MullaneyVision Approach to Project Management Professionalism
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Project Management Professionalism. The Project Management
Institute (PMI) offers an international standard of excellence
for this business specialty; the Project Management Professional
(PMP) certification is awarded to those individuals committed
to the goals proclaimed by PMI, educated in the field of
project management and experienced with its implementation.
In short, Project management is what ensured that the pyramids of
Egypt were shaped properly. Project management is planning and
communicating to make sure that everybody knows the goals and
what he or she must do to accomplish them within a certain time
frame and limited resources.
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Susan Van Alsburg, a leader in a community organization that benefited from MullaneyVision
project management in Spring 2003, made this observation:
"You've done a phenomenal job communicating and
keeping everybody moving, so I thank you for that.
I commend you."
The pertinent section from MullaneyVision Services is
re-published here, and links to more MullaneyVision resources
are also linked below.
Project management involves defining and arranging prorities
and resources to accomplish specific goals. Excellent oral and
written communication are key to being effective. Teams must
balance the deliverables, dates and dollars associated with
the project; project management
leadership enables clarity and achievement with respect to that
balance. Wherever possible, progress should be measured; anything
unmeasureable is unmanageable, so the project manager must find,
track and report on those measures.
Communication must be consistent, concise and credible.
All interested parties must be identified specifically
or by their roles. They must have access to the documents
and other resources needed for their work. Formats should
be editable when development is a shared effort, and revisions
should be archived.
Developers are known to report that they are about 90% complete
(maybe 90% of the time!). A project manager must determine
objective and consistent means by which to measure progress.
With metrics defined clearly and appropriately, a project manager
will track completion of goals more accurately.
Leadership should be established by demonstration of how
project management will empower everybody's contributions.
Furthermore, the project manager's reputation should be
earned by consistent delivery on commitments and by an
ever-increasing knowledge of the industry, its players
and its issues.
the Project Management Institute certification of Project Management
the PMI Mile Hi Chapter (Denver CO)
RMC Project Management, including training materials by Rita Mulcahy, PMP
the agency that proctors the test in USA and Canada
notes for study group
template spreadsheet for managing study
HTML printable answer sheet for Rita Mulchahy's practice tests
www.projectricity.com, News/Links includes files related to PMI presentation.
Courses are offered by a variety of organizations; some packages include
taking the test itself. Course length ranges from 3-5 days. Most material
that I have seen is organized to address the nine knowledge areas from the
Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK):
The exam emphasizes (nearly 75%) on the planning, execution and
control phases of a project. The remainder of the questions cover
professional responsibility and the initializing/closing phases
of a project.
- Project Integration Management
- Project Scope Management
- Project Time Management
- Project Cost Management
- Project Quality Management
- Project Human Resource Management
- Project Communications Management
- Project Risk Management
- Project Procurement Management
Here are the areas that I have chosen to prioritize for my own
- Definitions of Knowledge Areas (color-coded)
- Knowledge Area summary notes from class
- Knowledge Area Processes in order (from PMBOK)
- Process Inputs (from PMBOK)
- Process Tools and Techniques (from PMBOK)
- Process Outputs (from PMBOK)
- PMI placemat (front)
- PMI placemat (back)
- Glossary (from PMBOK)
- PMP Standards
- Abbreviations and Acronyms
Also, the following items will be important resources
for my study sessions (independently and with the group):
- Flash cards (made by self)
- Practice presentations
- HOT TOPICS and other resources in PMP Exam Prep
- PMP Exam Prep by Rita Mulcahy, PMP
- CD/Sample Tests (by Rita Mulcahy)
- Notes from class
- Study sessions with other PMP candidates
- Other books offered throug PMI
If your instruction course does not include the exam (or if you
care to attempt the exam without a formal course, however ill-advised
that may be), you should plan on studying 40-80 hours across a 4-6 week
time period. If you are already a PMI member with an ID number, the
application for the test can be made online (much easier than filling
out all the paper forms). Once you submit the application, if you
are approved, you will receive a number and instructions for making
arrangements to take the test (during a 4-hour period, Monday-Friday).
Since the test is online, there are opportunities to mark questions
as uncertain, so that you can have the program revisit uncertain or
unanswered questions before making your final submission). Within
a few moments, you will see a paragraph explaining the results of