Middle school science project display

Managing a school science fair project like an IT project

Our son is in middle school, and like many other middle school students in the United States, he was tasked with creating a school science project. I remember doing my own science experiments for science projects when I was a kid, and they could be quite stressful! You were given the daunting task of coming […]

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Filing PDUs with PMI

Earning PDUs by sharing project management knowledge

Are you PMP certified? Are you a blogger? Are you looking for a fun and easy way to earn Professional Development Units (PDUs) for your PMI certification? Did you know that you can earn up to 45 PDUs per 3-year cycle by sharing new project management knowledge that you have created? This means that if […]

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NASA rockets at LEGOLAND Florida

Project managers should have technical knowhow

A friend of mine works as a web developer at a local company. He is technically adept, and a go-to guy to solve technical problems faced by the company. Lately, he has been having some frustrations with some of the project managers on his team. He mentioned that the project managers he works with do […]

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Ask your Human Resources department

Is PMP certification valuable in your field? Ask Human Resources

Having written about the pros and cons of PMP certification, I get asked a lot of questions about whether or not the PMP is right for specific individuals. Often, a person will ask me some variation of the following question: “I’m a specialist in such-and-such a domain, living in such-and-such a country; is it worth […]

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Proof of PMP work experience

Applying to take the PMP exam without proof of work experience

One of the most popular posts found on this blog is my post about how to file your work experience when applying to take the PMP examination. In order to apply to become a PMP certified project manager, you need to have earned a certain amount of professional work experience. To be precise, you need […]

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Harp on shield

A St. Patrick’s Day limerick

St. Patrick’s Day is coming! St. Patrick’s Day is a fun holiday for me and many others; for me, part of the reason I like the day is because I finally get to wear my ridiculously green Guinness polo shirt that I bought the last time I visited the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin. It’s not […]

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Planning your PMP certification

Plan your PMP certification process like a project

Plenty of project professionals from around the world are interested in becoming PMP certified. There are many good reasons that someone might choose to put themselves through the extensive time and effort involved with becoming a PMP-certified project manager. Maybe you are considering it yourself? If you’ve decided you’re going to go for it and […]

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Project communication

Communicating weekly project tasks

It should come as no surprise to anybody that one of a project manager’s most important tasks is planning other peoples’ work. To successfully manage a project, a project manager must achieve a thorough understanding of the entirety of work that needs to be completed on a project, how difficult it is, how long it’s […]

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Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)

How to make a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)

When people think about project management tools, the tool that most frequently springs to mind is the project schedule, usually created using Microsoft Project. The project schedule normally comprises a colorful Gantt chart showing a visual representation of project tasks over time. But before project managers start work on the formal project schedule, there is […]

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CAPM certification

Is CAPM certification worth getting?

I frequently get asked questions about whether or not PMP certification is worth getting… I answer those questions on my post about the pros and cons of PMP certification. I’ve been a PMP certified project manager for a number of years now, and I have found that having the letters PMP behind my name has […]

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