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What Makes an eLearning Course “Good”?

What Makes an eLearning Course “Good”?

RMC offers many ways to learn new skills, and one that we’re particularly proud of is our suite of eLearning courses.

Interactive eLearning courses are hugely popular because so many people lead busy lives that make it difficult to get to a classroom or take an online course that’s offered live on a set schedule. Also, many people don’t have the funding available to travel to classes or leave work in order to attend class. Put simply, a lot of learners today need flexibility so they can study around their schedule, and they need to absorb new concepts in short amounts of time.

Basically, when you enroll in the right eLearning course, you can study the material that you need to advance your career, but you can do it from the comfort of home and at your own pace. Yet, despite their many benefits, not all eLearning courses are created equal. So, what makes an eLearning course worth your time and money?

10 Common Risk Mistakes to Avoid – Part 1

project risk10 Common Risk Mistakes to Avoid on Projects, Part One

Do you want to control your projects instead of having them control you? One of the main ways to do that is by strategically managing risk. But if you aren’t taking the right approach to risk management, you won’t be taking full advantage of what this technique has to offer, and you might even end up doing more harm than good. So, to help you along, we’ve compiled a list of 10 common risk mistakes that you should aim to avoid on every project.

To get started, and to help you improve your risk management strategy, here’s a list of five of the ten common risk management mistakes, along with Tricks of the Trade® on how to avoid them.

10 Common Risk Mistakes to Avoid on Projects – Part 2

This is the second part of our guide to 10 of the most common risk mistakes that you should try your best to avoid on projects.

Before moving forward, be sure to read the first 5 Common Risk Mistakes to Avoid on Projects – Part One. Then, when you’re ready, check out the remaining five mistakes that can hinder your ability to tackle a project successfully, along with tips that will help you manage risk more effectively.

Just Announced: PMP® Exam Change 2019

Project Management Professional (PMP)®

UPDATED 8/30/2019
According to news released to PMI® Chapters and Registered Education Providers: the December 16th exam change has now been moved to a later date. The last day for candidates to take the current exam is now June 30, 2020. On July 1, 2020 the PMP Exam will reflect the new exam content. For more information about RMC’s exam prep updates on our classes and products please visit our website.

Strategy Execution Principles in a Disrupted Environment

Originally posted on Strategic Management Blog by LBL Strategies

Too often a gap occurs between formulating and executing strategy. In a disrupted environment this can be a fatal error driving unwanted costs, lost opportunities and, ultimately, failure to execute. And when failure at execution occurs, the losses are significant regardless of sector.

According to the 2017 PMI Pulse of the Profession report, which surveyed 3,234 professionals globally researchers, in 2016 “companies wasted $97 million for every $1 billion invested in projects and programs.”

This is unacceptable. To help you from making the same mistakes, here are four fundamental principles which underpin our point of view on mitigating the gap between formulating strategy and executing strategy in a disrupted environment.

Coverage of Agile Process in Rita Mulcahy’s PMP® Exam Prep-Ninth Edition

Since the publication of “Rita Mulcahy’s PMP Exam Prep, Ninth Edition” back in January, we have been getting a number of questions asking why the book does not cover Agile Process.  These readers note that A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – Sixth Edition, discusses Agile through out and is shipped in a package set with the “Agile Practice Guide.”  Seeing what they consider an obvious disconnect they reasonably ask whether RMC is suggesting that there will be no Agile questions on the PMP exam.

Why a Clear Definition of a Program is Necessary for PMIAA

The Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act of 2015 (PMIAA) was intended to create a uniform set of standards and guidelines for implementing programs within the federal government. PMIAA also mandated the creation of a career path for program managers. On its face, PMIAA sounds like a great idea, but there may be complications that keep it from achieving the goals sought by Congress. One issue is that PMIAA fails to clearly define a “program.”

Two Methods to Calculate the Forward and Backward Passes in a Network Diagram

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Two Methods to Calculate the Forward and Backward Passes in a Network Diagram by Jeffrey S. Nielsen, PMP How do you calculate starts and finishes for your project activities? If you are like most project managers, you use project scheduling software to perform the calculations—the software does the work for you. For the PMP® exam, however, you need to know how to perform these calculations without the aid of software.

Handling Unrealistic Schedules

So, you have been given a project completion date from management or the customer that you think is unrealistic. Did you know that this is the project manager’s fault? Yes, I mean that. An unrealistic schedule only happens if a project manager is not using the tools of project management properly. Here is how to handle this situation once and for all.

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