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Episode 499: AI in Project Management: Promise vs. Practice (Free)

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In this episode of The Project Management Podcast, Cornelius Fichtner sits down with Matt Mong, Chief Revenue Officer at Adeaca, to discuss the realistic integration of artificial intelligence in project management. Matt, with his extensive background in Project Business Automation and operational strategy, brings valuable insights into both the promise and the existing challenges of AI in this field. Throughout the episode, they delve into technical, organizational, and cultural hurdles organizations face as they aim to leverage AI, emphasizing the need for a systematic data and process standardization approach.

Episode 498: AI for PMs: Hype or Help? Survey Says... (Free)

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Cornelius Fichtner welcomes Elizabeth Harrin to explore the transformative effects of artificial intelligence on the project management landscape. Elizabeth, a seasoned project manager and author, shares insights from her recent article 57 AI in Project Management Statistics, offering an in-depth analysis of how AI is reshaping the field. This episode uncovers the myriad ways AI enhances project efficiency, from automating mundane tasks to revolutionizing decision-making processes, ultimately altering the role and skills of project managers.

Episode 497: Unlocking Stress-Free Projects (Free)

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In this enlightening episode of The PM Podcast, Cornelius Fichtner sits down with project management veteran Sushil Gupta to dissect the complexities of stress-free project management. With nearly three decades of experience across various industries, including construction and infrastructure, Sushil shares his expert insights in his latest book, "11 Secrets to Manage Projects and Remain Stress-Free." This conversation highlights practical strategies from the book and delves into Sushil's personal experiences and the philosophical underpinnings of his stress management techniques.

Episode 496: Beyond Theory - Real-Life AI Solutions in Project Management (Free)

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In this pivotal episode of The PM Podcast, host Cornelius Fichtner is joined by Lloyd Skinner, CEO of Greyfly.ai, to explore the transformative impact of Artificial Intelligence in project management. Delving into two groundbreaking case studies, Skinner showcases how AI can enhance decision-making, improve project success rates, and address the challenges faced in traditional project management approaches. This episode not only sheds light on the practical applications of AI in managing projects but also provides a glimpse into the future, emphasizing the potential and strategic direction for incorporating AI technologies into project management practices.

Episode 495: Power Skills for Exceptional Project Performance (Free)

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In this enlightening episode of The PM Podcast, Cornelius Fichtner sits down with esteemed guest Neal Whitten, a renowned leadership and project management expert, to delve into the transformative concept of power skills in project management. Neal, with his vast experience and as the author of "Power Skills That Lead to Exceptional Performance," brings to light the essential skills that go beyond technical knowledge, enabling project managers to excel in their roles.

Episode 494: Future-Proofing PM Careers in the Age of AI (Free)

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In today's episode, we're diving into the transformative world of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its implications for project managers. Join Cornelius Fichtner and special guest Lenka Pincot, Chief of Staff to the CEO at PMI, as we explore how AI is revolutionizing the field of project management and what you can do to stay ahead of the curve.

Episode Highlights:

  • Understanding the AI Revolution: We kick off the episode by setting the stage for AI's impact on project management. Lenka Pincot joins us to shed light on this rapidly evolving landscape.
  • Future-Proofing Your PM Career: We discuss the necessity for project managers to develop AI competencies, focusing on AI literacy, data proficiency, ethical awareness, adaptive thinking, and tech collaboration.
  • Adapting to AI in Project Teams: The conversation will explore how AI integration affects entire project teams, and the importance of fostering a culture of innovation and AI acceptance.
  • PMI's Course Spotlight: We delve into PMI's "Generative AI Overview for Project Managers" course, an essential resource for staying updated in this changing field.

Episode 493: The Power of Soft Skills in Project Management (Free)

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In today's conversation, we are delving into one particular area of project management – mastering the essential soft skills. Soft skills, often dubbed as 'power skills,' form the backbone of project management, shaping the culture, ethics, motivation, and creativity in a team. As the world of project management continues to evolve, the emphasis on these skills has grown significantly. Yet, despite their importance, they often remain underappreciated and underdeveloped.

Episode 483: Project Performance Domains 5-8 (Free)

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This webinar is the second of two in which Cornelius Fichtner explores the following four Project Performance Domains that were introduced by the PMBOK® Guide Seventh Edition:

  1. Project Work - Managing project tasks
  2. Delivery - Transferring project results
  3. Measurement - Understanding project progress
  4. Uncertainty - Risk is uncertainty that matters

Episode 482: Project Performance Domains 1-4 (Free)

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This webinar is the first of two in which Cornelius Fichtner explores the following four Project Performance Domains that were introduced by the PMBOK® Guide Seventh Edition:

  1. Stakeholders - Managing those affected
  2. Team - Leading towards success
  3. Development Approach and Life Cycle - Building products and managing projects
  4. Planning - Designing the path to success

Episode 479: Project Management Principles 9-12 (Free)

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This episode is the third of three in which Cornelius Fichtner explores the following four project management principles that were introduced by the PMBOK® Guide Seventh Edition:

  • 09. Complexity - Limiting effects of system interactions
  • 10. Risk - Reducing risk for project success
  • 11. Adaptability - Designing processes so you can be nimble
  • 12. Change - Readying everyone for what’s coming

Episode 478: Project Management Principles 5-8 (Free)

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This episode is the first of three in which Cornelius Fichtner explores the following four project management principles that were introduced by the PMBOK® Guide Seventh Edition:

  • 5. Holistic Thinking - Taking a systems-view approach
  • 6. Leadership - Leading over managing
  • 7. Tailoring - Finding the right fit for each project
  • 8. Quality - Doing it right the first time

Episode 477: Project Management Principles 1-4 (Free)

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This episode is the first of three in which Cornelius Fichtner explores the following four project management principles that were introduced by the PMBOK® Guide Seventh Edition:

  • 1. Stewardship - Taking care of your project
  • 2. Team - Building a solid team culture
  • 3. Stakeholders - Engaging stakeholders brings success
  • 4. Value - Delivering what's important

Episode 476: How to Successfully LEAD Hybrid and Remote Projects (Free)

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Projects are done by people, and we project managers are responsible to ensure that everyone on the team stays motivated. How do you do that when half of your team works from home (with a barking dog in the background), some sit next to you at their desks, and the rest are in various branch offices around the world? Welcome to the world of managing hybrid and remote projects.

Episode 454: Cornelius Fichtner's Project Business Career - Part 2 (Free)

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A few weeks ago, Cornelius Fichtner was interviewed by Martin Berneburg and Oliver Lehmann of the Project Business Foundation about his career as a project manager, project leader and experience in project business management. This is part 2 of the interview, andhere is the announcement:

For many practitioners in project management, Cornelius Fichtner is a household name. He is known mostly for the digital offerings of his company OSP International LLC, such as the PM PrepCast for project managers heading for the PMP® certification of PMI®, the Project Management Institute.

Meanwhile, his lineup of exam preparation tools was expanded by a family of further podcasts, augmented with simulators and inhouse offerings for corporations.

Much less known are his personal roots in project management and particularly in project business management.

Interviewed by Martin Berneburg and Oliver F. Lehmann, he will tell us the most interesting stories of his years as a consultant and project manager under contract, working hard to make the customer happy, but also with the obligation to make the project profitable.

Episode 453: Cornelius Fichtner's Project Business Career - Part 1 (Free)

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A few weeks ago, Cornelius Fichtner was interviewed by Martin Berneburg and Oliver Lehmann of the Project Business Foundation about his career as a project manager, project leader and experience in project business management. Here is the announcement:

For many practitioners in project management, Cornelius Fichtner is a household name. He is known mostly for the digital offerings of his company OSP International LLC, such as the PM PrepCast for project managers heading for the PMP® certification of PMI®, the Project Management Institute.

Meanwhile, his lineup of exam preparation tools was expanded by a family of further podcasts, augmented with simulators and inhouse offerings for corporations.

Much less known are his personal roots in project management and particularly in project business management.

Interviewed by Martin Berneburg and Oliver F. Lehmann, he will tell us the most interesting stories of his years as a consultant and project manager under contract, working hard to make the customer happy, but also with the obligation to make the project profitable.

Episode 452: Get Your Project Team Moving in the Right Direction and Loving it (Premium)

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A. Kallman
Andrew Kallman, Executive Coach

In the previous episode, Andrew Kallman gave us an introduction to the concept of Flow from the book that he and his brother wrote.

And today, we are going to open up the book - which is called Flow: Get Everyone Moving in the Right Direction...And Loving It - and we are going to look at chapter two more closely. This chapter discusses "Vision" and how that relates to the flow concept.

Some of the topics you'll hear about are prioritization, aha moments, leadership, how flow can be used in scaling of Agile, the importance of trust in the process, and of course, there is always my favorite question at the end of the interview: How can we apply all of this on our projects today?

Special Episode: Leadership during Crisis and Turbulence (Free)

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S. Ramanathan
Shyam Ramanathan, PMP, CSSGB, AINS, AU

We live in troubling times. We are facing a global pandemic with many of us following stay-at-home orders, and we see civil and political unrest erupting. There are some political leaders who are stepping up to the challenge, and others not so much.

But what about us project leaders? What can we do to help our project teams, colleagues, organizations and even our social circles face these challenges?

I have invited Shyam Ramanathan to the program today and discuss leadership during crisis and turbulence. Here is what Shyam writes:

In times of crisis like this, we look to leaders for inspiration, hope, and direction. The last word is the key as the first thing to suffer in a crisis is direction. Leaders have a guiding vision for the future and turn to hope when others can only see mud. Let’s hope in this time of enormous crisis it also unearths true leaders who can navigate the turbulent times and move us into a greater future however distant that may seem at this time.

Shyam Ramanathan

These are the opening words of his article 27 Traits of Strong Leaders in Times of Crisis and Turbulence that we explore in this interview.

Episode 445: Social Intelligence for Project Managers (Free)

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K. Wasson
Kim Wasson

Feeling disconnected from your team? Is getting them all together more like herding cats than project management? Social intelligence concepts (the connections part of emotional intelligence) can help you connect and keep your team all moving in the same direction.

This interview with Kim Wasson was recorded at the PMI® Global Conference 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. We discuss the concepts of her interactive workshop in which she helped the attendees develop strong connected leadership, handle problems gracefully and create and support effective teams using principles from the world of social intelligence translated into project management tools and techniques. They were able to leave the session armed with tools to support their project manager coaching and mentoring back in the workplace, with their colleagues.

From the interview you will learn how to use social intelligence tools to build teams and keep members connected and engaged and how to utilize social intelligence tools to achieve balance among the project dimensions of people, product and process. Note that social intelligence tools are not the same as social media for project managers, although there is definitely value in social media tools too.

People from so many different backgrounds joined Kim's talk and benefited from what she shared. From people who fill the role of project manager in SAFe agile environment, through to people managing multiple projects, there is so much to take away from today's interview. And without further ado, let's listen in.

Episode 443: Project Knowledge Sharing for Innovation (Free)

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Benjamin and Bruce
Benjamin Anyacho and Bruce Moore

Employees get 50-75% of their relevant information directly from other people. All project management begins with knowledge; one of the most critical organizational assets—intellectual capital—is held captive in the minds of individuals. How to capture, share, retain and reuse this knowledge is the greatest challenge facing organizations today.

This interview with Benjamin Anyacho (LinkedIn Profile) and Bruce Moore (LinkedIn Profile) was recorded at the PMI® Global Conference 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. We discuss how to create/establish a robust knowledge-sharing environment intelligently, leveraging it for exponential growth, competitive advantage, and innovation.

Our discussion also looks at intelligent approaches to managing competencies, capabilities, and critical knowledge assets of the organization strategies for converting, capturing, sharing, as well as ways to retaining/reusing project knowledge to achieve innovative solutions, and value

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