Archives: Courses

Jul
28

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

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 […]

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Jul
28

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

PM Happy Hour 026-Mastering the Mastermind: facilitating small groups for big results Here’s one 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 […]

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Jul
28

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

PMHH 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 […]

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Jul
06

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

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 – […]

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Jun
13

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

PM Happy Hour 023-Learning to Swim: Getting oriented in a new organization without going under How do you get people to do things on your project when you have no “authority?” That’s a lot of the art of Project Management! In this course, we walk through a few of Kate and Kim’s secret weapons that […]

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Jun
09

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

PMHH 022-Getting To Yes: Negotiation for non-negotiators (part 2 of 2) How do you get people to do things on your project when you have no “authority?” That’s a lot of the art of Project Management! In this course, we walk through a few of Kate and Kim’s secret weapons that  you can use to […]

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Jun
09

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

PM Happy Hour 021-Getting to Yes: Negotiation for non-negotiators (part 1 of 2) How do you get people to do things on your project when you have no “authority?” That’s a lot of the art of Project Management! In this course, we walk through a few of Kate and Kim’s secret weapons that  you can […]

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May
23

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

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?” That’s a lot of the art of Project Management! In this course, we walk through a few of Kate and Kim’s secret weapons that  you can use to […]

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May
14

PM Happy Hour 019-Stage Direction in the Boardroom

PM Happy Hour 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 […]

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May
02

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

PM Happy Hour 018-What I wish I’d known when I started PM (the tipsy episode) 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. Audio quality isn’t the best in my […]

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Apr
03

PM Happy Hour 017-Working with Creatives

PM Happy Hour 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 […]

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Mar
15

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

PM Happy Hour 016-Story Time! Better communication through narrative So much of project success is dependent on communication that we love to have communication experts on our podcast courses. Today’s guests will talk us through methods and examples of how to use narrative to effectively communicate – from introducing yourself to a group of people, […]

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Feb
22

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

PM Happy Hour 015-Meet your Mentor! With PMO Joe In this course, Phoenix-based head of The PMO Squad, Joe Pusz (PMO Joe) will share his knowledge on Mentorship with us. His organization partners with Vets to PM, a mentorship program which pairs US Veterans with experienced PMs to help them enter the Project Management field. […]

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Feb
19

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

PM Happy Hour 014-Condition RED! Breaking bad news to your stakeholders In this course, Everyone has something go wrong on their projects at some point. As much as we dread it, how we communicate these problems to our stakeholders can have a greater impact on our project and long term business relationships than the problems […]

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Feb
19

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

PM Happy Hour 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 […]

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Feb
19

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

PM Happy Hour 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, in this course we openly talk about challenges women can face in the workplace. We will talk through some real-life examples of challenges Kate has faced, and we […]

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Feb
18

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

PM Happy Hour 011-A love letter to my RAID log In this course, we look at a tried-and-true 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 […]

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Feb
18

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

PM Happy Hour 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 many implementations of the “online” version, Project Server, fail. Why is that? What lessons can we learn from this common […]

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Feb
18

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

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 (the Project Manager), and the technical lead (the Architect). If this relationship is strong, there is little they cannot accomplish. If it is weak – you may be in […]

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Feb
18

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

PM Happy Hour 008-5 Things that only your Communications BFF will tell you In this course we plunge into Project Communications – the most common cause of project failure. They 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 […]

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Feb
18

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

PM Happy Hour 007-How to respond to “stupid” executive asks In this course, we talk about a really tough subject – how to handle an outside senior stakeholder who wants to exert influence on your project. This can be very difficult when that influence is contrary to decisions already agreed in the project by senior […]

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Feb
18

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

PM Happy Hour 006-The First 5 questions to ask whenever you start a new project (BONUS!) This is a bonus course for the 5 course series, “5 questions you should ask when starting any new project,” from the PM Happy Hour podcast. Having these 5 questions ready at hand can help you in many situations […]

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Feb
18

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

PM Happy Hour 005-Risk? The FIFTH question to ask when starting a new project This is course #5 of a 5 course series, “The first 5 questions you should ask when starting any new project,” from the PM Happy Hour podcast. Having these 5 questions ready at hand can help you in many situations where […]

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Feb
18

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

PM Happy Hour 004- Schedule? The FOURTH question to ask whenever you start a new project This is course #4 of a 5 course series, “The first 5 questions you should ask when starting any new project,” from the PM Happy Hour podcast. Having these 5 questions ready at hand can help you in many […]

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Feb
17

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

PM Happy Hour 003-Cost? The THIRD question to ask whenever you start a new project This is course #3 of a 5 course series, “The first 5 questions you should ask when starting any new project,” from the PM Happy Hour podcast. Having these 5 questions ready at hand can help you in many situations […]

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Feb
16

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

PM Happy Hour 002 – Scope? The SECOND question to ask when starting a new project This is course #2 of a 5 course series, “The first 5 questions you should ask when starting any new project,” from the PM Happy Hour podcast. Having these 5 questions ready at hand can help you in many […]

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Feb
16

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

PM Happy Hour 001 -Success? The FIRST question to ask when starting a new project This is course #1 of a 5 course series, “The first 5 questions you should ask when starting any new project,” from the PM Happy Hour podcast. Having these 5 questions ready at hand can help you in many situations […]

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