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How to start a Project Management Office (PMO) in your organization

How to start a Project Management Office (PMO) in your organization

FAQs
As you probably know, there are a lot of articles, white papers, and blogs about how to set up a PMO. You have probably been thinking of setting one up for months or even years, but you can’t find the time or are concerned about the cost to your organization, the resistance you might get from the board of directors and/or the staff. Sound familiar? That’s because most organizations, if not all, go through the same decision-making process. What I recommend you do first is ask yourself these simple questions: Do you feel like you keep reinventing the wheel each time you start a new project and or project/process? Do you think you have the processes, guidelines, templates, etc. needed to start and run a project, but you just don’t…
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La Gestión de Riesgo Como Parte de la Vida Cotidiana

La Gestión de Riesgo Como Parte de la Vida Cotidiana

Risk Management
Cuando imparto un curso o taller de capacitación para la gestión de proyectos, siempre explico que la gestión de riesgo es mi tema preferido. Desafortunadamente casi nunca tengo la oportunidad de abordar este tema en gran detalle, dado que la gestión de riesgo es solo una de las áreas de conocimiento esenciales para cualquier proyecto. Además, he de reconocer que mi apego a la gestión de riesgo es más bien de carácter personal y los cursos que imparto son, obviamente, de índole profesional. ¿Por qué considero el tema de la gestión de riesgo tan atractivo o interesante? Primero, porque el riesgo no es nada más que incertidumbre, por lo cual tenemos que enfrentarnos a ella cada día; segundo, porque el riesgo puede ser visto como una oportunidad (riesgo positivo) así…
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Hints for Passing the PMP Exam

Hints for Passing the PMP Exam

FAQs
How much time should I spend studying for the exam? Which books should I read in order to prepare for the exam? Do I need to memorize all the ITTOs? If these questions sound familiar it is because everyone has the same concerns regarding taking the exam. Also, there are tons of blogs and online social media groups discussing all the possible configurations for studying for the exam. However, there is such a thing as overkill when it comes to preparing for the exam. My advice, after running countless PMP Exam workshops, is to follow these steps in this order: Schedule the exam preparation process, which includes the following: Preliminary studying. See item 2 below. Dates for the PMP exam preparation workshop. Post-workshop studying timeframe. Usually, no more than 1…
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La gestión de cambio basado en las expectativas de los interesados

La gestión de cambio basado en las expectativas de los interesados

Change Management
Muchos de los riesgos se pueden identificar de antemano. En cualquier caso, los riesgos El cambio es algo parecido al cambios pueden ser negativos riesgo porque ambos son incertidumbres, pero y los. El cambio normalmente se considera como algo negativo, porque la expectativa es que afectará el presupuesto o programa de trabajo. Normalmente la gestión de cambio se plantea independientemente de la gestión de interesados. La gestión de interesados debe incorporar cuales son los “puntos candentes” del cliente y otros interesados clave. Posteriormente los procedimientos y solicitudes de cambio deben incorporar estos “puntos candentes.” Los cambios que afectarán los puntos candentes requieren atención especial y deben involucrar a los interesados afectados. En la ponencia abordaré ejemplos donde la integración de las gestiones de cambio y de interesados faltó y hubieron…
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2019 is a Great Time to become a Certified Project Manager!

2019 is a Great Time to become a Certified Project Manager!

Resources
The new PMBOK 6th edition was recently released. Therefore, the PMP, as well as CAPM exams will be revised to include updated, as well as new material. The expected changes/updates are as follows: General The front-end chapters will be revised and updated: The Inputs and Outputs will be shown on one chart, and will not include the Tools and Techniques: Tools and Techniques will be grouped as follows: For example, the Tools and Techniques for the “Collect Requirements Process” will be revised as follows: Relevant Agile, Adaptive and Iterative Practices will be included in most Knowledge Areas. Project Integration Management A new process, “Manage Project Knowledge,” will be added to the Executing Process Group. More emphasis will be placed on incorporating “lessons learned” throughout the project. “Close Procurements” will be…
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Executive Career Coach

Executive Career Coach

Career Coaching
Rehab Career Session The goal is to support candidates in making informed decisions about their career development and trajectory, as well as offer various tools that they can use – CVs, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles – to meet those goals.   During the session: We will work together to create a clear path to find the kind of job you’ve always wanted. You’ll uncover the hidden challenges that may be sabotaging your success in your job search. And you’ll leave the session renewed, re-energized and inspired to finally find the job that’s right for you. This session is normally 150 euros ($175), but as a gesture of goodwill towards my readers, I am making it available for 50% off for the next 10 people.  I only have 10 spaces available for…
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Understanding Start-Up Capital

Understanding Start-Up Capital

Finance for Non Financial Managers
You probably didn’t grow up dreaming of a career in accounting. But, I promise you if you don’t understand how the numbers work, you’re going to get yourself in trouble. What is the ROI of this project? If I increase my margins, what impact will it have on the bottom line? What is the break-even analysis for adding a new truck? If this all sounds like complicated financial speak, we are here to help. Many small businesses owners struggle because they aren’t comfortable analyzing and tracking their financials – there’s just not enough time in the day and there are too many other things to worry about. Anyone interested in building a stronger business needs to understand and use the information captured in financial statements.   Financial Literacy That’s where…
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One size clearly does not fit all

One size clearly does not fit all

Training
We all have painfully sat through courses where the instructor “teaches” by reading the slides. The slides are text intensive and while lots of information is potentially conveyed, the participants don’t engage. Shortly, they have checked out. Checking emails and texts. Your precious training budget wasted. In a digital world, it seems almost counterproductive to schedule a physical training session.  We are all busy and couldn’t our time be better spent than trotting off to some training. There must be a book or online tool that can meet these objectives at a fraction of the cost and time.   Why Online Training Fails Multitasking competes for our attention. According to Gloria Mark, professor of informatics at University of California, Irvine, we are interrupted nearly every three minutes. Business books have surprisingly…
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Job Search Strategies Over 40

Job Search Strategies Over 40

Career Coaching
Due to changes in the global economy, many executives are finding themselves back in the job market.  Is job seeking a young person's game? My answers are from my personal experience in Abu Dhabi. Yes, predominantly under 45. Above 45 those who have and are still being coached by me are not necessarily searching for new ''jobs''. They seek to find what they ''love'' or like to do or have been wanting to do all their lives.  Therefore, resulting in ''creating'' their own job. By choice? My clients - yes, however, according to many other coaches not necessarily by choice. Many who have either lost their jobs above the age of 45... tend to search for a job until they realize that they are not necessarily respected as they were…
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Word of Mouth Opens Doors

Word of Mouth Opens Doors

Career Coaching
I have a two-year-old and fortunately, I have a killer babysitter - who we love, as does my daughter. A friend of mine was looking for a sitter and I referred our sitter. My friend met with the babysitter and hired her for the summer. She didn't interview anyone else, she went with my referral and was equally impressed with how quickly her daughter took to the sitter. My friend was at work and was mentioning the new sitter and how the summer arrangement was working out so well.  A co-worker overheard and asked if she could hire the sitter for the month of September.  "Don't you want to meet her? my friend asked.  "No - I know you and know you would only be happy with her if she…
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