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.

Sopm Columbus at 09:29

          


Monday, 19 May 2014


"In the US, 39% of Project Management Professionals are women, which is way better when compared to other countries."
"Women make better Project Managers because of their good interpersonal communication skills."
"Women have also entered into the growing field of Project Management. Turning every hurdle as a stepping stone, women are succeeding and growing in this field with Project Management Professional (PMP®) Certification, a well-known Project Management Certificate."

During the 19th and 20th century, women were not seen in most professional fields. They were not even given proper education and their entries into many fields were restricted. Women were often put into low grade positions in many companies.

Now, in this modern world of the 21st century, with too many efforts, women are slowly making their way into every profession. Of course, there still exist a lot of people who do not treat women with dignity. And, the so called Glass Ceiling still exists in some companies. Bypassing all such struggles, women entered into the field of Project Management as well.

There is a popular saying, Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus. This statement goes true as the values they hold and the way they handle problems and situations vary from each other. Though men and women are different, women are no lesser than men.

There is a misconception that men are better project managers than women. But research says that women are great in multitasking, better listeners, mentors, problem solvers and they have a pretty good IQ. All these traits turn them up into a good project manager naturally. Another innate quality of women that is a sign of a good Project Manager is they are "nurturing". They encourage their team members and stand beside them during not-so-good situations.

The most popular Magazine Fast Company released an article stating that the most successful companies have at least one woman as a board of director and the least successful companies do not. So it all takes one single woman to make a difference - Source

It has become a mythical fact that companies prefer men to women when it comes to Project Management. Since the number of Project Managers goes down day-by-day, companies cannot afford to lose any valuable talent. With the rate of women Project Managers being increased alongside their notable successes, the field of Project Management is going to grow bigger and bigger in the near future - Source

Most of the successful women Project Managers happen to be PMP® certificate holders. In fact, those successful women advise other women volunteers who are interested in becoming Project Managers to get involved with PMI® Source

School of PM is one of the best schools in offering review courses on PMP®. Join us, pursue PMP®, show up as a dynamic Project Manager and enter the clan of successful women Project Managers!


Sopm Columbus at 06:14

          


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