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What ways exist to earn PDUs to keep active all PMI Certifications?

Lets use this question to list all possible ways to earn PDUs. Please moderator covert this question in a community post. Summary of all the answers: PMI Chapter regular meetings (2 PDUs per ...
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Is it possible to be a Scrum Master without any experience?

Im interested in becoming a Scrum Master but I don't have any experience working in a true Scrum/Agile environment. I work in the tech industry managing clients and web production for an email ...
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Value of an ITIL certification for a developer

I am having a hard time finding information on this, as most people looking at this cert are not developers. I have an opportunity to get the cert for free with paid classroom time. What, if any, ...
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What's expected from different career levels for a Scrum Master?

Every career has juniors, intermediates, seniors, gurus, and whatnot. I'm looking for what separates the different levels so I know how to structure a career path within a company. Ideally I'd like to ...
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What are the biggest mistakes that new project managers make? [closed]

Getting started in the role of project manager is not always easy. Are there some common mistakes that you see newer project managers making that can be avoided (e.g. trying to take on too much ...
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Is project management a profession or a subset of another profession?

I have been doing this now for 2 years,and whilst job hunting I have seen many jobs where they want somebody who is a hybrid; Developer/PM, Business analyst/PM (very popular), Account manager/PM as ...
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When does one call themselves a "Consultant"?

I currently do a number of things at work, but I have no idea what to officially call myself?, I was a IT/Telco Design Engineer previously and now I do more Program Coordination/Governance, Resource ...
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Is a Project Coordinator a Step closer to becoming a Project Manager?

So I understand that the Project Coordinator's main duties are to schedules the project, manages contracts and vendors, manages the resources (especially in construction projects), creates most ...
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Change from software developer to scrum master?

I have been a .NET software developer for the last 5 years, at the moment dealing with azure cloud technologies. I am certified scrum master and soon to be certified scrum professional. I have the ...
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Will Project Managers Disappear in a Scrum World?

In a Scrum team there is no role of a project manager. Does that mean that project manager jobs will eventually disappear? What is a project manager supposed to do when organization starts to shift ...
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Career Progression from Product Owner

I work for a multinational IT consultancy firm that has a number of 'software assets' that it sells and develops for its clients. I started with the company straight out of University in a software ...
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Is getting a Scrum Master Accredited Certification at Scrum Institute worth it? [closed]

I'm being tempted to take the Scrum Master Accredited Certification at Scrum Institute. Initially, I was planning to get PRINCE2 certification but then got an advice by a fellow PM that I should get ...
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Where would be a good place to start a project management career? [closed]

I had recently obtained my PMP certification, currently I am already doing Project Management work but I would like to work in an environment where I could gain maximum exposure to project management, ...
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How much technical experience is required to be a software project manager?

I have 3 years of programming/development experience in mid-scale applications, and I do not have any project management experience. I'm thinking of taking the PMP as a stepping stone so that I can ...
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How can I get my team to value self-organization and self-improvement?

I'm working as a project leader in a team of 5 developers and myself and taking the role of analyst. Within the company, we've been applying the agile principles for several years. Some of the ...
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Do PMs get paid less for in-house apps compared to public-facing ones?

I've been tasked with managing an in-house analytics app that was developed by a past colleague. It's only used for internal client accounts (we're an agency) but we're considering bringing it to ...
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Where do you volunteer as a project manager? [closed]

What are the most effective/interesting places to volunteer, in the industry of project management?
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If someone doesn't have enough experience to get the PMP, should they get the CAPM instead or wait until they have enough experience for PMP?

Lets say someone is still in university, so they still require 7500 hours of project management experience to applying for PMP. Would it be worth their while to do the CAPM or to simply wait until ...
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What are the fundamental differences between a functional manager and a project manager and is it possible to switch between the two?

What are the fundamental differences between a functional manager and a project manager Is it possible to switch from a job as project manager to one as a functional manager? (provided I know about ...
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Best Project Management certification for international career [closed]

I am newbie to project management. I am looking for a certification to pursue an international project management career in Europe. Any advice?
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Better (financial) motivation for a developer: percentage or fixed salary?

Until now, I worked on projects with fixed salary, receiving it at each period (monthly). But I would like to know, what if the workers should receive their salary with a percentage of the project's ...
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When faced with a back of the envelope type question in a PM interview, is there a standard of accuracy that is expected?

Back of the envelope calculations are not meant to be very accurate - but they are meant to be better than random guesses. The process of making one usually helps remove bias from your answer, and ...
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Is it correct to define oneself as Project Manager even without dealing with all Project Constraints?

I've been wondering about this question for a while. I'm aware that Job Titles are not completely meaningful (specially, in the financial sector) but still, calling one as 'Project Manager' should ...
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What specific technology should I learn? [closed]

I have been in project management in IT for the last 10 years and I came from industry experience as a domain/subject matter expert. I did PMP and Agile Certification but of late I am experiencing ...
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What are the key personality traits and topics to discuss about when being introduced to senior management? [closed]

One of the keys to success is to start with the right foot when being introduced to senior management. How one would focus such presentation and what are the key aspects to be mentioned? I do not ...
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Project Management Training/Certificates [closed]

Which Project Management trainings or certificates would you recommend to take if you do not have any PM background/experience. I can see some questions for Templates, Software, etc... but I would be ...
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Strictly as PMs, how do you restore a broken relationship?

Going back to our day to day work, sometimes, we have to be direct. During those times, and during times of high stress (due to deadlines or other family reasons), people become more sensitive. What ...
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When does a junior PM become a senior PM?

At the moment in my company we have only PM, and as we are a small team we know who would fit for the type of project we have, based on our experience. As our company grows rapidly, we hired a HR ...
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Can a Business Coordinator become a project manager

I am working as a Business Coordinator in an IT company. I have completed Bachelors of Technology in Information Technology. Is there a chance for me to become a Project Manager? If yes, then what ...
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How to add value beyond collecting tasks and their dates?

As a project manager I catalogue a group's tasks, definitions, dependencies, milestones, resources, and similar other elements of a project. The managers use this to report up, estimate project health,...
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Switching from a R&D to program/project management after a PhD

I began my career as a control systems engineer for petro/oil/chemical/cement plants (handled everything from meeting the customer in the field, gathering input, setting up meetings with different ...
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How to improve communication problem facing in corporate culture

I am experiencing difficulties in conveying my message when debating topics (mostly office-related issues) due to interruption by others. My nature is such that I carefully listen when others talk and ...
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Is development experience required to become a PM in the IT sector?

This question has been stuck in my head for a long time. To become a project manager in the IT sector, should one have development experience, or a strong focus on general project management skills? ...
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How Can I Obtain a Project Management Position With No Professional Experience In The Field?

I am still a student. My formation and my personal thirst for knowledge led me to learn a lot of different things: Programming experience in several languages (low level ASM to higher level JAVA) ...
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What would be the advantages of taking a Software Project Management course for Data Scientists? [closed]

What would be the advantages of a Software Project Management course for a data scientist, from both an entrepreneurial and a job-seeking point of view. How beneficial this course would be compared ...
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Career path in project management

I am a software engineer working in a CMMI level 5 company with around 2 years and 5 months of experience. I am fascinated towards project management and analysis, for this I want to get some ...
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What is the most effective way to gain experience that can lead to working in a PM role, in the software industry?

What can a beginner, with good technical skills and background, do in order to gain the skills and experience necessary for the job?
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PMP certification for a non-technical project Manager [closed]

I need a guidance on an important situation in my life. I dont have anyone to ask and I find this is the only suitable place to ask this. I'm into QA management for 4 years and project management ...
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What questions would you recommend to ask to a potential employer for a project manager role?

My current role is more on IT operations but there is a lot of overlap between operations and project management. I am looking for a project management role and looking a company that is better fit ...
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What should I do/study in high school if I want to be a software project manager?

I'm in high school and I'm curious about what I can do now to increase my knowledge about software management. What should I know about software management to better my chances of becoming a manager? ...
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Different kinds of PMs

At this link: "Hourly Rate for Certification: Project Management Professional (PMP)", they show salary comparisons of PMP professionals. My question is: What is the difference (years of experience, ...
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Transitioning into Project Management from Network engineer [closed]

I work as a Senior Network engineer in Telecomm industry in Sydney for 5 years. I am been involved with few of the projects but not into the role of a PM or PC. How can I get started into Project ...
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Going from project manager to scrum master (career progression) [closed]

I currently work at a large IT consulting firm as an agile project manager. I am PMI-PMP, ACP certified and have 3-4 yrs of scrum/xp experience of which 2 years as a scrum master. I am contemplating a ...
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Mentoring for new Project Managers [closed]

I'm trying to figure out if and how to help people who become Project Manager / Project Leader for the first time. Not sure if it is a good name, but I'm trying to create kind of a "mentoring system" ...
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Becoming CTO/SVP/VP - Application Development from Project Manager/Analyst

I would like to know that how I can climb up the ladder in Project Management. Right now I am new in PM and had 2 years of Software Development experience in my back. To be honest, I want to become ...
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Retiring from Military in 2020 - PMP ? Career Growth? [closed]

I will be retiring from the military in the year 2020. I have been a military pilot most of my entire career, and due to extensive TDY's and family sacrifice, I will not be pursuing a pilot job in ...
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Is PMP certification an appropriate career goal for someone about to start a career in project management?

Is PMP certification a requirement for a successful career in Project Management? At which point would it be appropriate for a newly starting project manager to plan to include PMP certification?
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How can you increase the chances of having good PM candidates from within the technical areas of the company?

It's not unusual that one of the career paths available to an experienced technician is going into project management. But Peter's Principle warns us about the risks of doing it without proper ...
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To get the best offer both employer and employee, what is the best approach in negotiating a salary for PM position?

I would like to seek your advice in negotiating a salary for PM position. Below are some of the roles and responsibilities of the position Directs and coordinates activities of an assigned project to ...
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Should a team leader/project manager be a public speaker

From my experience I can see that Project Manager/Team Leader is often responsible for many tasks not directly connected with his day to day job. For example he often takes part in sales meetings. On ...