Author: Kim Essendrup

Jul
16

PM WoW for Week 28 of 2018: Get to know the business

One of our favorite things about Project Management is that it can give you exposure to a lot of organizations; other teams within your own organization, or even different companies if you work on a consulting business. As we discussed on our episode Learning to Swim with Dilerjit Oberoi, not only is learning about the business interesting […]

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Jul
11

026 – Mastering the Mastermind: facilitating small groups for big results

While the term “mastermind group” was coined in the 20’s, it has been used by business leaders, writers, artists and philosophers going back much further to develop new ideas, themselves and accomplish amazing things. In this episode, we get some coaching from a Mastermind Master, J.R. Russell on how to facilitate a mastermind group – […]

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Jun
27

025 – The Last Move – a little bit of game theory for your projects

Here’s an episode inspired by the mathematical study of Game Theory! Not only can “moving last” (or latter) put you in a strong strategic position, but can also make you a better listener. We’ll also talk about some of the downsides of “sequential” turns in meetings, and how to keep that from stifling honest feedback […]

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Jun
18

024 – How to Run a Meeting – and not waste everyone’s time

A lot of Project Management is about communicating and managing people. And one of our most frequently used tools for this is the meeting. In this episode we share some tips our best practices for making meetings productive – and not wasting yours and everyone else’s time. Based on popular demand, Kate and Kim share […]

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Jun
11

023 – Learning to Swim: Getting oriented in a new organization without going under

Getting started in a new organization, new customer, or new parts of your current org can be tough, especially since managing a project usually means you need to navigate all those waters like a pro – out of the gate. But how do you do that? How do you “get to know” the organization quickly […]

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Jun
03

022-Getting to Yes: Negotiation for non-negotiators (part 2 of 2)

Negotiation is part of what we do every day – from negotiating for the best project resources to negotiating what you and your significant other are going to have for dinner. But for those of us who don’t feel like natural negotiators, how can we learn to negotiate in a way that helps us address […]

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May
28

021-Getting to Yes: Negotiation for non-negotiators (part 1 of 2)

Negotiation is part of what we do every day – from negotiating for the best project resources to negotiating what you and your significant other are going to have for dinner. But for those of us who don’t feel like natural negotiators, how can we learn to negotiate in a way that helps us address […]

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Happy Hour update for week ending May 11, 2018

Hello Happy Hour! I hope you all had a great week and are ready to wind it down. This week was a busy one for us. We’ve engaged a writer and are busy creating awesome show notes for all our episodes. We’re starting with our latest 5 episodes, then will jump back to our “first […]

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May
11

020-An Influence Toolkit: Getting stuff done without authority

How do you get people to get stuff done when you have no “authority?” That’s a lot of the art of Project Management! In today’s episode, we walk through a few of Kate and Kim’s secret weapons that  you can use to get things done even when you don’t have formal authority. This entire podcast […]

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May
02

019-Stage Direction in the Boardroom

It can be challenging enough to deliver a project with tough timelines, budgets and limited resources. But what happens when your project is high profile? I mean, REALLY high profile? High profile in that your stakeholders include business executives, regulatory agencies, and heads of governments who do not align on key issues?  And what if, […]

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Apr
20

018-What I wish I had known when I started Project Management

Oh, this was a fun one 🙂 Kate and I share a happy hour with you as we think back on all the things we wish we knew when we started project management. We trade lessons-learned back and forth – and we’re sure you can identify with some of these! Warning in advance – audio […]

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Apr
10

A05-PM Appetizer: Weekly Roll-up Scheduling

How do you make sense of (and get your stakeholders to understand) a 200-line project plan? Or how about a program with 6 workstreams, each with 200 line project plans? How do you make a useful schedule for a smaller project, maybe for a personal project that you can share with “non-pm’s” that they can […]

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Apr
03

017-Working with Creatives

Creative projects can be very fulfilling and provide tremendous value to any organization. But, they can also be very susceptible to scope creep. For those of us used to dealing in data-driven GANTT charts and Risk reports, how can we effectively approach a project with creative deliverables? Especially if we are not sure what those […]

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Apr
02

Announcement – Our PM Happy Hour Membership is live!

Hello Happy Hour! A quick announcement to let everyone know that our Project Management Happy Hour Membership is now LIVE! AND for a limited time, we have super-special offer – The first 24 people that sign up will be able to sign up for a 20 minute 2:1 session with Kim & Kate! You can […]

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Mar
28

July 2018 Member Only Q&A Webinar Recording

Thanks for attending our member-only Q&A! If you missed it, you can check out the link below to watch it. A quick summary: PM Happy Hour Membership update – cool stuff going on! We now have discussion posts on each episode! Get to them from our Community page, or at the bottom of each post […]

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Mar
28

June 2018 Member Only Q&A Webinar Recording

Thanks for attending our May 2018 member-only Q&A! If you missed it, you can check out the link below to watch it. A quick summary: PM Happy Hour Membership update – cool stuff going on! A record number of PDU’s uploaded this month – for 93 different classes completed! Reminder – our TEAM membership is […]

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Mar
28

May 2018 Member Only Q&A Webinar Recording

Thanks for attending our May 2018 member-only Q&A! If you missed it, you can check out the link below to watch it. A quick summary: PM Happy Hour Membership update – cool stuff going on as we launch! PDU’s have been all uploaded for May (woo!) Our new TEAM / Corporate group is live – […]

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Mar
28

March 2018 Member Only Q&A Webinar Recording

Thanks for attending our March 2018 member-only Q&A! If you missed it, you can check out the link below to watch it. A quick summary: PM Happy Hour Membership update – cool stuff going on as we launch! Project Management Workout of the Week (PM WoW) – get your name on the board! Upcoming episodes […]

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Mar
22

A04-PM Appetizer – Be the CEO of your Project

A big differentiator between projects that succeed and projects that fail is the engagement and commitment of the Project Manager. Are they just going through the motions? Or are they taking charge? In this short “Appetizer” episode, we share some tasty bites which might help you re-think how you approach leadership in your project.   PM […]

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Mar
13

016-Story Time! Better communication through narrative

*SO* much about project success is dependent on communication that we love to have communication experts on the show. Today’s guests, authors of the new book, “How to avoid a huge Leadersh*t,” will talk us through practical methods and examples for how to use narrative to effectively communicate – from introducing yourself to a group […]

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Feb
21

015-Meet your Mentor! Learn about Mentorship with PMO Joe

In today’s episode, Phoenix-based head of The PMO Squad, Joe Pusz (also known in the PM community as PMO Joe) will share his knowledge on Mentorship with us. In addition to his deep experience on the topic, his organization partners with Vets to PM, a mentorship program which pairs US Veterans with experienced PMs to […]

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Feb
13

A03-PM Appetizer-Building Trust with “Trust Bricks”

In today’s short-format “Appetizer” episode, we have a tasty little nugget to share about building trust. Trust is essential for building effective working relationships with your team, sponsors and stakeholders. But how do you do it? In today’s show, we talk about a couple specific techniques you can use to build – or repair- trust. […]

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Feb
08

014-Condition RED! Breaking bad news to your stakeholders

Project issues! Everyone has something go wrong on their projects at some point. As much as we dread breaking the news, how we communicate critical project problems to our stakeholders can have a greater impact on our project and long term relationships than the problems themselves. In today’s episode we share our own horror stories […]

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Jan
24

013-Don’t guess! Plan your project with SCIENCE using Monte Carlo analysis

Although touched on in the PMBOK, most of us have little exposure to Monte Carlo analysis – which is a shame! Monte Carlo analysis can add a new level of credibility to our planning when the stakes are high by backing it with real science and statistical models. In this episode, we demystify this tool, […]

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Jan
12

012-Sassy or Assertive? Women in Project Management

There is enough to deal with in project management without gender issues making it even tougher. So, today we openly talk about challenges women can face in the workplace. Rather than hit you with a bunch of statistics (which are also important), Kate will share some real-life examples of challenges she’s faced, and we talk […]

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Dec
07

011-A love letter to my RAID log

This episode, we talk about an old stand-by in the PM world, the RAID Log. RAID Logs (Risks, Actions, Issues and Decisions) are an essential tool that every PM needs in their toolbox. Heck, you can effectively run an entire project from one! If you have never heard of a RAID log before, you need […]

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Nov
11

010-The Sweet Irony of Failed MS Project Server Implementations

Microsoft Project Professional client is a staple in the industry, and is probably where most of learned what a GANTT chart is. But what about the online version for teams, Project Server? It seems to be the default PPM solution organizations think about when considering PPM, but Is it really all that? Anecdotally, a lot […]

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Oct
26

A02-PM Appetizer: Dealing with Project “Yellow Lights”

Today we have another PM Happy Hour Appetizer episode! What’s an appetizer? These are short format episodes (10- 15 minutes) in between our main shows where we hit on short, informative topics. These topics are too small to fill up a full show, or we want to see if there is enough interest from you, […]

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Oct
10

A01-PM Appetizer: Saying “no” by “yes”

Today we have our first PM Happy Hour Appetizer episode. What’s an appetizer? These are short format episodes (10- 15 minutes) in between our main shows where we hit on short, informative topics. These topics are too small to fill up a full show, or we want to see if there is enough interest from […]

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Sep
19

009-5 Things your technical architect secretly wants to yell at you

Cheers! Join us for this week’s Project Management Happy Hour! You depend on them and, let’s be honest, sometimes you abuse them. This week we talk to Ollie Hunter, the enterprise architect for a leading e-commerce firm in Europe. Ollie will share life from an architect’s perspective, and help us understand how we, as project […]

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Sep
07

008-5 Things that only your Communications BFF will tell you

Cheers! Join us for this week’s Project Management Happy Hour! This week we plunge into Project Communications – the most common cause of project failure. We are joined by Jennifer Rock and Michael Voss, authors of the book “B.S., Incorporated.” Over happy hour, they share 5 insightful “tough love” tips on project communication, the way that […]

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Aug
24

It’s Happy Hour in 23 countries now!

Thanks so much for tuning in. We now have listeners in over 23 countries! Welcome to our newest listeners in Spain, Egypt and Ghana. Cheers! If you’re new to the show, check out our latest episodes here: https://pmhappyhour.com/podcast/  Or subscribe to Project Management Happy Hour on your favorite podcast service (iTunes, Stitcher, Acast, wherever). If […]

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Aug
22

007-How to respond to “stupid” executive asks

Na zdraví!   As they say in Czech Republic. Cheers, and join us for this week’s Project Management Happy Hour! Guess what? if you know the PMI Talent Triangle, these are Leadership PDU’s! This week we talk about a really tough subject –  how to handle an outside senior stakeholder who wants to exert influence on […]

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Aug
07

006-The First 5 questions to ask whenever you start a new project (BONUS!)

Prost!   Join us for our new podcast, the Project Management Happy Hour! In our first 5 episodes, we looked at the first 5 questions you need to ask whenever starting a new project. This week, we have a bonus episode based on those 5 questions! If you haven’t listened to episodes 1-5, you might […]

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Jul
31

005-The First 5 questions to ask whenever you start a new project (part 5 of 5)

Saluti!   Join us for our new podcast, the Project Management Happy Hour! In our first 5 episodes, we are going to look at the first 5 questions you need to ask whenever starting a new project. If you haven’t listened to episodes 1-4, you might want to check those out first Question 1 helped […]

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Jul
23

004-The First 5 questions to ask whenever you start a new project (part 4 of 5)

Saluti!   Join us for our new podcast, the Project Management Happy Hour! In our first 5 episodes, we are going to look at the first 5 questions you need to ask whenever starting a new project. If you haven’t listened to Episode 1, 2 and 3, you might want to check those out first […]

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Jul
17

003-The First 5 questions to ask whenever you start a new project (part 3/5)

Saluti!   Join us for our new podcast, the Project Management Happy Hour! In our first 5 episodes, we are going to look at the first 5 questions you need to ask whenever starting a new project, whether you are: Kicking off a fresh new project Taking over an in-flight project Scoping out a new […]

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Jul
03

002-The First 5 questions to ask whenever you start a new project (part 2/5)

Cheers!   Join us for our new podcast, the Project Management Happy Hour! In our first 5 episodes, we are going to look at the first 5 questions you need to ask whenever starting a new project, whether you are: Kicking off a fresh new project Taking over an in-flight project Scoping out a new […]

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Jul
01

The Fundamental 5 Dimensions of a Project, Part 1: Defining Success

Hiya, and welcome to PM Happy Hour! This post is based on our first podcast episode, which you can find out about at the link below. If you prefer to listen to the content rather than pouring through a 1000+ word article, you might hop over there and give it a listen. If you prefer […]

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Jun
23

001-The First 5 questions to ask whenever you start a new project (part 1/5)

Cheers!   Join us for our new podcast, the Project Management Happy Hour! In our first 5 episodes, we are going to look at the first 5 questions you need to ask whenever starting a new project. When I sit down for the first time with project sponsors or key stakeholders, especially in kickoff meetings, […]

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