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January 9, 2014, Sponsored by RMC Project Management, Inc.

Early Bird Extended: PM LightTM Fast Ramp

Early Bird pricing has been extended to January 15!

If you missed out on our December offer because of the holidays, there's still time to sign up for the lowest possible price! We've extended the Early Bird pricing offer to January 15. Register before January 15 to get preferential pricing and guarantee your seat in our fantastic Fast Ramp program. Here's what some of our November attendees had to say:

"This was a great course and well worth the money." – Gaye Paul, Program Manager
"This course has Far Exceeded my expectations." – Darryl Hensley, PMP
"This is absolutely, beyond doubt one of the most impactful, personally influential courses I have ever taken. You all are phenomenal." – David Thompson, PMP
PM LightTM Fast Ramp focuses on "lightweight, just-enough" PM practices for project success. We stress fast fundamentals, practical tools, and situational application, using examples from real projects. You'll leave each virtual session with new tools and techniques you can use immediately, and you'll leave the series with a better understanding of your critical management and leadership role. Plus, 12 Category A PDUs, and all without a single day out of the office. Learn More »

Featured Article

Percent Complete? Are You Kidding?
By Geof Lory

Geof Lory As a project manager one of my regularly scheduled responsibilities, anywhere from weekly to monthly, is to create external facing status reports that provide our stakeholders with an accurate picture of how things are going on the project. These status reports are not designed to directly help the team or manage the project. Their purpose is to provide those who are funding or providing organizational oversight for the project with some idea of how their money is being spent. While each stakeholder group seems to want their own format for the same data (a personal peeve of mine that I will save for another rant), the one common measurement everyone wants for gauging overall progress is project percent complete.

Think about it. You have a fuzzy definition of complete, on which misguided workers using ill-defined terms create inaccurate estimates that are poorly tracked and don't add up. That is supposed to provide some comfort to our stakeholders about how we are doing? It doesn't make me feel comfortable and I'm the project manager! Still, I status on ... I Gantt therefore I am.

Is there a way to calculate percent complete that won't leave your status reports feeling like a lie? Geof Lory considers a few options »

In 2014: Be Ridiculous!

The Ridiculous Project Manager
By Alfonso Bucero

Alfonso Bucero My commitment is to do something ridiculous at least once a day, whether it is risking looking ridiculous to pursue a dream or simply having ridiculous fun. In my opinion it is better as a project manager to be ridiculous than to be boring for your team and the rest of project stakeholders. Do not forget to laugh at yourself and kick up your heels now and then so that you enjoy the journey.

I'm feeling as guilty as anyone of falling into an overscheduled, all-work in the projects I manage and not enough play lifestyle. I was determined to be a successful project manager and a good speaker. To hone my speaking skills, I accepted every speaking invitation I could line up. After twenty five years of nonstop managing projects and speaking, I have become more selective.

Alfonso Bucero encourages us to risk being ridiculous and seize the life we long for »

5 Ways To Simplify Your Project

Action Item List FormatsGUEST
It seems simple. It is simple. Are you overcomplicating your team's action tracking?

Establishing Meeting Ground RulesSPECIAL
This Premium resource is free to registered Members until January 23, 2014
If you want meetings to go better, start by making sure everyone has the same expectations.

A User's Guide to Working with MeMEMBER
The most confounding variable in any project is the people involved. A quick and simple chart could help your team avoid hot buttons, identify trust builders, and resolve conflicts.

Tracking with Visible DeliverablesPREMIUM
Simplify your tracking and status reports by tracking countable deliverables that contribute to the final product. Includes examples of data charts and graphs for assessing real progress.

Simple Change Control ProcessPREMIUM
A lightweight process and simple forms can be more effective than red tape and databases Ð if only because they get used.

Premium How-To Course

Creating Executive-Level Project Status
DeAnna Burghart Presented by DeAnna Burghart

Would it surprise you to know that executives dread status meetings as much as you do? Take aim at misaligned expectations, and learn how to write and present status reports your executives can trust and respond to. Learn a career-differentiating skill, and get on the right track with your reports before your next executive status meeting. 1 PDU Learn more »

Where's ProjectConnections?

Alfonso Bucero will be in Dubai January 26-28 for a 3-day workshop on developing the organizational skills, people skills, "hard skills" and "soft skills" necessary for project success. For more information and to register, visit https://www.regonline.co.uk/buceropm.

Carl Pritchard is planning ahead for his April 2014 PDU cruise (PDF). Remember, to sell the boss, start in Omaha.

Corporate Subscriptions and Licensing

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