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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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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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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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Are there any specific steps to go from a software developer to project manager?

I'm a software developer with five years of experience and I want to start a career as a project manager. Today I'm seeking for a new job, related to management where I find myself much more valuable ...
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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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What personality traits suggest that a person should move towards project management?

I've just started as an intern for a big company, so this obviously doesn't immediately apply to me. I love programming, however, I'm still considering potential career paths I may be most suited for....
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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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One of my projects was cancelled very early on - will this be detrimental to my career? How do I speak of it on my CV?

I recently started work as a PM, leading part of a large, long term (18mo+) project. After working on the project for 2 months, performing essentially requirements gathering and staffing work, the ...
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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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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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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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Is it the responsibility of a PM to terminate a failed project?

I'm not talking about the project closing process. Is it the responsibility of a project manager to recommend to senior leadership or the customer to prematurely terminate a project with no ...
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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 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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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 ...
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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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PM salary in the IT industry

I'm currently a developer who recently applied for a project manager position at my company. I was told that being a PM in my company will make me earn less than what a developer will earn. I did ...
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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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Interview tips for a Project Manager Position, with no IT background, but strong PM Skills

I have managed to get through the phone screening and have an in-person interview for the position of a Project Manager with an e-commerce company. I have a strong background in project management (5+ ...
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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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What can I do to prepare for managing a project which is staffed mostly with volunteers, for a non-for-profit organization?

When about to take on a project which is mostly staffed by volunteers, for a non-for-profit organization, what kinds of challenges should I prepare for, which I am unlikely to have seen elsewhere? Are ...
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How to convince an employer you're worth more than you're being paid

Perhaps not the best wording of a question title, but it more or less sums up what I'm trying to ask. Basically, say you work for a company and do x, y and z to improve various aspects of the company; ...
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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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What are the benefits of getting an MBA and is it worthwhile?

I'll be interning as a Program Manager this summer. During my interview loop, I noticed that one of my interviewers had an MBA. This is considered a "technical" management role, and I hadn't ...
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What details recommended to be mentioned in my resume as project manager?

If applying for project manager job, what are the best practices to highlight my previous/current managed projects and what project management skills to be highlighted in my resume? How those ...
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Right Resources For First Time Managers

My question is more of a management than a technical one. My boss gave me my first team project. I'm used to writing code by myself. This project will require that I manage a team including myself and ...
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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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What are typical career paths for PMs as they gain in experience and become more senior?

As Project Managers become more senior, what are the typical career paths (beyond just taking on larger and more complex projects)?
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Expanding My Knowledge of Construction Projects

Which project management processes am I most likely to run into as I manage a construction project? What should I be aware of as I try to learn more about the specific intricacies that affect project ...
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How to move from the Business area of PM to a more IT system related projects?

I am a PRINCE2 Practitioner with a strong Business Administration and Economics background. In my years as a PM, I have always been responsible for projects focused on the Business User area and final ...
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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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Senior Business Analyst: What's next? [closed]

I have years of experience in the IT (I started as an IT developer and made my path up to the Business Analysis). Now, after 6 years of BA, I'd like to take my career to the next level. I was ...
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Are Functional Managers or Project Managers Better Candidates for Executive-Level Positions?

Project Managers work with different skilled workers to meet a specific goal, while Functional Managers manage a specific business unit that may provide services to the project manager. Based on ...
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Worked in software consulting firm for 2 months, should I put this on my resume?

I just recently got laid off from the role of PM in a software consulting firm. Should I include this experience on my resume? What are the pros n cons of this? I am only looking for entry level PM ...
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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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Growth of Project Manager in Software Development

I am a newbie in PM role right now and would like to know that what are the various levels of growth? I am 25 in age and 2 months veteran in PM role. What would be my goal in next 2 years? When ...
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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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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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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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How to start my first project?

I'm going to manage my first project that is really a small stream of an even greater project, and my boss said that I could make my own schedule and plans etc. I have a couple of questions, I need ...
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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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What should I focus on as a student of IT to prepare myself for a career in Project Management?

I've just started my Master's program in MIS, but the program isn't the strongest. IT is the field I'll be going into, and I want to be as prepared as I can be when I complete my degree. We've covered ...
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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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What is project management, and is it a different track from department management within an organization?

I asked a similar question in Workplace SE and was advised to ask here. Note I am not an IT person / programmer but more of a business analyst - I do use a lot of IT tools though. I am 3-4 years out ...
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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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Stanford Advanced Project Management Certificate

Wondering if it is a good way to shift from programming into project management by taking a project certificate like Stanford Advanced Project Management Certificate? Any ideas would be appreciated?
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What exactly does Project Manager/Analyst mean?

I have this title in my company. Inside our firm they call me a PM but on my business card it says: Project Manager/Analyst I am curious, what exactly does Manager/Analyst mean?
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What would I need to do to transition from a team coach / organizational change agent to a PM?

A lot of the skills I've picked up as a Lean / Agile coach seem to be relevant to project management, and I've started getting offers of PM work from agencies. Since I coach PMs, I feel like I ought ...
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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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How does someone get into project management?

As a recent graduate I am finding it very difficult to find work in the field I studied in. Having taken the Briggs Myers personality type test Project management cropped up as a possibility and it is ...
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