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Good evening all!
I wanted to share a program I use on a daily basis.
This is a program that has been available for 14 years. Yet it is constantly evolving. It is easy to use and if you have questions it is easy to reach out and get help. The program is growing all the time.
Check it out!

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Due to office schedule I was not able to attend any of PMI events. But while searching in Google I came up with below video which discusses 5 simple steps to create a project plan. specially I liked Research and Pre-planning section!

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Hello all,

My apologies if this is a repeated post. I believe I accidentally posted this on my personal profile rather than here, but if I posted here already I'm sorry to all!

Unfortunately, I was not able to attend an in person PM event during this course, but instead wanted to share two links I found helpful.

The first link gives a very quick overview of the entire PM planning process. I especially found his description of tracking at around minute 14 interesting (discussion of tracking starts around minute 11). At around minute 14, he shows how you can determine whether you are ahead of schedule/under budget by using the Gantt chart, which I found very helpful to visualize.

However, because the video is so condensed, some terms are not fully defined. For that reason, I'm sharing a second link that gives very detailed definitions of all project management terms and ideas. This page has helped me throughout this course to understand concepts.


Unfortunately due to many work emergencies lately, I was not able to attend any of the PMI meetings I was originally planning to.

Once I realized I would not be able to attend a meeting, I knew exactly the project I wanted to post about. The Big Dig. Originally from the Boston area myself, this project was a huge part of my life, and anyone's life who lived near Boston, or who commuted into the city, or had a family member commuting into the city.

Driving in Boston is truly a disaster, and speaking from personal experience, the Big Dig did nothing to alleviate the mess. Glad to be in San Diego :)

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I couldn't attend PMI meetings but here is one beautiful video of The daily stand up meetings. It's practically showing how to effectively conduct daily stand up meetings.


On Friday, 5/26/17, I attended the breakfast event hosted by PMI San Diego. The presentation was "Mindmapping Software for Projects", and the presenter was Jim Franklin - Our teacher.
The presentation covered ways in which Mindmapping can help follow PMBOK processes better. For example, as we learned in the course, the WBS can be easily broken down.
The presentation also shared other areas where the tool can be used, such as Education, Business Plans, Project Planning, etc. One big advantage with this software is in the way it resolved Project Planning challenges. For example, when you are brainstorming a project, there are several disjointed sets of content. Assimilating this content on one page is a big challenge. So, Mindmapping enables addition of such disjointed content as text files or attachments. We also noticed this feature of the software during the WBS Dictionary/Work Package creation.
Planning is the most important aspect, before Scheduling. Mindmapping helps us to plan first before we begin scheduling. For Scheduling, the software also offers a great feature of exporting the file to Microsoft Project. We have also observed this feature during our Project Schedule creation.
This was my very first PMI event. Another key takeaway from this event was that it was attended by quite a few PMP certified professionals - Networking with them was interesting.

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I also read this Article about How emotional intelligence is needed in the project management business. The author talks about a framework containing five elements, which are decision-making, shipping, perceiving, managing and influencing.
Perceiving is understanding what I am really saying and what I can recognize,
Understanding my emotions and the emotions of others.
Managing is knowing how to manage my emotions and control them.
Decision-making is the art of applying my own emotions To manage and solve problems, and it's something that Project managers need to do on a daily basis.
Achieving is to generate motions to motivate ourselves to pursue meaningful objectives.
Finally, The part of influencing the ability to recognize, manage and evoke emotions in others to promote change. A resonant leader can influence others to fulfill their own goals.

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Hello folks,

I couldn't attend a PM Meeting, so I have researched some videos about project management. This video summarizes some needs of the project management profession in 5 minutes. It uses other terms to describe fundamental needs of project managers, like planning, communication, troubleshooting and prediction (forecasting). what I took from the video is how Cristobal Columbus used different communication methods with stakeholders to discover America. he used different hats, was silver tongued with the queen, hard with the sailors, and diplomatic with the indians.

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Good day,
I couldn’t attend a PMI meeting so I decided to share a topic that’s caught my attention.
Earned Schedule Management and its promise to enhance Earned Value Management reports without the need to collect any more data than is already being gathered to calculate Earned Value Management.
I found these links of YouTube where the presenter utilizes Earned Schedule in a couple of relatively concise examples.

On Wednesday night, I attended the PMI San Diego Special Quarterly Dinner Event at the Hilton Garden Inn. There was a presentation by Gregg Ward, who is the CEO of a consulting and training firm called the Gregg Ward Group. He has an impressive background and has written a book called “The Respectful Leader: Seven Ways to Influence Without Intimidation.” So the topic of his presentation of course was Respectful Leadership. I was surprised about the topic. Often in project management, we think about how to control costs, prevent delays, and plan plan plan! We don’t as often or comprehensively consider the soft skills associated with project management or think of it in terms of leadership of a team. That is really one of the most important aspects of project management. Having a happy working environment, with trust and respect, not only keeps employees and internal stakeholders loyal and committed to the team and project, but it also is recognized by the client and prospective clients. It attracts the best quality candidates for the team.

The speaker was extremely engaging, and everything he said was on-point. He gave valuable tips for managing stress, including taking a walk, meditating, having a vent buddy, and breathing. We can get very emotional and irrational when stressed from pressures above or from clients, or have a hard time working with difficult people on the team. He even offered tips for dealing with these people. The S.B.I. Feedback Technique for times when a team member has acted inappropriately. Before you start, ask permission to give feedback. Do it in private, in a neutral location. One of the panel speakers even suggested going for a walk so that you are standing side-by-side instead of in front of the person, which can come across as confrontational. S.B.I. stands for: Situation (state when, where, and who), Behavior (state the specific behavior), and Impact (state the impact of the behavior on you/others). When this technique is used correctly, it will most likely be received with gratitude and even an apology. Mr. Ward talked about respectful leadership. When we are treated with respect, we release oxytocin, which is “the love drug.” We feel good, and this has a profound effect on the work environment and team relationship. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Conversely, being disrespected produced the “fight, flight, or freeze” effect on us. So disrespectful leadership hurts the team morale and therefore the project.

I really appreciated this topic, especially since, before he started the discussion, there was a lady at our table talking about her leadership style and how the last weekend she really put a subordinate in his place. We were all a little taken aback by her abrasive approach. I hope she learned from the talk. I certainly did! One other tip was to offer positive reinforcement, such as telling team members that they did a good job or “great work!” at the end of the work day, or specifically giving positive feedback on something they did well or that impressed you.

After this event, I would really like to attend future events like this, because I really got value from it.
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