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Its time to dive deeper into Project Management Concepts!

If you have had some exposure into project management, or you are currently a project coordinator or junior project manager, and you are ready to take your career to the next level, this is the right place for you.

Project management is a set of skills and techniques that is used to manage projects. Those skills and techniques when honed over time and through experience, increases the effectiveness of a project manager.

Bookmark this page and return often to read the latest blog post, listen to new podcast episodes, or take in pertinent videos that will help you on in your journey to increase your knowledge and skills as a project manager. Additionally, you will discover what it takes to be a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®).

Increasing your project management knowledge.

The Project Management Institute (PMI®) is an organization that has established its leadership in providing a project management framework which project managers around the world prescribe to when managing projects. PMI® has documented the framework and its associated standards in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). Frankly the PMBOK® Guide isn’t the easiest read, however it is loaded with what it takes to up your project management game. The Sensible Project Manager will often refer to and teach the processes, tools, and techniques defined in the PMBOK® Guide. I will help unlock the PMBOK® Guide code so you can increase your project management knowledge.

Improving your project management skills.

As you increase your knowledge of project management, it is important to apply that knowledge to increase your skills as a project manager. The most effective way to increase those skills is first understanding the concepts then practicing in your day to day activities as you manage or assist in the management of projects. If you are fortunate enough to be able to associate with other project managers, I suggest you formally or informally choose a mentor who can help you increase your skills.

Some of the key project management skills to master are:

  • Leadership
  • Communication
  • Planning
  • Problem Solving
  • People Skills
  • Technical Skills

Becoming a more effective project manager.

What does it mean to be an effective project manager?

It is the Sensible Project Managers conviction that you are being an effective project manager when you are leading projects in the most efficient and practical way and provide value to the customer when they need it. This requires the project manager to understand the vision of the project and the value its deliverables provide to the customer. The PM must then help the project team rally behind that vision and work out a plan which will deliver value to the customer in the most efficient way. When you can do this, you are being an effective project manager.

How do I become a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®)!

Through a study performed by PMI®, they estimate that 1.57 million new project management jobs will be created each year through the year 2020. To position yourself to be qualified for one of those positions, PMI® has established the Certified Associate in Project Management or CAPM® certification. This certifies to an employer that you have the knowledge about project management processes, tools and techniques to lead projects.

To help you prepare to take the CAPM® exam, I have developed the SensiblePM CAPM® Prep course. This course consists of 14 downloadable sessions and other study tools to help you pass the CAPM® exam. To learn more about the SensiblePM CAPM® Prep course select here.

SPM 031 | Motivating Your Project Team with Susanne Madsen

Successful Project Managers learn what it takes to motivate their project team which is critical for the success of their projects. In this episode Susanne Madsen shares key concepts about motivating others as Jared learns to become a Project Manager. ...

SPM 030 | Building Trust as a Project Manager with Susanne Madsen

It is critical for a Project Manager to build trust with their team and other shareholders. In this episode Susanne Madsen coaches Jared Coffin about building trust as Jared continues his preparations for becoming a project manager. During the Podcast One...

SPM 029 | Project Communications with Elizabeth Harrin

Good communication skills are critical for any successful project manager. Aspiring Project Manager, Jared Coffin, wants to improve his communication skills and receives excellent guidance from Elizabeth Harrin. During the Podcast During this episode...

SPM 028 | Applying Project Management Behaviors as an Aspiring Project Manager

In the final session with Naomi Caietti, Jared discovers the final steps required to apply project management behaviors into his personal development plan. In the past three sessions with Naomi she has helped Jared focus on a plan which will help him develop the...

SPM 027 | Setting Personal Goals of an Aspiring Project Manager

Setting personal goals to become a project manager is an important step to realizing your aspiration to enter into the project management field. During this episode, Naomi Caietti and the Sensible Project Manager helps Jared Coffin, the Aspiring Project Manager, work...

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CAPM14 | Hints to help you prepare to take the CAPM Exam – Preparing for the CAPM

Terri Echegoyen passed her CAPM exam! In this session Terri and Mark Phillipy finish the project mentoring series Preparing for the CAPM and share hints to help you prepare to take the CAPM exam. This is the fourteenth session in the mentoring series where you can...

CAPM13 | Project Stakeholder Management – Preparing for the CAPM

Terri Echegoyen and Mark Phillipy continue to study for the CAPM exam. In this session we cover Chapter 13 Project Stakeholder Management of the PMBOK. This is the thirteenth session in the mentoring series "Preparing for the CAPM". Mark and Terri study together out...

CAPM12 | Project Procurement Management – Preparing for the CAPM

Terri Echegoyen and Mark Phillipy continue to study for the CAPM exam. In this session we cover Chapter 12 Project Procurement Management of the PMBOK. This is the twelfth session in the mentoring series "Preparing for the CAPM". Mark and Terri study together out of...

CAPM11 | Project Risk Management – Preparing for the CAPM

Terri Echegoyen and Mark Phillipy continue to study for the CAPM exam. In this session we cover Chapter 11 Project Risk Management of the PMBOK. This is the eleventh session in the mentoring series "Preparing for the CAPM". Mark and Terri study together out of the...

CAPM10 | Project Communications Management – Preparing for the CAPM

Terri Echegoyen and Mark Phillipy continue to study for the CAPM exam. In this session we cover Chapter 10 Project Communications Management of the PMBOK. This is the tenth session in the mentoring series "Preparing for the CAPM". Mark and Terri study together out of...

Project Management Certification Options – #PMHangout40

Project Management Certification Options was the topic of the 40th hangout of the Sensible Project Manager Hangout Community. In this community of project managers and others who enjoy discussing project management topics, we have regular hangouts hosted via Google+...

Three Brothers Thoughts on Leadership – #PMHangout38

Three Brothers Thoughts on Leadership was the topic of the 38th hangout of the Sensible Project Manager Hangout Community. In this community of project managers and others who enjoy discussing project management topics, we have regular hangouts hosted via Google+...

How to Help Your Team Improve Task Estimation – #PMHangout37

How to Help Your Team Improve Task Estimation was the topic of the 37th hangout of the Sensible Project Manager Hangout Community. In this community of project managers and others who enjoy discussing project management topics, we have regular hangouts hosted via...

The Art of Delegation – #PMHangout36

The Art of Delegation was the topic of the 36th hangout of the Sensible Project Manager Hangout Community. In this community of project managers and others who enjoy discussing project management topics, we have regular hangouts hosted via Google+ Hangout. In this...

Project Team Collaboration #PMHangout35

Team Collaboration was the topic of the 35th hangout of the Sensible Project Manager Hangout Community. In this community of project managers and others who enjoy discussing project management topics, we have a weekly hangout which is hosted via Google+ Hangout. These...

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