CCPM Archive

  • Dr. Angela Suckworth

    What Role Does “Grit” Play in Professional Success?

    Before I researched this article, I thought that grit was an outdated concept that died with tough guys like John Wayne. To me the word conjures up images of tough guys who rode horses and didn’t shave for weeks at a time. But there is […]

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  • Project management certifications

    Why PMP, CSM, PMC and other Project Management Certifications Matter

    In any industry or professional setting, certifications and credentials are a great way to demonstrate to potential employers that you have a basic knowledge of your profession and industry. The Project Management Professional ( PMP ) from the Project Management Institute, Certified ScrumMaster ( CSM […]

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  • work interruptions

    Productivity Series — Avoiding Interruptions to Improve Personal Bandwidth

    I mentioned the other day that I am looking for a new job in project management. I sat down with an executive management team the other day for an interview and as we talked, most of the individuals who were participating in the discussion identified […]

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  • Toxic team members

    Changing Toxic Behaviors of Members of Your Project Team

    If you spend enough time in business, eventually you will have someone on your team who exhibits what some people call “toxic” behaviors in the work place. While there are many ways to define toxic behaviors, I am going with the classic B school definition […]

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  • conflict management

    Turning Enemies into Allies — Conflict Management

    Conflict management is at the heart of the job description of any project manager. Turning your enemies into allies takes this important practice a step further, which I think is a skill that everyone should have and be able to practice, especially when your team […]

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  • Project management isn't spooky

    4 Strategies for Killer Project Management

    As I sit down to write this, it is Halloween so I couldn’t resist putting “killer” into my title. My SEO monkeys would tell me my word choice matters and the title should read “4 Strategies for Successful Agile Project Management” instead. But me, I’m […]

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  • wishes of IT project managers

    IT Project Managers — What They Want

    Being an IT Project Manager is not an easy pair of shoes to fill. I was recently reading CIO Magazine and happened on an article titled, “7 Top Wishes of IT Project Managers” that got me thinking about the role a project manager plays in […]

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  • calculating contract costs

    Outsourcing — Calculating the Cost of a Contract

    As a project manager, you absolutely have to know how to calculate the cost of a contract. If all you use are straight fixed price contracts, the cost of the contract is fixed and you have nothing to calculate when making your outsourcing decisions. But […]

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  • project management outsourcing

    Outsourcing and Types of Contracts

    When looking to outsource one of the widgets of your project, there are several types of contracts that you can use to protect yourself and your company. Determining the type of contract should be part of your Make or Buy Analysis┬ábecause the final cost of […]

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  • Outsourcing

    Outsourcing and the Project Manager

    Because of amazing technology, your world has gotten smaller and outsourcing seems to be the norm. As a project manager (PM), when you start to put together your resource and personnel plan, you have the opportunity to run the Make or Buy Analysis. This comparison […]

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