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Monday, 20 October 2014

"Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means
Be quick to resolve conflicts before they mature to become wars. The energetic crocodile was once a delicate egg!” ― Israelmore Ayivor, The Great Hand Book of Quotes

Conflict may be defined as a difference of opinions and actions that prevent smooth functioning of a project. Conflict may occur due to a lot of reasons. We human beings are not similar to each other, and just as our fingerprints are unique our thoughts and actions are also unique and different. These differences can lead to conflict.

Insufficient Resources: Sometimes the cause of conflict may be due to insufficient or few resources to complete the project. The project may need five human resources to complete the work on time; but, the project may be allocated just two resources. This lesser number of resources leads to too much workload and work pressure for the team members and will eventually lead to conflict. Similarly, if the inventory team is not stocking up adequate raw materials needed for production, this also may lead to a conflict. Therefore, resource scarcity must be reduced to avoid conflicts. As a project manager you should make sure that there are adequate resources to complete a project.

Differing Priorities: Normally the priorities of all team members have to be aligned; however sometimes the priorities of team members may be different. For example, the project lead may insist on completing the project on time. But the team member may be taking additional time to deliver the product with a focus on quality. This quality vs. deadline dilemma leads to conflict in projects. When you are a project manager, you must make a balanced decision as to what aspect of the project is important based on customer study and needs.

Different Working Styles: One team member may be hardworking but may not communicate well. Another team member may be lazy and leave tasks incomplete. Another team member may be socially very active and act as a liaison between the team members. Another team member maybe questioning all the policies; another team member may be creative and always bursting with new ideas. One team member may be willing to work late nights. While another team member may prefer to come in early in the morning and go home early. A project manager must be aware of the working styles of each team member and make sure that the differing styles do not lead to conflict.

Methods and Techniques to Reduce Conflict: To reduce the different types of conflict every team should follow certain rules and regulations. Project team members may need instruction on appropriate behavior in a group. Sometimes a project manager can encourage the team members to resolve a conflict among themselves. Or if there is a time crunch, then the project manager can intervene and resolve the conflict. The areas of similarity in a conflict can be emphasized. If there is a partial or temporary solution for the conflict then it can be implemented. Sometimes, the project manager needs to force a solution even if others do not agree.  If none of the techniques are working, then the project manager must think of disciplinary action to resolve the conflict.

The PMP® Exam Prep Course of School of PM explores in detail the topic of Conflict Management.      

Unknown at 08:25

Tuesday, 08 July 2014

"Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it” – Lao Tzu quotes
"Try our flexible Corporate Training… Voila! Your Employees won’t be able to resist Passing the PMP®!"
Many Corporations, of late, have recognized the need for a certified PMP’s contribution to an organization. They may feel that their organization needs to increase a particular team’s knowledge base about Project Management while focusing on specific areas.

To fulfill the needs of corporations, we offer flexible PMP® Courses to update their teams on the latest insight and information on Project Management in the specialized areas of their choice.  

Our tailor-made PMP® Courses, for companies of any size, help to build the Project Management knowledge base of your employees with a PMP® Certification. If you have identified a need within your organization to upgrade your team of Project Managers or see value in your employees obtaining a PMP® Certification, then we can be your one-stop shop for your PMP® Exam preparation course requirements.

Our Star Attractions

   1.  4 days of intense classes to get your employees ready for the exam in record time and with increased confidence in taking the test.
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   3.  Guidance for your PMI® Application process.
   4.  Keep you prepared even after the classes are over, with our “After Course Study Support System”
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   6.  No Payment processing until 3 weeks prior to the start of prep classes.
  7.  Experienced Instructors will provide you with the right amount of challenge and inspiration for well-coordinated classroom training. 
   8.  Risk-free enrollment will give you the security of flexible cancellation.

Flexible PMP® Exam Review Course options:

On-Site Training – This option allows you to have the onsite training at the location of your choice. The training could be given in a familiar work environment for the participants of the PMP® Exam Prep Course. Hosting the training at your location ensures good camaraderie and an interactive study space.

Weekday or Weekend Classes – Our training classes are available at flexible times. If you would like to block off four days in one week to enhance your Team’s knowledge base on Project Management, then you may use the Weekday Classes. If your Employees are available only during the weekend, you may use the Weekend Classes.

Live Online Classes – This particular option is available for organizations when there are commuting issues or if the participants in the course are from various states. If, the goal  is to getting their special team  to upgrade their project management knowledge based on the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) 5th Edition concepts, then it is quite possible the company will benefit from a Live Online Classes.

Customized Classes – No two people are the same and likewise no two companies will be the same. We, at School of PM, understand this diverse environment well and aim to provide the right kind of tailored training classes for everyone. The course can be tailored to a area of specialization as per the organizations request. This ensures that an area of expertise is polished and test taking skills are enhanced to support the exam takers.  The organization not only makes the best use of their time and effort but also makes certain that they have the best qualified team.   

Affluent Off-Site Locations – School of PM wants to ensure that corporate participants not only make the best use of their learning from our PMP Training but also feel encouraged to join in the learning experience. We understand to do that, there is a need to be in an optimum level of comfort. School of PM conducts classes at affluent hotels and conference centers which have the technology needed to make the training engaging for the participating PMP® Exam takers from your organization.

We believe in providing the best of educational services to support and enhance the common goal of organizations for their employees to earn their PMP® Certification. Our expert training would provide understanding of complex projects.

Contact our Corporate Account Representative and increase your team’s knowledge of Project Management and earn that prestigious PMP® Certification.  

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Unknown at 06:05

Monday, 30 June 2014

"Increase the probability and impact of positive events, and decrease the probability and impact of negative events" ― PMBOK® Chapter 11
“It makes a big difference in your life when you stay positive.” ― Ellen DeGeneres, in her book "Seriously... I'm Kidding"
Most of us in this fast-paced world, try to get most of things done under the shortest duration. So there are certain tasks that can’t be multi-tasked and definitely requires our complete attention. The Project Management Professional (PMP®) Certification is also one such complete attention grabbing assignment.

For some aspirants, learning comes naturally and for others it's a chore that is strenuous to carry out. But remember whatever your learning energy schema may be, PMP Certification is a accomplishment that you must aim for and acquire it.

When looking at the study process and getting to know the theory of what you have understood through experience may seem difficult but not unachievable. It all depends on how you view the difficulty that you are facing in the course of your PMP® study.

There is a nice Jim-Jam story that we at School of PM have come up for you. The story begins somewhat like this:-

There was once a young woman whose mother was unwell and asked her to help with running her bakery for that day. The daughter had very little knowledge of running the bakery and had the most stressful working day. When she returned home that evening completely dejected and dishearten, the young woman wondered how her mother ran the most successful bakery in the town.

Her mother had been running the bakery since her husband had passed away. She now understood what her mother was going through on every single day to run it so well.

When she reached home her mother was waiting for her eagerly. Every mother is happy to encourage and cheer their off-springs and no doubt the young woman’s mother also felt so. But when her mother saw the stress lines farrowing her brow. She asked the young woman gently how her day had been.

Young woman replied that she couldn’t take the stress and strain of running a bakery. She felt that she lacked the talent that her mother possessed in making the business a success. Understanding her child’s gloominess the mother suggested that they both go into the kitchen for some refresher lessons on running a successful bakery.

The Mother asked her daughter to get three saucepans, a carrot, an egg and some tea leaves. She asked her daughter to pour water into the three saucepans and bring it to a boil. Then she asked her daughter to put the carrot in one, the egg in another and add tea leaves to the last one.

They left the three saucepans on the stove to simmer. After sometime the mother asked her daughter what was that she saw. The daughter replied that the carrot, the egg and the tea leaves have been cooked. But her mother was not happy with her reply. ‘Why, am I not right?’ questioned the daughter.

The mother replied, “Yes and no.”

She then explained her theory in greater detail. She said that the carrot was already hard and when it faced a situational challenge it became softer, meaning cooked. Whereas the egg was fragile from the beginning but a situational challenge made it hard inside. But the tea leave stood no chance since it was neither hard nor fragile; it was simply non-consequential to the water which immediately mingled with it.

The mother asked her daughter to smell the tea and asked her what she found in it. The daughter replied that she could smell the flavor of the tea and the water had changed color. The mother was happy to see that her daughter understood the hidden question that she place before her.

The mother explained that the tea during a situational challenge lost its form but changed the challenging factor. The carrot and the egg did not change the water color but the tea leaves turned the water’s color thus influencing a change over the challenge.

So let us not do away with the moral of the story as merely childish but simply put in plain English it means much to a Project Manager. Though the PMP® Exam may be a challenge that would be so difficult and it may eventually change you at the end.

You may start out very strong and become soften by the hardship of strains of studying for the Exam and walk away. Or you might come with fear of the Exam and when faced with new challenges may get distracted from your study.

Come to our PMP® class with open-mindedness. We are not saying that there is no challenge to face but we ask you to dissolve yourself in the tough track of diligent hard work and turn the stress of a PMP® Exam into a worthy accomplishment for you. Make it a point to be like the tea and change that challenge into a positive spin for your PMP® Certification goal.

Unknown at 09:29

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