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PMI Announces Results of Project Management Salary Survey

The results of Earning Power: Project Management Salary Survey, 10th Edition are in and PMI reports that there has never been a better time to be a project manager.

Project management skills and expertise are in demand, and earning potential is promising. This data equips practitioners with the most comprehensive view of project managers’ earnings from more than 33,000 project management practitioners in 37 countries around the world.

A general listing of median salaries is reported by country from highest to lowest, and salaries are cross-tabulated by 15 demographic variables from entry-level project managers to senior executives in project management. There is also information collected on employee benefit packages.

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Update for Microsoft Project Server 2013

As of February 13, 2018, a cumulative update for Project Server 2013 has been released. This applies to Microsoft Project Server 2013 Service Pack 1 and contains several hotfixes. As Microsoft points out in their announcement, this is build 15.0.5007.1000 of the cumulative update package.

It is recommended that hotfixes are tested before deployed in a production environment. Microsoft notes that because the builds are cumulative, each new release contains all the hotfixes and security updates that were included with the previous Project Server 2013 update package releases. Please note that hotfixes are now multilingual. This update contains updates for all languages.

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Article by Tech Central Discusses how AI could Revolutionize Project Management

As those of us in the trenches know, projects need planning, managing, and monitoring. Projects touch many aspects from software development to construction to logistics and finance, and the tools used are often complex. It’s time to start considering whether or not AI-powered decision support systems and automation could reduce costs and mistakes, analyze risks, and make things more efficient.

Tech Central’s article takes an early look at how artificial intelligence, machine learning, and predictive analytics could affect project outcomes in the years to come.

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What about Microsoft Excel?

Microsoft Excel is often used as the default software for project management, and PM’s are starting to talk about whether or not it should be banned completely from the project management arena.

As this last article reports, Jeff Harrell, VP of marketing at the California-based Redbooth task and project management platform, says it should be eliminated. He aregues that spreadsheets are too complicated, and that using them to manage projects is just more trouble than its worth.  According to Harrell, unless you are a numbers person or financial analyst, “it’s hard to see how Excel can meet the project management and collaboration needs of today’s work teams”.

What do you think?

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