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Mike is an award-winning project manager with a proven track record of delivering exceptional results. In addition to executing projects, Mike is a successful author who excels at training project managers. He contributed to the last four versions of the PMBOK® Guide, cowrote the PMBOK® software extension, and led the writing team for the new PMI Agile Practice Guide. He also helped create the PMI-ACP® certification and wrote RMC’s PMI-ACP® Exam Prep book.

Today’s Project Manager: 9 Tips For Effective Project Management in 2020

Is trying to manage your ever-changing project plan keeping you awake at night? Does defining your requirements feel like trying to wrestle an angry octopus into a string bag? Do you feel torn between allowing your customers and team to be agile while simultaneously creating defendable schedules, estimates, and scope definitions for your sponsors? Fear not. While the struggle is real, so are the solutions. Teams have been grappling with project requirements in flux, high rates of change, and demands for detailed plans for years. We can steal their best strategies and avoid common mistakes. Let’s explore 9 planning tips for taming wild projects without stifling agile teams or mumbling when asked about the project management plan. 1. Take a Customer-Centric Approach Relentlessly focusing on customer needs and wants is the way to win them over. Showing genuine care for their desires builds understanding about the true project requirements. Sponsors…

How to Apply for Your PMI-ACP® Exam

In this third article on the PMI-ACP® credential, we examine how to apply for the exam. Project Management Institute published a comprehensive PMI-ACP® Credential Handbook available on their website, which covers the application process and much more. The intent of this post is to highlight key information in one short article.

Why you may want to Get Your PMI-ACP® Certification?

PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)®

This article discusses why you may want to get a PMI-ACP® certification. However, before we get into the specifics of the PMI-ACP® credential, be sure to check out the elephant-in-the-room discussion of the value of credentials, from Mike’s post Credentials: Worthless, Essential or Somewhere In Between. So, assuming you believe a credential is useful for you, why consider the PMI-ACP® credential over the slew of other agile-related credentials available?

What Changes Will You See on the PMI-ACP® Exam in 2018?

I’ve been getting a number of questions about possible changes to the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® exam. This is understandable, since the newly released A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – Sixth Edition included an agile appendix and came bundled with the new Agile Practice Guide. Also, the Project Management Institute (PMI) has listed a 2018 “exam update” for the PMI-ACP credential on their Registered Education Provider (REP) website. Despite this, there are no changes that will affect someone who is studying to take the exam. 

Implementing Agile: Part One of a Two Part Series-Webinar Recording

Implementing Agile: Part One of a Two Part Series Registration URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/78393364158000897 Today, most companies are evaluating agile approaches, planning to evaluate them, or already using them. How do you know if an agile approach is a good fit for your organization? How do you start – all at once or with a pilot project? How do you know which projects to convert to agile? Join RMC’s FREE webinar: Implementing Agile: Part One of a Two Part Series to answer these questions and learn how to objectively assess the benefits and risks of adopting agile while avoiding common pitfalls. After viewing this webinar you are eligible for 1 professional development unit (PDU) that applies to the business category of the PMI Talent Triangle®

Implementing Agile: Part Two of a Two Part Series-Webinar Recording

Implementing Agile: Part One of a Two Part Series Registration URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/3647651100788958978 Today, most companies are evaluating agile approaches, planning to evaluate them, or already using them. How do you know if an agile approach is a good fit for your organization? How do you start – all at once or with a pilot project? How do you know which projects to convert to agile? Join RMC’s FREE webinar: Implementing Agile: Part Two of a Two Part Series to answer these questions and learn how to objectively assess the benefits and risks of adopting agile while avoiding common pitfalls. After viewing this webinar you are eligible for 1 professional development unit (PDU) that applies to the business category of the PMI Talent Triangle® 

Introducing Agile-Change Resistance Strategies

In the first webinar and blog post, we looked at the five Ws (Why, Who, What, When, Where) of introducing agile. In this post, we will examine challenges and resistance to change. Change Challenges As a believer in agile methods and someone who has witnessed the benefits they can bring and the great buzz of an effective agile team, I used to think rolling out the agile method would be a no-brainer. Wrong. Pitfall #8: Underestimating change Resistance. Achieving successful, lasting change is difficult. Changing processes is even harder because a process is a system designed to resist change. Think about it. If every new type of requirement or defect that came along required a change to our development process, we would be in trouble. Processes are deliberately designed to resist change, which makes throwing them out or morphing them, more difficult than changing, say our time recording system “…a process…

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