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036 - PMO - What is it really? And how do I run one?

10/11/2018
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This episode, 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. Some great tools Hussain shared are linked here: Article about co-existence of product & project management for startups:...

Duration:00:46:06

035 - Kickass Martial Arts Lessons for Project Managers

10/2/2018
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This episode, Kim shares some lessons from his time studying martial arts studies with some amazing instructors that apply to Project Management! And no, they do not include giving that troublesome stakeholder a spin-kick to the head :-) But they do include lessons on how to assert yourself, how to focus on the important things in the moment and how to approach mentorship. Join the journey from white belt to kickass PM black belt! From the Filipino stick fighting art of Balintawak Eskrima...

Duration:00:37:28

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

9/24/2018
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This episode, Kate and Kim talk about their favorite Project Managers from the big screen and small screen - and what lessons we can take away from them. From big-screen capers to everybody’s favorite movie PM (who is “here to put you BACK on schedule, commander"... because the sponsor is not as forgiving as he is… :-) ) Laughs aside, media are a big part of everyone’s lives, and these characters and plots are part of our culture - as should be project management. So, get some popcorn,...

Duration:00:44:15

033 - Lessons from Interviewing 50 Women PMs in 50 days - a chat with Elise Stevens

9/17/2018
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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 ABOUT OUR AMAZING GUEST, ELISE STEVENS For over two decades, Elise has worked closely with project managers to positively impact and innovate effective management processes. She has collaborated with a...

Duration:00:39:45

032 - Project Management Thunderdome! Internal versus External Project Managers

9/3/2018
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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...

Duration:00:58:35

031 - Crucial Conversations part 3 - Stepping in and taking the lead

8/27/2018
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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 deep dive into the concepts in the book, Crucial Conversations by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan and Al Switzler, we wrap up our 3 part discussion...

Duration:00:58:36

030 - Crucial Conversations part 2: Oh, man it just got difficult!

8/20/2018
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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 deep dive into the concepts of Crucial Conversations by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan and Al Switzler, we pick up where we left off in our first...

Duration:00:46:35

029 - Stop the Scope Creep! Using Change Control to keep the monsters at bay

7/29/2018
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Controlling your project scope is one of the most important things we can do as project managers - but so easy to let slip. Don’t let Scope Creep sneak up on you! In this episode we talk about scope creep and discuss ways to keep your scope on track - and how to handle it if your scope needs to change. JOIN THE HAPPY HOUR! Get access to all podcasts, PDU certificates, bonus content, exclusive member Q&A webinars and more from our membership! https://pmhappyhour.com/membership STUMP THE...

Duration:00:30:25

028 - Embracing the Escalation: raising visibility without raising your blood pressure

7/29/2018
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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 today’s show, 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 PLUS, Kate gives...

Duration:00:39:33

027 - Crucial Conversations: Part 1 - Oh, man it just got crucial

7/22/2018
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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! In this episode, Kate walks us through some key concepts and real life examples based of one of her most influential business books, Crucial Conversations by Joseph Grenny, Al...

Duration:00:45:33

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

7/10/2018
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While the term “mastermind group” was coined in the 20’s, it has been used by business leaders, writers, artists and philosophers going back much further to develop new ideas, themselves and accomplish amazing things. In this episode, we get some coaching from a Mastermind Master, J.R. Russell on how to facilitate a mastermind group - and we do one live on the air with PM Happy Hour members! Also, for the first time, we have video of a Podcast session! Come to our web site at...

Duration:01:01:50

025 - The Last Move - a little bit of game theory for your projects

6/27/2018
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Here’s a short 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. JOIN THE HAPPY HOUR! Get access to all podcasts, PDU certificates, bonus content, exclusive member Q&A webinars and more from our new membership!...

Duration:00:30:55

024 - How to Run a Meeting - and not waste everyone’s time

6/17/2018
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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. Based on popular demand, Kate and Kim share some of their top productivity tips for running an effective meeting that doesn’t waste everyone’s (including your) time JOIN THE HAPPY HOUR! Get access to all podcasts, PDU...

Duration:01:01:45

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

6/11/2018
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Getting started in a new organization, new customer, or new parts of your current org can be tough, especially since managing a project usually means you need to navigate all those waters like a pro - out of the gate. But how do you do that? How do you “get to know” the organization quickly and effectively so you can get the show on the road? This episode we talk with a Change Management specialist, Dilerjit Oberoi, who will help us learn to "swim" in a new organization - or to new parts of...

Duration:00:51:11

022-Getting to Yes: Negotiation for non-negotiators (part 2 of 2)

6/3/2018
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Negotiation is part of what we do every day - from negotiating for the best project resources to negotiating what you and your significant other are going to have for dinner. But for those of us who don’t feel like natural negotiators, how can we learn to negotiate in a way that helps us address our needs while not risking the long term relationships? That’s where the Harvard Negotiation Project comes in! One of our favorite business books, “Getting to Yes,” is a quick and easy read which...

Duration:00:50:34

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

5/23/2018
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Negotiation is part of what we do every day - from negotiating for the best project resources to negotiating what you and your significant other are going to have for dinner. But for those of us who don’t feel like natural negotiators, how can we learn to negotiate in a way that helps us address our needs while not risking the long term relationships? That’s where the Harvard Negotiation Project comes in! One of our favorite business books, “Getting to Yes,” is a quick and easy read which...

Duration:00:53:31

020-An Influence Toolkit: Getting stuff done without authority

5/11/2018
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How do you get people to get stuff done when you have no "authority?" That’s a lot of the art of Project Management! In today’s episode, 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. This entire podcast was inspired by a great question from one of our PM Happy Hour members - big shout-out to Dani! Whether you are a Member or a Listener, we love to hear from you - give us a shout anytime at...

Duration:01:04:52

019-Stage Direction in the Boardroom

5/1/2018
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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 not align on key issues? And what if, at stake, is a program which could bring tens or hundreds of millions of dollars to communities that very much need it? That’s the daily reality of...

Duration:00:56:37

018-What I wish I’d known when I started Project Management

4/19/2018
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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. We trade lessons-learned back and forth - and we’re sure you can identify with some of these! Warning in advance - audio quality isn’t the best in my kitchen, and we do digress a bit, but it’s a fun listen and there are some really good nuggets in here. Enjoy! JOIN THE HAPPY HOUR! Get access to all podcasts, PDU certificates, bonus...

Duration:01:07:40

A05-PM Appetizer – Weekly Roll-up Scheduling

4/10/2018
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How do you make sense of (and get your stakeholders to understand) a 200-line project plan? Or how about a program with 6 workstreams, each with 200 line project plans? How do you make a useful schedule for a smaller schedule, maybe for a personal project that you can share with “non-pm’s” that they can make sense of? This week we discuss using a “weekly roll-up” method for viewing schedules. It doesn’t necessarily replace your 200-line plan, but it is a very useful way for summarizing and...

Duration:00:11:34