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Our podcast-based courses give you an easy and convenient way to learn the fundamentals of Project Management. And for you PMP’s out there, it’s a super-easy way to earn your PDU’s! Subscribe to our podcast and listen on your drive to work, while working-out or when bored at a meeting, then come here to complete the quiz and there you go!

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PM Happy Hour 029 – Stop the Scope Creep! Using Change Control to keep the monsters at bay

Management escalation, oh, no! When issues get escalated to our managers and executive stakeholders, our hearts sink, a sweat breaks out and we start to freak out. But should we? Maybe we should "flip the script" and think of escalations as good and even necessary - when done correctly.

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PM Happy Hour 028- Embracing the Escalation: raising visibility without raising your blood pressure

Management escalation, oh, no! When issues get escalated to our managers and executive stakeholders, our hearts sink, a sweat breaks out and we start to freak out. But should we? Maybe we should "flip the script" and think of escalations as good and even necessary - when done correctly. In this course, Kate and Kim talk frankly about management escalations, and how, in some circumstances, a PM isn’t doing their job if they don’t raise some issues for management attention

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PM Happy Hour 027-Crucial Conversations: Part 1 – Oh, man it just got crucial

One of the toughest - and most important jobs - of a PM is having difficult conversations. These can be with sponsors, stakeholders, team members or other PMs. And the ability to successfully manage these difficult conversations can make the difference between success and failure - for your project, and your career! Using lessons from the amazing book, Crucial Conversations, we discuss how to identify when a conversation turns crucial

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PM Happy Hour 026-Mastering the Mastermind: facilitating small groups for big results

Here’s one 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 using the Delphi method.

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PM Happy Hour 025-The Last Move – a little bit of game theory for your projects

One of the toughest - and most important jobs - of a PM is having difficult conversations. These can be with sponsors, stakeholders, team members or other PMs. And the ability to successfully manage these difficult conversations can make the difference between success and failure - for your project, and your career! Using lessons from the amazing book, Crucial Conversations, we discuss how to identify when a conversation turns crucial

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PM Happy Hour 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.From meeting agendas to meeting minutes and facilitation techniques, we have you covered.

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PM Happy Hour 023-Learning to Swim: Getting oriented in a new organization without going under

If you’re not a natural negotiator, how do you help ensure you get what you need from someone, while preserving the long term relationship? These next two episodes we do a ‘book report’ on one of our favorite business books, “Getting to Yes”

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PM Happy Hour 022-Getting To Yes: Negotiation for non-negotiators (part 2 of 2)

If you’re not a natural negotiator, how do you help ensure you get what you need from someone, while preserving the long term relationship? These next two episodes we do a ‘book report’ on one of our favorite business books, “Getting to Yes”

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

If you’re not a natural negotiator, how do you help ensure you get what you need from someone, while preserving the long term relationship? These next two episodes we do a ‘book report’ on one of our favorite business books, “Getting to Yes”

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PM Happy Hour 020-An Influence Toolkit: Getting stuff done without authority

How do you get people to do things on your project when you have no "authority?" In this course, 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.

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PM Happy Hour 019-Stage Direction in the Boardroom

Sheila Morago of the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association shares some practical techniques for managing high-profile stakeholders in the boardroom, and facilitating agreement

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PM Happy Hour 018-What I wish I’d known when I started PM (the tipsy episode)

Kate and Kim share lessons learned - specifically things they wish they’d known when they started in Project Management

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PM Happy Hour 017-Working with Creatives

Creative projects can deliver amazing value, but are also prone to scope creep and dissatisfaction. Today we learn concrete methods for managing projects with subjective deliverables

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PM Happy Hour 016-Story Time! Better communication through narrative

In this course, we learn how to structure and use narrative to communicate about ourselves and our projects.

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PM Happy Hour 015-Meet your Mentor! With PMO Joe

In this course, we learn about the benefits of mentorship for both the Mentor and Mentee, how to find the right Mentor, and how to cultivate this mutually beneficial relationship.

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PM Happy Hour 014-Condition RED! Breaking bad news to your stakeholders

When it hits the fan, how you break the bad news will have a longer-term impact than the problem itself. In this course, we equip you with practical techniques to keep your stakeholders informed - and on your side.

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

When project stakes get high enough, an educated guess may not be enough to justify your planning. Bring quantitative analysis into your planning with Monte Carlo! In this overview, we will introduce you to Monte Carlo simulations, and discuss how they can be used in your business.

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PM Happy Hour 012-Sassy or Assertive? Women in Project Management

Has a peer ever accused of being “sassy” at work? In this episode, we talk about some of the challenges that women can face in the workplace.

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PM Happy Hour 011-A love letter to my RAID log

In this course, we help you understand RAID logs - one of the most fundamental and useful tools available for PM’s. By the end of this course, you will be RAID crazy, like us.

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PM Happy Hour 010-The Sweet Irony of Failed MS Project Server Implementations

In this course, we discuss how the frequent failure of some software solutions (Project Server, in our example) is tied to poor Procurement Management, and how we can avoid those problems.

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