Time To Be Lean And Mean?
My How Attitudes Have Changed
What a difference the drop in the oil price has made to the corporate attitude about projects. When times are good, money is no object, it’s do as many projects as we can, spend the money, and get the projects up and running. Now that times are tight the attitude has made a dramatic shift to, don’t spend any money unnecessarily or don’t spend at all. Facilities still have to run and be maintained so there is now a need to get better control of your projects and their costs. You have to go from schedule being the priority to cost being the priority.
That’s A Big Jump
Morley Selver, PMAC's Director of Certification, would like to extend his congratulations to Gunjan Dua of Oakville, Ontario who achieved a score of 100% on the Certified Agile Project Manager exam on May 13, 2015 at the University of Toronto. Gunjan is only the fourth person to have ever received a perfect score on this exam.
For a list of those who have earned the Cert.APM credential, please see our certification directory.
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When you were growing up did you want to be a Project Manager? If you are like the rest of us, you became a Project Manager by default. If you are starting out as a project manager, you struggle as you are just not sure that what you are doing is correct and what information you should be looking for. You know some stuff about the project management, but you are not confident about your knowledge.
Self-confidence is a personal attribute that develops through an understanding of the situation and knowing the right path to follow. It is a presence that gives others confidence in ones’ ability to do the right thing. One part of self-confidence is being decisive and making sound decisions under uncertainty. Our workshops are all about building your self-confidence in project management.
Morley Selver, the Director of Certification, is pleased to announce PMAC's latest certification: the Certificate in Virtual Team Management.
This certificate demonstrates to employers that a person is serious about optimizing his or her project delivery when working in a virtual team environment where team members are distributed across multiple geographic locations and must communicate and collaborate via telephone and online rather than face-to-face. These days, when every job candidate seems to be holding a PMP or equivalent designation, adding an extra certificate such as this one can make a project manager stand out from the crowd.
People like to take live workshops but are unable to put into words why. To answer that question, Morley Selver, our Director of Certification, has written an interesting article on the ROI from taking a live project management workshop. To find out more go to
Attached is the 2015 New Years address by IPMA's President Reinhard Wagner
If you are in the business of producing anything, here is a link to an interesting article on How Complex Systems Fail.
How Complex Systems Fail
As you are aware, there is a difference between management and leadership. As a project manager, you are the leader. Do you know what direction you want to take the team? Will they follow you? As a leader, you have to take responsibility. Do you know what you are responsible for? Just what does management expect from you?
Morley Selver, our Director of Certification has written an article on Project Management and Leadership that discusses the above issues …………
Project Management and The Human Resource
Most project managers in industry have a technical education and are good technically at what they do. Since they are good technically, management feel they will be good as project managers, but this not necessarily so. Sure, they can figure out how to scope, schedule, and budget but, they fall down when it comes to the management of the human resource.
Morley Selver, our Director of Certification has written an article on the human resource issue .......
No, I’m not talking about that Clash song from the 80’s, I’m referring to you changing careers. You're an experienced project manager in a field that is laying off PM’s and the jobs available are in another field. So should you stay where you are or should you pack up the family, take the plunge and change fields? *-)
Morley Selver, our Director of Certification has written an article to help you decide.…………