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Mike Mirshams's Articles in Project Management

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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