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The Catch Of “Only The Best And Brightest” Has Been Ringing In The Valley

If the new H-1B Visa Bill is anything to go by, then soon there will be  visa cap per country issued purely of on merit regardless of the origin. The catch of “only the best and brightest” has been ringing in the valley ever since there was a change of guard in the leadership.  This is only fair so that Companies don’t shortchange the unsuspecting employee by undercutting wages. So to book yourself a berth, better ensure you are the best in the list. So, professionally, unless you have a proven track record that’s superior and surpasses the set expectations, chances to be counted in is going to be grim.

Just read out the latest reports as extracted and the enormity of reality will dawn on you. The good days are gone? It can be a lament or do you hear someone shout-out “good days are back”. Your caliber and competency can be vouched by you alone as it will be you who will be subjected to the litmus test in proficiency. 

Quoting verbatim from the source:
“The High-Skilled Integrity and Fairness Act of 2017 introduced by California Congressman Zoe Lofgren prioritises market based allocation of visas to those companies willing to pay 200 per cent of a wage calculated by survey; eliminates the category of lowest pay; and raises the salary level at which H-1B dependent employer are exempt from non-displacement and recruitment attestation requirements to greater than $130,000.
This is more than double of the current H-1B minimum wage of $60,000, which was established in 1989 and since then has remained unchanged. 
“My legislation refocuses the H-1B programme to its original intent — to seek out and find the best and brightest from around the world, and to supplement the US workforce with talented, highly paid, and highly skilled workers who help create jobs here in America, not replace them,” said Mr. Lofgren.

Here comes the zinger: when the message is loud and clear about scouting talent that the best and brightest, what makes one best and bright? In simpler terms, you can’t nudge or elbow your competitor but win the race by a mile. The hunger to excel and exceed expectation is the basic expectation. You can take it from here as the baseline and figure out the challenges that lie ahead and criteria to be met. Nothing less than outstanding can help you outshine as a luminary in the global pool of star players. 

If you feel tempted to ask ‘what talents will take me through?’, then walk through the Job Responsibilities and measure yourself in terms of the weightage, and ask yourself “are you there?” if yes, what’s your standing when lined up with strongest of contender? Certifications, of course, lend currency and expertise arises from the virtue of experience. What happens, if the shortlisted candidates possess the certifications and areas of expertise? Well, that its typical Darwinism “fitter than the fittest”.  Better than the best. Prove that and take home the trophy. The winner gets it all. 

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What Is a PMP Certification Worth in 2018?

We were classmates since kindergarten.  And hung around together. Its our individual pursuits that led us into different league – and today as working adults we catch up good old times and reminisce about the days of yore. He is a seasoned professional, and the very title of ‘Director’ made me size him up and down. As small talk whittled and we started discussing about professional journeys embarked, certain details shared with me were just startling.

He is employed in a fortune 500 company, and has a dedicated recruiting team. For reasons known best to him, the discourse focused on the frustration of a recruiter. Now that beats me!! With the talent in the market, it must be a breeze in the park to shop – in fact, ‘pick and choose’.  “Far from it. Reality is grim my friend. I give a mandate to the recruiter team and from the heap of resume they receive, and after vetting with due diligence, I only get to pick 30. A number I set for myself so that the scrutiny is really stiff”. Engrossed, I didn’t realize the tea was getting cold but questioned “what’s the pain point?”

“It’s the fitment. The candidate must be primarily from our domain to be completely conversant, independently handle client, responsible for end-to-end to project implementation, and toss in portfolio management….” And I was muttering “be read to go to moon or mars in a days’ notice”, but he completes “and must be PMP certified.”


Though he kept PMP certification to the last, it was very apparent that without PMP, the candidate wouldn’t even be considered. The resume cast away as one among the many who couldn’t make it despite the experience bereft the PMP certification.

Catching up from where we left last, this article will present our findings of the advantages with a PMP certification in terms of recognition and compensation and to summarize, the jump 0f 20% increase in salary.  Consider these pointers and the infographics [sourced from Payscale, Glassdoor, salary.com, careerbuilder, Angel List, robert Half company],

By now, its evident  every aspirant or practicing professional project manager knows what really makes the cut above the crew – PMP® certification. 

  • Check your earning and see your salary soar. PMP certified professionals command a distinctive lead that’s difficult to catch up in terms of salary. Easily a PMP certified professionals earns 20 % more than a no-certified

  • PMP® plays a pivotal role in marketing your profile. It matters much a how can grab the eyeballs and retain the attention. PMP is more than a selling point. When complemented well, it will be a slam-dunk.



  • PMP® Certification holders are largely presumed to be conversant with the subject matter because of the stiff eligibility criteria, random audits and the tough exam wherein passing at the first attempt is deemed a major accomplishment.

  • PMP®   proves you are a qualified professional and hence eligible to be counted as a prospect to lead projects and groomed to take up larger roles and responsibilities 


  • PMP® provides job opportunities that are terrific because the number of certified PMPs is just a small number and hence you are in great demand

  • You get to work in challenging projects by virtue of the certification as it is a testimony to your education, experience and expertise.

  • It broadens your horizons given that PMP is globally acknowledged and instantly recognized. With every engagement, you broaden your skills and upgrade your learning.



It benefits your employers who are keen about their ROI with an eye on the bottom-line. Remember, you are a true asset to your employer as you enable the company to complete the project within time and cost, of course leading a team and as a team player. 


Now that you are become a part of the exclusive global community of PMP holders, the future is all yours. Steer your way through and chart your own course.



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Boss or Leader | Leadership Style


Usually, Boss is used as a moniker about the one who lords around or tries to throw the weight by trying to herd. 

The Boss, in the titular role, doesn’t have to be bossy as mostly misunderstood. Our perception of ‘Boss’ is more about command and control. The Boss is synonymous with Leader. The line that does the round is that Boss ‘tells you what to do’, while the Leader ‘teaches you why and how to di it.’ This is still in theory.  Somehow that title of Boss is very unsettling. 

But just like different times calls for different actions, and sometimes different actors, a leader turns more as a boss in cracking the whip should the situation mandate. It is often confused being a Boss is bad, and the leader truly benevolent. It’s a very fine line between being a boss and leader. In fact the line blurs. How does one define autocratic leadership then?

There are many leadership styles: Autocratic, Democratic, Strategic, Transformational, Laissez-faire. The boss can follow any such leadership style or may be all but applicable to the audience 9read as employees).


Are all employees the same? 

The 80/20 is very much present as inferred from the performance – meaning, 80% of the workload is usually assigned to 20% of staff. Why? Because they are ‘the’ performers. Notice carefully and you will find it hard to dispute that the one who is hardworking and consistent on deliver is always assigned more work. Why? Because of the delivery. Company needs employees who are able, reliable and consistent in performance. Employees are always a mix and match . while some perform, some outperform and some don’t perform at all. Accordingly, the Boss has to adopt different leadership styles.

It will be very unfair to portray the boss in a poor light just because he/she is unfairly and unreasonably demanding. Some Boss scream “I want it and want it now” without realizing the magnitude of work or plainly pushing their luck. But it can go as far as possible. If shouting and screaming works, then work place will be a street fight so chaotic that your differentiating factor as a Leader will be your decibel level.

Command and Control

This IS required to the ones who need jumpstart. They can’t do it by themselves and some push to move forward. In the worst case, push becomes a shove. That’s where the ‘Command and Control’ is exercised. “if you don’t do it, then..” might sound as a threat but with some staff this works. Whipping works. These are poor in self-esteem, lack confidence and hang in there for survival. And they know well, that getting another job or alternatives is hard to come by and hence respond to the command. It is the fear of getting fired that somehow extracts the work. Hence, it is useful to such work force – usually new  joinee, entry-level ,  fresher or experienced hires who are yet to adapt to the new surroundings.

Democratic 

Leadership through consensus by winning confidence and gaining ‘buy-in’ of the team. This team is mature and self-starters. They don’t need someone to be behind their back to get the job done. Once delegated, they are on their own and ensure it is done with minimal intervention and supervision. Accountability is usually high, and the team takes pride in its performance. 

Laissez-faire

This is not commonly practices and usually associated with researches and their ilk. Such resources are very independent from the start and don’t need any intervention or monitoring, mostly, the engagement will be time-bound and hence the Boss will have very less scope with regard to delegation or follow-up.


So what kind of a Boss are you?

Brutal, demanding, ruthless, callous, difficult, tough, harsh and aggressive? Just look around and how many faces can your eyes meet and count. The Boss is responsible for the cycle of business with the feet on the pedal. At one stroke the boss has to face so many faces. Possible? That’s why that person is the Boss. And yes, it takes some aggression and ruthlessness to get the job done weighing in the 80/20 rule. ‘The one who shows mercy on others denies oneself’ – doesn’t mean callous in attitude. Though caring, they appear callous else the workforce becomes complacent. 

Agreed, some Bosses are obnoxious, petty-minded, self-centered and can’t think beyond business. But then, it’s unfair to stereotype the Boss in such fashion. Some bosses are gentle, willing with en ear to hear, and simply wonderful.  The Boss, too, is a human with family to tend and friends to catch up. It is just that they burn more hours and sacrifice so much so that can draw a salary.

Don’t bother. A boss is as much a leader with a different kind of flavor.


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iCertGlobal Awarded India Education Awards 2018 | Success Story


 "The India Education Awards is a celebration of excellence "



Awards are telling reminders – to let us know what we are and who we are. 

iCertGlobal Pvt Ltd was presented the India Education Awards -2018 in a star studded ceremony on      April 8, 2018 organized by Blindwink Solutions Private Limited. The India Education Awards 2018, conceived and initiated by Blindwink  is aimed at felicitating excellence, reputation and exemplary work in the Education Sector.



CEO Speak

“Awards are true inspirations that acknowledges to the world that we are worthy of recognition through our consistent results and outstanding contribution for all-round excellence in academic pursuits.  We accept it as an appreciation of our continual commitment and dedicated service in the realm of education.

 

“We take this moment to thank our people and patrons; our colleagues and clients; staff and stakeholders.  They are the ones to push the edge of the envelope, move the needle to beat projections and forecasts and continue to inspire us to strive to do better.  Their dedication and support has contributed to our success. Our heartfelt congratulations to the team, and sincere thanks to all those who made this possible” said Irfan Sharief, the CEO of the company.


Company Profile

iCertGlobal, is one of the leading professional certification training providers, offering several programs to corporate and consumers. Based out of Houston, Texas, US, and operations in UK, Australia, APAC and India, iCertGlobal has a global imprint across the globe.


iCertGlobal conducts professional trainings on varied and diverse list from Project Management, Service Management, Quality Management, Agile & Scrum and Niche technologies. They are active in both B2B (Business to Business) and B2C (Business to Consumers) models, and successfully trained more than 75,000 professionals with more than 3,000,000 quality hours of active training, spread across strategic locations like Malaysia, Singapore, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia, India, Australia, UK and US.



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Leadership and Learning | Resource Management


Its not the frustration over failures.

Its not the mistakes. Its not even the repeated mistakes.

Incredibly it’s the repeat of the repeated mistake – like typos in a perfectly proof-read post. Darn! How did the error creep on?

Well, a pilot missed his destination by messing up the co-ordinate, and this is not without precedent. Imagine the shock of the passengers and the people in general “how could he possibly goof up on the guidance? Isn’t the computer on?”

Incredulous.

That’s how we are sometimes.  Knowingly doing things wrong is inexcusable, but knowing well and still getting things wrong is indefensible. That’s where we go weak on our knees. Tensions run high. Anger flare up. Heated arguments and bruised souls.

Now that the pilot has landed in the wrong destination, will all the fury unleashed help in recovering from the loss and land in the right spot?

May be get more processes in place. More check and balance. Make it foolproof that alerts can’t just be missed, so that mistakes won’t be repeated. As much as plans and process are prepared, we can’t absolve ourselves of the blame citing causes or excuses. Negligence is negligence. It can’t be negated, and only corrected. 

We need to learn from our mistakes, or from others’ mistakes, and of all repeat mistakes.

A True Leader Never stops Learning. Their call to actions is always influenced by their learning and they constantly try to improvise in thought and act

Leadership and Learning are indispensable to each other – John F kennedy.

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What in PMP attracts the People?


We offer a comprehensive PMP® certification program for participants with diverse professional background and different levels of education and experience. 

PMP® is consistently ranked as one the top five most valuable certification for IT professionals and is broadly applicable to a wide range of industries. 

A PMP® certification builds the skills needed to succeed and opens new doors for those with the certification. 

PMP® Certification is very much relevant to all those who are into Project Management irrespective of the fields specialized. Contrary to popular belief that PMP is related to IT/Software Project Managers, it is very much relevant indeed to people who are managing the projects in the fields of Civil, Production or any other domain or industry. That is one of the reasons why people from any field who want to run/execute the project in organized way, want to be training and certifying in PMP®.

Professionals who are still uncertified find themselves at a distinct disadvantage as compared to those who are PMP certified.

What in PMP® attracts the People?


Following the PMI standards help to have the better predictability. This is one of the reasons why many organizations encourage their project management professionals to go through the PMP Training and certification.


Risk Management is applicable for all projects irrespective of field or domain. Risk management is one of the key areas which connect all people from different walks into Common Project Management Methodology.


Communication Management & Stakeholder Management aren't applicable for Project Managers alone but or non-project managers as well . People who know the project management principles defined by PMI are employed across different domains.

The introduction of agile agile practices  in the  traditional approaches  will present the professionals the opportunity in creating an integrated approach to leverage.

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DATA THEFT AND DEFENSE

Some of the recent headlines were so shocking that made stunned people all over the world. The links are presented for anyone who cares to read further and know for themselves. 


Industrial espionage goes a long way back to the mid-90s [remember the incident in Intel when one of the employees tried to sell sensitive documents to competitor].



How did Volkswagen dupe millions of car owners, flout stringent US norms? 


Apple hack exposes flaws in building apps behind 'Great Firewall'


Apple Removes 300 Infected Apps from App Store | WIRED 


Apple Targeted as Malware Infects China Mobile Apps - WSJ



In the digital era, the cybercrime is quite steep given the climbing numbers and catastrophic consequences. The links listed aren't of distant past but relatively new - some or still unveiling and some under investigation. What shocks the learned and layperson is when technology is no longer nascent why the threat should not be nipped in the bud? Nipped?! These bloopers don’t blossom from a bud – be it insider job or outsider, but come to light after shaking our faith and foundation.


The worst threat for now is the cyber threat and measures are mounted to step up cyber security despite which the crime rate scaling is both puzzling and perplexing. If there are breaches in security, the damage could be colossal, making it mandate in tying the loose ends. The best anti-virus is unable to prevent a malware from harming the programs; the best social engineering is not able to mitigate but only makes lives miserable. Ashley Madison hack’s ramification ruined personal life and which is an intrusion into privacy and revelation is damning both to the customers and commerce. When powerhouses like apple’s app store with a reputation of rigid and robust ‘firewall’ is no longer impregnable, anything can be infiltrated, and as endorsers or end-users we lost our insulation and immunity. 


Software is susceptible 

Every software is susceptible and hardware vulnerable? So where is the power of protection? Unfortunately there is no anti-dote ready that can anticipate attack and annihilate the assailant. Surely some minds are busy at ‘work-is-in-progress’ in chalking out a solution. A more complex encryption or safe vault or something very innovative and effective. When the shadow of the danger grows in size threat looms large. 


Disturbing as it gets for the very hand trusted was the one that gave it away. One can defend from outside but how to discern that ‘insider’. Even after closing all gaps, plugging holes, locking doors, securing and sanitizing, how does that slip happen and that too under our very nose? TECHNOLOGY.


Technology is always a double-edged sword. The insiders also use ‘Cloud’ facilities to make away with their goodies. Cloud services are proving to be almost indispensable. Line up the companies offering cloud capabilities and it will feature the heavyweights in the industry: Amazon, Microsoft, apple. So as a safety chute should we just shut down access to the services so that any possible ‘breach’ prevented? Or restrict access? The sanction of cloud services are strictly on need and merit and of course trust.


The vast majority of cloud services don’t encrypt data (as opposed to in transmission), only 15% support multi-factor authentication, and even fewer (6%) are ISO certified, says Sky high CEO Rajiv Gupta. (ISO 27001 was created in 2013 to ensure that security risks and threats to the business are assessed and managed, that physical security processes such as restricted access are enforced consistently, and that audits are conducted regularly.) [source : https://hbr.org/2015/09/what-do-you-do-when-employees-start-using-a-free-cloud-service]


Because it’s so difficult to monitor and regulate employees’ use of file-sharing sites and other cloud services, many CIOs grapple with the whole issue.


So what are the defence mechanisms with regard to data security in cloud?


Data hashing is a technology that creates a hash, or specific code, to identify a given dataset. This allows the integrity of the data to be checked every time the data is used or accessed by a credential individual at the firm. Hashing would prevent data from being changed by an unauthorized third party.


Digital watermarks allow data to be tracked. While this approach does not protect the data, it does allow it to be linked back to the individual who placed it on a cloud or at an unsanctioned location, making that person potentially responsible for any consequences to the data’s misappropriation.


Researchers are attempting to create simple yet effective means of facilitating cross-cloud single-sign-on authentication, where a “foreign” cloud provider is required to gain trusted third-party status from the “home” cloud before being able to communicate with the user and the user’s applications.


Still the advice holds well that sensitive and critical data is guarded and under heavy security and scrutiny.


SalesForce recently introduced Salesforce Shield to protect its cloud apps assuring users that the encryption is by far the best and chances of breach is very slim. But can it be slammed down from slim to simply impossible?


We scratched the surface with regard to Data Defence with Cloud based survives. In the next post, let us look at ways to safeguard out data against any attack.


We welcome your thoughts about Data Security…..


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Agile is the Trend?!

It’s an interesting pointer that can be deliberated but never decided with a Boolean yes/no response. Waterfall is the conventional methodology and given Agile’s merits it’s too attractive to make an immediate shift but one should reason with the ramification by balancing the pros and cons as agile may not be an ideal fitment for every project. Accepted Agile has made great strides but has it replaced waterfall altogether is subjective if we are mindful of the consequences. We learn by experience and the takeaway in the form of teaching is to beware and be cautious of concerns.  Usually technical heads mull over the decision by studying requirements again and again to arrive at a conclusion. 


They are both project management methodologies and the applicability rest on many factors.  Just because waterfall has been around for long doesn’t make it indispensable and agile emerging much later is the most happening either. That’s why approach adopted should be strictly on merits. It’s a no-brainer the discussion about this subject would entail into PMP or PRINCE2 certification. 


Waterfall methodology is most easily identified with PMP certification program, while PRINCE2 follows Agile. Both these approaches are very different and hence the deliberation before deciding on picking the best suiting the needs. 


Waterfall is a typical plan – build – test –deliver stages, where the final version is envisioned in the planning phase rendering the requirement study and scope as very critical and any change addressed through change requirement and the customer gets to have a feel at the UAT stage only, when all is done and set to go. 


Agile is very modular, impleneted through scrum, wherein the client acts as one of the stakeholders and can know firsthand the output of a phase technically referred as ‘sprint’ and every requirement is detailed as a story card with scrummaster manning the post. The individual accountability is very high. The sprint demo can be shown to client for feedback and changes incorporated and hence its the process is iterative. This flexibility is not possible in waterfall methodology. 

Lets study the popular or most searched words using Google Trends, and though it’s a ballpark and not a scientific proposition, it does offer a perspective as to where the world is heading towards on a bird’s view.


The PMP certification seems to have picked up and peaked and gradually slides down with the forecast trending upwards, while Agile at one stage seems to have spiked over PMP and continued to ascent, and the forecast too is favorable. 



The certification aspect witnessed PMP on the rise and peaking only to slip down and forecast is forward, while Agile is steady with not much of growth nor stunted and the forecast is trending upwards.

The charts are based on ‘keyword’ search and need not necessarily endorse any claim not be evident of any outcome. Like stressed earlier they present a picture of the trends and such PMP is still quite popular, and Agile is holding on and growing.

So what do you think is the trend? Do let us know…


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The Role of a Project Manager

Who makes a good project manager? A technically sound, rich in experience with exceptional soft skills? 

How much of a value-add is thrown-in with the ‘technical’ tag. End of the day its Management - be it technical or non-technical. 

Management role is very dynamic wherein one should know where to reach and how to achieve the same. For anyone to be a successful Manager at senior level, build a team having right skill. It is important to note that empowering next-level managers decides the success of their Manager. 

Of course, the Manager needs to have big picture and good clarity on the vision to give the right direction to the next- level. Manager should have right people to execute the same vision and position at the right place. But how does one identify ‘right’? Call it acumen or something gained from experience or inner calling or instincts – or sum of all. Subjective as ‘right’ might be, it does prove critical for the success of the Manager in any organization. 


Know Self/Team:
 

Any Manager should assess and evaluate his/her strength and team’s strength as well.  The clarity should be crystal clear for the Manager / team to achieve the mission/vision of the team. 


Know the gap (Self/Team): 

And it is imperative to know what the gap within the current team setup – be it technical, functional & behavioral. 


Fill the Gap:

Gap can be filled in multiple ways depending on the scope and width of the gap. Managers always should try to work on people’s strength and enhance/sharpen to bring the best more out from his/her team. That will help the team to be engaged fully. 

If the gap is on technical/functional aspect, team can undergo the required training if there is enough time for learning curve.  When the need to address gap is critical or urgent, it’s better to hire people with right skills. 


Find the ‘fitment’

When Manager decides to fill the gap by hiring new resources, the ability to assess about the new hire to deliver is a one of the key clincher. If not, nothing wrong in seeking the opinion of peers’ help to connect with the right fitment.  It’s very important that we choose the right people for any opening as most of the cases it’s the fitment that’s diagnosed as the pain point – and that too late in the project.Screening and selecting suitable candidates who are sound technically can cut out most of the spillage and increase the turnaround time. 


Technically sound professionals have an appreciable head-start as compared to the less informed as the learning curve isn’t that steeper and with a minimal time spent in training the crew can be inducted in the team and start contributing.  They are ‘the professional with practice’. 


We will discuss more about this topic in our next blog from the perspective of PMBOK® version 6.


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Professional Certification Is Becoming The Benchmark

Professional certification is no more an alternative; it’s the benchmark. Professional certification is no longer restricted to a domain; its across business. 

Professionals need certification today,

To be counted;
To stay competitive;
To possess intellectual capital;
To present credentials.

Be certified  to  expand career path.

Whatever be your chosen field, unless you excel and exceed expectations, your talent remain unharnessed. Certifications help you to amplify your skills and counts as key differentiator.

Topline is the Talent.

The HI-B visa creating a ruckus and protectionism playing it out in the front  with full force. the parity in the pay that reckoned to be lopsided, the crunch now will be on the talent as the metric has been set for ‘indispensable expertise’. Still, there exists a gap between the available with the desirable. The numbers simply don’t add up to it.

The question is “are you resourceful?”

As one of the leading online education service provider, we regularly conduct boot camps, workshops and training mainly to equip the professionals/participants in enriching their knowledge base, and boost confidence level in order to become capable . The grind is difficult. Its talent alone that takes you to the top of the heap. Remember, there is no shortage of resume, it’s the skill that suffers a shortage. The demand-supply is always skewed and very rarely have we witnessed the demand surpassing the supply. More often, vacancies remain vacant for want of the talent.

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PMP® Certification Exam – Don’t Delay. Get Started Today.

Some of the professionals interviewed cited reasons that might sound unbelievable, but then that’s their version. We have listed some for your reference as a precautionary note not to delay or defer in taking up the exam. Every single day you lose is something lost forever. In case your mind is set in appearing for the exam and obstacles of any kind can appear as stumbling blocks, you still can overcome the odds and crack the exam. 

Here are some reasons listed for pushing the date to ‘another day’:

“It’s too tough” - of course, it’s tough. PMP® actually moderates from average to tough and calls for dedicated study and determined efforts. The view from the top is terrific but you got to toil to get to the top.

“I AM BUSY. I don’t have time” – No one has the time to spare. Try checking with anyone and a volley of reasons backed with rationale will be thrown in return. MAKE TIME. You can always apportion time. You really don’t consume all the 24 hours. So late nights, early mornings, and of obviously, the weekend is all yours to prepare for PMP. We do find time to make ourselves available for occasions and get-together by freeing up bandwidth. Studies are a struggle since childhood and in adulthood with more responsibilities stooping the shoulder, and hence it’s no easy feat to sit and burn the midnight oil. ‘Nothing great was ever accomplished without making sacrifices.’

“The Job Pressure is too much” – agreed. We all have gone through the grind and it’s difficult to focus when your mind is constantly analysing multiple scenarios and multitasking. Despite the pressure, can you rise up to meet the challenge? Determination. When the traffic is too much, do you just reverse the vehicle and go back home or maneuver to find way to office? Most succeed because they are determined.

“May be next month” – the worst excuse. If something is to be done, better do it immediately. Tomorrow never comes, so how will next month? We only avoid accepting to spell the truth and instead pretend using the pretext of ‘another day’.  As it is written, ‘If we wait until we are ready, we will be waiting for the rest of our lives’. 

“I am not good enough” – that’s accepting defeat even before the fight. How would you know unless you attempted. So, all those appear for the PMP exam pass? There are no failures? Wrong. Even those failed should be applauded for their audacity to make an attempt, and failure will push them further to fare better. So long you qualify with the prerequisites set by PMI, you are as good as any applicant. Just that you are poor on confidence. Build self-confidence and go for it. You will emerge triumphant.

The reasons to slow you down or stop may be innumerable. Bear in mind that it’s the strong that survives and succeeds. SO DO IT NOW.

“Its not the mountains we conquer, but ourselves.” – Edmund Hillary


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ITSM - More Than Service

There is also a misconception that IT Systems pertains to the software industry. The perception should ‘wherever IT Systems are deployed’; it calls for managing and maintenance of IT Systems. Automation is again big time in the software industry. Check out and you will find them more IT-services based.

Who will manage the IT Services?
Of course, IT Service Management team, that could include  IT System Managers, IT Administrators, System Administrators, IT Quality Specialists, IT Audit, IT System Analysts and Quality Control who are either responsible for streamlining the IT Systems or part of IT Service Management team, Quality Assurance teams responsible for software and infrastructure.

Who will manage the people handling IT Services?
IT is ubiquitous. It’s almost everywhere. So, IT Service management is indispensable because there is no sphere of our life which IT has not shaped up. So you need people who are skilled in managing and handling IT systems. The need for ITIL® Certifications is more as a test of competency and validation of expertise in handling critical scenarios.

Why ITIL® Certifications 
IT Service setup can be simple or complicated, and more often not, the complexity varies in severity. Hence, most companies prefer skilled people with experience and rich expertise in entrusting the systems. Just like mirror servers, company don’t prefer to depend on any particular team, rather they prefer a mix of teams who can be deployed and pressed in to service should a situation arise. This is the very reason why the ITIL® Certifications have gained prominence in the recent times as professionals start at foundation level and then move on to the intermediate modules – which can be either  lifecycle modules best suited for professional pursuing management of services and the other is capability modules, which is apt for professionals preferring the process, and the next  level of certification is the MALC ( Managing Across the  Lifecycle)  and clearance will lead to ITIL Expert.  So given the mix of management and process in the intermediate levels, companies also use a judicious mix of people capable of handling management or process related issues.
 

In case of any faulty issues or malfunction, the troubleshooting will be addressed by the maintenance crew who are always on standby. Expecting the unexpected is a good maxim and mostly followed by all the companies that have deployed IT Systems. Maintenance is a critical and crucial as managing project. The prerequisites, qualifications, certification and validation in terms of capability and competency remain the same. 

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Can I apply for the PMP® Exam even if my title is not “Project Manager”?

This is a very common question heard in the corridors treaded too often by the Information Technology professionals, while other verticals and domains are following suit. And the answer is: Yes, you can.

Enroll for Project Management Professional (PMP) with a reputed education provider to earn 35 Contact Hours which is mandatory as prerequisite for taking up the PMP exam. You must possess the major prerequisite in terms of education and experience:  Secondary degree (High School) and 60 months spent  leading and directing project tasks [or] Four-year degree(Bachelor's) with 36 months unique, non-overlapping professional project management experience  leading and directing project tasks.

The 4-day program will enable you to become proficient with the Principles of Project Management, mainly the 47 project management processes and 10 knowledge areas – this will be the curriculum or syllabus. The trainer, at best, can take you through the topics by apportioning time required to spend on modules as careful analysis has defined the hours to be dedicated to a particular module and they greatly differ from one to another.

The basic training must be supplemented through self-study by diving deep into the 10 knowledge areas as detailed in   ‘PMBOK Guide- A guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge’ as key reference and the course materials provided by the education provider. It’s to be noted that PMBOK will be offered by the PMI (Project Management Institute). as part of your registration exam fees as a soft copy.

How the 4-day training can be taken is matter of choice and convenience, be it classroom or virtual classroom or e-Learning. End of the day, much depends about your competency and capability in cracking the PMP certification examination.  So far the answer is academic. Now from a practical perspective, your performance in the final exam boils down to the preparation. The better prepared you are, best are chances of making it big at the first attempt. Every institution’s bet is to equip their participants to pass PMP, and this is the differentiator for iCertGlobal to be one of the most sought after destination in preparing for professional certification.

We offer, in addition to the well-planned and well-structured schedule classroom or LVC {Live Virtual Classroom] training, other notables that prove to be the key ingredients to our immense success and popularity:

Exemplary course materials prepared by Industry experts who are PMP certified with hands-on experience in project management and training. Hence they bring tremendous inputs in terms of experience and expertise in carving out the course related resources like Books, Quiz, Practice Questionnaire, Case Studies, and real-time scenario analysis.

Exam Simulator with more than 6000 questions. The questions are created in the same complexity as it would be in the final PMP exam. The pattern and population of questions drawn for various modules will be of the same density as expected in the PMP exam.

Refreshing sessions are for those, on request, to brush up the lessons already learnt to brace for the final race.

Participants are encouraged to stay in touch and maintain contact through the 24x7 support to enhance improved communication. They can create as many opportunities at every turn to learn in as many forms to sharpen the skills in gaining the edge. A repository of resources is available for online access anytime, more as a supplementary link.

Moreover, we follow-up with every participant to sense their progress understand and offer services wherever struggle is detected or discovered.

Of course, the growing testimonies speak for itself!!


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Understanding Stakeholder Management


The success of any project is attributed to the successful management of Stakeholders. If you don’t know all your stakeholders, that implicitly states an inherent risk already in your project. For every aspect of the project, identify the key stakeholder(s).
 
 
Stakeholder Management
 
Stakeholder Management is vital part of Project Management. Communicate the right things at the right time which will make the stakeholders in line with progress made in the Project. Last minute surprises are the least expected and any delay that’s visible should be informed well ahead. The worst would be an irate customer who might become bellicose. Good news can be deferred but bad news should never be delayed.
 
Clear communication with respective stakeholder(s) about their role in the project in terms of expectation – the expected and what’s expected of them - will provide clarity on their stake. Fair to set the right expectation – don’t go overboard or unrealistic. It’s far better to buy time than fall behind schedule.’
 
By managing the stakeholders throughout the project life cycle, ensure that risks are managed well. Some of the risks can be mitigated  through effective stakeholder Management
 

How do you do Manage Stakeholder?
 
Normally 90% of the stakeholder Management can be done with proper communication. By Proper Communication, we lay open the door and become transparent to earn the trust. So long there is nothing to hide, then nothing to fear about backlashes. More often considerate clients offer counseling and even settle for trade-off in the good faith that goods delivery will happen with some delay.
 
Another important aspect of Stakeholder Management is to handle/address key stakeholder expectations formally in the projects. What do we mean Key Stakeholder?  People who have authority to change the Project Scope, Cost or Schedule or who can influence in any of these three are considered as Key Stakeholders and they need to be consulted for every change in Scope, Schedule or Cost.
 

Engage your Stakeholders
 
Another important aspect of Stake holder Management is to engage them throughout the project life cycle. If we fail to engage them, then they may get disconnected from the project and it will turn out to be a risk at a later point in time.  Communication is significant but that is not sufficient for the successful stakeholder Management. Engaging the stakeholders is considered as Successful Stakeholder Management.
 

How do you engage your Stakeholder?
 
Involve the Stakeholders in all the decision making
Get  periodical feedback or review from key Stakeholders
Incorporate the actions items into the project plan with the required changes recorded and necessary approvals from the concerned stakeholders.
Get their wish list/and future expectations and add it in backlog
Anticipate their expectation and get concurrence for due incorporation

For more information about Stakeholder Management, visit us at http://goo.gl/4s0KuY  and get to know about Project Management certification programs.

 



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Advance Your Career with PRINCE2® Certification

We have moved past the times when experience was enough for an audience with the HR, if not an offer.  


Present times have a different kind of poser.  Experience needs to be backed up with a certification. There isn't much of a choice. Credential is a key differentiator.  This paper will discuss the prospects of PRINCE2® shaping up your profile as that consummate project management professional.

PRINCE2® is a major prerequisite for Project Management 

In UK, PRINCE2® (Projects in Controlled Environments) is considered de facto standard for IT project management. PRINCE2 doesn’t define project as temporary endeavor, rather as a project management method it delivers based on a business case. The progress of the project is measured and monitored through periodical review of the business case so as not to deviate from the business outcome, and thus the situation at the ground level is assessed and addressed with a greater control and clarity. PRINCE2 can be used for any kind of project cutting across culture and setting aside geographic barriers.  It is an effective process method, also easy to learn and the ease of use of framework makes it more favorable with newcomers to PRINCE2®. The merits of PRINCE2® are phenomenal that more companies consider as a major requisite in shortlisting and selection process.

PRINCE2® helps the Managing Project Management  

In PRINCE2 methodology, the decision making doesn’t rest with the project manager, rather the functional and financial authority is with the senior executive. The project manager will help in managing and administering he project by directing resources on behalf of the board  and primarily the reason why government sector prefer this program due to its standardized approach.

PRINCE2® improves employment opportunities. 

The mind has never been at such a premium and to those talented, corporate are just waiting to tap to make it a win-win. . It’s very mutual. But how does PRINCE2 can turn out to be an asset? Its world class and widely renowned and increasing number want to be certified, especially the PRINCE2 Practitioner. You can go global for opportunities and show you got it what it takes with your PRINCE2 credential.  Just check the stats at the top which is a clear indicator in the surge for the demand for qualified and PRINCE2® certified project managers. 


You can reach us at info@icertglobal to know more PRINCE2® certification program.


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