Category: People

Interview with Function Point CEO Chris Wilson

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What is Function Point? Who uses it?

Function Point is a finance first project management solution. It’s designed to be an all-in-one tool connecting each stage of a team’s workflow—spanning CRM, resource management, invoicing and accounting. It’s primarily used by creative agencies, internal marketing teams and professional service firms.

What makes Function Point different? Why should customers give you a try?

Our financial focus is actually quite unique within the industry. Function Point’s software isn’t just for tracking deadlines and assigning tasks. It actually helps you figure out inefficiencies in your workflows, identify projects that are at risk of being late or over budget, and highlight where you’re making and losing money. The software provides these insights by tying all the stages of your project and all of your workflows together with an accounting system. Read the Complete Article

Interview with Resit Gulec, Founder & CEO of Master of Project Academy

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Resit Gulec – CEO of Master of Project Academy

Question #1: What is Master of Project Academy, When was it founded?

Master of Project Academy was founded in 2012, as a blog, posting Project Management and IT Service management articles. With the increasing interest and demand coming from our visitors, we prepared and published our first course, Microsoft Project Training, in September 2014. This course became popular quickly and appreciated by Microsoft as well!

We received a huge and increasing interest over time and prepared and published over 40 courses since 2014. Master of Project Academy delivers 100% online and self-paced certification courses mainly for IT and Business professionals. It is the world’s #1 affordable and flexible certification training provider.

Last December, Master of Project Academy surpassed 50,000 members from more than 170 countries and is keeping its exponential growth month-over-month. Read the Complete Article

Kevin Ciccotti – Advancing the Human Factor in PM

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kevin ciccottiProject management methodologies have helped countless organizations in effectively managing projects in a logical way. It has aided teams achieve objectives by providing the right guidance in the analysis of requirements, planning of the right sequence of tasks, and periodic checking of progress. However, all work is accomplished by people, who as human beings operate in a different way from work organizations, having emotions and creating relationships. Unfortunately, project methodologies offer little practical guidance in these areas. And here is where Kevin Ciccotti can come in to offer his brand of help.

Introducing Kevin Ciccotti

Kevin Ciccotti has over 25 years of working experience, 16 of which are in management position, for gaming and video manufacturing company IGT. He has also taught graphic design courses in Truckee Meadows Community College where he has received his degrees in Graphic Design and Business Management. Read the Complete Article

Thomas Kennedy – The PM Coach

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thomas kennedyIn the past, stakeholders not familiar with project management see it as a bunch of paperwork that gets in the way of getting things done. Now, the general opinion has significantly changed. Unless an organization is practicing some kind of PM methodology, it will have very slim chances of accomplishing anything of value. The business landscape has changed and is constantly shifting due to a variety of global and market influences. In these times of social media connection, professionals and organizations are always looking for guidance and clarification about the latest and the relevant in the field of project management. One such person providing guidance and coaching is Thomas Kennedy, the PM Coach.

Introducing Thomas Kennedy, PMP

Thomas Kennedy received his Certificate in Project Management from the University of Phoenix, and a Bachelor of Science in Business from Colorado State University. Read the Complete Article

Sameer Bhatia – E-Learning Visionary of the Knowledge Age

sameer bhatiaThe 21st century heralds a new period after the so-called Industrial Age of the 20th century. According to education and learning experts, this new Knowledge Age brings forth changes in how knowledge is defined and used. Knowledge is not limited anymore to information that is developed and stored in the minds of experts and inside books, but seen as some form of energy or system that does things and make things happen. With these changes come also new patterns of work, business practices, new kinds of workers and special skills that are required. Knowledge management and its proper planning, thus, becomes an essential part or platform of the educational institution and business organization. One successful proponent of this is Sameer Bhatia.

Introducing Sameer Bhatia, Business Owner/Founder

Sameer Bhatia is the founder and CEO of ProProfs.com, a provider of online learning tools for building, testing and applying knowledge. It is a privately held international company with head office in Los Angeles, CA, USA. Read the Complete Article

Johanna Rothman – The Pragmatic Manager

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Johanna RothmanSome companies find themselves in trouble with their product development or software projects because the conditions when they started are not the same anymore just several months after. Indeed, several factors are causing a dramatic shift in the commercial and industrial landscapes, such as IT innovations, tighter regulations or decreasing market share. Those who are not ready for this shift are finding themselves swamped with more work than they can accomplish. Projects are late, people are getting frustrated and leaving the organization, and customers are disappointed with the products or services. Owners and managers know there are issues, but do not know where or how to fix them. In these situations, Johanna Rothman can be of great help.

Introducing Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant, Business Owner

Johanna Rothman is the owner of Rothman Consulting Group, Inc. Read the Complete Article

Gary Lloyd – Lean Project Management Specialist

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gary lloydA project is a temporary endeavor in contrast to repetitive, permanent functional activity or operation. Every project is unique in some way, so mastery of successful delivery is difficult. Project management makes successful delivery achievable, and one way of defining its success is by measuring its performance and delivery against the triple constraints of scope, time and cost. Unfortunately, many projects fail to be delivered on time, on budget, and on scope, and the few projects that do, often fall short of stakeholders’ expectations. However, there is a better way to run projects and make them successful, according to Gary Lloyd.

Introducing Gary Lloyd, Principal Consultant

Gary Lloyd is a project and programme management specialist from London. He is the owner and principal consultant of Double Loop Consulting Limited. Read the Complete Article

Stacy Goff – Envisioning A World Where All Projects Succeed

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stacy goffJust like the business landscape, project management landscape is changing. Expectations from a project manager ten years ago are totally different from the project manager of today. Project success rates are changing for the better, according to data collected by the Standish Group. Still, less than one-third of all projects were successfully completed on time and on budget in 2012. The Harvard Business Review reported in 2011 that one in six IT projects has a cost overrun of 200 percent, and in 2012, failed IT projects amounted to loses between $50 and $150 billion to the US economy, states the Gallup Journal. However, Stacy Goff believes that with the proper PM learning, products and services, a world in which all projects succeed is a conceivable one.

Introducing Stacy Goff, PM Per4mance Coach

Stacy Goff, PMP, is a veteran project manager of 15 years for the state of Oregon before becoming the Principal and current President of ProjectExperts that started in 1982. Read the Complete Article

Dr. David Hillson – Helping Others Deal with Uncertainty Effectively

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dr david hillsonProject risk management is one of the ten knowledge areas that a project manager must be proficient, according to the PMBOK. Risks have a negative connotation, and people would want to manage them, mitigate their effect, or completely avoid them, especially in projects. Too risky, people express. However, risks do not exist in a vacuum, according to Dr. David Hillson. Risks only begin to exist once people, and projects, begin to have objectives. Risks are uncertain by nature, but a risk and an uncertainty is not the same. In the simplest terms, a risk is an uncertainty that if it occurs, could affect one or more objectives. That is why it is important to identify which uncertainties are risks, and which are not, states Dr. Hillson, aka the Risk Doctor. Read the Complete Article

Robert Wysocki – Strategic Leadership

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The growing changes in Project Management place a huge demand on companies and forces them to be more productive and more effective. Every project manager, whether at the junior or senior level, has to find a way to implement these changes in their undertakings. Only an experienced professional, who has a solid base in Project Management, knows every new direction in modern PM, and is well versed in its application, can make a difference. One of these veterans, Robert Wysocki, has built comprehensive approach to Project Management, incorporating traditional, agile and extreme PM techniques, the Enterprise Project Management Model, Kanban and Scrum methodologies. For every project, he offers experienced guidance through his books, trainings and consultations. His comprehensive approach can bring almost every project to success.

Introducing Robert Wysocki

Robert Wysocki has a B.A. Read the Complete Article