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PMI vs. Prince2

I have been asked a lot about Prince2 versus PMI (Project Management Institute) and wanted to address the differences. I will discuss the two different providers and certificates first and then provide some things which you should consider in your journey to become a...

Scope creep versus Failure to Scope

Scope creep is often cited as a reason why projects run over budget and behind schedule, but in same cases, the scope was never well defined. Capture your scope The key to a successful project is understanding the requirements and creating a project scope that reflects...

Why Project Managers need Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence is about understanding yourself and those around you. People don't come with signs and as project managers we also have a role as project leaders.  By better understanding our own emotions and those around us we can lead our projects to success. Self...

CV and Resume Tips

updating your CV or resume can be a daunting task. When you are seeking a new position, looking for a job can take as much time as your current job. Use these tips to get noticed by hiring managers. Format People always tell you it...

Lead your team through the summer heat!

Leading your team through the summer heat can be a challenge.  The long, hot days of summer are upon us and it is difficult to focus.   How can we get through these dog days of summer? Keep it Cool When the weather gets warm temperatures...

Train for your next exam like a Marathoner

Taking a certification exam can be daunting, try these tips for passing your next certification!  As a marathon runner I have found that the same techniques which I use to cross the finish are also great for preparing for professional certification exams. Preparation When you...

Why use both a RACI Matrix with a Swim Lane Diagram?

My recent contribution to http://www.engineeringmanagement.info/2017/05/why-use-both-raci-matrix-with-swim-lane.html ENGINEERING MANAGEMENT So glad to be able to share with such a great community! Both a RACI Matrix and a Swim Lane Diagram can be used to improve project team communications.  Often project managers use either one or the other of these tools,...

Organizational Change: Leading your Project Team

My organization is currently reorganizing to include both the hierarchy, missions, and physical work spaces.  Organizational change can take people outside of their comfort zones.  Change can be distracting and projects might suffer if team members get distracted by the change.  Refocus your team and...

Time: We all have 24 hours in a Day!

We all have 24 hours in a day.  The need to husband our time wisely came up three times in conversations that I had this week.  Everyday we wake up to unlimited choices on how we mange the most precious resource we have, our time! Prioritize When...

Transactional vs. Transformational Leadership: Is it really either/or?

  Many people seem to think that transformational leadership is good and transactional leadership is bad. Business and leadership schools are constantly promoting the merits of transformational leadership and the need to provide followers with a vision and purpose.  Vision and purpose are great, but can only...

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