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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 043- How to be “The Wolf” – Taking over broken projects

In this episode, Kate and Kim share tips and strategies to take over and remediate troubled projects

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PM Happy Hour 042-The Closer: Avoiding Project Acceptance Exceptions

In this course, we discuss different problems you can have getting a project closed, and how to address them so you can achieve a crisp, definitive closure.

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PM Happy Hour 041-Witness Me! Justifying Project Management

In this course, we discuss how to get your organization & stakeholders to buy into the value of Project Management

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PM Happy Hour 040 – I’m a WHAT?! What’s the point of personality assessments?

In this course, we cover a variety of “most common PM questions” left on our PM Happy Hour social channels

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PM Happy Hour 039-Burning Questions: A Trick or treat bag of listener mail

In this course, we cover a variety of “most common PM questions” left on our PM Happy Hour social channels

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PM Happy Hour 036 – PMO – What is it really? And how do I run one?

This Course, we get the great opportunity to speak with Hussain Bandukwala, PMO Coach and founder of the PMO Virtual Summit this October. Hussain helps us understand what a PMO really is (and should be), then shares some great insights into the career path of someone who wants to be a PMO leader.

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PM Happy Hour 038-Charter? Huh! What is it good for? (absolutely every project)

In this course, we discuss what a Project Charter is, when you need one, and what should be in a charter. We also provide a template and give you a step-by-step walk through of the template. This special expanded course includes a 20+ minute walk-through of our charter templates.

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PM Happy Hour 035-Kickass Martial Arts Lessons for Project Managers

This course, Kim shares some lessons from his martial arts studies which apply to Project Management! And no, they do not include giving that troublesome stakeholder a spin-kick to the head 🙂 But they do include how to gently assert yourself and how to approach mentorship. Join the journey from white belt to kickass PM black belt!

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PM Happy Hour 034-PM Superhero Smackdown! Kate and Kim share lessons from their favorite movie PMs

This episode, we are excited to have Elise Stevens, podcaster, speaker and PM thought leader join us on our show! Elise shares what she learned in undertaking the task to interview 50 women in Project Management over 50 days, and gives us some great tips to help us support our fellow PM’s

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PM Happy Hour 033-Lessons from Interviewing 50 Women PMs in 50 days – a chat with Elise Stevens

This episode, we are excited to have Elise Stevens, podcaster, speaker and PM thought leader join us on our show! Elise shares what she learned in undertaking the task to interview 50 women in Project Management over 50 days, and gives us some great tips to help us support our fellow PM’s

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PM Happy Hour 032-Project Management Thunderdome! Internal versus External Project Managers

Project Managers can be categorized as “internal” project managers, who deliver projects for stakeholders within their own organizations, or “external” project managers, who delivery projects to customers outside their organization. Although both are project managers, there are some very important differences between the skill sets they use. But which is better? Which role fits you best? What skills are most important for each role? Having each lived in both worlds, Kate and Kim take opposite sides of the debate and have a friendly discussion about which is best.

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PM Happy Hour 031 – Crucial Conversations part 3 – Stepping in and taking the lead

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! Continuing our look at the concepts in this popular book, Crucial Conversations by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan and Al Switzler, we pick up where we left off in our first Crucial episode where we started our conversation, and now talk about the author’s concept of “learning to look.”

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PM Happy Hour 030 – Crucial Conversations part 2: Oh, man it just got difficult!

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! Continuing our look at the concepts in this popular book, Crucial Conversations by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan and Al Switzler, we pick up where we left off in our first Crucial episode where we started our conversation, and now talk about the author’s concept of “learning to look.”

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

In this course, we delve into the relationship between a project lead and the technical lead, and discuss the top 5 things an Architect needs their PM to understand in order to be successful

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

Communication is the most common cause of project problems. So, in this course, we discuss 5 down-to-earth truths about communication that every project manager needs to understand.

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PM Happy Hour 007-How to respond to “stupid” executive asks

In this course, we discuss techniques for handling senior stakeholders who want to exert influence on your project, especially if that influence may be detrimental

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PM Happy Hour 006-The First 5 questions to ask when starting a new project (BONUS!)

A bonus class in our series, "5 questions to ask when starting any new project," this course helps us take these 5 new tools and use them in our projects today

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PM Happy Hour 005-Risk? The FIFTH question to ask when starting a new project

The fifth of our series, "5 questions to ask when starting any new project," this course delves into project risk, and helps us keep our project from going off the rails

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PM Happy Hour 004- Schedule? The FOURTH question to ask when starting a new project

The fourth of our series, "5 questions to ask when starting any new project," this course delves into the project schedule, and helps us understand the business drivers

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PM Happy Hour 003-Cost? The THIRD question to ask whenever you start a new project

The third of our series, "5 questions to ask when starting a project," this course goes into what the project will cost, and understanding the value expected in return

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PM Happy Hour 002 – Scope? The SECOND question to ask when starting a new project

The second of our series, "5 questions to ask when starting any new project," this course goes into what the project is about - and the problem this project is supposed to solve

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PM Happy Hour 001 -Success? The FIRST question to ask when starting a project

The first of our series, "5 questions to ask when starting a project," this course goes into the first, and most important question to ask when starting any project.

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