Articles & Templates from PMIS

Articles & Templates from PMIS

Description:   From the website… “No registration required to download or read anything on our website  …  We have a number of free resources for project management practitioners and those interested in the subject. This includes articles, how to’s, templates and information that is often of real interest to those who work in project management – and to project based businesses.” Link to Articles & More:     http://www.pmis-consulting.com/articles/ Link to Templates:   http://www.pmis-consulting.com/free-project-management-templates/ Limitation:   None Publisher:   http://www.pmis-consulting.com/ What Publisher is Selling:   “Founded in 1993 and operating from the UK, PMIS provides accredited classroom and online project management training , from ‘fundamentals’ to advanced courses. We have trained staff from well over a hundred organisations – sometimes hundreds of people from just one firm…”

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#PMChat: What Are Your Project Management (PM) Non-Negotiables?

#PMChat: What Are Your Project Management (PM) Non-Negotiables?

On Friday, October 10 at 12 noon Eastern USA time  (UTC-05:00) I will be guest host for the live weekly #PMChat session on Twitter. The topic will be “The Non-Negotiables: Your ‘Must Do’ and ‘Must Have’ PM Prerequisites.”

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Video: Big Data & Big Data University, An Overview

Video: Big Data & Big Data University, An Overview

Watch my video Overview of Big Data & Big Data University here:

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The Hard vs. Soft Skill PM Debate

In this article, we will explore the differences between soft skills and hard skills of a project manager. We will also find out which skill set is more important to the project manager in achieving his/her project goals. Let’s start by defining key terms and concepts that will be used in this article. Hard Skills:  These are technical and specific abilities that relate to the core business of an organization such as writing skills, networking skills, machine operation, business analysis, design, construction, etc. These types of skills are easy to teach and quantify. It often involves the learner learning or improving a skill without having to unlearn a previous skill.  Soft skills  on the other hand are subjective and undefined. It often deals with our relationship with people such as conflict resolution, communication, listening problem solving, etc

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Facilitation Skills for Project Managers

Facilitation Skills for Project Managers

Project managers are often faced with challenges that have nothing to do with managing projects and these challenges often apply within the human domain of managing the people and the process around the project. Effectively managing the people and their interactions becomes almost as important as effectively managing the project and it could be argued that the former is as rewarding as it is strategic. Facilitation Skills for Project Managers   enables project managers to effectively facilitate group/team interactions, so they are focused on achieving project success. It very much focuses on the team and is collaborative in its nature.  This is an active learning experience for all concerned and project managers who have learnt facilitation skills reap the benefits of: Enabling exchange of information, Ensure projects are moving forward, Collaborative working to remove barriers and reach consensus (trust) Being a Project Manager and a Facilitator requires varying skills and expertise and we are beginning to see that when combined, they really add value to not only the organisation but also to team cohesion. Where most elements of a project operate around and contribute to the goal, the facilitator can act as a component part of the project ‘Trinity’ where if you remove one element, it will collapse.

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