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5 Reasons Why People Fail the PMP Exam

The PMP credential is one of the most popular project management certifications out there. The exam to earn it can however be a challenge, and not everyone passes it, in spite of the availability of prep courses and other training materials. In an article for Project Times, PMP prep teacher Emil Tarka gives five different reasons he believes that people fail the PMP exam: Lack of preparation Difficult exam Turning the PMP exam into an …

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Untangling Your Organization’s Decision-Making

Armed with extensive analytics, and being mindful of the many biases that affect our perceptions, business leaders should be better equipped to make decisions than ever. However, business complexity has also increased such that decision-making accountability has become too messily dispersed. The final result is a tangle. In an article for McKinsey, Aaron De Smet, Gerald Lackey, and Leigh M. Weiss comprehensively address how to clean up decision-making processes in your business. Piercing the Impenetrable …

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Meeting the IT Profitability Objective

Cutting costs only takes a business so far, especially as it pertains to IT. When faced with constricted budgets, Steve Heilenman, CIO of Computer Aid, Inc. (CAI), believes we should take this as an opportunity to “reposition technology to assume new roles in meeting the objectives of the business.” In an article for CIOReview, he shares the methods he uses to make IT a critical business enabler. Building Self-Sufficient IT To better support CAI, which …

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The Paradox of Workplace Productivity

Can a company have productive employees and still be failing in their overall productivity? In an article for Harvard Business Review, Ryan Fuller explains how there are different types of productivity that mangers need to begin to recognize. One Hand Does Not Wash the Other Fuller states that productivity is “the amount of value produced divided by the amount of cost (or time) required to do so.” This formula is deceivingly simple in structure, but …

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The 7 Aspects of Project Relationship Management

As project management professionals we all have become increasingly aware of the importance of the so-called “soft skills” aspect of our profession. In recent years, skills such as time management, communication (verbal and non-verbal), emotional intelligence (EQ), facilitation, conflict resolution, and organizational management have received more and more recognition as essential aspects of successful project management. Let’s add to that list a skill I like to call “Project Relationship Management” or PRM. There are upwards …

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10 Surprising Insights about How Your Brain Works (that Improve Productivity)

The human mind is a highly complex but extremely fascinating thing. In an article for Fast Company, Belle Beth Cooper explores several different facts about mental functions. These are tips you can take with you to work more productively in every aspect of life. There are 10 interesting facts about how the brain works: When you are tired, creative work is better. Stress changes the brain. You cannot multitask. Nap time is a good time. …

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5 Lesser-Known Tricks to Make Your Meetings More Productive

The office life is rampant with dull meetings and uninspired lectures. Although the material itself may be important for the audience to retain, it is presented in a fashion that is more likely to inspire a nap than hard work. In an article for Project Smart, Brad Egeland shares five tricks of the trade to keep those attendees awake and focused on the important information at hand: Say no to whiteboards. Avoid those morning and …

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6 Ways to Grow Your Team Members that Will Please Clients

In state government IT, teams very likely will be made up of a blend of state employees and consultants. These days, skilled workers are not content to keep the same skills. They hunger for newer and better ways to develop solutions. These are exactly the type of consultant you want on your team, but you won’t keep them long if you don’t make an effort to help them in their development. You as the project …

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How to Disagree with Someone More Powerful than You

Whether it is an argument about where to go for dinner or a spat over who the best team is, everyone has disagreements on a regular basis. What may be problematic, and intimidating, is when these disagreements are with a person who has more power than you. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Amy Gallo explores some options when you have a different idea than your superiors. The Thrilla over Vanilla Envelopes It is …

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Beware of the Productivity Measurement Fallacy

Can money and productivity be measured on the same spectrum? Unfortunately, money saved does not always equate to greater productivity from employees. In an article for CIO.com, Eric Bloom explores his own experience with this fallacy. Pitfall Ahead In the business he was employed at, there was a company-wide productivity initiative. The program was explicit in its intentions, and there were even prizes to be awarded to the team that generated the greatest company savings. …

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