Inspiration & Implementation: Project Management

Last week we were on vacation so it took a little longer than normal to get my inspiration board in place. These are the top resources I have pinned so far.

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  1. PMI website

The PMI website is full of excellent resources. As a member I have access to the PMBOK, webinars, and tools and templates. Professional organizations are always a great starting point when trying to grow your knowledge base and skill set.

2. Mountain Goat Software blog

Mike Cohn is a major contributor of the Scrum methodology. His blog is one of the few that I always read thoroughly. I find his thoughts on agile inspire me to keep striving for improvement with my team.

3. 15 Project Management Quotes to Live By

This infographic is wonderful. My favorite quote is “You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

4. One Hundred Rules for NASA Project Managers

NASA is a proponent of modern project management, and I’ve pinned a couple of resources from their site. This list is a wealth of information. My favorite quote, “Rule 76: Know the resources of your center and, if possible, other centers. Other centers, if they have the resources, are normally happy to help. It is always surprising how much good help one can get by just asking.”

5. The lazy project manager

Clayton bought me this book when I first took on the PM role, and it is a terrific read. There are a number of great tips. I even printed out the “even quicker tips for the really lazy” and posted them at my desk! I would highly recommend this book.

Please share your best project management resource with me in the comments!

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!