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2016-07-We present an overview of 4 popular project management software tools and begin our series on advanced leadership skills.

2016-06-We present 5 habits of highly effective project managers, and how you can perform advanced risk management techniques.

2016-05-In this newsletter, we present how one can change careers from a business analyst to a project manager, and learn performance measurement with Earned Value Management (EVM).

2016-04-In this newsletter, learn what to do if you failed your Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam, and learn advanced techniques in scope and change management.

2016-03-We offer tips on how to improve your stakeholder management techniques, as well as how to develop Agile contracts in this newsletter.

2016-02-Stay relevant in your career with advanced techniques in project management, and learn how to integrate Agile with waterfall.

2016-01-In this newsletter, we look forward to 2016 trends in project management and look deeper into the new updates for Microsoft Project 2016.

2015-12-We reflect on the end of 2015 by discussing project challenges and successes of the year and giving you eight tips to tightly manage your project schedules in 2016.

2015-11-In this month's newsletter, we focus on agile, detailing the differences between doing agile and being agile and describing approaches to focus the daily Scrum.

2015-10-We focus on estimating agile projects and changes to the way the Project Management Institute's (PMI's) Professional Development Units (PDUs) are earned.

2015-09-There are many different aspects to project management, and this month's newsletter shows just that. Read our article, How to Estimate Projects, and our blog post on tips to pass your Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® exam.

2015-08-Mid-year, it's always good to remember the important things, such as Making Better Project Decisions and Returning to the Basics of Project Management; in this month's newsletter we focus on both.

2015-07-In this newsletter, we give tips on how to move from a Good to Great Project Manager, and present the findings of our discussion question on ideal sprint length.

2015-06-We conclude our Essential Agile series with the risk adjusted backlog and also provide insight into Leadership for Project Managers in our article.

2015-05-We present a look at frameworks for scaling agile, and introduce the Release burnup chart in our Essential Agile processes series.

2015-04-We present our five habits for highly successful project managers, and introduce the Sprint burndown chart in our Essential Agile processes series.

2015-03-We present a tiered approach to the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), and continue our Essential Agile processes series with the sprint capacity planning sheet.

2015-02-We discuss how to evaluate a project manager's performance and discuss the sprint backlog in our Essential Agile processes series.

2015-01-We share our project management trends for 2015 and best practices for user stories in our Essential Agile processes series.

2014-12—We discuss worldwide project management successes and struggles in the year 2014, and introduce the product backlog in our Agile processes series.

2014-11—We present an article on successful project delivery and  a blog post on product roadmaps for Agile projects.

2014-10—We focus on the role of a ScrumMaster in Agile Projects, and end the Eight Powerful Project Management Processes series with Performance Reporting.

2014-09—Learn what PMP® Exam preparation mistakes to avoid and how to develop and manage a risk register.

2014-08—Learn more about what Agile certifications are best for you and how to create an effective communications plan.

2014-06—We discuss Agile Contracts and continue the Eight Powerful Project Management Processes series with the Project Schedule.

2014-05—We examine the role of a product owner on Agile projects and continue the Eight Powerful Project Management Processes series with Resource Allocation.

2014-04—Learn how to develop and use risk contingency reserve and how to create and manage a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS).

2014-03—Learn how to turn project management into a competitive advantage and what needs to go into a project charter.

2014-02—We provide the eight project management processes we believe to be most crucial to project success and a realistic timeline for passing the PMP® exam.

2014-01—We share our projections of project management trends for 2014 and tips and tricks to pass the Risk Management Professional (RMP)® exam.

2013-12—We share tips on finding PDUs to maintain PMI certifications and discuss using journalism tools to improve communications management (PDF).

2013-11—We examine the role of effective project management in airport projects and discuss tips and tricks for passing the Agile-Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP(® exam (PDF).

2013-09—We talk about overcoming project risk and using Agile on process improvement projects (PDF).

PMP, CAPM, PMI-ACP, PMI-RMP, and PMBOK are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.