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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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There seems to be early burn-out in IT professionals.
Job pressure, peer pressure, management pressure – the stress is too much ‘burning the midnight oil’ used to be cited ion critical context. Today, it has become the order of the day. Procrastination or poor time management is the primary reason.
Working long hours isn’t productivity. In fact, it is to the contrary. Freeing up bandwidth to take up additional tasks makes a professional resourceful reflective of commitment and management.
Devotion to work should be willful otherwise its leaves one dissatisfied and disgruntled. Everything ought to be balanced – including work.
If you can’t get the work done in the given time, either the estimation is incorrect or the resource incompetent.’ People do tend to procrastinate.
The 40 hour week
Any project manager with appreciable knowledge and experience will not estimate more than 8-hours in a day. Remember time is money and hence any inflation in your estimation will have an adverse implication on your cost estimation. So balancing the 40-hour and keeping the project within cost calls for a skilled and smart time management.
Performance and productivity
No matter how many hours you clock, its 4 hours spread across 8. The body might be willing but the mind simply is not up to it. Exhaustion, fatigue leads to failure. Your ability to concentrate ebb s with passage of time. Sources from public domain cite that working fewer hours increase productivity and thereafter tend to wane.
“I am too busy at work” is the usual refrain. You start before the kids awake and return after the fast asleep. Many professionals itinerary falls in to this pattern. Genuine cases of work chewing and even gobbling time is a possibility but that can’t become the norm. Its not family first or work at any cost. One has to strike a balance to do justice to both – stakeholder management. And its important to attend on everyone, and if possible content.
Work-life balance is not pitting work against family, as it is usually misunderstood. Work-life balance is giving your 100% wherever you are occupied – with family or work.
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PMI (Project Management Institute) was expected to roll out the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – Sixth Edition by the third quarter of 2017. AND IT IS OUT.
What are the changes in the Sixth Edition?
>> Approaches to Agile.
Every knowledge area will be inclusive of approaches to Agile, Iterative and Adaptive Environments’. This section will detail the integration of agile practices in project backgrounds.
>> PMI Talent Triangle™.
PMI spells the details about the technical skills, business intelligence, and leadership considered the key skills for success. It is also known as Talent triangle.
>> The size of the book.
The fifth edition PMBOK® Guide, has 13 chapters that spans 415 pages. The sixth edition is expected to be quarter the size of the 5th edition, which means it should be close to 84 pages and the number of chapters too have come down to 10. So, sixth edition should be 10 chapters with 84 pages in the draft version.
>> Inputs, Tools & Techniques, Outputs (ITTOs).
The sixth edition will not dwell deep into ITTOs, rather it will be covered at a high level.
>> Alignment with Process Groups.
The sixth edition will be divided based on the 5 process groups, and not the 10 knowledge areas. This is considered as a major change. The Role Delineation Study (RDS) conducted by PMI has presented its findings and proposed the changed to be aligned with process groups.
>> Combination of first three chapters.
In the sixth edition, the first three chapters combined as one – the interpersonal skills of the project manager and organizational skills will be merged in to one.
>>Two processes are expected to be deleted.
The Close Procurement process and Estimate Activities Resources are more likely to be deleted.
>>Two knowledge areas to be renamed.
Time Management and Human Resource Management to be renamed. Time management will be renamed Schedule management, while Human Resource Management becomes Resource Management.
>> Knowledge Areas to feature four section.
Every knowledge areas will have four new sections, namely, Key Concepts, Trends and Emerging Practices, Tailoring Considerations and Considerations for Agile/Adaptive Environments.
>> An exclusive chapter on role of Project Manager.
This chapter on Project Manager will cover the key concepts about core competencies, expertise, leadership skills expected in leading a project.
Reference source: http://www.examspm.com/2016/07/16/pmbok-6th-edition-release-date-changes/
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The human capital, with the exponential growth in population, is immeasurable huge. Today the talent pool is just terrific. Paradoxically, the skill gap persists despite the overwhelming numbers of resource. The issue, as always, is the fitment. The question is: do you fit? An organization needs vary from time to time, and that’s why the insistence of skills upgrade. Stopping at a place in today’s pace Is walking backwards. That spells something about the competition – which means you have to have always in your guard, keep your eyes and ears open and be ready on your toes. The physical attributes aside, the mental faculty needs to be brushed up and stepped up. Now comes the key question? What are your skills? Everyone is gifted with a primary skill. Problem is we don’t know what we are good at. We just follow the crowd and flow with the tide and knock on doors that have good opportunities – that pays you well offering good positions. So it’s more about aligning your skills towards the direction of boom and bucks.
Have you ever tried to identify your own talents or primary skills and pursue a career where you can flourish given your natural abilities and gifted talents? Today, most of us want to try our hand in IT. Why? Because it pays handsomely, and the scope is just superb. What if you are good at writing? Or painting or fixing wheels or sort or any other vocation? Sense of job satisfaction is a far cry these days because our occupation is marked by demand in the market. What happened to your skills? Either untapped or unaware.
So how to identify your skills?
- - Whatever you can do with relative ease and keep motivating you keep going.
· - Whatever you enjoy doing
· - Whatever people come to you often for aid/assistance/assignment
Once you know what you are really good at, nurture. Try getting advice from peers and superiors. Mentoring helps. Remember, there are primary skill and secondary skills. In today’s competitive world, you need to don more than one hat as a performer. So learn more skills. Become multi-talented. Versatile. And that’s makes you more in demand, rather than following the demand of the market. Make them come to you, instead of you approaching them. You know well where lies the bargaining power. The one to give the most job satisfaction is the one you really enjoy.