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What is the Agile Manifesto?

The Manifesto for Agile Software Development was created by a group of like-minded developers at a Utah ski lodge in February of 2001. Calling themselves the Agile Alliance, the manifesto these developers put together summarized the core tenets of the Agile Development methodology. The Agile Manifesto goes like this: We are uncovering better ways of […]

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Claiming PDUs by working as a project manager

I have some good news and some bad news. The bad news is this: unless you’re one of the elite rich, you’re probably going to have to work for a living. The good news is, if you’re a PMP certified project manager working in the field of project management, you can claim several hours of […]

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Is it worth getting PMP certified?

As a PMP (Project Management Professional) certified project manager, I frequently get asked a question that all PMPs have asked themselves at some point during their careers… is it worth getting PMP certified? Going through the process of taking the dreaded PMP examination is costly and complicated, and requires a great deal of preparation. Is […]

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A packing list for a business trip

If you’re working as a project manager, software trainer or business consultant, it’s likely that you have to travel from time to time to client offices for on-site client visits. I know I do – in fact, as I type this I’m sitting in Terminal 3 of Toronto’s Pearson Airport, preparing to board a plane […]

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Don’t forget the project management

I’ve been managing complicated international projects lately, with team members spread out in different locations in Europe, North America and Asia. This has meant lots of online meetings, a great deal of extra communication, and plenty of oversight. There is something to be said for managing projects where everyone on the project team is local […]

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How to manage your project mail folders

I don’t know about you, but I get a lot of email. It’s not unusual for me to come back to my computer after a few hours away and have fifty new messages in my inbox, much of it important (though much of it not). And the messages can concern a variety of different topics […]

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At the European street market

The other month I wrote about visiting a night market in Asia; in Penang, Malaysia to be specific. Today I’m going to talk about a different market, this one in Europe. Europe is famous for its local street markets – a lot of commerce goes on in the streets in the various countries of the […]

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Visiting an Asian night market

Last week I spent a week in Malaysia, in the city (and island) of Penang to be precise. While I was there I ate some great food, saw some historic sites, and even got to take a few close-up pictures of monkeys and their babies at the Penang Botanic Gardens. While I was in Malaysia […]

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April Fish in France

Now that I’m living here in Paris, I’ve learned that there are several differences between the way that we celebrate certain holidays in North America, and the way that people celebrate those same holidays here in France or throughout the rest of Europe. As the month of March came to a close, I wondered to […]

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Four more tips for world travelers

A while back I posted three tips for traveling the world. Today I’m going to introduce four more tips. And of course, I am always interested in hearing about even more tips for making traveling the globe more enjoyable; let me know if you have any! Tip 4: Travel light When you’re traveling, try not […]

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