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Eight Powerful Project Management Processes Part 4: Resource Allocation

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May 21, 2014

This is Part Four of our series on the “Eight Powerful Project Management Processes,” a look at the project management processes that we have found to be most crucial to project success. These processes are also available in our toolkit, Essential Gear for Project Managers. Last time, we looked at the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS). Now, we examine resource allocation.

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Eight Powerful Project Management Processes Part 3: Work Breakdown Structure

Sample Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
April 14, 2014

This is Part Three of our series on the “Eight Powerful Project Management Processes,” a look at the project management processes that we have found in our experiences to be most crucial to project success. Previously, we have examined the project charter and stakeholder analysis; in this post, we take a closer look at the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS). If you are interested in any of these eight processes, we recommend you also look into our upcoming product, Essential Gear for Project Managers Level 1.

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Eight Powerful Project Management Processes Part 2: Stakeholder Analysis

Stakeholder Influence/Interest Grid
April 11, 2014

Stakeholder Analysis is Part Two of our series on the “Eight Powerful Project Management Processes,” a look at crucial project management processes that are included in our toolkit, Essential Gear for Project Managers.

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Eight Powerful Project Management Processes Part 1: Project Charter

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March 17, 2014

This post introduces our series on the “Eight Powerful Project Management Processes,” a look at the project management processes that we have found to be most crucial to project success. These processes are also available in our toolkit, Essential Gear for Project Managers.

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Tips and Tricks for Passing the Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP)® Exam

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January 15, 2014

The Project Management Institute Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP)® certification is geared toward project risk managers. Attaining this certification shows that you can describe and apply the principles and tools of risk management. You will need to study Chapter 11 of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), and other sources to prepare for the exam.

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All About PDUs: What You Need to Know About Professional Development Units

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December 2, 2013

In the project management community, a common abbreviation is PDU. Go to any Project Management Institute (PMI)® chapter meeting and you’ll hear a lot about PDUs. Research Agile or project management training opportunities on the Web or in your area and you’ll find out even more about PDUs. What are they, who needs them, and how can you get them? This post will answer those questions and more.

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Tips and Tricks for Passing the PMI-ACP Exam

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October 31, 2013

The Agile-Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® certification is offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI) as a way for Agile practitioners to show their knowledge of Agile methodology to current or prospective employers. Earning the ACP certification requires demonstrating solid knowledge of Agile. RefineM’s Agile training can help you earn this certification.

We are also monitoring pending changes to the PMI-ACP Exam in 2018 and will update with any new information.
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Is Agile a Good Fit for Process Improvement Projects?

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September 13, 2013

Even though Agile originated from software development, it can be used for non-software projects too. Most Agile supporters will say that Agile can be used to deliver any type of project, but is that actually the case? Like other methodologies, Agile is a good fit in some cases and not in others.

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Understanding and Overcoming IT Project Risks

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September 13, 2013

IT projects carry with them many risks. Because technology constantly evolves, companies must keep up in order to remain competitive, so the risks are often necessary to face. When initiating, planning, executing, and monitoring IT projects, two questions must be considered: first, how and why do IT projects fail? Second, what can your company do to prevent this failure?

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Lessons from the Entertainment Industry: Updating Project Management for the Modern World

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September 9, 2013

The entertainment industry is one of the most fast-paced, ever-changing fields in existence today. From digital to live, the entertainment industry relies on a variety of platforms, methodologies, and strategies to generate relevant and profitable products. Project management plays an integral role in this kind of production, yet the nature of the entertainment industry leads to heavier focus on people and consumer-based quality ratings.

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