Saturday, July 21, 2012

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Friday, July 20, 2012

Project Relationship Management (PRM)

As project management professionals, we have all 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. To that list, let’s add a skill I like to call “project relationship management” or PRM.   

There are six or seven primary aspects of PRM that we face in every project; these include the business, working, and professional relationships between the following:


By Ruffin Veal III, MS, PMP

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

5 Tactics for Risk Collaboration in Specialty Software Projects

Many organizations choose to implement specialty software products as a business solution. The benefits of doing so vary from filling critical gaps in a company's portfolio of solutions and services to enabling a quick response to new regulations, such as health and safety mandates.  

Never assume that because a solution is smaller in size, you can take a relaxed approach to risk management. With enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions, success requires collaboration between the project manager and the software provider to manage risks. 

Here are some successful tactics for risk collaboration with specialty software providers:    

Kevin Korterud
 on June 27, 2012 10:40 AM 

Monday, July 16, 2012

An Introduction to PMI's Project Management Life Cycle

The term "life cycle" implies two things: that a process is perpetual and that the sequence of events is obligatory or uni-directional. There is no beginning or end to a life cycle and the sequence of events cannot change. A seed cannot go directly to being a mature plant nor revert back to the blossom stage.

The Project Management Life Cycle

The term "life cycle" is misleading, because it is neither a perpetual circle of events nor is the sequence of events rigidly fixed. There are five stages to the project management life cycle that usually occur in sequence. During large complex projects it is often necessary to return to planning several times. In this case, the project management life cycle can become very complex with multiple repeats of planning and even initiating processes.

By: Brian Egan

Saturday, July 14, 2012

3 Hot Sectors for Project Management Jobs

3 July 2012

When it comes to career opportunities for project professionals, not all industries are created equal. If you’re stuck in a faltering sector, now might be the time to consider transitioning to a different industry with higher growth potential. Here’s a breakdown of where some of the jobs are and what project professionals need to make a switch.


Top 10 countries with highest PMP salaries

According to new research from Project Management Institute based on PMI® Project Management Salary Survey — Seventh Edition - 71% of project managers received an increase in compensation over the last 12 months, with median salaries in top-earning countries exceeding $100,000. In addition, survey data says that the longer PM professionals hold PMP Credential, the higher their salaries.

PMP Certification increased in salary – PMI Salary Survey:

• 71% project managers received increase in their total compensation
• 33% received increase of 5% of total compensation

Highest PMP Salaries across the globe: 

According to salary data provided by, a popular search engine for jobs, the top 10 countries with highest average PMP salary are listed below:
  1. Switzerland, $160,409
  2. Australia, $139,497
  3. Germany, $110,347
  4. The Netherlands, $109,775
  5. Belgium, $108,750
  6. United States, $105,000
  7. Ireland, $101,635
  8. Canada, $98,517
  9. United Kingdom, $96,384
  10. New Zealand, $91,109

What are the 4 types of breakdown structures defined in PMBOK?

The 4 types of breakdown structures are:

  • Organizational breakdown structure
  • Resource  breakdown structure
  • Risk breakdown structure
  • Work breakdown structure

PMI Agile Toolbox

Agile approach to project management is a very hot topic in project management in recent time and PMI has a page prepared just for that.  You can find the link below.  I would like to hear from you on this and please leave your comment in the post.

Recommended Books on PMP

Suggested Study Materials

  • PMP-Preparation Recommended Books
  • PMP Exam Prep, Fifth Edition: Rita's Course in a Book for Passing the PMP Exam
  • A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, Third Edition (PMBOK Guides)
  • The PMP Exam: How to Pass On Your First Try (Test Prep series)