Project Management Monday – The Start

I have been wearing dual hats over the last 3 years as a business analyst and project manager. Recently I committed to the project management career path, and want to grow my knowledge base in this area. My next habit will focus on reading A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge: PMBOK(R) Guide. It’s a daunting tasks, but I am hoping that making it a daily habit will help me break it into manageable chunks.

Habit: Read 8 pages in the PMBOK everyday for 66 days

Start Date: Sunday, 01/31/2016

Projected End Date: Wednesday, 04/06/2016

Action Plan:

  • Read the PMBOK!
  • Start a study group at work with others interested in getting their PMP
  • Watch 6 PMI webinars
  • Attend a PMI-Minnesota Chapter meeting
  • Post weekly on Mondays about my progress in improving my PM skills

Incentive: Attend the Agile PMP seminar!

Lofty Goal: Finding my passion!

I would like to get the most out of the Agile PMP seminar and I think reading the PMBOK will be excellent prep work. I am also hoping I can build on this habit to get my Project Management Professional certification in the near future.

What types of personal development do you do for your career? Please share your strategies in the comments!

2 thoughts on “Project Management Monday – The Start

  1. Last year, I completed a certification for marketing. My bachelor’s degree is for journalism, and I have always worked in marketing communications. Studying for the certification really helped round out my marketing knowledge. I wasn’t familiar with product life cycles and supply chain management, but now I know the basics. To keep up my certification, I have to earn CEUs, so I’ve been watching webinars and attending conferences. I’d also like to speak at a conference, but I haven’t worked up the courage to submit a presentation application.

    I know you’ve done this, but I really like Coursera. I watched the first four lessons for a finance course. I figured it would be beneficial to know the basics of finance, and it’s free to watch the lessons.

    Good luck with the PMP!


    1. That’s what I’m hoping to get. I just want to make sure I’ve got the basics covered. It is also good to know the correct terms for things that I’m aware of but know what to call them. Like negative stakeholders – people who would benefit from your project failing and will actively introduce roadblocks.


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