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  • Low Cost PDU Ideas For Project Management Professionals
    As a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification holder, you will need 60 Professional Development Units (PDU) every 3 years for your re-certification. There are 2 divisions and 6 categories of PDUs defined by the Project Management Institute (PMI). In this article we will review the "Giving Back to The Profession" division, which includes Categories D, E and F. You can earn a maximum of 45 PDUs in these categories combined.
  • Earn Professional Development Unit (PDU) Credits Without Spending Too Much Money
    Maintaining your Project Management Professional (PMP) certification requires that you earn Professional Development Units or PMI PDU to renew your credential, but doing so you can be facing relatively high costs.
  • Getting Status Updates On Your Projects
    Receiving regular and reliable status updates from team members and sub-suppliers is critical for a Project Manager. It allows you to strategically plan, identify any possible risks or delays early on, and to proactively make changes or mitigate potential problems before it becomes too late. The article provides a few key tips to assist you to lead a more effective status reporting process.
  • What You Need To Know About Professional Development Units (PDU) Category Structure
    To remain a PMP credential holder, you must participate in PMI's "Continuing Certification Requirements System (CCRS)" program. The PMP credential requires you to obtain 60 PDUs during each three-year cycle. In essence, the Project Management Institute (PMI) wants you as a Project Management Professional (PMP) to continuously learn new skills.
  • Choosing Your Next Challenge After PMP Certification
    You have successfully completed your PMP Certification. Congratulations! That is quite a feat. All your hard work and determination have paid off. After a bit of time to catch your breath, you may feel the need to continue your studies and yearn for continuous learning. For those of you looking for the next challenge, this article describes 3 possible options for you to consider as your next steps.
  • Seven Tips For Effective Crisis Management
    A crisis can happen at any time, in any situation. Even if you think you have all your bases covered, guess again. Crises can come in all shapes, sizes, degrees and from many angles - from natural disasters, technical problems, internal corporate issues and bankruptcies. They can happen at the drop of a dime and be very devastating to those in its path. This article gives seven tips on how to have effective crisis management.
  • Bootcamp Versus Online Training For The Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification Exam
    This article provides a brief comparison between the advantages and disadvantages of choosing between Bootcamps and Online Training while preparing for the the PMP Certification Exam.
  • Project Management Applications For Small Businesses
    For small businesses having a collaborative tool providing multiple features including task assignment, time tracking, CRM, document management, mobile connectivity and third party invoicing can make a huge difference in company's bottom line.
  • Five Steps To Tell Your Boss That Your Workload Is Too High
    Approaching and communicating issues with your boss or supervisor can always be challenging for even the most experienced Project Manager. Finding the right time, the right words and the right solutions so they understand your perspective can be extremely daunting.This article gives tips on how to approach your boss when your workload is too high.
  • Ten Steps in Managing Procurement and Suppliers for Project Managers
    Properly managing the procurement process and your supply chain is extremely important for Project Managers. A lot of factors can go wrong with time delays, poor quality products, mishandled or lost shipments. This article gives 10 key points to implement with all your projects to minimize procurement problems.
  • Cultivating Productive Working Relationships For Project Managers
    It's imperative to establish a productive relationship with everyone in order to gain focus on your projects. To do this you need to build trust, create a respectful environment, be sensitive to others, as well as establish the right tone and atmosphere within your area or team. This article gives you suggestions on how to cultivate better working relationships.
  • How Many Hours of Study Are Required to Prepare for the PMP Certification Exam?
    Setting aside the proper amount of time for studying for the PMP Certification Exam is extremely important. Knowing how many hours you should be devoting to your studies will allow you to better focus your efforts and to be less likely to waste your valuable time. This article details how many hours are required to prepare for the PMP Certification Exam.
  • Liquidated Damages: Quick Tips For Project Managers
    In a perfect world, projects are completed on time and exactly according to specification. However, we don't live in a perfect world. To effectively manage this risk, sometimes within the contract a set amount (called "Liquidated Damages") is agreed upon to be paid for each day that the project is late or under-performing.This article provides quick tips for Project Managers on how to deal with Liquidated Damages.
  • Venturing Out On Your Own In Project Management Consulting
    Perhaps now is the right time to strike out on your own? It is a very exciting time, but also one filled with anxiety and uncertainty. Becoming a consultant has many risks that one needs to understand fully before making the first steps. This article outlines the steps you need to take to become fully prepared.
  • Five Tips To Successfully Pass The PMP Certification Exam
    If you plan to take the PMP Exam in 2013 and you've made it part of your New Year Resolutions, properly preparing provides the best foundation. This article contains 5 key points to remember when planning for your PMP Certification Exam.
  • Force Majeure: When The Unforeseen Happens On The Project
    As the world gets smaller with our global interactions and networking, our projects are more and more impacted by natural disasters, civil unrest and even terrorist acts throughout the world. Most contracts include specific clauses called Force Majeure (a French expression which can be translated into "Superior Force"). This article gives seven tips on how to deal with it and effectively manage your project for the future.
  • Proper Documentation Protects The Project And The Project Manager
    Don't underestimate the importance of documentation. Protect your project. Protect yourself. Document !
  • Project Manager Job Offers: Using The Sharp-Shooter Approach
    With hundreds of qualified people applying for every Project Manager job offer, setting yourself apart from the rest of the competition is important. This article gives you the tips and know how to show your potential employer that you are the one who can get the job done.
  • Quick Tips On The PMP Application Audit
    Do you know what to do if your PMP application is audited? Do you know the three ways to fail an audit with the PMI? Read this article to find the answers. In addition, this article provides some quick tips on how to handle the PMP audit process.
  • Some Facts About Applying For The PMP Certification Exam
    Get the facts about the PMP Exam application. This article gives you the important facts that you need to know about the PMP exam application process and how to avoid trouble in the future.
  • Effective Email Communications for Project Managers
    Don't let mishaps in emailing hamper the effectiveness of your communications. This article contains 10 key rules to keep in mind when you send your next emails. By following these 10 tips you can start building the baseline for effective email communications on your projects.
  • Your New Year Resolution: Passing The PMP Certification Exam
    Now is a time of reflection on what we have accomplished and not accomplished, and a time to set goals and plans for the year ahead. Regardless of the resolution, the key to sticking with it is to take small steps and making a plan. Like any project, you need to break your resolution down into small manageable parts and milestones first before tackling it head on.
  • Construction Companies Benefit From Project Management Professionals (PMP)
    There are various reasons that lead to a construction company going in trouble, including general economic conditions, not being competitive, heavy operating expenses, poor accounting system or even high employee turnover, but none impact a construction business as significantly as lack of project managerial expertise.
  • Top 5 Benefits of Getting A Project Management Certification
    Now is the time to get your Project Management Certification. Obtaining your Project Management Certification is a worthwhile investment. This article outlines the top 5 benefits of being PM certified. The time is now to get started.
  • Seven Tips For Moving From Engineering To Project Management
    Getting pigeonholed is a killer when it comes to career advancement - especially if you've spent the last 5 to 10 years progressing through the ranks in an engineering position. This article outlines 7 tips for facilitating your transition to Project Management.
  • Communicating Virtually But Effectively
    In today's increasingly global society, more companies are discovering the need to conduct business with customers, clients, and vendors from around the world. Businesses around the world are discovering new ways to manage international projects that center on virtual communication. By using the tips in this article you'll quickly discover that it's simple and efficient to talk to clients, team members, and vendors from around the world.
  • Managing Multiple Projects In 10 Easy Steps
    Juggling multiple projects can be challenging, but it is possible. There's a lot of effort to it, but it's much more work if you don't do it. This article provides 10 easy steps to managing multiple projects.
  • Beat The Holiday Boredom And Earn Your Profesional Development Units
    Beat the holiday boredom and earn your Professional Development Units (PDU). Don't let lack of time, lack of planning, or lack of discipline keep you from obtaining your required credits. Having a good plan and buying an online video-based training before departure on holidays is sure to keep you busy at times, and avoid those ridiculous situations where you get bored on holidays.
  • Nobody Likes Meetings But You Have To Like Managing Them
    Don't let meager meetings sabotage your project. Meetings are an important part of successful projects. This article outlines the skills needed for organizing a successful meeting.
  • Getting Results Without Authority for Project Managers
    One critical aspect to project management success is the ability to win respect, influence people and foster cooperation even if you don't have authority over the individuals working on your project. This article outlines some key components for project managers about getting results without having the full authority.
  • Five Easy Tips On How To Work With Difficult People In A Project Management Environment
    Dealing with difficult people isn't easy, but it is possible. This article gives you 5 tips and the insight you need to work through those difficult and awkward situations. Make the most of the difficult situation and take this opportunity to work on your people skills and become a better leader.
  • How To Avoid The Pitfalls Of International Holidays On Your Projects
    With close to 200 countries world-wide, each with their own religious, cultural and national government holidays, we can face a lot of downtime in our schedules. And, this isn't even including vacation time! Factor that into the equation and there are a lot of days in a year to account for and keep track of. This article provides 10 key ideas to help you and your team avoid suffering from these oversights.
  • Turnover : How to Deal With it On Your Projects?
    Turnover. The mere mention of just this single word can conjure up images of chaos, confusion, stressed out coworkers, and project tasks that simply slip within the cracks. By developing a turnover strategy before the beginning of major projects, you can help ensure that employee turnovers don't prevent you from achieving major project milestones.

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