4 Unavoidable States for all Successful Products and Services

Successful products and services start out as a basic project deliverable.

Deliverable go through 4 main states, According to the PMBOK 6, these are:

  1. The Deliverable

  2. The Verified Deliverable

  3. The Accepted Deliverable

  4. The Final Product, Service, or Transition

When do these states happen?

Manage and Direct Project Work:

The third process under the Integration Management Knowledge Area is the process where the deliverable is first created. It is very important to remember this. The deliverable, that first version of the product/service is created in Manage and Direct Project Work. This means that after we finish the Manage and Direct Project Work, we can boast of:

▪The completed building

▪The completed car

▪The completed iPhone X

▪The completed film footage

▪The completed manuscript for the novel

Manage and Direct Project Work gives us a first completed version of the product of the project. It is called the Deliverable.

Control Quality

The third process of the Quality Control Knowledge Area is where

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Is Project Management the Most Practical Profession Ever?

I make it a “point of duty” to point out to my students and clients on project assignments how much project management is practical rather than conceptual.

Practical according to the online Oxford Dictionary is defined as: “of or concerned with the actual doing or use of something rather than with theory and ideas”.

Quite a chunk of career and professional development is steeped in ideas and concepts – management disciplines, business analysis, and several others are known to be concerned with the building of conceptual models.

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The PMP Exam Question NOBODY Gets Right (You'll Be Surprised Why)

The Question

John is managing a project. He conducted a risk assessment workshop with project stakeholders and  identified several risks. He is concerned about the amount of time it will take for quantitative and  qualitative risk analysis and to develop a risk response plan. What should John do?

A) As the risks were identified by project stakeholders, John needs to ensure that each risk follows the risk management processes.

B) John should use his expert judgement to decide which  risks warrant more complete risk analysis and response.

C) John should create a Probability and Impact matrix that determines risk thresholds for quantitative and qualitative risk assessments. He should apply this to his Risk Register and use that to determine which  risks need analysis and risk responses.

D) John should refer this decision to the project stakeholders who  can determine which risks merit response.

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8 Essential Business Analysis Questions for a Successful Elicitation Session

“Guiding” elicitation means to think of the right questions to ask to obtain the desired outcomes from elicitation.

To achieve this clarity and focus, the business analyst needs to keep 8 important questions in mind while conducting his elicitation sessions. Think of these as the “eight essential business analysis questions.”

They are:

1.       What are my elicitation activity goals and agenda?

2.      What is the scope of the change?

3.      What type of output will each activity produce?

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9 Great Reasons to Choose a Project Management Career

When I met project management as a career, it was love at first sight. I already had an extensive background in banking, which was much more operational, and I was looking for something different to do with my life, plus some degree of independence.

I stumbled on project management, and it has always met my expectations for an ideal career, surpassing it, and enabling me have all the independence, fulfillment and satisfaction I need. These very points are what I intend to share with you about Project Management, and why it is a great career choice for you.

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5 Project Management Techniques to Avoid Project Failure

What is Project Failure?

project is considered a failure when it has not delivered what was required, in line with expectations. Therefore, in order to succeed, a project must deliver to cost, to quality, and on time; and it must deliver the benefits presented in the business case.


1. Manage the goal.

In avoiding project trouble the phrase “a stitch in time saves nine” has never been more correct. Manage scope (do not try to control it), document the decisions (never rely on an understanding), and give users what they need (rather than what they want). Delivering to the original scope, schedule, and budget is far from a guarantee of a successful project. It is essential to work with the customer and ensure the project delivers value.

2. Educate the Customer: Nothing is free.

There are three parameters that control a project—scope, schedule, and budget. Trying to edict all three is the definition of a failure waiting to happen. Only two of these attributes may be set; the other is derived. Educate the customer (and maybe some corporate executive) on these constraints and how they work.

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I took my PMP Exam and PASSED on first attempt.

In individual domains I got the following score –

  1. Initiating – Above Target

  2. Planning – Above Target

  3. Execution – Above Target

  4. Monitoring & Controlling – Above Target

  5. Closing – Target

It was a huge moment for me and had to take several hours after the exams to come to terms with the fact that the PMP certification is done and bagged.

In the last quarter of 2016, I enrolled into 3-week (weekend lectures) PMP Exam Prep Course organized by Ciel Consulting, led by Obalim, PMP.

After the training and successful group discussion, I keep my grips on the PMP studies and the enthusiasm and momentum began.

Then in the last quarter of 2017, while reading the success story of an exam taker, I got to know about the PMP HeadFirst Book.

Although my studies were very erratic, this PMP book stimulated my interest and kept me moving forward and I managed to complete the book.

This marked the beginning of my resolve to get the PMP certification.

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What are the Differentiating Benefits of Getting Professionally Certified?

What are the Differentiating Benefits of Getting Professionally Certified?

There are very noticeable differences between a certified and non-certified individuals that provide them marked advantages over their peers in the course of their careers. These major differences are highlighted by processes by which organizations decide what candidates to pick or reject during competitive selection procedures – e.g. recruitment, promotions, selection for overseas trips, or decision to fire during recessionary downtrends.

Some of these major differences are:

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Can a “pain letter” alleviate your pain in searching for a job?

Can a “pain letter” alleviate your pain in searching for a job?

So there’s been this relatively recent term that’s used in the HR and job-searching circles. You might have come across it, or perhaps not yet. But if you haven’t, I’m here to introduce you to it. It’s called a “Pain Letter.”

A Pain Letter is like a cover letter, but it is much more powerful than a cover letter. A Pain Letter doesn’t talk about you, the way a traditional cover letter does. It talks about the letter’s recipient instead – your hiring manager.

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The 6 Key Management Functions of Facilities Management

The 6 Key Management Functions of Facilities Management

The facilities manager may be responsible for a wide range of management functions within his or her day to day role. These may vary depending on the organisation the FM works in and the sector within which the organisation sits, however we will look at some of the key management functions which may apply to all Facilities Managers.

People Management: Usually, although not always, the Facilities Manager will have a team of people whose responsibility it is to support the FM in carrying out the many tasks that come under the umbrella of the FM department. The Facilities Manager, therefore, requires not only good People Management skills but also leadership skills.

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These simple career hacks will take you places

These simple career hacks will take you places

Everyone wants to advance at the workplace. Better jobs, better remuneration, more opportunities are just a few of the benefits of success in the work environment. And while it's easy to describe what the "goodies" look like, it sometimes can be a challenge determining how to rise to the heights that deliver those benefits.

I decided to create this blog post to make simpler the process of advancing on to greater things at your place of work. There you have it: simple career hacks that will help you go far in your career.

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How do I stay motivated?

How do I stay motivated?

1. Fear of failure.

In an article that he wrote for Bloomberg, Mark Cuban stated that he uses the fear of failure for self-motivation.

“No matter what business you’re in, you’re always at risk -- particularly in technology, where it changes so rapidly you’ve got to put in the effort to keep up,” writes the Shark Tank panel member. “There’s always the opportunity for some 18-year-old to come out of nowhere and crush you—that motivates the hell out of me.”

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