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Adopting Agile? Don't Say It's Common Sense

 - June 12, 2017

In my courses, I use various activities to examine and drive home agile’s many principles. Ones that usually trigger deep conversations include getting to “done,” feedback, collaboration, and effectiveness before efficiency. Many senior managers attend my courses, and almost every time, one of them will ask: “Aren’t these principles just a common-sense way to work?”

I often hear the sentiment applied to popular agile practices, too. For instance, doesn’t it make sense to demo finished work to stakeholders? Meet your teammates every day for micro-planning? Capture work items from the perspective of the customer and process them in descending order of value?

If all this is indeed common sense, why has much of the world of work—at least the work of software development—operated differently in the last several decades? In fact, why hasn’t the new “sensible” approach displaced the previous approach completely?

Why Every Project Manager Should Be PMP-Certified

The most successful organizations are now focused on developing their employees’ leadership, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills — alongside traditional IT and technical skills. Businesses are increasingly realising the benefits of qualified project managers. This is a massive opportunity for professionals if they can prove their skills through certification and continuous learning.

In the United States, one credential stands out amongst the crowd: the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI). More than 710,000 professionals have achieved this certification — which is aimed at experienced project managers — and PMP holders can be found leading projects in nearly every country.

Every project management professional, regardless of experience, should aim to achieve this globally recognized certification.

You can find some of the reasons why by reading the rest of the article at GoCertify.com here.

Why get the PMP?

The Project Management Professional (PMP)® is the most important industry-recognized certification for project managers. You can find PMPs leading projects in nearly every country and, unlike other certifications that focus on a particular geography or domain, the PMP® is truly global. As a PMP, you can work in virtually any industry, with any methodology and in any location.

The PMP also increases your earning potential. PMP certification holders earn 20 percent more than their non-certified peers, according to Earning Power: Project Management Salary Survey—Ninth Edition.

Employers benefit as well. When more than one-third of their project managers are PMP-certified, organizations complete more of their projects on time, on budget and meeting original goals. (Pulse of the Profession® study, PMI, 2015.)

The PMP signifies that you speak and understand the global language of project management and connects you to a community of professionals, organizations and experts worldwide. Become a PMP and become a project hero.

Let PMICIE help you obtain your PMP certification, register for our May 12th PMP exam prep workshop by clicking HERE.  Validate your experience and set yourself apart!

6th Edition Updates to A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide)

6th Edition Updates to A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide)

Change is coming! Every four years, PMI updates the PMBOK® Guide. PMI has released the draft of the Sixth Edition, and the final version is due soon. Here are key dates and facts:

  • September, 6th 2017. PMI will publish the PMBOK® Guide—Sixth Edition in ten translations on September 6th, 2017. The book will be available in the PMI Bookstore in Q3. Per PMI, you can expect the following updates in the new edition of the PMBOK® Guide:  

  • “A new chapter on the role of the project manager has been added to focus on leading projects effectively – competencies, experience and skills that are all necessary.

  • Two Knowledge Areas have been re-named to more accurately reflect which elements can be managed… and which can not:

2017 November 13-15 ITIL® Foundation Certification Course & Exam

2017 November 13th-15th
DeVry University (Pomona)

ITIL Seven WondersDo not miss this opportunity - special rate for PMI members for a 3-day ITIL® course & exam (worth over $1,800) from Seven Wonders Learning.

We are offering extra discounts to PMICIE Chapter members so this is great value at only $800, plus additional discounts for military members and PMICIE Chapter volunteers.

ITIL, Information Technology Infrastructure Library, is a set of detailed practices for IT service management that focuses on aligning IT services with the needs of business. 

The goal is to improve efficiency and achieve predictable service levels. It has been adopted by organizations across the world.

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