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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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 Episode 344: Power Snippets | File Type: application/pdf | Duration: Unknown

Click here to download the Power Snippets PDF Document... This PDF Document is the first of two handouts that Neal gave to the attendees of his session "Achieving the Elusive Work-Life Balance" at the PMI Global Congress 2015 in Orlando FL. The document is also part of a Neal Whitten eLearning course called "Achieving the Elusive Work-Life Balance" and was developed by Neal Whitten in partnership with Velociteach.

 Episode 344: Self-Assessment Questionnaire | File Type: application/pdf | Duration: Unknown

Click here to download the Self-Assessment Questionnaire PDF Document... This PDF Document is a the second of two handouts that Neal gave to the attendees of his session "Achieving the Elusive Work-Life Balance" at the PMI Global Congress 2015 in Orlando FL. The document is also part of a Neal Whitten eLearning course called "Achieving the Elusive Work-Life Balance" and was developed by Neal Whitten in partnership with Velociteach.

 Episode 343: Managing Virtual Teams (Free) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Play Now: This episode is sponsored by The Agile PrepCast. Earn 37 PDUs:: Cornelius Fichtner and Jesse Fewell This interview with Jesse Fewell was recorded at the 2015 PMI Global Congress in Orlando, Florida. We discuss his paper and presentation "Can You Hear Me Now? Working with Global, Distributed, Virtual Teams". Here is the paper's abstract: Today's work world has changed radically. Whether video chatting with China or taking a call at from home, more and more professional work is no longer in person. It can be frustrating, but a deeper look reveals some surprises: Everyone is doing it, and not just for costs; many organizations are thriving with it. Most pain points have simple work-arounds. This paper will walk you through tips and benefits for working with people outside your office. With the rise of the Internet, emerging economies, and the trend of working from home, today’s professionals are dealing with a workplace that is very different from anything the world has ever seen. Never before in the history of mankind have we been able to conduct so much work, so quickly, with so many people outside our own location. Of course, it’s not all rainbows and unicorns. We struggle with time zone issues, language barriers, limited visibility, poor infrastructure, and so on and so on. Sometimes we choose remote teams intentionally for their benefits. But often, this kind of organizational structure is handed to managers and team members without choice. This paper is about how to deal with all those issues and strengthen your teams. Episode Transcript Below are the first few pages of the transcript. The complete transcript is available to Premium subscribers only. Coming very soon to a podcast near you... :-) 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 342: Organizational Innovation is Driven by Business Analysis (Free) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Play Now: This episode is sponsored by The Agile PrepCast. Earn 37 PDUs:: Cornelius Fichtner and Elizabeth Larson This interview with Elizabeth Larson was recorded at the 2015 PMI Global Congress in Orlando, Florida. We discuss her paper and presentation "I Don’t Have Time to Innovate: I’m Too Busy Doing Business Analysis" (Co-written with Richard Larson). Here is the paper's abstract: Everyone seems to be talking about the importance of organizational innovation, as well as what it means for practitioners of business analysis. Are business analysis and innovation even compatible? This paper answers this question affirmatively: yes, they are. But what is innovation and how can business analysis practitioners help organizations innovate? Innovation may include process improvement as some have suggested. It also may include doing root cause analysis to identify problems and then finding solutions to those problems as others have claimed. And it can certainly include doing projects agilely, changing the features of the product being built as needs become known. However, although each of these is an important factor in developing creative solutions, each by itself is probably not enough. Innovation requires us not only to spot all manner of opportunities, but also to use our influencing skills to convince the organization to seize them. Episode Transcript Below are the first few pages of the transcript. The complete transcript is available to Premium subscribers only. Podcast Introduction Cornelius Fichtner: Welcome back to Orlando, Florida. You are listening to the Project Management Podcast at www.pm-podcast.com. And we're coming to you live from the 2015 PMI Global Congress. I'm sitting in the Exhibit Hall and next to me is Elizabeth Larson. Hello, Elizabeth. Elizabeth Larson:   Hi, Cornelius. Cornelius Fichtner:   Good morning. How's everything? Elizabeth Larson:   Everything is great. I really am delighted to be here. Cornelius Fichtner:   Wonderful. Elizabeth Larson:   Happy to be talking to you. Cornelius Fichtner:   So our key note this morning is all about innovation. You and I, we're going to talk about innovation. This is a wonderful mind-meld here today. But my first question for you, what is the 2016 trend that you see coming our way? Elizabeth Larson:   As far as project management is concerned, I see the fact that project management skills will always be needed. Whether we're working on Agile projects, whether we're working on traditional projects, we need the project management skills. But the trend that I see is more towards a distribution of the role. I see the titles are going to be less important so maybe the title of project manager will be less important in some organizations than it's been in the past. But the skills will still be needed. So that's the trend that I see. I see other people may be picking up parts of what we now might say as a project manager role. And I see that the project manager may be asked to pick up and do some other things, but the skills are still going to be needed. Cornelius Fichtner:   Excellent. I Don't Have Time To Innovate, I'm Too Busy Doing Business Analysis is the topic of your paper & presentation. Why this topic? What got you interested in it? Elizabeth Larson:   I'm very interested in business analysis. And when I say business analysis, I do distinguish between business analysis and a business analyst by the way. So I'm talking about anyone that practices business analysis. I'm also very interested in innovation and its effect on organizations of all sizes. And I thought, this would be kind of a fun topic that, boy, some people think it's an either/or thing. That either we're doing business analysis, I’m so busy, I don't have time to do anything else or I'm busy innovating. And my central theme really is, i

 Episode 341: The Business Analysis Practitioner as Entrepreneur (Free) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Play Now: This episode is sponsored by The Agile PrepCast. Earn 37 PDUs:: Cornelius Fichtner and Richard Larson This interview with Richard Larson was recorded at the 2015 PMI Global Congress in Orlando, Florida. We discuss his paper and presentation "Entrepreneurial Business Analysis Practitioner" (Co-written with Elizabeth Larson). Here is the paper's introduction: Given both authors are entrepreneurs and have done extensive business analysis work, it seems logical for us to write about this topic. But, why bother? What possibly could be relevant about entrepreneurialism for a business analyst or project manager? For starters, entrepreneurship is an increasingly attractive career option within an organization and as a start-up, and is more and more viable with each passing year. Even if we are not interested in forming a start-up, the principles of entrepreneurship are becoming increasingly important for organizations to innovate and stay competitive. In this paper, we will explore several aspects of entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs and what it means for business analysis. Our firm belief is that by adopting a more entrepreneurial way of working, practitioners will be more effective and organizations will benefit. Episode Transcript Below are the first few pages of the transcript. The complete transcript is available to Premium subscribers only. Podcast Introduction Cornelius Fichtner: Hello everyone and welcome back to the Project Management Podcast at www.pm-podcast.com. We are coming to you live from the Exhibit Hall here at the 2015 PMI Global Congress in Orlando, Florida at Disneyworld. And sitting next to me is Richard Larson from Watermark Learning. Hello, Richard. Richard Larson:   Hello Cornelius, glad to be here. Cornelius Fichtner:   Good morning. Good morning. Richard Larson:   Good morning. Cornelius Fichtner:   My first question to everybody at the congress is, what's coming our way next year? What do you see as a project management trend for 2016? What do our listeners have to be aware of? Richard Larson:   Well, I think the trend has been brewing for awhile in terms of project managers being more business leaders rather than project implementers per se. And that you can see that happening with the new CCR changes from PMI in terms of real big emphasis on leadership. And so that, the presentation that I'm doing, we'll get into this question a bit later, I understand, but applies to project managers as much as business analysts in terms of being more entrepreneurial. And that's just one manifestation that the leadership trend. There are many others. There's speakers like my wife Elizabeth who’s going to be talking about innovation that’s certainly key and that's hot and how can we help the business succeed. Over and above, we're just doing our job as project implementers. Cornelius Fichtner:   All right. Your talk is about Entrepreneurial Business Analysis Practitioners. Why did you choose this topic? What's your interest in this? Richard Larson:   Well, it came together when I was asked to do a key note at a business analysis conference last fall in New Zealand. And we're talking about different topics like innovation, and they said, no, no, we're already been there, done that, which proves kind of interesting. They needed something beyond that, and they thought that an entrepreneurial element to it, knowing that I was an entrepreneur, having been running a company for 23 years, would know something about the topic, which is true. But then how can a business analyst or how can people practicing business analysis be more entrepreneurial in what they do? And so the talk kind of grew from that and I really got interested in it. And I have been writing a series of articles in BA Times and Project Times over the last year on this topic. And I hope to have an e-book with my wife Elizabeth being p

 Episode 340: Project Manager Skills are Essential for Business Success (Free) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Play Now: This episode is sponsored by The Agile PrepCast. Earn 37 PDUs:: Cornelius Fichtner and Frank Saladis This interview with Frank Saladis was recorded at the 2015 PMI Global Congress in Orlando, Florida. We discuss his paper and presentation "The Indispensable Project Manager". Here is the paper's abstract: Managing projects effectively has become essential in every organization large or small. The uncertainties of the world business economy, rapidly changing technology, and the intensifying focus on sustainability has driven many organizations to develop specific methods for managing projects and to seek highly qualified people to manage those projects. These qualifications include the ability lead as well as to manage and create an environment of change readiness, attention to quality, and an awareness that self-development is a critical factor for success at both the personal and organizational level. Today’s project managers must adapt to change, lead diverse teams, act as ambassadors for their organizations, and deal with a multitude of challenging project stakeholders. They must also continually enhance their knowledge about business, working with people, and how to maintain a reputation of professionalism, thought leadership, and ability to add value. This paper addresses the importance of the professional project manager to any organization, and the need for the project manager to continually enhance existing skills, adapt to a changing business environment, and become a “go to” person in the organization. Emphasis is placed on understanding the needs of the organization, clearly and visibly creating value, and managing personal brand. Episode Transcript Below are the first few pages of the transcript. The complete transcript is available to Premium subscribers only. Podcast Introduction Cornelius Fichtner: Welcome back to Disneyworld in Orlando, Florida. This is the Project Management Podcast and we're coming to you live from the PMI 2015 Global Congress. With me is Frank Saladis. Hello, Frank. Frank Saladis:   Hi, Cornelius, how are you? Cornelius Fichtner:   I am doing very well. And before we do anything else, congratulations! You received an award.  Yesterday evening, you are a - let's see, it's the PMI Distinguished Contribution Awards that you have received, right? Frank Saladis:   That's right. That's what I received. Cornelius Fichtner:   That is very nice. I am not worthy. I am not worthy. So you've been doing project management and giving to PMI for the past 2,500 years it seems. Frank Saladis:   Yes, that's where it is. Yes, it is. Yes, exactly 2,500 years. Cornelius Fichtner:   So congratulations on receiving that award. It's really nice to see. My first question to you is, looking into the future, what do you think 2016 is going to bring to project management? Frank Saladis:   Well, you know, every year, some things change a little bit, you know, and I actually follow trends and things like that, so I can get up on what's going to happen. And one of the things you'll probably hear commonly is Agile will continue to grow. I think people are beginning to see not just in the software and IT field that there are techniques in Agile that can be adopted for or call more traditional projects. I think we'll see that. I see me personally because of what's going on in the world in the past several years and things is a lot more interesting, disaster recovery and business continuity. I think that and they are related to risk management.  And I think that the general business population, the environment, probably hasn't really been paying enough attention to risk. You can see that so many companies are now being hacked. You know, we have security issues and so on. And maybe it's time to step up and see, you know, pay more attention to the risk factor. And although the disaste

 Episode 339: Change Management Strategy: A Practical Approach (Free) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Play Now: This episode is sponsored by the PMP Exam Simulator: Cornelius Fichtner and Jack Ferraro This interview with Jack Ferraro was recorded at the 2015 PMI Global Congress in Orlando, Florida. We discuss his paper and presentation "Measure Twice, Change Once: Practical Strategies for Change Management". Here is the paper's abstract: Sound change management processes and behaviors link strategy and execution teams. They enable portfolio managers, executive leadership, and program and project teams to increase their organization’s ability to react effectively to change. This paper presents a comprehensive approach to making an organization more responsive to change by means of effective structuring, planning, and measuring of change management across portfolios, programs and projects. It explores the role of change management in portfolio management and how to structure an organization for successful change. It discusses the value of measuring change management and how to best do so before, during, and after the change process. With effective structuring, planning, and measuring of change management efforts, organizations can achieve effective change when challenged by resource constraints and conflicting executive priorities. Episode Transcript Below are the first few pages of the transcript. The complete transcript is available to Premium subscribers only. Podcast Introduction Cornelius Fichtner: Hello, everyone and welcome back to the 2015 PMI Global Congress at Disneyworld in Orlando in Florida. Welcome back to the Project Management Podcast. With me right now is Jack Ferraro and we want to discuss his paper and presentation, "Measure Twice, Change Once: Practical Strategies for Change Management". Hello, Jack. Jack Ferarro:   Hello, Cornelius. Good to see you again. Cornelius Fichtner:   Welcome back. It looks like we're meeting each other every year at this conference or a similar one. Jack Ferarro:   Then it's a great wonderful thing to see you again. Cornelius Fichtner:   Okay. So let me ask you my first question here that's the same one that I'm asking everybody at the congress. 2016 is around the corner, what do you see as trends coming our way? Jack Ferarro:   Yes, I saw your email, you gave a little heads up on this question which I certainly appreciate. Cornelius Fichtner:   I don't want to just jump in on you. Jack Ferarro:   I think I really see two main trends at the organizational level or at the organizational project management level. I see a trend towards increasingly adapting high breed type of methodologies where people might be using Agile at one point of the organization or more traditional, Waterfall, or PMBOK® processes in another part of the organization. And in some cases, trying to meld this together and blend them together. So I think, from an organizational standpoint, I see this highbred approach becoming a trend. From a practitioner's standpoint, I think the trend really still eases around this identity crisis, the identity crisis of the project manager, now that project management is really for everyone. And I've seen a lot of organizations having business leaders, functional managers, technical managers, run projects, take the role of the project manager. So from an individual standpoint, I still think there's a level of anxiety around this identity crisis in terms of where the professional project manager fits in to some of these highbred lifecycles. Cornelius Fichtner:   All right. Practical Strategies for Change Management is the title of your paper and presentation which you did this morning to a full ballroom, I hear. Why did you select this topic? What interest you in strategies for change management? Jack Ferarro:   Well, I think one area where project managers can really distinguish themselves is around change management, in terms of how they deli

 Episode 338: Successful Project Management Depends on the Business (Free) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Play Now: This episode is sponsored by the PMP Exam Simulator: Cornelius Fichtner and Frank Parth This interview with Frank Parth was recorded at the 2015 PMI Global Congress in Orlando, Florida. We discuss his paper and presentation "Successful Projects Depend on the Business". Here is the paper's abstract: This paper looks at the literature on successful critical projects and examines the impact of decision making on project success. When are the most critical decisions made? Who makes them? Where are the sensitive areas that can have a huge impact on project success? Research in this area shows that the only part of the effort where traditional project management approaches makes sense is in the later stages, the engineering and EPC stages. The earlier stages require a different approach to ensure success. While all projects are dependent on decisions made outside the project, large projects are particularly susceptible to this because of the increased number of stakeholders and increase complexity. This paper will focus on the pre-project decision process for large construction, engineering, and infrastructure projects. We will examine how these projects are most effectively divided into several stages and compare the approaches promulgated by both academic research as well as by private industry. They are all consistent with each other in where the critical decision points are. We will examine those critical points, the data needed to receive a “go” decision, and who should be involved in those decisions. We will see that the data needs to be increasingly complete and accurate the later in the life cycle the decision is made. Giving the engineers and the contractors bad data will ensure cost and schedule overruns as well as claims. Yet the most critical decisions are done when we have the least amount of accurate data, before the project managers ever get involved. We will look at four areas and provide recommendations for the project manager at the end: The business environment Current research Approaches to assessing the adequacy of the early planning Proposed Development stages for programs Episode Transcript Below are the first few pages of the transcript. The complete transcript is available to Premium subscribers only. Podcast Introduction Cornelius Fichtner: Hello everyone and welcome to the Project Management Podcast. We are coming to you live from Orlando, Florida. We are here at the Disney Resort at the 2015 PMI Global Congress and with me, almost like at every congress, it seems, is Frank Parth. Hello, Frank. Frank Parth:   Hello, Cornelius. Good to see you again. Cornelius Fichtner:   Same here, same here. It seems like we meet here, at these places once a year. Frank Parth:   Well, we don't go to the chapter meetings anymore because both of us, we're traveling all the time. Cornelius Fichtner:   We're on the road so much. So your presentation is about successful projects and the fact that they depend on the business. But we're going to start somewhere completely different. We're nearing the end of 2015. What do you see ahead of us in 2016 for project management? What are the big trends coming? Frank Parth:   Cornelius, when we look back at Project Management over the last 10, 20, 30 years, PMI and other organizations have done an extremely good job setting up the processes that we have to follow. The methodologies, the tools, the techniques, and all this. So we have a very well defined approach to project management but projects are still failing. The Standish Group Chaos Project where they survey IT projects in North America since 1995 shows a very poor success rate for IT projects. Ed Merrow and his book, Industrial Mega Projects looks at these large market billion-dollar oil and gas processing projects, he says 70% of them failed by his criteria. So with all the methodologies we have, we're still failing projects much too often. I t

 Episode 337: Internet of Things (IoT) Projects may Fundamentally Change Project Management (Free) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Play Now: This episode is sponsored by the PMP Exam Simulator: Wanda Curlee, PMP, PgMP The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the ever-growing network of physical objects that feature an IP address for internet connectivity, and the communication that occurs between these objects and other Internet-enabled devices and systems. Internet of Things (IoT) projects are the projects that you and I will be managing in order to make these devices a reality, and according to Wanda Curlee (www.wandacurlee.com) these type of projects have the potential to fundamentally change project management. The way that an IoT project is changing project management is not just because anything and everything can be and will be internet enabled, but also because the project management software we use will be more interconnected and developing these IoT devices will require us project managers to get a better handle on research and development, which can be extremely nebulous in the internet of things. In a nutshell, Wanda Curlee says that IoT project management is heading our way and even if your projects are not internet related today, they will be in the future, She has no doubt that you will be managing an internet of things project. Episode Transcript Below are the first few pages of the transcript. The complete transcript is available to Premium subscribers only. Coming very soon to a podcast near you... :-) 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 336: The PMP Exam is Changing on January 11, 2016 (Free) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Play Now: Cornelius Fichtner and Simona Fallavolita Are you studying for your PMP Exam, and did you know that the exam is changing soon? And maybe you are wondering about one of the following questions: Why is the PMP exam changing in 2016? Wait... wasn't it supposed to change in 2015?! So when exactly is the PMP exam changing? What exactly is changing with the PMP exam? Do I have to study new topics? Is there a new PMBOK Guide? Are my study materials still OK after the PMP exam changes? We have the answers to these and many more questions about the upcoming changes. This interview with Simona Fallavolita (Program Manager, PMI) was recorded at the 2015 Global Congress in Orlando, Florida. We review the upcoming PMP exam changes, how this affects training companies, what PMP students can do to prepare for this change, and look at some of the detailed changes that are coming to the PMP exam early next year. Spoiler alert: The PMP exam changes were originally scheduled to go into effect in 2015 but were later moved to early 2016 for scheduling reasons, and no there is NO new PMBOK Guide. Episode Transcript Below are the first few pages of the transcript. The complete transcript is available to Premium subscribers only. Podcast Introduction Cornelius Fichtner: Hello everyone! Welcome back to The Project Management Podcast™ at www.pm-podcast.com. Once again, we are coming to you live from Disney World in Orlando, Florida from the 2015 PMI Global Congress. I'm sitting here at the PMI booth and with me is Simona Fallavolita. Hello Simona! Simona Fallavolita: Hello, Cornelius! Cornelius Fichtner: What do you do for PMI exactly? I see on your business card, it says "Product Manager Credentials". What does that mean? Simona Fallavolita: So yes, I'm a product manager within our certification department and I manage the Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification, as well as our CCR Program. So basically what that means is I oversee the certification and the CCR Program with the marketing, the development of the certifications making sure that the whole life cycle of the product is being handled. That's usually what I'm responsible for. Cornelius Fichtner: I spoke to Victor Carter-Bey yesterday. How do you fit in to that organization? Simona Fallavolita: So yes, I am part of Victor's organization and we are broken up in 2 areas - the Exam Development side of it and the Product side of it. So I handle the product side managing the certifications from a business context. That's my role within the Victor's organization. Cornelius Fichtner: Alright! So the PMP® Exam is changing over the next few months. Actually, the exact date is January 11, 2016, right? Simona Fallavolita: Correct! Cornelius Fichtner: Okay, got that one right. We want to talk a little bit about the changes, why the changes, what the change is, how the change is. So that's the focus of our presentation or our discussion here today. First of all, what was the driver behind the upcoming changes? Why are we changing? Simona Fallavolita: So we go through a process in the certification world in general and it's called the role delineation study and basically every 3 to 5 years, we go through this process to ensure that the certifications are reflective of current practice. So that the exam that was created and certification created 10 years ago might not necessarily reflect what project managers are doing today. So this role delineation study process was the main driver behind the changes and updates to the PMP® Exam that is occurring in January. Cornelius Fichtner: And simply put, role delineation means you go out there and you determine what exactly does a project manager do in his or her role? What are the tasks? What are the actions? Is that what we're talking about? Simona Fallavolita: Exactly! So we work with a group of volunteer subject matter experts. We do surveys with the larger industry

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 Episode 334: PMP PDU Program Updates are Coming On December 1st 2015 (Free) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Play Now: Cornelius Fichtner and Victor Carter-Bey Do you have a PMI certification like PMP, PgMP, PfMP, PMI-ACP, PMI-RMP, PMI-SP or PMI-PBA? If yes, then this interview is extremely important to you because the rules on earning PDUs are changing on December 1st, 2015. In a nutshell: PMI is introducing the Talent Triangle, which has Technical Project Management, Leadership, as well as Strategic and Business Management on its three sides. Going forward you must earn PDUs in each of these three areas. This interview with Victor Carter-Bey (Director Certifications, PMI) was recorded at the 2015 Global Congress in Orlando Florida. We review the Talent Triangle, the details of what exactly changes with the PDUs, the timeline of implementation and how to report them going forward. Please visit the PMI website for all the details on these changes... Episode Transcript Below are the first few pages of the transcript. The complete transcript is available to Premium subscribers only. Podcast Introduction Cornelius Fichtner: Hello everyone and welcome back to the Project Management Podcast coming to you once again live from the 2015 PMI Global Congress here in Orlando, Florida at the Disneyland Resort - Disneyworld Resort, pardon me. We are sitting right now here at the PMI booth in the Exhibitor Hall. People around us are still setting up and with me is Victor Carter-Bey. Hello, Victor. Victor Carter-Bey:  Cornelius, how are you? Pleasure to see you and pleasure to meet you. Cornelius Fichtner:  Doing very well, same here, thank you. So what is your role with PMI? What do you do? Victor Carter-Bey:  I work as the Director of the Certification Program, a role that I have been in for, just about four and a half years now at this point. And what that means is that I’m in-charge with the overall responsibility for all eight PMI certifications and that takes us all the way from the development and maintenance of the certifications all the way to the positioning and promotion of the certifications to ensure their global relevancy and what is increasingly becoming a pretty competitive market in the project management certification space. Cornelius Fichtner:  Last year in Phoenix, I interviewed John Kline. How does he relate to you and your position? Victor Carter-Bey:  John is a fantastic guy. John is a member of my staff. He is the Manager of Certification Products which essentially means he works to help that those goals that I just outlined with respect to my responsibilities that we’re able to get those accomplished. But specifically, Cornelius, what he does is that he oversees our product manager team. PMI takes a product management perspective in approach to the maintenance and really, the relationships that we try to establish with all of our stakeholders in the certification program. We take a product management approach and John oversees all the product managers and works on a number of different functions related to the product management area. Cornelius Fichtner:  Okay. Certifications is your area and we want to talk today about three primary high level topics - the Talent Triangle, PDUs, and also the CCRS, the Continuing Certification Requirement System. Let’s begin with the Talent Triangle. What led to the development of the Triangle? Victor Carter-Bey:  It’s a great question and one that I am increasingly enjoying having the conversation on because as we think about where things are in the global marketplace, and it’s somehow, sure, we’re going to focus specifically on project management but even there’s an argument outside of the project management realm that you’re dealing with the challenge of practitioners. People with multiple industries. But in this case, Cornelius, project program portfolio management who have incredible technical skills. So the ability to lead and direct projects and programs to understand all the nuances that go into mana

  Episode 329: How to Overcome Resistance to Project Change Management (Free) #PMOT | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Play Now: This episode is sponsored by The Agile PrepCast for the PMI-ACP Exam: Susanne Madsen - Author and Leadership Expert When we talk about “change management in project management”, the words “resistance” and “tension” often spring to mind. Consider the resistance to project change management for instance, when two organizations merge, or the fear that employees will feel when a part of their job is automated and some of their skills become redundant. But the problem isn’t the change itself in spite of the difficulties that it may bring. To discuss the project change management process with us today I’m very pleased to welcome back one of our favorite interview guests: Susanne Madsen (http://www.susannemadsen.com), whose book The Power of Project Leadership contains a large section on change management. She says: Organizational change is vital for any business that wants to survive and thrive in our increasingly competitive and fast paced word. The problem is that many project leaders struggle to fully motivate and engage their teams in the process. They often move too fast, are too outcome driven and not sufficiently consultative in their approach. Episode Transcript Below are the first few pages of the transcript. The complete transcript is available to Premium subscribers only. Coming very soon to a podcast near you... :-) 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.

 Monthly Giveaway for Newsletter Subscribers | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: Unknown

Play Now: Sorry. Your browser cannot play this video. If you are subscribed to The PM Podcast Newsletter then you are automatically enrolled in our monthly giveaway. Each month we randomly select one newsletter subscriber to receive a free, one-year subscription to The Premium Project Management Podcast. And that's pretty much it, but you can still watch the video for all the details.

  Episode 327: Social Media Project Management Tools (Free) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Play Now: This episode is sponsored by The Agile PrepCast for the PMI-ACP Exam: Bill Dow, PMP, ITIL, CSM - Author You don’t necessarily have to manage a social media project in order to recognize the benefits of using the tools of social media project management. Furthermore, being a social media project manager is more than simply publishing a few project updates on Facebook. In order to really reap the benefits, social media has to be a fully integrated and planned part of your project’s communications management strategy. How to use and when to use social media on your project is at the center of my discussion with Bill Dow (https://www.linkedin.com/in/billdow) whose book Project Management Communication Tools includes a whole section on social media tools for our projects. In our discussion, Bill and I will review the following: Mapping social media tools to project communication tools Determining which tools to use on your projects Which tools can we use in which project phase or process group When to bring on a social media expert to help Episode Transcript Below are the first few pages of the transcript. The complete transcript is available to Premium subscribers only. Coming very soon to a podcast near you... :-) 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.

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