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The Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification is the world’s leading project management certification. 

Now including predictive, agile and hybrid approaches, the PMP® proves project leadership experience and expertise in any way of working. It supercharges careers for project leaders across industries and helps organizations find the people they need to work smarter and perform better. In our training at Praizion, we cover all these areas, so sign up now and begin learning towards your PMP Exam:

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Research indicates that employers will need to fill nearly 2.2 million new project-oriented roles each year through 2027. This means skilled project managers are in high demand. The PMP certification is designed by project professionals, for project professionals and validates that you are among the besthighly skilled in:

People: emphasizing the soft skills you need to effectively lead a project team in today’s changing environment.

One of my favorite pages the PMBOK® Guide is page 53. It underscores the project manager’s sphere of influence. It begins with a narration of the project manager being influential at the project level, but it goes many levels beyond just the project level. It says, “The project manager leads the project team.” Leading is all about influence, don’t forget that. Let’s replace that word with influence: The project manager influences the project team. “The project manager influences the project team to meet the project objectives and stakeholders’ expectations. “The project manager works to balance the competing constraints on the project with resources available.” 
     Watch this, this is a very important one, because it is often said that the project manager spends 70-90% of his or her time communicating. So, Communications is at the heart of effective project management. It states here, “The project manager also performs communication roles between the project sponsor, team members, and other stakeholders.” That’s why it is important for you as a project manager to create and cultivate your leadership voice. Your leadership voice is that voice that enables you to communicate effectively. Practice the art of communicating and you will be amazed at what that can do for you. 
The ability to come across as being respectful, having empathy, and understanding whatever problem is at hand is extremely important as a project manager. This communication we are talking about includes providing direction and presenting the vision of success for the project. As a project manager, it is our job to communicate the vision, to paint the vision, to cast or re-cast the vision. How do you take the vision that management has for a company or for a program and relay that to your team? That is a big part of communicating and it is within your realm of influence as a project manager and an aspect that you should be tapping into.
This page also says, “the project manager uses soft skills e.g., interpersonal skills and the ability to manage people”, I am going to replace manage people with lead people because behind me you can see the big difference between saying “I am a leader” vs. saying “I am the boss.”  There is a big difference. So, at the heart of all of this, I want us to underscore leadership.
  • Process: reinforcing the technical aspects of successfully managing projects.
  • Business Environment: highlighting the connection between projects and organizational strategy. 

PMP certification validates that you have the project leadership skills employers seek. The new PMP includes three key approaches:

  • Predictive (waterfall)
  • Agile
  • Hybrid

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I often say Agile is not a methodology. It is a mindset, a way of thinking and a way of life for those who truly are agile. Have you seen people that pretend to be Agile, but they’re something different?


We commonly encounter people who pretend to be Agile, but they’re something else. All the time, it’s that Agile in name only kind of situation where they’re doing Daily standups and maybe they’re doing Sprint Planning, and that means they’re doing Agile. However, they’re still doing all the Waterfall, traditional phased approach, and all the significant planning upfront, which really kind of defeats the purpose. Many people have this pretense. If they are still doing Waterfall, just be honest about it. Don’t call it what it’s not; don’t say it’s Agile.


So many people are new to Agile. They’ve heard of Kanban but are just discovering the nuances and process of Agile.


Some folks and organizations fear the Agile terrain, which has a basic framework of Scrum. The two most basic frameworks of Agile are Scrum and Kanban. There’s really nothing to be concerned or afraid of. Let’s discuss their reasoning and see if we can ease people’s minds about utilizing Agile.


First, obviously, it’s different. It is very, very, very different, and that always causes a little bit of anxiety. Another reason is that organizations and people often feel that maybe it leaves them with a lack of control. They might feel Agile is chaotic, and they’re going to lose control. Agile is definitely a change to most people because it uses some crazy terms like decentralizing decision-making. It doesn’t need management in a team. This uniqueness just makes people leery of it. There are so many mechanisms, built-in risk mitigation factors. It’s such a transparent process that it is exceedingly difficult for people to hide and do the wrong things. That’s really the key. It reduces anxiety because many things are built to help make sure people are making good decisions.


Which leads to something else, we want to start encouraging organizations and ourselves as well. We want to encourage that concept or that belief, that experimentation is good, right? Everything we do is an experiment, so we’re going to try something that we believe is the right thing to work on, and we’re going to get to the end of whatever it is in a very short amount of time. We’re going to discover if it was the right thing or not, and if it’s not, we will change right there.

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