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Practice Like You Are Going to Play career project management project management training training Aug 29, 2022

“I visualized where I wanted to be, what kind of player I wanted to become. I knew exactly where I wanted to go, and I focused on getting there.” - Michael Jordan 

Many athletes use the technique of visualization to help improve their game. Clearly it worked for Michael Jordan,...

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7 Ways to Ease Back into Project Management Training career pm project management project management training training Aug 25, 2022

When a turtle becomes frightened, its head and four legs immediately retract into its shell until the danger passes. Once it perceives the threat is gone, its head will slowly emerge, followed by the legs, and then off it goes. This may take some time, but a little coaxing with food may get it...

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Project Management Hall of Fame: Top Project Management Cliches career project management tools Aug 01, 2022

Every industry has its own jargon, TLAs (three-letter acronyms), inside jokes (think TPS report), and cliches. The project management industry is no different. There are people who go through their entire day spewing out nothing more than TLAs and well-placed grunts and groans. What’s more,...

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Can You Become a Project Management Mentor? career mentorship project management Jul 31, 2022

A woman in line at the drive-thru ordered her favorite morning coffee. She pulled up to the next window with money in hand and held it out the window to the cashier. “You don’t have to pay today,” said the cashier. “The customer ahead of you paid for your order.”...

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Implement Your Project Like NASA pm pmo project management Jul 27, 2022

Apollo 13 was the 1995 movie about America’s fifth crewed mission to the moon that launched in 1970. Two days in, an explosion on board the spacecraft deprived everyone of their much-needed oxygen supply and electrical power. NASA aborted the mission and the rest of the movie was about...

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What’s Your Problem? And, 7 Steps to Fixing It! career pm problem solving project management Jul 25, 2022

What’s your problem? Every day is filled with so many obstacles, where do you even start to answer that question as a project manager? There’s not enough time, resources, nor money to finish this project. Fix it. The client changed scope, again. Fix it. Delivery is running late but we...

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Do You Need an Organizational Chiropractor? pm pmo project management Jul 20, 2022

It’s happened to all of us before. You get out of a chair the wrong way or pick up something heavy and POP! Your back goes out! You double over, putting your hand on the pressure point to find relief from the unbearable pain, and try to catch your breath. When it becomes plain that no...

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6 Ways to Develop a Project Management Growth Mindset pm pmo project management Jun 22, 2022

Things grow. Babies learn to walk, plants grow flowers, puppies play fetch. Growth is everywhere and a natural part of life. That is, until we look inside our organizations. Do you find that your project management, PMO leadership, or organizational development skills are stagnant? Are you doing...

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Move a Project From Red to Green in 4 Ways pmo project management May 25, 2022

Ah, the ubiquitous colors of red, yellow, and green. Not only do they keep traffic around the globe running smoothly, they often indicate project health on status reports: 

  • Red - The project has hit a serious roadblock(s), and no clear plan is in place to hit the date. 
  • Yellow - The...
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5 Areas to Check NOW as a PMO Leader to Finish Strong by Year End leadership pmo project management May 11, 2022

Spring is in the air! Leaves are green, gardens are planted, and the smell of fresh cut grass is all around. The yellow haze of pollen is behind us and May flowers are on the way. Before you know it, you’ll be in your driveway shoveling snow! 

Wait, what? What happened to summer and...

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Project Management Spring Cleaning pmo project management May 10, 2022

Now that spring is here, it's the perfect time to deep clean our homes to keep ourselves and families healthy, organized and happy. Spring cleaning is not merely tidying things up, but rather a concerted and deliberate effort to go from room to room and tackle jobs that may not have gotten done...

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Ask These 4 Questions at Your Next Project Debrief career pm pmo project management May 02, 2022

The Blue Angels airshow is an example of aviation precision and excellence. Despite what appears to be flawless execution, mistakes occur during every show. Even the smallest mistake could be disastrous when you are flying three feet apart at hundreds of miles per hour. 

That’s why the...

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