Category Archives: Project Management

5 Reasons to Care about Project Communication

Project managers spend 90 percent of their time on communication related activities; yet communication is reported to be the No. 1 problem on projects. Consider the following example: While planning one of my projects, my core project team assessed our … Continue reading

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What Good Are Certifications, Anyway?

It seems that certifications are under attack.  In the past several months I’ve heard that corporations are no longer interested in having their employees obtain any certifications.   This rant is not limited to the PMP®.  Indeed, it is said that … Continue reading

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Certification Exam Preparation: Understanding Beats Memorization

Understanding vs. Memorization Why does RMC focus on understanding rather than memorization?  As RMC’s project management practice leader I’m often asked: “why can’t I just memorize the process names, inputs, tools, techniques, and outputs (ITTOs) and pass the exam?” The … Continue reading

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PMI-PBA® Domain: Analysis

PMI-PBA® Domain: Analysis. The third in a series of posts about the creation of our PMI-PBA Exam Prep study guide. (The first domain is Needs Assessment and the second is Planning.) PMI calls the third domain Analysis, but it is … Continue reading

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Leadership without Authority

I’m reading “Leadership and the One Minute Manager,” by Ken Blanchard. The book discusses “situational leadership,” which essentially means that a manager’s leadership style must vary depending on the competency of the person being managed.   As I was reading the … Continue reading

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PMI-PBA Domain: Planning

The second excerpt from our upcoming study guide PMI-PBA Domain: Planning This is the second in a series of posts about the creation of our PMI-PBA Exam Prep study guide. In my first post I talked about the Needs Assessment … Continue reading

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Agile vs Waterfall (A PM Fairy-tale)

A PMP® and a Scrum Master® were having lunch together on a park bench debating the relative merits of Agile as opposed to traditional waterfall project management.  They were making the arguments one would normally expect. At one point, the … Continue reading

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The Benefits of PMP® Revisited

Over the years there has been quite a lot written about the benefits of the PMP® Certification.  There has also been some comment (mostly anecdotal on blogs) about some of the disadvantages. According to several studies, the benefits include:  

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To BA or Not BA . . .

That is the question….. Ok, I know the title is a bit corny, but hopefully got your attention.  This week BBC 2015 opens in Las Vegas, so talking about Business Analysis is timely. The real question that comes up time … Continue reading

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RMC’s Materials Updated for the Upcoming Exam Changes by PMI®

Applicable to PMP® Exams Taken on or After January 11th, 2016 In June of 2015, the Project Management Institute (PMI) released an updated version of the “Project Management Professional (PMP)® Examination Content Outline,” which will be applied to all PMP … Continue reading

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