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  • (Video) What You Need to Know About Critical Path

    What's So Critical About Critical Path?

    If you're preparing for taking the Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam, you need to know how to calculate critical path by hand. Beyond the exam, what's important is to truly understand how critical path can help you manage your project. Too often, critical path is a red line on a Gantt chart, with little attention paid to it. In this episode, I share a video from our project management e-learning course entitled The Essentials of Project Management. Here's what you need to know about critical path!

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    Please give us feedback about The People and Projects Podcast! Take our Listener Survey at http://PeopleAndProjectsPodcast.com/ListenerSurvey. Thank you!

    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

    Total Duration 21:24

    Download episode 172

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  • (Video) What You Need to Know About PMOs: Today and In The Future, with Peter Taylor, Bill Dow, and Hussain Bandukwala

    The State of the PMO

    In this video episode, I invite Peter Taylor, Bill Dow, and Hussain Bandukwala to a roundtable discussion about project management offices (PMOs). We have a great interaction about the state of today's PMOs, how to start one and keep it relevant, how to market the PMO and get executive support, how agile is impacting the PMO, and predictions about the future.

    Here's where you can learn more about my guests:

    Let Me Hear From You!

    What's working with the PMO's you see these days? What's not working? What questions do you have from this episode? Please e-mail me (show [AT]PeopleAndProjectsPodcast [DOT]com) or leave a message on our Listener Feedback Line (847-550-3747). I look forward to hearing from you!

    Please give us feedback about The People and Projects Podcast! Take our Listener Survey at http://PeopleAndProjectsPodcast.com/ListenerSurvey. Thank you!

    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

    Total Duration 41:05

    Download episode 187

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  • Agile Project Management and the PMI-ACP® Certification

    Adapt. Deliver. Fast.

    If you are in the business of delivering projects, especially in the area of software development, you have certainly heard about agile project management. A good sign that the influence of agile continues to grow is when the Project Management Institute created the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner credential (PMI-ACP®) in 2012.

    If you are actively involved with agile in any of its many forms, it's worth learning more about the PMI-ACP certification. And if you're not currently utilizing agile practices, it's worth investing time to understand what it is and isn't.

    Welcoming Back Cornelius Fichtner, PMP

    In this episode, I welcome back my friend and podcast colleague Cornelius Fichtner, whom you probably know as the voice of The Project Management Podcast. In this episode I talk with Cornelius about agile, the PMI-ACP certification, and a new way to study for the PMI-ACP that might just fit your style of learning.

    Try the Agile PrepCast™

    If you want to study to pass the PMI-ACP exam, check out The Agile PrepCast. Cornelius and his team have been working for over a year to make this a critical resource in your preparation. Similar to his PM PrepCast offering, the learning is delivered via a podcast stream so you can watch or listen to it in a manner that is convenient to your work and lifestyle.

    For years I have been affiliate of Cornelius' products and it is with great confidence that I recommend the Agile PrepCast to you.

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    Are you a regular listener to The People and Projects Podcast? I'd love to have your voice added to the beginning or end of the cast. Just send me an e-mail saying "I'd love to help!" I would love to have the opportunity to talk with you directly so contact me today and we'll set up a time to record your piece.

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    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

    Total Duration 36:19

    Download episode 95

     

    A Little Agile Humor

    My favorite agilists tend to be people who don't take themselves too seriously. Enjoy!

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  • Being a Student of PM, with Josh Nankivel

    Episode Duration 28:27

    Download episode 45

    So, let me ask you.... Are you a student of your profession? Conferences are a great way to invest in your learning--it's one way to remain a student. But how else do you make sure you continue to learn? Listening to this podcast is a clear way to keep growing, and each month we have more premium subscribers who get additional content that supplements these episodes with more personalized coaching.

    For this episode I wanted to focus on those who are in project management roles or who aspire to be there someday. There are many great resources for being a student of project management. And one of my favorite resources is pmStudent.

    Josh also mentioned the following sites:

    Thank you for joining us for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

  • Change Anything, with best-selling author Kerry Patterson

    Total Duration 27:07

    Download episode 55

    So let me ask you a question: How strong is your willpower? When you want to make a change, how successful are you at not only making it but also sustaining it?

    Whether at work or outside, whether personally or with a group of people, learning how to effectively change is critical. And it needs to start with us individually.

    One of my favorite books of the year just came out. It's entitled Change Anything: The New Science of Personal Success and it is from the authors of Crucial Conversations, Crucial Confrontations, and Influencer: The Power to Change Anything. I had the real pleasure of talking with author Kerry Patterson earlier this month and look forward to sharing that interview with you in this episode.

    You can learn more about Kerry's organization by visiting http://www.vitalsmarts.com.

    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

  • Get Your PMP®, an interview with Cornelius Fichtner, PMP

    Total Duration 33:07

    Download episode 46

    One of the real pleasures of my job is to help project managers get their Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification. For years I procrastinated in getting my PMP® certification--perhaps that is your story as well. Or maybe you're wondering if it would make sense for you to get a certification.

    In this episode, I talk with Cornelius Fichtner, the venerable host of The Project Management Podcast, about issues related to PMP® certification. Cornelius has been helping students with their PMP®Exam Prep for over ten years. So if you’re considering getting certified or in the process of preparing right now, this interview is especially for you.

    Here are links to learn more about the PMP® Prep offerings from Cornelius:

    Thank you for joining us for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

  • Great on the Job, with author and Harvard blogger Jodi Glickman

    Total Duration 30:48

    Download episode 51

    Last week I facilitated a tutorial and delivered a new keynote to over 800 people at the STAREAST conference in Orlando. It had been a while since our family had visited Florida so I had the opportunity to bring my wife and three children along, which was great! Between speaking engagements we had the opportunity to spend time at Disney and if you've spent any time at a Disney park, chances are customer service and quality come to mind. People at Disney know how to be great on the job. They are patient with demanding customers and seemingly cool under the heat of the Florida sun.
    What does it take to be great on the job?As it turns out, there's a book by that name out this week by Jodi Glickman. I had the opportunity to catch up with Jodi recently and look forward to sharing that interview about her book with you this week.

    Learn more about Jodi's organization at http://greatonthejob.com. You can also find her HBR posts at http://blogs.hbr.org/glickman.

    Thank you for joining us for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

  • Honoring a Project Management Legacy, with Max Wideman

    Total Duration 36:07

    Download episode 131

    A Lifetime of Commitment to Project Management

    In this episode, we speak with Max Wideman, one of the original authors of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (in fact, he coined the term "PMBOK Guide"). Today Max continues to share his insights on project management on his information-packed website MaxWideman.com.

    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

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  • How Agile Are You? An interview with author Andy Crowe, PMP, PgMP, PMI-ACP

    Agile is getting plenty of attention these days and for good reasons. When done well on aligned projects, great customer value can be delivered.

    Many people who listen to this podcast are certified PMP’s or are at least considering certification in the future. You may be aware that Project Management Institute has a relatively new agile certification: the PMI-ACP℠. One of the best new books available to help people pass the ACP exam is from Andy Crowe. You likely know Andy as the author of the popular book entitled The PMP Exam: How to Pass on Your First Try. Andy recently released The PMI-ACP Exam: How To Pass On Your First Try.

    In this episode, I talk with Andy about agile, about the certification, and about project management overall.

    Links to Resources

    To learn more from Andy, check out his blog at http://www.velociteach.com/blog/. I invite you to check out his books on Amazon, including

    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

    Total Duration 23:54

    Download episode 74

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  • How Project Managers Become Project Leaders, with author Susanne Madsen


    Total Duration 37:00

    Download episode 128

    Not Just Managing But Leading

    I'm happy to welcome Susanne Madsen to the podcast. Susanne recently published The Power of Project Leadership: 7 Keys to Help You Transform from Project Manager to Project Leader.

    Learn more about Susanne and her book at http://www.powerofprojectleadership.com/.

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    To learn more and take advantage of the early-bird discount, visit LeadershipFastTrackProgram.com.

    Tell Your Friends!

    As our college intern says in the opening of this episode, we'd love to let more people know about The People and Projects Podcast. How about you tell some friends and colleagues about us? If nothing else, it will make Zach look like he's really good at his job. :)

    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

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  • How Scrum Helps You Do Twice the Work in Half the Time, with Scrum inventor and co-creator Jeff Sutherland

    Total Duration 41:32

    Download episode 152

    Too Good to Be True?

    In this episode, I welcome Scrum inventor and co-creator Jeff Sutherland. He's the author of Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time. Does getting twice the work done in half the time sound like a promise that's too good to be true? Well, read Jeff's book and you'll find this isn't just conjecture. There's evidence that Scrum could radically help you and your team more reliably deliver your projects.

    Learn more about Jeff and his company at http://ScrumInc.com. Also, you can find the Scrum Guides at http://ScrumGuides.org.

    Join me for a Free Webinar

    Want to learn more about how to deliver successfully when you're faced with uncertainty? I'm leading a free webinar for listeners of The People and Projects Podcast. Join me on Thursday, 4 August, 2016 at 11:00am Central (GMT-5). Register for free at http://PeopleAndProjectsPodcast.com/Webinar.

    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

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  • How to Keep Your Project Stakeholders Engaged, with Dr. Lynda Bourne

    Total Duration 48:22

    Download episode 155

    You Have More Stakeholders Than You Realize

    One of the primary reasons so much of our emphasis on The People and Projects Podcast is on the people side of our profession is because that is often the biggest struggle. In many ways, project management is really people management, and learning how to navigate the people side of our projects is critical for sustained success.

    In today's episode, we focus on the topic of stakeholder management. We're joined by Dr. Lynda Bourne, author of Making Projects Work: Effective Stakeholder and Communication Management. You can learn more about Lynda, including information about the Stakeholder Circle® at http://www.stakeholdermapping.com/.

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    Want to get your PDUs for listening to The People and Projects Podcast? Click here to learn everything you need to know.

    Also, contact me to get a coupon code that takes $100 USD off the price of our Advanced Project Management e-learning (worth 20 PDUs). You can contact me at show [AT]peopleandprojectspodcast [DOT]com.

    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

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  • How to Lead Better Project Meetings

    Free Premium Episode

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    To give you a sense of the extra coaching they get each month, I'm including this premium episode into our standard free podcast feed. You can learn more about Premium Subscrptions at bit.ly/PremiumSubscribe. 

    Meetings!

    Oh, how we love to hate meetings! In this premium video episode I share 10 keys to lead more effective project meetings. At the end you're invited to join the conversation! What are the most important lessons you've learned? Leave your response in a comment here or on our Facebook page.

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    Total Duration: 23:45

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  • In the Trenches with Ryan Endres

    In The Trenches.... Like You

    A month or so ago I was talking with listener Mike Settlemire. Mike was participating in our Advanced Project Management e-learning program and we were talking about the podcast. Mike had a suggestion: what about interviewing practitioners? People who are leading and delivering in the real world?

    Insights from Your Peers, Not Authors

    Hey, I love bringing you discussions with people like John Kotter, Dan Pink, Kerry Patterson, Adam Grant, and the many other guests we have had thus far. And we will continue to deliver interviews from authors of books that can stretch and inform us to better lead and deliver.

    But I think Mike is exactly right! Some times it can be just as effective to hear from a peer. What does he or she do to help them lead and deliver? What has led to their success and what would they do over?

    Introducing Ryan Endres

    Our first installment of our In the Trenches series is with Ryan Endres, PMP. In the interview Ryan shares insights and lessons that have helped him successfully lead and deliver.

    During the discussion, Ryan mentions the following resources:

    In the interview, Ryan mentions a status report that he loves to use. Ryan was gracious enough to share it with us. Click the icon below to download the Microsoft Word file:

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    Whether you need contact hours for PMP certification or PDUs, we can help! Our e-learning is engaging, informative, and even fun. Go to http://courses.i-leadonline.com/courses/advanced-project-management to get 20 PDU's for a great price. If you need contact hours to prepare for your PMP, check our PMP Prep e-learning at http://www.nanacast.com/pmp-exam-prep.

    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

    Total Duration 24:13

    Download episode 89

     

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  • In the Trenches, with Kiron Bondale, PMP

    Introducing Kiron Bondale, PMP

    We continue our In the Trenches series of episodes, with this interview with Kiron Bondale, PMP. Kiron runs the Project Management Office at Agricorp. Make sure to check out Kiron's insightful blog at http://kbondale.wordpress.com.

    Kiron has graciously offered to share a risk register template with listeners of The People and Projects Podcast. Click the icon below to download the Microsoft Excel file:

    20 PDUs for a Great Price!

    Whether you need contact hours for PMP®certification or PDUs, we can help! Our e-learning is engaging, informative, and even fun. Go to http://courses.i-leadonline.com/courses/advanced-project-management to get 20 PDU's for a great price. 

     

    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

    Total Duration 15:54

    Download episode 92

     

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  • In the Trenches, with Mike Durbin, PMP

    Episode Duration 20:29

    Download episode 101

    Introducing Mike Durbin, PMP

    We continue our In the Trenches series with this discussion with Mike Durbin, PMP.Mike shares insights and lessons he's learned in his years of leading teams and delivering projects.

    Get PDUs or Contact Hours For Less!

    Want to get 35 PDUs or contact hours for a great price? Check out our PMP®Exam Prep e-learning at http://courses.i-leadonline.com/bundles/pm-certification-exam-prep. This is a great option, whether you're preparing for the exam or want to refresh your knowledge for PDU's.

    Add Your Voice to Our Podcast!

    Are you a regular listener to The People and Projects Podcast? I'd love to have your voice added to the beginning or end of the cast. Just send me an e-mail saying "I'd love to help!" I would love to have the opportunity to talk with you directly so contact me today and we'll set up a time to record your piece.

    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

     

    Drive by Management

    Some Zig Quotes

    Mike mentions a Zig Ziglar quote during the interview. Here's a sampling of the wisdom of the late Zig Ziglar.

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  • In the Trenches, with Paul Weber, PMP

    Introducing Paul Weber, PMP


    We continue our In the Trenches series with this discussion with Paul Weber, PMP.
    Paul shares insights and lessons he's learned in his years of leading teams and delivering projects.

    To learn more about Paul and to contact him about the free EVM and PERT calculators mentioned in this episode, go to http://www.pmpguy44.com.

     

    Join our Facebook Page

    I invite you to stop by our podcast Facebook page! "Like" it and the join the discussion.

    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

    Total Duration 21:50

    Download episode 96

     

    Bob Sutton on Power Poisoning

    Paul warned us to make sure we don't think of leadership as being the boss, or being bossy. Here's one of my favorite authors talking about power poisoning, the effect that happens when someone gets power.

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  • Leading and Delivering with Virtual Teams, with guest Dr. Karen Sobel Lojeski

    Total Duration 46:07

    Download episode 7

    Let's face it: it's challenging enough to lead and deliver when your team is all together in one location!The problems compound when team members are distributed across multiple locations and perhaps even time zones.

    When is the best time to meet? How often? How can we help this team truly work together and feel like a team? It's a real challenge for those who desire to excel at delivering projects and leading teams in today's virtual workplace.

    I've had to learn many lessons the hard way while managing distributed teams that include offshore development. What I've learned over the years is this: great teams, whether located together or spread out across the globe, don't just happen. We have to absolutely be intentional about forming, developing, and maintaining them. If we don't we always leave much needed productivity on the table.

    These days when I'm looking for fresh insights on virtual teams and leadership I turn to my colleague Dr. Karen Sobel Lojeski, author of Uniting the Virtual Workforce: Transforming Leadership and Innovation in the Globally Integrated Enterprise. Her views on leadership and team development in a virtual world are always timely and insightful. I look forward to your feedback on my interview with her in this episode.

    You can learn more about Karen and her company at http://www.virtualdistance.com/.

    A major part of team effectiveness comes down to relationships. In fact, just about everything in business and life comes down to relationships, which is the main point of our keynote presentation entitled The Dirty Little Secret of Business. Though the title sounds provocative, the message is clear: whether we're talking about your individual success or that of your company, chances are it is heavily dependent on the strength of relationships.

    Contact me at andy [AT]i-leadonline [DOT]com or toll-free at 866-884-5323 to learn more about how this keynote can put an exclamation point on your upcoming company or department gathering, offsite retreat, or association meeting.

    And here's a big thank you to you! Baseline magazine rated the People and Projects Podcast one of the Ten Must-Listen To podcasts regarding project management. If you're getting value from these episodes, take a moment to tell your friends and colleagues!

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  • Managing Extreme Projects, with author and consultant Doug DeCarlo

    Total Duration 30:20

    Download episode 8

    My favorite extreme project management guru is Doug DeCarlo, author of the book eXtreme Project Management: Using Leadership, Principles and Tools to Deliver Value in the Face of Volatility. I had the opportunity to catch up with Doug recently and look forward to your feedback after you listen to my interview with him in this episode.

    Thank you for listening to The People and Projects Podcast! If you enjoy this free resource I invite you to get the word out to friends and colleagues that would benefit. Also, please send me a note to let me know what you're learning from each episode. You can reach me by e-mail at podcast [AT]i-leadonline [DOT]com.

    Enjoy the interview!

  • Managing Generation Y, an interview with author and speaker Bruce Tulgan

    Total Duration 34:01

    Download episode 10

    You've heard the terms Generation X and Generation Y. There are plenty of stereotypes associated with each term. Yet when you're responsible for leading a team that spans generations, it's easy to struggle with challenges that vary from attention spans to how to best motivate and recognize accomplishment.

    Or maybe you are working for a younger boss. He or she is the age of one of your adult kids! What are some ideas to keep in mind to help you manage your younger boss?

    When I'm looking for insights into leading across generations, I turn to one of the foremost experts on young people in the workplace: Bruce Tulgan. Bruce is the author of Not Everyone Gets a Trophy: How to Manage Generation Y. You'll find my interview with Bruce in this cast helpful as you seek to lead today's workforce.

    Click here to order Not Everyone Gets a Trophy on Amazon.com. Also, I invite you to check out Bruce's organization: Rainmaker Thinking. I enjoy getting Bruce's video newsletter each week and recommend it to you and your team.

    In our last cast I announced a drawing for two copies of Phil Simon's book Why New Systems Fail. The two winners are Renee Klivickis and Bob Sims! Congratulations to you both!

    Enjoy the cast!

  • Managing Politics and Conflict in Projects, with author Brian Irwin, PMP

    Total Duration 28:20

    Download episode 13

    Hello! Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast.

    I'm over in Europe this week facilitating a project management workshop for a great international company. Though I'm thousands of miles from home in a culture and language that is notably different from my own, I find a couple things remain the same:if you want to deliver projects and lead teams anywhere in this world, you're going to have to deal with conflict and organizational politics.

    It's just a reality of working with people.

    When I think of politics with projects, I think of my colleague Brian Irwin, PMP. Brian is the author of Managing Politics and Conflict in Projects, published by Management Concepts and is a contributing author to the book The 77 Deadly Sins of Project Management (Management Concepts, 2009). I had the opportunity to talk with Brian recently and look forward to sharing that interview with you in this episode.


    How about letting your friends and colleagues know about The People and Projects Podcast! Send them a link to our web page here, or have them look us up on iTunes! It would be a privilege for me to help develop their ability to lead and deliver as well.

    Thank you for joining me today! Have a great week! We'll see you next time on The People and Projects Podcast!

  • Managing Project Risks (Part 1) with Dr. David Hillson

    Total Duration 22:09

    Download episode 49

    What comes to mind when you think of the term "risk"? In our workshops and keynotes regarding project management, the topic of risk inevitably is talked about, and in those discussions it's clear that one's views and attitudes about risk significantly impact how a project is managed.

    A problem with risk is when we lose perspective on it. For example, "I won't get out of bed today because something bad could happen." But then there's flip side as well, where we leap from the platform exclaiming, "I hope the bungee cord is attached!"

    Whether at work or in life, there are an endless number of things we could worry about, and I know plenty of leaders that admit they are good worriers! It's been said that one of the best antidotes for anxiety is action, and a way to move your team and project from worrying to action is risk management.

    To talk about this issue I went to one of the clearest and most prolific voices on the topic, Dr. David Hillson. I've split my discussion with David into two episodes and look forward to sharing this first portion with you in this episode.

    You can learn more about David Hillson at his website http://www.risk-doctor.com. You'll find helpful articles and links related to risk management.

    In the second portion of this interview, David recommends a couple specific books, including Exploiting Future Uncertainty and Managing Risk in Projects. Also, you may want to check out Dr. Hillson's newest book The Failure Files: Perspectives on Failure.

    Join me in the next episode where Dr. David Hillson and I talk about how to take the next step with risk management in your organization. Note: for my premium subscribers, your additional coaching episode will be published with the second portion of the interview.

    Thank you for joining us for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

  • Managing Project Risks (Part 2) with Dr. David Hillson

    Total Duration 16:30

    Download episode 50

    In our last episode I began a discussion with Dr. David Hillson from the U.K. regarding risks and risk attitudes. In this episode, David and I continue that conversation with a focus on how we can help our organizations take the next step in implementing risk management practices.

    David recommended a couple specific books in this discussion, including Exploiting Future Uncertainty and Managing Risk in Projects. Also, you may want to check out Dr. Hillson's newest book The Failure Files: Perspectives on Failure.

    Thank you for joining us for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

  • PDUs for PMPs, with guest Cornelius Fichtner, PMP

    Total Duration 23:57

     Download episode 24

    I love helping project managers get their PMP certification. For those of you who have completed that journey, you know it's a lot of work! There are plenty of you listening who have been putting it off and would benefit from taking action on that this year.


    But what about once you get the certification? You enthusiastically cross the finish line and are awarded with... the need to get PDU's to retain your certification!

    If you have a plan, getting your required continuing education credits is not that big of a challenge. But waiting until the end of your three year term is not a good plan.

    This cast is to help you put together a plan to get those PDU's, and you'll hear from the one and only Cornelius Fichtner, host of The Project Management Podcast. Cornelius will tell you about his favorite ways to get PDU's, including a new offering he's rolling out soon called The PDU Podcast.

    Click here to learn more about The PDU Podcast (or go to http://nanacast.com/vp/107168/81275/).

    And, hey, for those of you who have been putting off getting your certification, give me a call! If you're in the Chicago area I have a PMP Prep workshop on some selected Saturdays over the next two months. As of the recording date, there are still 3 slots open. You can reach me toll-free at 866-884-5323.

    If you can't attend the class, here's another idea! One of my favorite recommendations for helping aspiring project managers to get their certification is The PMP PrepCast, also from our friend Cornelius. It's one of the best values for the dollar to help you pass the exam. You can find the PMP PrepCast here.

    Thanks for joining us for this episode ofThe People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

  • People and Projects Podcast Webinar Replay: Coach Cast and Jim Johnson Interview

    Total Duration 53:02

    Download episode 117

    On a regular basis, we invite listeners of The People and Projects Podcast to gather for a follow-up webinar. These webinars allow us to go into more detail on the content from one or more previous episodes.

    This video episode is a replay of our follow-up webinar on Episodes 115 and 116. Please join us for future webinars!

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  • Project Management Beyond PMI, an interview with Bill Duncan, primary author of the original PMBOK(R) Guide

    Total Duration: 30:26

    Download episode 18

    I have the real privilege of helping organizations around the world improve their ability to deliver projects and lead teams. In 2008 we added a PMP Exam Prep offering to our mix to help project managers who want to get their Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institute.

    I have to say this while I can because it's only a matter of time before I won't be able to! So far, every one of our students who have attended our workshops and taken the PMP certification exam have passed! Now obviously I can't take too much credit for this track record because anyone who wants to pass the PMP exam must have a fair amount of experience to even apply. In addition, there's plenty of study required. That said, it's totally passable and we can help you.

    If you are a project manager and haven't yet pursued certification, I strongly recommend you consider making it a goal for the coming year. Click here to learn more about PMP certification.

    Now of course PMP certification is an obvious option, but did you know there are other well respected, if not as well known, project management certifications? In this cast you'll hear from Bill Duncan. If Bill's name isn't familiar, his work will be to many of you. Bill was the primary author of the original PMBOK® Guide and shares some helpful insights on certification and delivering successful projects.

    To learn more about the American Society for the Advancement of Project Management and the certification Bill talks about in this cast, check out http://www.asapm.org/blog.

    Would you like to help your organization improve its ability to deliver projects more reliably? Our project management series of workshops take well established project management practices and use proven adult learning methods to help you put them into action. Whether you're looking for certification for a selected group of PM's or helping your entire organization improve their project management competencies, our workshops and coaching can help you make a real improvement in the coming year.

    Thank you for joining us for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! For my Jewish friends I trust you had a very Happy Hanukkah! And for my listeners celebrating Christmas this week, I wish you and those you love a very Merry Christmas! Have a great start to your New Year!



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    NOTE: This interview was revised on 4/30/2012 at the request of Mr. Duncan.

  • Project Management Expert Interview with Dr. Mike Clayton

    Total Duration 49:03

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    Expert Insights From a Brilliant Project Manager

    One of the true joys I have in my role is the opportunity to meet and interact with people from all over the world. And when I have the opportunity to spend some time talking with people who have a passion for leading teams and delivering projects, it's particularly fun!

    One of my new friends in the last year is a brilliant project management thought leader from the UK: Dr. Mike Clayton. In this episode, Mike and I talk about subjects including:

    • Stakeholder management, including how to keep stakeholders engaged.
    • Influencing challenging stakeholders and team members.
    • How organizational politics impact how we lead projects.
    • How to manage risks on projects (and what aspect of risk management gets too little attention).

    Learn more about Mike and his online PM courses at http://www.onlinepmcourses.com/about/.

    It's All About Relationships

    As Mike and I talk in this episode, a lot of success leading projects comes down to building relationships. Learn how to more effectively build relationships by signing up for our Dirty Little Secret of Business e-learning course. Earn 1.5 PDUs while learning how to more effectively develop relationships.

    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast!

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  • Project Sponsorship, with guest Alfonso Bucero, PMP

    How important is executive support to your ability to deliver? The answer is: probably even more important than you realize!

    Effective project sponsorship is often rare in most organizations, which is why I'm looking forward to you learning from this episode's guest: Alfonso Bucero.

    Total Duration: 21:21


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  • The Most Important Lesson You Learned Last Year

    Total Duration 31:53

    Download episode 126

    What Did You Learn Last Year?

    What's something specific you've learned in the last 12 months that you either didn't know before then or you had to re-learn it? That's a question I asked some of my favorite continual learners--friends and colleagues who are committed to developing their abilities.

    In this episode you'll hear from:

    Share Your Lesson!

    Please e-mail me (show [AT]PeopleAndProjectsPodcast [DOT]com) or leave a message on our Listener Feedback Line (847-550-3747). What did you learn last year? I look forward to hearing from you!

     

    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Here's to a great start to the year!

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  • The Most Important Lesson You Learned Last Year

    Total Duration 39:48

    Download episode 159

    What Did You Learn Last Year?

    What's something specific you've learned in the last 12 months that you either didn't know before then or you had to re-learn it? That's a question I asked some of my favorite continual learners--friends and colleagues who are committed to developing their abilities.

    In this episode you'll hear from:

    Share Your Lesson!

    Please e-mail me (show [AT]PeopleAndProjectsPodcast [DOT]com) or leave a message on our Listener Feedback Line (847-550-3747). What did you learn last year? I look forward to hearing from you!

     

    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Here's to a great year ahead!

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  • The Project Success Method, with author Clint Padgett

    Total Duration 22:04

    Download episode 29

    Click here to get your copySo when it comes right down to it... what can you do to better ensure that you successfully deliver the projects you're managing? 

    It's a question I love working with our clients on, and it's a question that is directly addressed in Clint Padgett's book The Project Success Method: A Proven Approach for Achieving Superior Project Performance in as Little as 5 Days. I had the opportunity to talk with Clint recently and look forward to sharing that interview with you in this episode.

    To learn more about Clint and his organization, I invite you to check them out at projectsuccess.com.

    Do you have an upcoming company meeting or retreat? We have keynote presentations that can inspire and motivate your teams to successfully deliver the projects and lead their teamsContact us at 866-884-5323 to learn more.

    Thanks for joining us for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

  • Why MacGyver Would Be a Great (and Happy) Project Manager

    Total Duration 46:13

    Download episode 165

    Constraints are.... Good?

    Timeframes. Budgets. Staffing. Project managers constantly face confounding constraints on their journey to deliver a project. Constraints limit our options. They seem to make it more difficult to deliver. And they might be exactly what we need, according to author Scott Sonenshein. Scott is the author of the new book Stretch: Unlock the Power of Less--and Achieve More Than You Ever Imagined. Scott relates why being MacGyver-like, adaptable to the constraints we encounter, can help us not only be more successful, but happier as well.

    Learn more about Scott at http://www.scottsonenshein.com/

    Have Andy Speak at Your Company!

    I spend most of my weekdays delivering project management and leadership workshops and keynotes at companies and conferences. Visit http://www.i-leadonline.com/workshops to learn more about how we can help you and your teams learn how to lead and deliver.

    Also, learn more about our e-learning course about developing stakeholder relationships by visiting http://courses.i-leadonline.com/courses/the-dirty-little-secret-of-business.

    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast!

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  • Why Projects Fail (and How We Can Fix That), with Jim Johnson from The Standish Group

    Total Duration 27:05

    Download episode 116

    Never Had a Failed Project?

    Have you ever had a project that failed? Be careful--this is a truth test! If someone tells you they always deliver on time, on budget, with all the specified scope, be wary! Delivering projects successfully every time sounds great in an interview but a challenge in the real world.

    My guest today is Jim Johnson, Founder and Chairman of The Standish Group. Jim has a passion to understand why things break and how to fix them. In this discussion we talk about why projects break, and some ideas on how to improve the likelihood of successfully delivering.

    You can learn more about Jim and The Standish Group at http://www.StandishGroup.com.

    Call Me!

    Why do you listen to The People and Projects Podcast? What has helped you? What questions do you have for me? I love hearing from listeners and I want to hear from you! So call me! You can leave a message on our Podcast Listener Feedback line by phone or Skype. You can leave a message by phone at 847-550-3747 or by Skype at andy.kaufman.i-lead. Thanks!

    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

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  • You Can Be a Better Writer, with Tips from Bryan A. Garner

    So, how do you feel when each of the following occurs?

    • You come across a typo in a project document.
    • You receive an e-mail that is pages and pages long.
    • Someone hits Reply All and there are hundreds of people on copy.
    • You're stuck in a meeting listening to a presenter who has mastered every business cliche in the book!

    Yuck. We're living in a business climate where writing skills matter so much but get so little attention.

    Tips for Better Business Writing

    Ever sit there in front of your monitor, your keyboard anxiously waiting for you to start typing your communication and you just feel stuck? Wouldn't it be great if there was a concise guide to improve your business writing?

    Thankfully, there is! My guest in this episode is Professor Bryan A. Garner. He is the author of over 20 books, including Garner's Modern American Usage, Black's Law Dictionary (editor-in-chief), and the grammar and usage chapter in the venerable The Chicago Manual of Style. Brian recently published The HBR Guide to Better Business Writing, published by Harvard Business Review Press.

    If you want to raise the bar and think outside the box to leverage best practices in business writing, well, um, just listen to this interview with Bryan! You can learn more about Bryan and his organization at http://www.lawprose.org.

    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

    Total Duration 23:44

    Download episode 91

     

    Business Jargon Gone Wild

    It's so easy for me to succumb to bizspeak. In the spirit of mocking business jargon, here's a 2 minute video from some friends in the U.K.:

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