Project management certifications

PMP vs. Agile: which certification is best?

On my post about the pros and cons of PMP certification, project managers (and wannabe project managers) often ask me: Which certification is best, PMP, or ScrumMaster (Agile) Certification? I myself am both PMP and ScrumMaster Certified, and the short answer that I give is that I believe they are both worth getting. If you’re […]

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How to file your work experience on the PMP application

I answer a large number of questions on my post about whether or not it’s worth getting PMP certified – a great many experienced and budding project managers are interested in knowing whether or not PMP certification is a good move for their careers. In general, I feel that if you’re a project manager, and […]

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Taking the PMP exam

How to study for the PMP exam

As a PMP (Project Management Professional) certified project manager, I often get asked by other project managers (or by others who are interested in getting into the field of project management) what the PMP examination is like, how difficult it is to pass, and how I prepared for it. Even outside the field of project […]

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Pancake races on Shrove Tuesday

What is Shrove Tuesday?

Today is the Tuesday before the beginning of Lent; in England, today is called Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Tuesday. While some sources mention that Shrove Tuesday is commonly celebrated in other English speaking countries, I’ve spent most of my life living in either Canada or the United States and I’ve never heard to it referred […]

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Project Management on Pinterest

Project Management on Pinterest

Lately I’ve been getting into using Pinterest, a social networking site designed to allow users to collect and share information by “pinning” things that they find useful or interesting onto “boards”; pages within a user’s hierarchy of pages dedicated to a topic of the user’s choice. You can also collaborate on boards; multiple authors can […]

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A PMP engineer

Should engineers get PMP certified?

The other day a lady serving as a technical lead at a software company approached me to ask a few questions about PMP certification. Her company had volunteered to sponsor her to undergo the lengthy process of preparing for and taking the PMP examination on the road to getting PMP certified. However, she wasn’t sure […]

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A scrum dashboard

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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PMP certification

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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Canadian flag backpack

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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