Eating healthy, exercising, and staying in shape

How to make and keep habits

The other day I read a chapter of the book The Social Construction of Reality, a noted work on the sociology of knowledge by Peter L. Berger and Thomas Luckmann. The chapter I read, “Society as Objective Reality”, discussed what might happen if two completely different people met on a deserted island – for example, […]

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Getting PMP work experience

How to get project management work experience without PMP certification

Lately I’ve been getting a lot of questions on my post about whether or not it’s worth getting PMP certified. The most common questions I receive are about whether or not someone has enough project management work experience to apply to take the exam. According to PMI, in order to apply to take the PMP […]

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Project management communication

Improving communication with remote team members

When you’re working as a project manager for a global company, you will likely be speaking with a great number of different project stakeholders… clients, project teams, your Project Management Office (PMO), your project’s executive sponsors… the list goes on. And if you’re anything like me, you might be living and working in one part […]

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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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