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Creating More Value for Others through Better Project Management

A Project Management Article by Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, Chief Cheetah and Founder of Cheetah Learning

How do you define career success, and how do you know when you’ve attained it? Perhaps there’s a particular salary level you’d like to reach, or maybe for you “career success” means working in your dream job. But think a little deeper. Say you get that dream job - what would it look like for you to reach your highest potential in that position? Here at Cheetah Learning, we tend to define “success” a little differently than the way most people use this term. With regard to our students, we truly believe that their success is our success.

That is to say, we find that the value you create for others is a crucial part of your own career success. Regardless of your job type or position, there are numerous ways you can leverage your strengths to help others reach their personal and professional goals. In this article, we’ll outline ways you can create more value for others in four key dimensions of your professional and personal life: work clients and other direct project beneficiaries; your supervisors and your organization; your co-workers; and, outside of work, the people you’re closest to in your life.

Email or Phone Conference? Making the Most of Communication Technologies in Each Project Phase

A Project Management Article by Michelle LaBrosse, PMP, CEO, Cheetah Learning LLC (PMI-REP®)

Many projects team members do not work in the same location any longer - even those working in the government sector. And even if they are in the same location, team members rely extensively on virtual communication tools rather than face to face communication. Using communication and collaboration technology tools is the norm - and we’re not even addressing all the cool software tools designed specifically to manage projects.

Can Government Projects Be “Agile?”

A Project Management Article by Michelle LaBrosse, PMP, CEO, Cheetah Learning LLC (PMI-REP®), and Megan Alpine, CCPM, Co-Author

By now the myth that agile principles and practices are incompatible with PMBOK® Guide standards has been thoroughly debunked. Furthermore, Project Managers are increasingly recognizing a move toward agile practices as a “best practice” in the PM field. According to the 2011 CHAOS Manifesto from the Standish Group, agile projects were shown to succeed three times more than non-agile or “waterfall” projects.

Their report goes on to say that “the Agile process is the universal remedy for software development project failure. Software applications developed through the agile process have three times the success rate of the traditional waterfall method and a much lower percentage of time and cost overruns.” The report defined a successful project in terms of being on budget, on time, and with all of the planned features.

Leading With Expertise

A Project Management Article by By Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP®, and CEO of Cheetah Learning, LLC (PMI® -REP)

There once was a time when you could take management classes in school, become a manager, and move up in the leadership ranks of your company based on your ability to coordinate others’ knowledge and efforts to achieve strategic objectives. Those days are coming to an end.

You Are Who You Know

A Project Management Article by Michelle LaBrosse, PMP®, Chief Cheetah and Founder of Cheetah Learning

"You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with." – Jim Rohn

Take a minute to stop and think: who do you spend the most time with? Write down the top five people with whom you spend the most time on a day-to-day basis. Once you have your list, ask yourself: who are these people? Are they ambitious, successful, and happy?

Is Getting Your PMP® Worth It?

A Project Management Article by Michelle LaBrosse, PMP®, Chief Cheetah and Founder of Cheetah Learning

Lately, I have seen lot of arguments out there about why you shouldn’t get your PMP credential. Why it doesn’t matter, why it is too expensive to keep and maintain, and why you would be better off twiddling your thumbs than bothering to go for it. On top of that, I have also noticed an online presence that argues against an organized exam prep class for a variety of reasons.

Resource Management: The Keystone of PPM and Project Management

A Project Management Article by Gus Cicala

Organizations are beginning to recognize the comprehensive power that Resource Management has for addressing how to manage projects and project portfolios.