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Sarah is a PMP-certified global project manager, strategist, and blogger with 10 years of experience leading projects, conducting strategic and tactical planning, and spearheading change initiatives for federal and international clients. Throughout her career, Sarah has been (sometimes stealthily) helping organizations incorporate project management techniques to improve their existing business processes.

Sarah is a PMP-certified global project manager, strategist, and blogger with 10 years of experience leading projects, conducting strategic and tactical planning, and spearheading change initiatives for federal and international clients. Throughout her career, Sarah has been (sometimes stealthily) helping organizations incorporate project management techniques to improve their existing business processes.
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Sarah is a PMP-certified global project manager, strategist, and blogger with 10 years of experience leading projects, conducting strategic and tactical planning, and spearheading change initiatives for federal and international clients. Throughout her career, Sarah has been (sometimes stealthily) helping organizations incorporate project management techniques to improve their existing business processes.

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Episodes

The Power of Community Goal Setting

5/16/2019
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How can teams work together effectively if they don’t understand what each of their colleagues is trying to do? Here are some of the reasons that teams should adopt community goal setting.

Duration:00:04:31

How to Network Effectively as a Project Manager

5/9/2019
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I decided to write a post on how to network effectively as a project manager. I thought about why I find networking relatively straightforward, whereas others have described it as awkward, scary, or ambiguous. Here are some common complaints about networking and how to solve them.

Duration:00:05:19

How to Brand Your Projects

4/18/2019
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Operating on schedule and under budget are hallmarks of successful project management. If you’re doing your job well, no news is good news—but not if you’re trying to shine a spotlight on your fabulous team, cause, and/or yourself. Here are some ideas for how to brand your projects within and outside of your organization.

Duration:00:06:11

10 Tips for Project Managers to Communicate with Executives

4/12/2019
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It’s common knowledge that being able to communicate effectively is a critical skill in today’s job market, particularly for project managers. The more you advance in your career, the more important it becomes to be able to communicate effectively with a particular audience: executives. Here are ten tips for project managers to communicate effectively with executives.

Duration:00:06:42

Stealthy Agile Project Management

4/5/2019
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Even if your organization isn’t ready to be 100% agile, it doesn’t mean that you can’t (stealthily) introduce your clients to agile project management. Here are some ways to introduce agile concepts to your stakeholders without them knowing it.

Duration:00:04:54

Spring Cleaning for Project Managers

3/29/2019
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I previously wrote about how to maintain momentum on your projects to ensure that you continue to make progress against your goals. If you are not where you want to be, the warming weather may offer the inspiration you need for a bout of project spring cleaning. How can project managers spruce up their projects for spring?

The Project Manager Formerly Known as the Subject Matter Expert

3/22/2019
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In a previous post, I published my failure resume showcasing professional setbacks. One of the items listed was sticking too long with a gig I knew too well. When I made the decision to try something different, a colleague asked me to write a post about what project managers should consider when undertaking a new role.

Duration:00:06:20

The Art and Science of Meeting Facilitation

3/15/2019
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Meeting facilitation is an integral part of a project manager’s job. What does it mean to facilitate a meeting? How do you facilitate a meeting well? And, how can you improve your facilitation skills?

Duration:00:07:12

Failure Resume

3/8/2019
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In the next several months, I’m scheduled to speak on ways that project managers can improve efficiency and boost productivity. Past reactions to this talk are usually something like, “Wow, that’s great! But I’ll never be that organized.” My presentation was not resonating with my audience because I had failed to explain why I have adopted these productivity-boosting techniques. Developing a failure resume could be a great tool to demonstrate this point.

Duration:00:04:53

Back to the Future: Goal Setting by Personality Type

2/28/2019
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I’ve gotten a few requests for a post on how to set goals based on your personality type. It’s all well and good to read about how I set goals as a Type A extrovert—but what strategies can introverted and/or more laidback people pursue to help them accomplish their objectives?

Duration:00:08:13

How to Innovate in a Bureaucracy

2/22/2019
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When you’re operating in any environment larger than a startup, the company will inevitably have some processes in place that ensure things don’t run amok. The question becomes: how do you successfully navigate such an environment to get results? How do you innovate in a bureaucracy?

Duration:00:06:13

Project Management Reading Roundup

1/11/2019
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Starting the new year and realizing that you are woefully behind on your PDUs? Here is a list of project management blogs that I read regularly and recommend you check out.

Duration:00:02:58

Maintain Project Management Momentum

1/4/2019
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New year, new you. Right? Well, maybe not.

Duration:00:05:48

Analysis Paralysis

10/25/2018
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I used to work with a colleague who was constantly on the lookout for the best project management and productivity tools. While I admired their dedication to continuous improvement, their tendency to start and then abruptly stop use of a given PM method left a trail of unfinished mini-projects in their wake.

Duration:00:03:30

Why?

10/18/2018
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Asking why may make you feel like an annoying toddler, but don’t be afraid to channel that natural inquisitiveness. If someone tells you to do something—your teammate, your manager, even your client!—and you don’t understand the purpose of the request, ask.

Duration:00:04:30

5 Tips to Stem the E-mail Tide

10/12/2018
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Facing an inbox so congested that you can’t bear to look at it? Spending your days responding to other people’s demands instead of focusing on your priorities? Feeling like you have no hope of making any dent in the pile? If this sounds familiar, read on for 5 tips on how to stem the e-mail tide.

PM 202: Manage Constraints

10/4/2018
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The last step of setting up a project management plan for your life is to manage external constraints that may affect project success. Being able to manage constraints is one of the most important skills for a project manager.

Duration:00:04:27

PM 201: Manage Stakeholder Expectations

9/28/2018
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Creating SMART goals in priority areas for your life is a daunting first step on the journey to project managing your life. At the define requirements stage, we started to address the feasibility of pursuing some of these goals. The intermediate coursework demands—what else?—further planning.

PM 102: Define Requirements

9/13/2018
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Failing to plan is planning to fail, and your life is no exception. If you don't take the time to contemplate what you want out of life, how will you ensure that you get it? The first step in project managing your life is to define just that--your requirements.

Duration:00:07:33

The Best Non-Project Management Training for Project Managers

9/8/2018
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Congrats! You've put your PMP behind you and are reading this article to log PDUs. Or maybe you're waiting for the requisite years of experience to qualify you to take the exam. In the meantime, you may be wondering whether any of those other certifications out there are worth pursuing.

Duration:00:07:41