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Summary: Are you looking to improve your Project Management Skills? Then listen to The Project Management Podcast, a weekly program that delivers best practices and new developments in the field of project management. The more companies understand the importance of sound Project Management, the more will your skills be in demand. Project Management is the means used by companies today to turn their vision and mission into reality. It is also the driver behind transforming a business need into a business process. The Project Management Podcast™ looks at how project management shapes the business world of today and tomorrow. Find us on the web at http://www.project-management-podcast.com. The Project Management Podcast™ is a trademark of OSP International LLC. All other trademarks mentioned are the property of their respective owners. The Project Management Podcast™ and its RSS feed are copyright © by OSP International LLC 2005 - 2010. All rights reserved.

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 Seeing All Episodes Twice? Here's why | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Play Now: We are updating our website and technology. And as part of that it is possible that your podcast app will be downloading the 15 latest episodes twice. Apologies if that happens to you...

 Repost of Episode 205: Rescue The Problem Project (Free) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Play Now: This episode is sponsored by The PDU Podcast: This episode is being reposted because the book we are talking about just made the Amazon Bestseller list for PM Books. And it's available for just $3.99 right now... When project budgets are dwindling, deadlines passing, and tempers flaring, then the usual response is to browbeat the project team and point fingers of blame - usually toward the project manager. That’s not really all that helpful. For these situations, what is needed is an objective process for accurately assessing what is wrong and a clear plan of action for fixing the problem. Enter Todd Williams, PMP who wrote the book Rescue the Problem Project: A Complete Guide to Identifying, Preventing, and Recovering from Project Failure. Todd and I sat down at the PMI® Global Congress last year and in this interview we discuss approaches to project rescue. Here’s a brief book overview of Todd’s book: Rescue the Problem Project provides project managers, executives, and customers with the answers they require. Turnaround specialist Todd Williams has worked with dozens of companies in multiple industries resuscitating failing projects. In this new book, he reveals an in-depth, start-to-finish process. As always when we have an author discussing his book we are giving away two copies and by now you should know how that works. One copy is reserved for our premium listeners and one for everyone else. If you want a chance of winning the book, please go to www.facebook.com/pmpodcast and look for the book giveaway announcement. All you have to do is leave a comment.

 Repost of Episode 205: Annoucement | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Play Now: We are reposting Episode 205 with Todd C. Williams today. This is because we have just learned that Todd's book Rescue the Problem Project jumped to become the #1 Best Seller in Amazon’s Business Project Management books. Also... it's currently available for just $3.99 on kindle. That's a great deal for a book that has a 4.5 star rating! Get it today before the price goes up.

 Episode 430: Are You An Inclusive Project Leader? (Free) #PMOT | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Play Now: Agata Czopek and Cornelius Fichtner In this interview we welcome Agata Czopek (LinkedIn Profile) and discuss that diversity is a fact and inclusion is a choice. Companies with diverse executive teams are 21% more likely to outperform the companies rated in the bottom quartile of diversity. Have you ever experienced a situation that made you feel uncomfortable? Let’s discover the attributes of an inclusive leader and the steps needed to improve team performance by addressing unconscious bias. This interview was recorded ad the crowded Project Management Institute (PMI)® Global Conference 2018 in Los Angeles, California. We learn to describe attributes of an inclusive leader, identify techniques to improve performance by addressing the unconscious bias, and see that privilege is invisible for those who have it.

 Episode 430: Are You An Inclusive Project Leader? (Free) #PMOT | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Play Now: Project Management Professional (PMP)® Exam: PMP Exam prep : Agata Czopek and Cornelius Fichtner In this interview we welcome Agata Czopek (LinkedIn Profile) and discuss that diversity is a fact and inclusion is a choice. Companies with diverse executive teams are 21% more likely to outperform the companies rated in the bottom quartile of diversity. Have you ever experienced a situation that made you feel uncomfortable? Let’s discover the attributes of an inclusive leader and the steps needed to improve team performance by addressing unconscious bias. This interview was recorded ad the crowded Project Management Institute (PMI)® Global Conference 2018 in Los Angeles, California. We learn to describe attributes of an inclusive leader, identify techniques to improve performance by addressing the unconscious bias, and see that privilege is invisible for those who have it. Episode Transcript Below are the first few pages of the transcript. The complete transcript is available to Premium subscribers only. Podcast Introduction Agata Czopek: In this episode of The Project Management Podcast™, you will learn how to be an inclusive leader and the steps needed to improve team performance. Cornelius Fichtner: Hello and welcome to The Project Management Podcast™ at www.pm-podcast.com. I am Cornelius Fichtner. Podcast Interview Cornelius Fichtner: We are coming to you live from the crowded 2018 PMI Global Conference in Los Angeles. And with me right now sitting here in hallways just outside of Room 411 is Agata Czopek. Hello, Agata! Agata Czopek: Hello, Cornelius. Cornelius Fichtner: How are you doing today? Agata Czopek: Very well, thank you! Cornelius Fichtner: Yeah, you have just completed the presentation for a second time. How is it for you speaking here at the conference? Agata Czopek: It’s a great pleasure always. It’s always stressful situation but the feedback that I get after the speech, it makes me continue. Cornelius Fichtner: And it is a great topic because PMI actually made you give it twice, right? Agata Czopek: Yeah, I was really surprised by the number of people that showed during the first speech and also the second one, I was well that made the difference. Cornelius Fichtner: Yeah, I came in at the tail end. There were about 120, 150 people in the room, close to that, very nice. So in the opening I said: We are coming to you live from the crowded 2018 PMI Global Congress. You chose the word “crowded”. Why did you choose “crowded”? Are there too many people for you? Agata Czopek: I have realized that I’m a bit of introvert. So a number of people here like, I don’t know, I guess 2 or 3000 for now. Cornelius Fichtner: Something like that, yes. Agata Czopek: It’s really overwhelming. So if you are very small in that crowd and it’s there. Cornelius Fichtner: I feel you because sometimes there are thousands of people around you and you are just sitting there going: “Oh my God, I hope nobody speaks to me because whoa!” Yeah, I have the same feeling. Agata Czopek: I have another like I want to find a friend. Cornelius Fichtner: Yes, yes: “Oh I know you. I know you.” He talked to me. Agata Czopek: Exactly! I’m just having lunch but he sighted me. No, this is impossible. Cornelius Fichtner: Yes, alright! So your presentation is titled “The Future Lies in Diversity and Inclusion. Are you an inclusive leader?” Why did you choose to speak on that topic? Agata Czopek: The topic of diversity and inclusion is close to my heart as being a person who moved to another country. A person that is looking for inclusion myself and having different experience in different countries, how do you feel when you are from somewhere else that you don’t speak the native language here, and how it impacts then the team performance. But on the other side, how big the business case is behind that having the diverse people in you

 The Free PM Podcast Is Now Available on Spotify | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Play Now: Good news for all listeners of The Free PM Podcast out there: Your favorite business podcast is now available on Spotify! This means that if you hold a certification from Project Management Institute (PMI)® then you can start earning your PDUs right where you listen to your favorite music. Note: If you have a paid subscription to The Premium PM Podcast then nothing changes for you because Spotify only accepts free podcasts.

 The Free PM Podcast Is Now Available on Spotify | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Play Now: Good news for all listeners of The Free PM Podcast out there: Your favorite business podcast is now available on Spotify! This means that if you hold a certification from Project Management Institute (PMI)® then you can start earning your PDUs right where you listen to your favorite music. Note: If you have a paid subscription to The Premium PM Podcast then nothing changes for you because Spotify only accepts free podcasts.

 The Free PM Podcast Is Now Available on Spotify | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Play Now: Good news for all listeners of The Free PM Podcast out there: Your favorite business podcast is now available on Spotify! This means that if you hold a certification from Project Management Institute (PMI)® then you can start earning your PDUs right where you listen to your favorite music. Note: If you have a paid subscription to The Premium PM Podcast then nothing changes for you because Spotify only accepts free podcasts.

 Episode 429: Say Yes to Project Success (Free) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Play Now: Project Management Professional (PMP)® Exam: PMP Exam prep : Karthik Ramamurthy, Sripriya Narayanasamy and Cornelius Fichtner In this interview we welcome Sripriya Narayanasamy (LinkedIn Profile) and Karthik Ramamurthy (LinkedIn Profile) who are the authors of the book Say Yes to Project Success. in 52 short and entertaining chapters the book gives actionable advice to project managers on the most common issues we are faced with on pretty much every project. This interview was recorded ad the hectic and fantastic Project Management Institute (PMI)® Global Conference 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Here is the book's abstract Are you under pressure to deliver? Is your life made tough by shortened schedules, tight budgets, skills gap, incomplete scope, and demanding stakeholders? Do you need help in the form of proven practical tips and techniques to help you confidently deliver project success? This book will certainly help you. What’s inside? Superb set of 52 proven project success keys. Unbeatable breadth of insights: 108 experts, 2000+ projects, 119 countries Comprehensive solutions to the top 20 global project failure factors Coverage of waterfall, hybrid and agile methodologies in 54 industries Extensive discussions on soft skills, leadership and communication Situation, impact, and resolution presentation technique Storytelling approach for easy understanding We have chosen 4 chapters from the book ("Great Catches", "Last Mile Connectivity", "Fun with Risks", and "Feed me a Sandwich") in order to review them together. Episode Transcript Below are the first few pages of the transcript. The complete transcript is available to Premium subscribers only. Podcast Introduction Cornelius Fichtner: In this episode of The Project Management Podcast™, we want you to say ‘yes’ to project success. Hello and welcome to The Project Management Podcast™ at www.pm-podcast.com. I am Cornelius Fichtner. Podcast Interview Cornelius Fichtner: We are coming to you live from the hectic and fantastic 2018 PMI Global Conference in Los Angeles. And with me right now here in the hallways are two guests. I have Karthik Ramamurthy and Priya Narayanasamy with me here today. And since you all know that I only have one microphone for one guest, we’re splitting them up. Karthik is here first with the headset on. Good morning, Karthik! Karthik Ramamurthy: Good morning, Cornelius, and I like the freedom of first not talking over each other. Cornelius Fichtner: Alright! How is the conference going for you so far? Because in the opening, I said we are at the hectic and fantastic global conference. You chose ‘hectic’, why? Karthik Ramamurthy: Absolutely! So many great sessions. So many great speakers. First of all, it has been difficult to choose someone’s sessions. Also for Priya and me, we had two topics selected. One a workshop on decision making and another on eight practical risk management success secrets. And PMI selected us to do encores for both so four presentations in three days plus attending all those great sessions, hectic is the word. Cornelius Fichtner: No wonder you are saying it is hectic, yes. The one thing we want to talk about, however, this morning is not any of your presentations but your book. The two of you wrote a book together called “Say Yes to Project Success – Winning the Project Management Game”. It includes proven insights from 108 experts of that led 2,000 projects in 119 countries. And let’s see, it is about 160 pages thick. So you have 108 experts and 160, how did you pull this off to start with? How did you get 108 to contribute to your book? Karthik Ramamurthy: It was tough. It was made even more complex because we had to do it is a short period of four months and I should congratulate Priya has a back office PMO in addition to the PMI. In fact, there are several people right here at this conference who are experts and contributors who run a

 Episode 429: Say Yes to Project Success (Free) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Play Now: Karthik Ramamurthy, Sripriya Narayanasamy and Cornelius Fichtner In this interview we welcome Sripriya Narayanasamy (LinkedIn Profile) and Karthik Ramamurthy (LinkedIn Profile) who are the authors of the book Say Yes to Project Success. in 52 short and entertaining chapters the book gives actionable advice to project managers on the most common issues we are faced with on pretty much every project. This interview was recorded ad the hectic and fantastic Project Management Institute (PMI)® Global Conference 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Here is the book's abstract Are you under pressure to deliver? Is your life made tough by shortened schedules, tight budgets, skills gap, incomplete scope, and demanding stakeholders? Do you need help in the form of proven practical tips and techniques to help you confidently deliver project success? This book will certainly help you. What’s inside? Superb set of 52 proven project success keys. Unbeatable breadth of insights: 108 experts, 2000+ projects, 119 countries Comprehensive solutions to the top 20 global project failure factors Coverage of waterfall, hybrid and agile methodologies in 54 industries Extensive discussions on soft skills, leadership and communication Situation, impact, and resolution presentation technique Storytelling approach for easy understanding We have chosen 4 chapters from the book ("Great Catches", "Last Mile Connectivity", "Fun with Risks", and "Feed me a Sandwich") in order to review them together.

 Episode 429: Say Yes to Project Success (Free) #PMOT | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Play Now: Project Management Professional (PMP)® Exam: PMP Exam prep : Karthik Ramamurthy, Sripriya Narayanasamy and Cornelius Fichtner In this interview we welcome Sripriya Narayanasamy (LinkedIn Profile) and Karthik Ramamurthy (LinkedIn Profile) who are the authors of the book Say Yes to Project Success. in 52 short and entertaining chapters the book gives actionable advice to project managers on the most common issues we are faced with on pretty much every project. This interview was recorded ad the hectic and fantastic Project Management Institute (PMI)® Global Conference 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Here is the book's abstract Are you under pressure to deliver? Is your life made tough by shortened schedules, tight budgets, skills gap, incomplete scope, and demanding stakeholders? Do you need help in the form of proven practical tips and techniques to help you confidently deliver project success? This book will certainly help you. What’s inside? Superb set of 52 proven project success keys. Unbeatable breadth of insights: 108 experts, 2000+ projects, 119 countries Comprehensive solutions to the top 20 global project failure factors Coverage of waterfall, hybrid and agile methodologies in 54 industries Extensive discussions on soft skills, leadership and communication Situation, impact, and resolution presentation technique Storytelling approach for easy understanding We have chosen 4 chapters from the book ("Great Catches", "Last Mile Connectivity", "Fun with Risks", and "Feed me a Sandwich") in order to review them together. Episode Transcript Below are the first few pages of the transcript. The complete transcript is available to Premium subscribers only. Podcast Introduction Coming soon... Above are the first few pages of the transcript. The complete transcript is available to Premium subscribers only. Please subscribe to our Premium Podcast to receive a PDF transcript.

 Episode 428: Effective Meeting Leadership (Free) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Play Now: Kevin Wozniak and Cornelius Fichtner Got Meetings? This interview focuses on effective meeting management. It covers one of the project management basics that is most difficult to handle - managing stakeholders using different combinations of direct, dotted line, and influential management. This interview with Kevin Wozniak was recorded at the creative Project Management Institute (PMI)® Global Conference 2018 in Los Angeles, California. In the interview we demonstrate how to effectively lead meetings and manage participants using various management styles and explain how to actively engage meeting attendees to participate in meetings in a valuable manner.

 Episode 428: Effective Meeting Leadership (Free) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Play Now: Project Management Professional (PMP)® Exam: PMP Training : Kevin Wozniak and Cornelius Fichtner Got Meetings? This interview focuses on effective meeting management. It covers one of the project management basics that is most difficult to handle - managing stakeholders using different combinations of direct, dotted line, and influential management. This interview with Kevin Wozniak was recorded at the creative Project Management Institute (PMI)® Global Conference 2018 in Los Angeles, California. In the interview we demonstrate how to effectively lead meetings and manage participants using various management styles and explain how to actively engage meeting attendees to participate in meetings in a valuable manner. Episode Transcript Below are the first few pages of the transcript. The complete transcript is available to Premium subscribers only. Podcast Introduction Kevin Wozniak: In this episode of The Project Management Podcast™, we learn to actively engage meeting attendees to participate in meetings in a valuable manner. Cornelius Fichtner: Hello and welcome to The Project Management Podcast™ at www.pm-podcast.com. I am Cornelius Fichtner. Podcast Interview Cornelius Fichtner: We are coming to you live from the creative 2018 PMI Global Conference in Los Angeles. And right now sitting with me here on the window ledge in the middle of the hallway is Kevin Wozniak. Good afternoon, Kevin. Kevin Wozniak: Good afternoon, Cornelius. Cornelius Fichtner: How are you doing? Kevin Wozniak: Doing fantastic. It’s been a great conference. Cornelius Fichtner: Other than the seats are a bit hot here, we couldn’t find a real seat so we’re literally sitting on a window ledge for the interview here today. You had your presentation yesterday on your topic of effective meeting leadership that engages. How did it go? Kevin Wozniak: It went fantastic. We had a very engaging discussion. We had a good crowd show up. Cornelius Fichtner: About 900 people right? Kevin Wozniak: No, we had over a hundred, definitely. So it was a good crowd. Cornelius Fichtner: Yeah, what I found interesting is the fact that you’re talking on a topic that I’ve been doing The Project Management Podcast™ for about a dozen years now or so, I’ve had several speakers on it and I thought we had talked about everything there is to talk about. Yet you are giving a professional presentation at the largest project management conference out there. There is still need for this topic, very surprising. Kevin Wozniak: When I was working on my presentation for this year, I was thinking about really what makes me ineffective at my job and what things could be improved on? And really meeting management seems to still be at the heart of some of our inefficiencies at what we are doing and at work. So when I was looking over the topic, I said: “Boy, all these things, I certainly make a list of everything that set my schedule off, mass emails, 200 emails a day, double, triple, quadruple books, starting meetings 5, 10 minutes late, having too many meeting attendees in the meeting. A good example there is let’s say you invite 10 people to your meeting, if you invite 3 developers and the development manager so let’s say four people, you have let’s say you’re meeting for an hour, that’s 4 hours of time. Do you really need three developers there? You most likely only need the development manager. He should be able to cover. He or she should be able to cover for his staff and then you are saving 3 hours if you don’t have all those developers. Most likely, you’re going to be asking them a question that only requires two to three minutes of their time on that call but you’re going to waste an hour if you have them in there. So assign the right people. Assign the right point people that helps all immensely, but that’s just one of the examples of what we covered yesterday. Corn

 Episode 428: Effective Meeting Leadership (Free) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Play Now: Project Management Professional (PMP)® Exam: PMP Training : Kevin Wozniak and Cornelius Fichtner Got Meetings? This interview focuses on effective meeting management. It covers one of the project management basics that is most difficult to handle - managing stakeholders using different combinations of direct, dotted line, and influential management. This interview with Kevin Wozniak was recorded at the creative Project Management Institute (PMI)® Global Conference 2018 in Los Angeles, California. In the interview we demonstrate how to effectively lead meetings and manage participants using various management styles and explain how to actively engage meeting attendees to participate in meetings in a valuable manner. Episode Transcript Below are the first few pages of the transcript. The complete transcript is available to Premium subscribers only. Podcast Introduction Coming Soon! Above are the first few pages of the transcript. The complete transcript is available to Premium subscribers only. Please subscribe to our Premium Podcast to receive a PDF transcript.

 Episode 427: How to Complete Your Projects 50% Faster (Free) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Play Now: Douglas Knutzen and Cornelius Fichtner What if you had to do your project in (near) half the time as previous projects, or be fired? What if your customer required you to do their project in (near) half the time to which you are accustomed or lose the business? Hear about the techniques (that can be applied to almost any type of project) that helped to meet these challenges and got the products successfully to market in record time. This interview with Douglas Knutzen was recorded at the inspirational Project Management Institute (PMI)® Global Conference 2018 in Los Angeles, California. You'll hear about how to leverage scheduling, execution and team techniques to significantly increase speed on your projects, and (almost more importantly) how to lead project teams in high-pressure situations.

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