Professional Development

What to do When a Data Breach Occurs


By David Barton While information security risks have existed for a long time—several U.S. Civil War battles, for instance, were decided by military details secretly obtained by the opposing side—today they bring with them challenging complexities and costly ramifications for businesses. U.S. consumer cyber-attacks in 2013 had a price tag of $38 billion, according to the 2013…

Bloggers Sound Off: Congress Takeaways


By Voices Team In this Voices on Project Management roundtable, two bloggers discuss their top takeaway from PMI® Global Congress — from the perspective of an attendee and a presenter. Conrado Morlan, PMP, PgMP, PfMP Attendee Every time I attend a PMI Global Congress, I am ready to discover exciting learning opportunities. Congress gives me the opportunity…

Good Business Analyst, Bad Business Analyst


Written by  Mike Lenz A Good BA has a product management approach to their role, partnering with stakeholders to define the very best solution. A Good BA is the subject matter expert of the project requirements. They are viewed by both Creative and Tech teams as one of their own while in reality serving neither, only…

How To Benefit From Project Management Training


“I’m going on a training course next week,” one of my colleagues told me recently. “I’m looking forward to it.” “Great,” I replied. “What preparation have you done?” He looked a bit sheepish and admitted to having not done any preparation at all. Preparing for a project management training course isn’t always essential but there…

How to Provide Excellent Project Management Training


By Michelle Symonds The majority of organizations and businesses these days will seek to provide project managers with sufficient training at the beginning of their employment, and at several different points throughout, in order to ensure they are completely up to date with current methods and technology. This training helps enable the project manager to…

7 indispensable project management tips


By Roger A. Grimes In my role as a traveling computer security consultant, I meet with project managers every week. Let’s just say their levels of competence vary greatly. I can tell you from experience that the best are aggressive practitioners who take their roles seriously. They don’t wait for big problems to emerge to start…

Five Things to Know About Agile Development


By Samuel Greengard The rapidly accelerating pace of technology change and a desire to achieve a competitive edge are forcing a growing number of organizations—and CIOs—to re-evaluate the conventional approach of simply tossing resources at various enterprise projects and challenges. Agile development, which puts software development on the front burner—focusing on broader and deeper collaboration along…

The Significance of Positive Thinking Everyday


by Michelle MG Negative thinking takes a huge toll on our energy. It prevents us from enjoying every moment that life has to offer (good and bad) and from reaching our goals. We work a job that we really don’t care for, instead of making our vocation a vacation (the act of enjoying what you…

How To Create a Simple Change Request Form


What is one of the first questions you should ask when you start a new position as a project manager in a new company? You should ask  whether or not they have a change control process in place. Why? Because it’s an area that can be a real time and resource sponge in a company…

Three Tips To Improve Your Project Management Process


By Allison Vail With the hyper-focus on productivity in modern work spaces, project management and time management tools have proliferated. One-page scrolling websites boast products with the latest technology, the best UI, and the most effective communication systems. They talk about collaboration, built in instant messaging and API integration. Every new software site, cloud-based or…