- CAPM or PMP: Which is Better?
If you are looking to become a certified project manager there are plenty of options out there. Many people take the PMI route, which offers two flagship exams — the PMP and CAPM. Here’s how to pick which one is right for you.
- Ditch Microsoft Project for these 4 Alternatives
There are lots of reasons to like Microsoft Project, but as with every tool, it has its strengths and weaknesses. Fortunately, there is no shortage of alternatives. Here are four of them we think you should check out.
- PM Software Showdown: Project vs. JIRA & Asana
Are you considering Microsoft Project? What better way to put it to the test than with a good ol’ fashioned PM Software smackdown? Here’s how Project measures against some of its top competitors.
- How in the World is MS Project Still a Leading PM Software?
Despite Microsoft’s resurgence in recent years, there are still plenty of folks who prefer alternatives. And project management software is no exception. However, despite a wealth of available options these days, Microsoft Project is still a leading PM option. We examine how.
- Increase Project Success Rates By Adopting an EPMO Approach
A recent study found that organizations using the EPMO model saw a 38 percent increase in project success. Here’s the case for why companies should consider an EPMO approach.
- CAPM vs PMP vs Project+ for New Project Managers
If you’re like many IT professionals, you’ve spent a lot of time managing projects across teams. It’s actually part of the job. So let’s review the leading project management certifications and take a look at the pros and cons of each.
- What Happens If PMI Audits Your Experience?
Don’t worry. You’re not in trouble. The PMP auditors just draw a name out of a hat (or however they do it), and you’re flagged. Here’s what you need to do.
- 6 Project Management Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
Much like tech itself, IT projects are a whirlwind. There are so many projects, all happening at the same time. As a result, mistakes do happen. So, it’s important to make sure you don’t repeat them. Here are some common IT project mistakes and how to avoid them.
- Pick the Software that Matches Your Project Methodology
There’s a lot of project management software on the market. But that doesn’t mean choosing one is something you can take lightly — or do in a jiffy. Here’s a primer to help you pick the PM software that best fits you and your team’s needs.
- What Counts as Project Management Experience?
So you’re ready to get certified as a professional project manager. But as you’re looking through the requirements for some of the most well-known certifications, you notice that many of them require proof that you’ve led and directed projects. (Like, lots of hours.)
- 4 Reasons Project Management Is Hard
From the outside, project management seems easy. Isn’t it just knowing what needs to be done, ensuring every piece of a complex puzzle fits together at the right time, and that everyone is happy? What can possibly be so hard about that?
- 5 Project Management Certs, No Experience Necessary
We took a look at some project management and software development process certifications that do not explicitly require experience. Although these exams don’t give you the highest project management accreditation, you can use one or more of these certifications as a starting point for your project management career.
- How to Define IT Project Success
When you’re pitching a project, it’s easy to get caught in the classic mistake of overpromising. After all, you want your project to get funded. But overpromising will inevitably lead to a big letdown, so it’s important to define project success in a way that’s fair to the technology, the company, and you. Here are a few ways to reach that balance.
- Starting Your Project Management Career with Agile
If you’re a developer or IT pro looking to enter the fray of project management, Agile might be the place to start because its self-directed teams allow members to practice planning and management strategies. If you’re on an Agile team, you can move into a Scrum Master role as a way to test the waters and see if project management is your path.
- 4 Reasons Why Cloud Projects Fail
Hosted solutions are appealing to both management and IT professionals alike. But it’s important to remember that there are both pitfalls and benefits with migrating to the cloud. We will take a look common problems that organizations face — and how to avoid them.
- Why User Training is as Important as the Project
It happens every time. You deploy a new OS or system and then you spend the next six months “fixing” “problems” that amount to user error. User training should be the final part of a big project and planned from the beginning.
- Must-Have Soft Skills for Agile Project Managers
If you’re a project manager, you know it’s not an easy role. During her recent webinar, CBT Nuggets trainer Simona Millham shared several soft skills that every Agile project manager should have in order to be successful on the job.
- Everything You Need to Know about Project Interviews
Resumes can only tell you so much about an applicant. What really counts is the work that they do, and how they work with others. The new way to interview people – especially in the technology industry – is using projects.
- How Being a Facilitator Makes You an Elite Scrum Master
Projects involve many moving pieces and people. To keep everything on track and everyone involved and happy, Scrum Masters need to be excellent facilitators. Not only when problems arise, but also during the planning stage. Here’s how you can become a better facilitator today!
- 10 Most Beautiful Scrum Boards Ever Created
You don’t have to be a software developer to use (or appreciate) Scrum Boards or their Kanban equivalents. For those of you interested in Scrum Boards, we’ve got the 10 best boards we could find among our Learners and across the web. What makes a beautiful Scrum board? We break it down right here.
- 5 Mostly False Myths about Scrum
In this 30-minute webinar, CBT Nuggets trainer Simona Millham sets the record straight, providing an overview of Scrum certifications and methodology, as well as a few tips about how to keep the managing out of your project mastery.
- 10 Weird Things in Scrum that Make Perfect Sense
Scrum gets a bad rap sometimes. With its daily standups, post-it notes, “Masters,” and the rest of the lexicon, there are some things that make Scrum a little weird. But the Scrum methodology has proven to help teams build awesome products fast — even if they call stuff by strange names.
- How Do Kanban, Scrum, and Lean Relate?
While Kanban, Scrum, and other Agile and Lean methodologies share common goals, their executions are not exactly equivalent. Meanwhile, Agile project management spans them all. Learn exactly what Scrum and Kanban are, and what they are not.
- Be a Scrum Master, Not a Scrum Manager
It’s important to remember that while the Scrum Master plays a critical role on Scrum projects, everyone plays an equal part on a Scrum team. As an independent group of self-managed individuals, Scrum teams perform as equals. Here are the key reasons you’re the Scrum Master, not the Scrum manager.
- 12 Terms for New Agile Developers
The Kanban method sounds like the latest workout fad. Burndown and post-mortem might be better suited to a CSI episode than a development process. As eccentric as it is, a solid understanding of terminology is essential to success in an Agile environment. We made a handy guide to help you find your way to a Niko-Niko calendar full of smiley faces.
- 5 Biggest Pitfalls of New Agile Adopters
Adopting an Agile approach isn’t without its challenges. Sometimes, it’s just not a good fit. Before you make the switch, watch this webinar to learn the common issues that that plague Agile adopters — and how you can avoid them.
- The 5 Types of Developers and How Agile Can Help Them All
Your devs have an array of personalities that could make for a heist movie. How can you keep things running smoothly on a team with such a varied set of personalities? Getting everyone on the same page won’t always be an easy endeavor, but Agile can help.
- 5 Agile Strategies that Will Shrink Your Meeting Time
Agile is a process that’s infamous for meetings, and meetings can feel like tribbles multiplying indefinitely. But in a functioning Agile environment, meetings are the core of productivity, freeing your development team to work smarter on your product. Even if you’re not ready for full Agile, these five strategies will help your team’s face time be more focused and fruitful.