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Happy Holidays From Ray and PPC Group Dec 26, 2021

Hi Everyone!  Ray here.  During this holiday season, I reflect on the past year and those who have helped shape our business. But, of course, it's people like you, our readers, learners, clients, and partners that have made it quite a year for us all! We hope that this year has been just as memorable for you, your colleagues, and your loved ones, and we look forward to working with...

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What is the Difference Between Waterfall and Agile Projects? project integration management technical Dec 19, 2021

What are the differences between waterfall and agile projects? We can use both methods to manage projects, but both follow different processes.

With waterfall, a project is initiated, then planned.  Requirements are developed in full before proceeding with the project work.  Finally, project execution begins, and the project manager monitors and controls project progress. Once...

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What is the Minimum Passing Score for the PMP Exam? project integration management technical Dec 12, 2021

What is the minimum passing score for the PMP® Exam?  This is a trick question because there isn't one!  The scoring of the PMP exam is dynamic.  As stated in the PMI Certifications Handbook:

"The passing score for all PMI exams is determined by sound psychometric analysis. PMI uses subject matter experts – project professionals from around the world and many different...

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What is the Difference Between a Project Manager and Product Manager? people project integration management Dec 05, 2021

What is the difference between a project manager and a product manager? As far as jobs go, in some small organizations they may be fulfilled by one person.  In reality, however, they are two distinct roles.

A product manager is responsible for a product life cycle.  The product life cycle may go on for years as products gain new features, are sold in more variations, and are...

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5 Tips for Working with Remote Teams people resource management Nov 28, 2021

While the global pandemic meant many started working remotely as early as 2019, the idea of remote teams is not new.  In fact, I've been working with remote teams since the 1970s and found these next 5 tips to be helpful:

Respect differences. The diversity of teams becomes more apparent in remote work situations and you need to respect them.  Whether the remote team is simply in a...

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Projects and Accessibility project integration management technical Nov 21, 2021

Last month was Global Diversity Month, so let's take a look at how accessibility and project management are related.  Accessibility is concerned about whether all users will have an equal experience with an product or service - in other words, the output of a project. Anything that makes it difficult or impossible for a person with a temporary or permanent disability to equally use your...

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4 Reasons Why Lessons Learned are Important project integration management technical Nov 14, 2021

Stop throwing away lessons learned or putting them in obscure IT folders!  Lessons learned have tremendous value for projects - don't waste them.  Let's look at four reasons why project management lessons learned are essential:

Don't make the same mistake twice:  Spanish philosopher George Santayana said, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”...

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6 Influential Women in Project Management people project integration management Nov 07, 2021

I noticed that my most recent project management classes have had an unexpected number of women.  In fact, one class is 2/3 women and 1/3 men, which is exactly the opposite of what recent surveys have shown exists in most workplaces. It is good to see this diversity gap may be closing.

Last month, October, was Global Diversity Awareness Month, and last Thursday was International Project...

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What is the Project Management Risk Process? risk management technical Oct 31, 2021

What is the project management risk process?  The project management Risk Assessment Framework is a flexible, easily scaled, and tailored framework aligned with the Project Management Institute's PMBOK® Guide. 

The benefit of the framework is that it is easy enough for an aspiring, new, and accidental project manager to understand yet comprehensive enough that even seasoned...

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5 Tips New Project Managers Need to Succeed people project integration management Oct 24, 2021

Are you an aspiring, new, or accidental project manager?  The tips in this blog are generally focused on you, however some are more important than others for those just starting out. These 5 tips are things that I learned early as a new project manager and hope they will benefit your careers as well!

  • Get in GEAR - be an active listener:  Active listening is especially important for a...
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