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Project Portfolio Selection Using NPV (Part 1)

Written on February 18, 2019 by

Turning the whole system into something greater than the sum of its parts   A crucial part of Project Portfolio Management (PPM) is the selection of projects. This is an ongoing dynamic process. In the following two part article, I will be demonstrating Net Present Value or NPV. PPM is simply managing your company’s resources….

How to Be a Successful PMI-PMP

Written on February 15, 2019 by

During the end of January, I received a call from a person just leaving the PMI examination center. A few weeks before, another person had called…they too having just cleared the exam successfully. Both had used my book, I Want To Be A PMP or video course, PMP Live Lessons – Guaranteed Pass to clear…

WBS Schedule Pro and Microsoft Project

Written on February 12, 2019 by

I’d like to introduce you to WBS Schedule Pro, a software tool for working with Microsoft Project. Whether you are new to WBS Schedule Pro or already use WBS Schedule Pro together with Microsoft Project, I  think you will find the information below useful.   How does WBS Schedule Pro work with Microsoft Project? There…

Creating a Program Roadmap Using the Roadmap Application

Written on February 11, 2019 by

The Problem Two of my Sensei colleagues recently shared a blog post article that provided a nice overview of the capabilities of Microsoft’s new Roadmap application, as well as how to create a new roadmap using this tool. When you begin creating your own roadmaps, you will find that it is fairly easy to add…

Webinar Recap: The Art of Modern Leadership

Written on February 8, 2019 by

Please find a transcription of the audio portion of Ravi Raman’s The Art of Modern Leadership webinar being provided by MPUG for the convenience of our members. You may wish to use this transcript for the purposes of self-paced learning, searching for specific information, and/or performing a quick review of webinar content. There may be…

Earned Schedule Management (ESM)

Written on February 5, 2019 by

Imagine the following scenario. You are working on a software implementation project, which has 10 modules to complete. The cost of each module is US$100,000, and you want to complete the project in 10 months. The project actually took 12 months to complete with a cost of US$1.3M. Because of regulatory compliance, you have to…

MrExcel’s Favorite Excel Tips and Tricks Transcription

Written on February 4, 2019 by

Please find a transcription of the audio portion of Bill Jelen’s MrExcel’s Favorite Excel Tips and Tricks webinar being provided by MPUG for the convenience of our members. You may wish to use this transcript for the purposes of self-paced learning, searching for specific information, and/or performing a quick review of webinar content. There may be…

Roadmap: A Program Managers New Friend

Written on January 29, 2019 by

In a recent video, I got some firsthand experience with the new Microsoft tool called Roadmap. In this article, I would like to share a couple of things: What is it? What should we use it for? What could be improved?   What is Roadmap? Roadmap was announced at the Ignite 2018 event. The new…

Slam on the Breaks! – The Challenges of Communication and Three Steps to Overcome Them

Written on January 28, 2019 by

In addition to the dozens of other hats I wear, I occasionally serve as a technical manuscript editor for a major publisher. In reading the work of others, I’m reminded how profoundly we miscommunicate without realizing it. Some of you read the title for this article, recognizing the non-spellcheckable glaring typo in it.  Think about…

The 7 Best Practices for Change Management

Written on January 25, 2019 by

“Change is the only constant in life” is a popular saying first uttered by Greek philosopher Heraclitus of Ephesus. We know in both our personal and professional lives that change is certain. Perhaps no one knows it better than a seasoned project manager. No matter how well we’ve planned and thought things out, most project…

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