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NEW Webinar – Three Ways to Lead with Emotional Intelligence Emotional Intelligence (EI) is our ability to identify and control our emotions to achieve positive outcomes in leadership. Project managers with high EI are better equipped to deal with, handle and resolve conflict and change. This popular webinar is great for project managers, team members, vendors, stakeholders, and sponsors. Join us for this FREE 1-hour webinar on Tuesday, November 24th, 2020. We will cover: The value proposition of EI Benefits of implementing EI Three ways to lead with EI Your questions answered throughout the broadcast Topic: Three Ways to Lead with Emotional Intelligence Date: Tuesday, November 24, 2020 Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM Central Time Reserve Your Seat Today! This webinar is eligible for 1 PDU (instructions for redeeming the PDU will be emailed within 1 week after the webinar). Latest RMC Webinars for Project Managers RMC Learning Solutions offers timely…

Qualifying for Taking the PMP Exam

PMP Exam Qualifications Do you want to get your PMP® certification to take your project management career to the next level? You need to take and pass the PMP exam. And, to be totally prepared to pass the PMP, consider RMC’s time-tested and proven training materials.  However, before you can even sign up to take this exam, you need to meet certain qualifications. Below is a short guide to the qualifications that need to be met before you can take the PMP® exam and get your certification.  Eligibility To qualify to take the PMP® Exam, you must have a secondary degree, along with 36 months of leading and directing projects, and 35 hours of project management education.  Alternatively, you can show that you have a four-year degree, along with 60 months of leading and directing projects, or a current CAPM Certification, and 35 hours of project management education. You also…

Business Analysis: The Best Way to Start a Project

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Start a Project with Business Analysis How do projects get started in your organization? A strong business analysis practice can save an organization significant time and money by weeding out low-value projects and prioritizing valuable ones based on business need and realistic, expected benefits. If you’re thinking, “well, it depends,” you are not alone. Few organizations have a well-defined, consistent way of deciding when work becomes a project. Six Step Process for Evaluating Stakeholder Requests Having a consistent process assures stakeholders that every request will be considered equally. As titles and job responsibilities vary in organizations, any professional with strong business analysis skills can manage this pre-project work. Follow these six steps to develop a structure for evaluating stakeholder requests: Receive request for work Analyze the request Agree on a solution approach and develop a business case Prioritize against other projects Get approval and funding Assign a project manager and…

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

9 Tips For Effective Project Management Is trying to manage your ever-changing project management 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 project management 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…

5 Tips for Success in the New World of Project Management

5 Project Management Tips Do you wonder how to stay current in your project management skills? Is your industry evolving so quickly that one day you as project manager may become obsolete?  With the rise of AI, agile, and empowered teams, is the role of project manager even needed anymore? Maybe, but not for the reasons you might expect. As we enter a new decade, it’s an excellent time to reflect on how project management has changed and where it is going in the future. Professional project managers need to stay current and adapt to change and add new skill sets to thrive. We all want to remain valuable to our organizations and teams.  Here are five tips for project management success. 1. Focus Wisely You might be expecting to hear about the usual list of topics: big data, IoT, and artificial intelligence. These are undoubtedly happening, but project managers…

PM and BA???

I have been talking about the importance of having a PM and a BA on a project for 10 years. Although I still would prefer this arrangement I recognize that few teams have the luxury of pure roles. So everyone needs to have a basic knowledge of project management and business analysis. Even if you have clear roles, it helps when you understand something about what your co-worker is doing. This multi-disciplinary approach really helps if you are moving to a more agile style work also.

Is Your Lack of Risk Management Hurting You?

Risk management is, essentially, the process by which you identify and analyze the various risks that are associated with any project, no matter how large or small. This is important because it gives you the chance, during the planning process, to figure out what risks might end up affecting your project. That way, you can take steps to avoid those potential risks becoming a real problem. And, if those risks do become reality, you can immediately take action.

How to Create a Project Communication Plan

Creating a clear communication plan can help you effectively collaborate with your team, client, and stakeholders. Like other tools that you’ll use for the duration of a project, this plan will set straightforward guidelines that everyone will follow to stay on the same page as they work on meeting goals.

What’s a Project Communication Plan?

This plan outlines the methods that will be used to share information (think: meetings, emails, phone calls, status reports, discussion boards, etc.). And it also covers when information will be shared, who will be sharing it, and who will be receiving it. Plus, it gives everyone the opportunity to provide critical feedback that can help ensure a project’s success.

How to Combat Project Scope Creep

Scope creep happens when a project’s scope is changed or additional requirements are implemented after the start of a project, and you don’t really have any control over it. Although you know that changes are likely to occur at some point during any project, the lack of control that comes with scope creep can be very stressful.

More specifically, scope creep occurs when changes to a project haven’t been authorized, and when the effects of those changes haven’t been addressed. Worse yet, you’re still required to achieve the project’s goals with the same schedule, budget, and resources that you had before the changes were made.

All of this might mean that you’re unable to meet the original authorized aspects of your project on time, and it might cause the project to fail unless you know how to tackle scope creep.

Create a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) in Project Management

Creating a Work Breakdown Structure

Creating a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) is an essential part of organizing a project. Once you understand what a WBS is and how it can help you succeed in project management, you’ll always want to have one in place for each and every project that you work on.

In our previous post, we covered the essential element of developing a project scope statement, which describes, in detail, the deliverables and the work needed to create a product, service, or result. Now, let’s cover the benefits that you can reap from creating a WBS.

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