Nada Aldahleh describes six characteristics of effective product owners.
Mike Griffiths looks at the statistics of the various credential programs from PMI, and plots a few trends.
Paul Ritchie breaks down what the new PMI recertification requirements mean to training organizations.
Steven Levy renews his membership in PMI, using software with an appallingly bad UX.
Bruce Harpham notes several things you can do to help new team members get up to speed, while instilling a positive attitude.
Elizabeth Harrin shares the contents of her reading pile. More accurately, her books to-finish-reading pile.
Jamie Hill extracts a few lessons from his new book, “Make Good Habits Stick.”
Podcasts and Videos
Cesar Abeid interviews Wes Schaeffer on the art and practice of sales and negotiating for project managers. Plus career tips from Dev Ramcharan and the must-read PM articles list from your truly. Just 36 minutes, safe for work.
Cornelius Fichtner interviews Jamal Moustafaev on his new book, “Project Scope Management.” Just 25 minutes, safe for work.
Rich Maltzman and Dave Shirley have crafted a commercial for their new book, “Driving Project, Program, and Portfolio Success: The Sustainability Wheel.” Just three minutes, safe for work, it’s got a good beat, and you can dance to it.
PMI has announced that they are developing a new professional credential: Portfolio Management Professional (PfMP). As you might guess from the name, this certification is directed toward project portfolio managers. For more information on eligibility, check the PfMP Certification page on the PMI web site.
PMI says that the PfMP Exam Content Outline will be made available later this month, and they expect that the pilot test will be available late in 4Q13. At a guess, the Standard for Portfolio Management, Third Edition will likely be a key resource. However, I expect that PMI will list a number of other references.
Note that nearly four years after it was introduced, there are only 939 active holders of the Program Management Professional (PgMP) credential. I don’t know how many portfolio managers PMI expects to attract with this credential, but I’ll bet the initial interest will come almost entirely from people who already hold two or more PMI certifications. I’ll report on this again later in the year, as news becomes available.
PMI also announced availability of two new knowledge assessments, for Program Management and Portfolio Management, respectively. Like the Project Management assessment, each is 100 multiple choice questions, based on their respective practice standards, and costs $35.
Josh Nankivel offers five reasons your project management career isn’t moving, and what to do about it.
Mike Griffiths is working with RMC, the company founded by the late Rita Mulcahy, to create a PMI-Agile Certified Practioner study Guide.
Derek Huether is offering a PMI-Agile Certified Practitioner preparation workshop, September 26 – 28, in Columbia, MD for $1495. Enroll through Agile Scout for a 15% discount.
Peter Saddington has been talking with Mark J. Balbes, PhD, on his recent experiences as an Agile Architect. “Architecture is a frame of mind …”
Craig Brown shares a link to a video from the Boston AgilePalooza, where Jeff Patton reviews a discussion on Kanban. Best line: “Are we re-branding common knowledge?”
AgilePalooza is coming to Tysons Corner, VA on September 16. For $89, it looks like a full day of PDU opportunities, with lunch included.
And the current issue of PMI Today has a brief article explaining how to earn PDU’s by actively participating in the PMI Communities of Practice.
Bill Krebs reflects on ten years of Agile practices in project management.
From the “we see what we want to see” department, Meta S. Brown has an epiphany: Thomas Alva Edison practiced Agile techniques!