project management software that you can use to collaborate with different members of your team, track tasks in real time and basically run a small business on a single platform. A freemium account on iCoordinator offers features like desktop files synchronization, email support, unlimited workspaces for 5 people and more. Read the Complete Article
With 90,000 companies using it, Smartsheet is the go-to cloud app for work management and collaboration. The August release enhances the card view, Sights, and formulas. Also included, a major revamp of attachments and discussions. Finally, this release fixes several bugs.
1. Sights Enhancements
Smartsheet recently made Sights available for purchase by Team and Enterprise plan users. With Sights, widgets are used to display your data sources and allow you to generate reports on the projects in progress. Now, Sights offers flexible sizing and placement along with a full-screen view. They also consolidated some widgets and aligned shortcuts.
Using a 15x15px grid, Sights users have precise control over the placement of data and images. Widgets can also be grouped and you can leave blank spaces. To simplify creating new sights, the metric and sheet data merged into a single Metric widget. Read the Complete Article
If you want to ensure that your employees are doing their best and thrive in the work environment, motivation is the best way to go. It’s a powerful technique as it makes people want to achieve the company’s objectives, and be first in everything they do. Motivation, however, decreases or even dies in a matter of days for various reasons, let’s look at some of these now. Then, we have a video for you that shows how easy it is to make motivation skyrocket in the workplace.
1. Keep The ‘Toxic’ People Away
Everyone has met a ‘toxic’ person at least once. They are very destructive and exhausting to talk to, let alone collaborate and build a business with. Because of their ability to suffocate the positive energy and spread negativity and pessimism around, avoid having such people in your company to keep the motivation at the right level. Read the Complete Article
For most projects, fire safety matters! Therefore, risk management should include being fully aware of how to create and maintain a fire-safe environment along with managing other risks associated to your project.
For project managers involved in projects where fire safety plays a crucial role in the planning stages, they should encourage improvements and creative thinking. This article highlights some suggestions and ideas for making sure that any of your upcoming project is as efficient as possible in regards to fire safety.
Assess, Assess and Then Assess Some More
First and foremost, you need to carry out a thorough assessment of the building or property. Some business owners will be able to do so by following the correct guidelines online, and being able to establish the minimum requirements that are necessary. Read the Complete Article
Each project caters to a defined and discerning audience. Therefore, project managers, just like any great musician, must know who they will cater to and communicate with, taking this into consideration when planning a project.
What do you think the reaction of an audience would be if they went to a concert expecting a classical music performance but were instead regaled by the sounds of a popular heavy metal rock band? Or, how do you think an audience would respond if they went for a hip-hop performance and a ballet ensued? Or, how do you think someone would feel if they found out that they had just missed a performance by their most favorite artist? Everyone above would feel confused, disappointed, and let down.
Consider the projects you manage as a performance. Read the Complete Article
People all over the world rely on Evernote to be productive. Unfortunately, Evernote falls short in its task and event management. TaskClone is a brilliant solution. A simple addon, TaskClone is a bridge between Evernote and more than 40 to-do and calendar applications.
Features, Benefits, and Strengths
- Tasks – TaskClone uses your to-do lists email function to copy over tasks. Simply add a checkbox in front of the action item in your note. Then finish the note and add a trigger tag (customizable in the TaskClone settings). The next time Evernote syncs, these items appear on your to-do list. Back in Evernote, you’ll see a skip code added to those items to prevent duplication. It is simple to authorize and set up, completely customizable and almost foolproof.
- Events – After you authorize TaskClone in your Google and Evernote accounts, it’s easy to turn notes into calendar events.
Microsoft Project 2013 is the only book for the Microsoft Official Academic Course, and is a guide for the Microsoft Project program. This book will show you how to manage resources, assignments, scheduling, and more via the Microsoft Project program. It facilitates project manager’s ability to be enhance their computer skills. Which, intern, can give them a competitive edge in the job market.
This book is 8.1 x 0.5 x 10.7 inches and has 384 pages. It is available in paperback and kindle version. Published in October, 2013 by Microsoft Official Academic Course, this book is available in English and is the first edition.
ISBN-10: 0470133120; ISBN-13: 978-0470133125
In this technological age, project managers should have excellent computer skills, and keep-up with the latest trends. Read the Complete Article