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February 5, 2015 In this edition:
This week, Cinda finishes her series based on The World Class Project Manager: A Professional Development Guide, going beyond her previous overview of this classic book to dive into the specific competencies, skills, and maturity aspects that matter.

» Be a World-Class Project Manager
» What Are You Doing for [Insert Your Name Here] Day?
» PM Light™ is back
» Train Them? Mentor Them? Do Both?
» Project Templates Spotlight
» Corporate Subscriptions

What It Takes to Be a World-Class Project Manager (Parts 2 and 3)
The Hidden Traits That Matter
Those traits go well beyond "PM mechanics" and are divided by the authors into very reasonable categories of Business, Personal, Interpersonal, and Management/Project Management. The attention-grabber is the detail they break each competency into, and the 55 assessment bullets they provide under those sub-areas! Clearly being world class is multi-faceted - and becoming world-class is not a given. Read more »

PM Skills, Maturity, Judgment, and Know-How
This installment highlights the book's PM Skills Profile and how to characterize our level of true know-how in each area; from basic knowledge of the concepts, through our ability to use the skill in complex situations, to being seen as an expert in that area, with other levels in between those. The authors then lay out what level of ability we need in each skill area for a range of project types -- excellent fodder for thinking through our personal development to be able to take on larger and more complex projects (if desired!).

What Are You Doing for [Insert Your Name Here] Day?
Carl Pritchard It's [Insert Your Name Here] Day!
Carl Pritchard
I've been on a diet -- really a lifestyle change -- for the past six years. I've never controlled my weight this long in my whole life. And there's a good reason: Once every three or four weeks, I schedule a cheat day. Seeing that day in my future (laden with bagels and Tootsie Rolls) makes all the days of rigorous dietary adherence worthwhile. It's my special day.

The point of this article is that I take my wife, Nancy, along for the ride. She'll ask, "When's your next cheat day?" And she looks forward to it because I look forward to it.

Aside from your birthday, when's the last time you scheduled a special, all-about-you day? When was the last time you scheduled one for one of your team members? These little festivals serve multiple purposes. »

PM Light™ is back -- but don't miss Early Bird pricing!
PMLight - March 13 The PM Light™ FastRAMP series focuses on practical, just-enough project management, and how you can achieve it on your projects. You'll learn how to best use valuable PM approaches on different sizes and types of projects, without feeling like a micromanager. You get new tools and techniques you can use immediately, and you'll really understand the critical management and leadership role the execs want you to fill. Plus, 12 Category A PDUs! And all without a single day out of the office. Save $150 if you register before close of business Friday, February 6.

New Event! Don't miss our upcoming interview on Success with Agile: You, Your Projects, Your Teams, Your Organization. Cinda will be interviewing Ron Lichty in a live online 1-hour session at 10 a.m. on Friday, February 27. Ron is a long-time software development manager, Agile expert, instructor and author who has successfully taken teams and organizations from waterfall development to profit-increasing implementations of Agile on a wide range of product development and IT projects over the years. He's got strong opinions on what it takes to be successful with Agile, both from an organization standpoint and an individual one -- including strong words for project managers about the mindset change required to transition to new roles like Scrum Master. We'll be opening registration early next week. Watch your email!
Case Study: Train Them? Mentor Them? Do Both?
Deciding How to Grow Your Project Manager Core
Your company needs to quickly grow a much larger cadre of project managers who are trained in both PM fundamentals and critical institutional knowledge of "how to get things done here." What's an effective way to do it? Here's what a large financial institution did to grow 50+ junior PMs quickly! Read the case study »
Spotlight – Other Project Templates, Tools, and Techniques
Closing the Project: 10 Ways to Embed Lessons Learned in the Organizational DNA
The title pretty much says it all, but if you're wondering how to get lessons learned into everyday common use in your organization, you can't afford to miss this post by Alan Zucker. It's a gold mine of best practices.
  • Paths to Practical Know-How – MEMBER
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  • Project Manager Development Profile Form – MEMBER
    Comprehensive assessment and development planning for individual PMs across categories such as management skills, career ambition, and short- and long-term growth potential -- all on a one-page form.

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    Determine what training and support your Project Managers feel they, their team members, and related functional managers need.

  • Project Manager Coaching Guidelines – SPECIAL
    This Premium resource is free to registered Members until February 19, 2015
    Ideas for setting up and carrying out a coaching arrangement, where a more experienced project manager coaches a less experienced PM during a project.
Mini-Course: Getting Team Member Status – PREMIUM
DeAnna Burghart Your project has been 80% done for the last 12 weeks. How can you get them to tell you really going on, and not what they think Management wants to hear? This mini-course explains how to implement and use quick status reporting your team members will actually want to do, because it lets them tell it like it is so they can get their work done.
Corporate Subscriptions and Licensing
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