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Project Management Articles

Project Management Articles

Do you have a question about a specific project management topic and need in-depth guidance and expert advice? Or maybe you want to hear from a practitioner about how a particular aspect of project management was applied on their project? You have come to the right place!

We have created the following series of project management articles and guides for you. They are in-depth discussions about some of the most most current key concepts and emerging practices in our fields. We provide definitions, expert quotes and a succinct definition for each topic. We discuss each all of them from many angles to answer all the questions that you may have. And each includes a list of recommended free-to-play podcast episodes so you can do a deep-dive. You've found the Ultimate Guide to Contemporary Project Management.

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  • Agile Project Management

    Agile Project Management

    Agile project management is on the rise and more and more businesses are adopting agile techniques as the default way they manage projects and deliver change. It’s easy to see why. One of the characteristics of agile projects is that there is constant collaboration with stakeholders and a focus on iteration. Being an agile project manager means delivering on an iterative basis, demonstrating value at every point to ensure the end result is exactly what the customer wanted.

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  • Earned Value Management

    Earned Value Management

    Have you been asked to use Earned Value Management (EVM) on your projects or do you want to learn more about it? You're in the right place! In this article we'll first cover an earned value management definition so you're clear on what it is, and then discuss EVM principles, metrics, best practices and earned value management systems.

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  • Emotional Intelligence

    Emotional Intelligence

    You’ve probably heard of the term emotional intelligence before. It’s a way of thinking about how we impact the people around us. As project managers and leaders, it’s very important to be conscious of the impact we are having so we make the right impression at the right time.

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  • Leadership

    Leadership

    ‘Leadership’ is multi-faceted and includes knowledge of leadership theory, skills such as influencing, negotiating and coaching and behaviors like acting ethically. There’s a lot that goes into effective project leadership. Ready to dive in? We’ve got a wide selection of relevant podcasts on essential leadership skills for project managers to help you develop and grow your career.

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  • Leadership Coaching

    Leadership Coaching

    As a project leader, you’re guiding and directing a team towards the end goal for a project. You’re also trying to help them build their skills. What can help you do just that? That’s right: leadership coaching. Let us help you learn more about this topic. You’ll take away tips and techniques to improve how you lead, and help you coach your own team to project and personal success.

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  • Project Management

    Project Management

    Whether you are organizing a training session for your colleagues or planning to construct a huge engineering plan, project management will help you achieve what you need to do. Projects have a clear goal, which means we can plan how to get there and work through a structured plan to ensure that the goals are achieved.

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  • Project Management Software

    Project Management Software

    The right project management software can help you surface useful data for decision-making on your project. It streamlines reporting, makes it easy for project team members to see what they need to do, and facilitates collaboration. In short, the right software tools help you deliver your project faster, more easily, and with everyone pulling in the same direction.

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  • Project Manager

    Project Manager

    Being a project manager is a fantastic job. It’s a career that will give you so many opportunities in so many different areas. But you have to deliver projects to build a reputation as someone who is successful in the role. Let us help you learn more about the project manager function in an organization so you can build your career in the field. We’ll give you a description of what it means to be a project manager. You’ll take away practical tips and thought-provoking ideas for how to make your projects successful.

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  • Project Plan

    Project Plan

    Every project needs a plan! But where do you start? How do you know what to include and what is important to think about before the project work begins? And what are the likely challenges you’ll see when putting together a structured project plan? On this page you'll find the answers to those questions and more! This is your one-stop guide to project planning.

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  • Risk Management

    Risk Management

    A risk is an uncertain event or condition that, if it occurs, has a positive or negative effect on a project’s objectives. Managing those events is what project risk management is all about. Sometimes, you want to avoid a threat happening; sometimes it’s worth encouraging it. In this article we’ll look at the types of risk management, techniques you can use, the 5 ways to manage risk and lots of tips for handling this complex knowledge area on your own projects.

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  • Scope Management

    Scope Management

    Ready to start working on your project? Hold on… first we need to define the project scope. The scope of the project is all the work required to achieve the deliverables. Project leaders plan scope management during project initiation so everyone is clear on what needs to be done. Managing scope also includes managing the inevitable changes while still balancing the need to complete the work on time and on budget.

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  • Scrum Project Management

    Scrum Project Management

    Scrum project management might sound like a strange term, as there is no formal definition of the role of a project manager in Agile approaches. However, Scrum is often thought of as a way to deliver projects in an agile environment. Being able to effectively manage product development work using Scrum is a growing skill area for people in a variety of roles. In this Scrum project management guide, we’ll cover what you need to know about the Scrum project management framework regardless of your job title.

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Cornelius Fichtner

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Cornelius Fichtner, PMP

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How to successfully use social media and online collaboration on projects

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Cornelius Fichtner
Cornelius Fichtner
Cornelius Fichtner, PMP, CSM, is the host and the author at The Project Management Podcast. He has welcomed hundreds of guests and project management experts to the podcast and has helped over 60,0000 students prepare for their PMP Exam. He has authored dozens of articles on projectmanagement.com and PM World 360. He speaks at conferences around the world about project management, agile methodology, PMOs, and Project Business. Follow him on Twitter and connect with him on LinkedIn.

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Interview Spreadsheet

A Google Sheet that includes all PM Podcast Interviews/Episodes

The PM Podcast Interview/Episode Spreadsheet

The interview spreadsheet is a handy list that contains all published episodes including duration and PDU values. The PDU values are especially important for certified project managers who want to claim PDUs for listening to The PM Podcast.

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How to Claim PDUs Overview

Certified project managers will find this spreadsheet useful because it includes information about how many PDUs you can earn in each Talent Triangle skill area for listening to each episode. You can see this information in the columns on the far right, and the columns even use the same background color as you will see in the online PDU claim form.

Please note that we follow the "hard mathematical rule" in assigning PDU values... if an episode is just one second short (i.e. 29min 59seconds), then you can only claim 0.25 PDUs and not 0.50 PDUs.

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The PM Podcast is NOT for the Project Management Professional (PMP)® Exam

Not for PMP® Exam Prep

Project Management Professional (PMP)® Exam

The PM Podcast is NOT for the PMP Exam

Please note that you cannot use The PM Podcast as a course to earn your 35 Contact Hours for the PMP® Exam. Here is why:
  • The PM Podcast is not designed for PMP exam preparation. While some of the topics we discuss on the podcast are topics that may be beneficial for exam preparation, the podcast itself is not created as an exam study tool. It does not follow a curriculum and it is not created based upon best practices in course design. It is "just" a free podcast about project management. Albeit a very good one.
  • The Project Management Institute (PMI)® requires that in order for a distance learning course to be valid for PMP exam preparation, the course must include an "end-of-course assessment". The PM Podcast does not offer such an assessment and you cannot obtain a "certificate of completion" from us.

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PMI's PDU Secrets

PMI's PDU Secrets

PDUs for Project Management Institute (PMI)® Renewal

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The "Secret" Overview

PMI® certifications are not for life.

Instead, once you pass the exam you are required to go through recertification every three years. The good news is that you don’t have to take the exam again. Instead, you have to earn Professional Development Units (PDUs) in project management during this time. Then the cycle begins anew.

This video looks in detail at what PDUs are, how they are structured, discusses the Talent Triangle and gives you recommendations on where to learn more about PDUs, how to earn PDUs not only from Premium Podcasts but from normal learning activities that we project managers participate in regularly.

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