The Art of Project Management: Expert advice from experienced project managers in Silicon Valley, and around the world
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Josh, Author at UCSC Extension in Silicon Valley - Page 2 of 5

Josh helps new and aspiring project managers reach their career goals. He has been managing projects in Computing, Financial Services, Telecommunications, and Aerospace for over a decade. Josh’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Project Management and he is PMP certified. The best method for tapping into Josh’s knowledge and experience is his training for project management, where Josh shares his best practices for how to get ahead in your project management career and his best practices in specific project management processes.

Quoth the Auditor, ‘Nevermore’

Quoth the Auditor, 'Nevermore'

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary,
Over many a project artifact until my eyes were sore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping…

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7 ways to ask questions without making me angry

7 ways to ask questions without making me angry

You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry…

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How to mortally wound a project in the first 2 months, guaranteed!

How to mortally wound a project in the first 2 months, guaranteed!

Satisfaction guaranteed or your money back.

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How to rock your job interview

How to rock your job interview

Come along with me on this recap of the great interview you just had, and how your preparation made it awesome. You made them laugh, you made them cry…

You made them remember you.

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11 Things Every New Project Manager Should Know

11 Things Every New Project Manager Should Know

Don’t act like you know it all When you’re new to a role, it’s natural to cover up your own ignorance. You want to earn respect, and everyone is looking at you. So you may not speak up when a topic is discussed that you don’t understand…you nod your head instead of asking a "stupid" […]

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Thinking About Going Back to School?

Thinking About Going Back to School?

….I appreciated the education much more than before. When I was 18, I took out loans and didn’t really feel like I was paying for it. I skipped classes sometimes, etc. This time around…I applied myself to the material as much as I could.

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Holy Crap, They Called Me For an Interview!

Holy Crap, They Called Me For an Interview!

You got the call.

They want you to come in for an interview. After the elation wears off, you start sweating.

What are they going to ask? How can I best prepare for this? What if I prepare for the wrong things?

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Career Roadblock?

Career Roadblock?

What can you do when you feel like you’ve hit a bump on your project manager career path? Here are my thoughts, and I invite you to add your own comments with advice for this professional.

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Project Manager Career Questions

Project Manager Career Questions

A business student recently interviewed me via email. She is interested in project management and this was part of an assignment to reach out to people via Twitter to interview about what they do and the state of their industry/role. (My kudos to the professor for encouraging students to use new media to interact with people who are already in the field!)

I asked her permission to share the interview with you, I hope you find it helpful. Leave comments on what you agree and do not agree with!

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Project Methodology Madness and Confusion

Project Methodology Madness and Confusion

I received a great question from a subscriber to my PMP Guide newsletter about methodologies and frameworks.

He cited a bountiful list with a question of whether he needs to know all of these in and out:

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Project Management in 2025

Project Management in 2025

I and the rest of the PMI New Media council had the opportunity to interview the editors of “Project Management Circa 2025;” David I. Cleland, PhD, PMI Fellow, and Bopaya Bidanda, PhD. This is a collaborative effort by 41 authors to predict the state of various parts of the project management discipline and how it will be implemented 15 years in the future.

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Why Should You Care About Social Media?

Why Should You Care About Social Media?

I had a great time in Orlando recently for the 2009 PMI North America Global Congress. The PMI New Media Council did a presentation titled “Why Should You Care About Social Media?”. Bas De Baar (ProjectShrink), Cornelius Fitchner (PMPodcast), and I (pmStudent) collaborated for our segment of the presentation, focused on demonstrating the use of […]

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Optimize Your Resume For Project Management

Optimize Your Resume For Project Management

Trying to get your foot in the door in project management? Projectize your resume. A project manager resume is similar to other resumes, except for one key difference I can recommend. This is one key thing I changed when I began trying to get specifically into the project management field, and did not have enough […]

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MBA: Worthless Piece of Paper?

MBA: Worthless Piece of Paper?

Is anyone up in arms yet? Good. From a Reader Anne from the US is a recent subscriber to the Project Management Career Newsletter. She hit reply to one of my messages to pose a question and get my take.  Thank you Anne, for permitting me to share some of our exchange to benefit others! […]

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Are You Deranged Enough to Switch Careers to Project Management?

Are You Deranged Enough to Switch Careers to Project Management?

I love it when people contact me to ask a question. It helps me to know that real people are out there somewhere behind the screen of my laptop. I can’t believe you all fit in there. Technology is amazing. How do you break into project management when you have been running your own business […]

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For Those Pursuing Project Management Careers

For Those Pursuing Project Management Careers

I am passionate about project management in general, and helping people new to the field more specifically. But let’s be honest. We’re all nuts. Not Everyone is Crazy Enough to be a Project Manager There is a specific form of gluttony for punishment that comes with the territory (some consider it a clinical condition). The […]

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Does Your Project Team Fall Prey To These Common Productivity Killers?

Does Your Project Team Fall Prey To These Common Productivity Killers?

The dangers of multi tasking to project teams has never been more so. Now we have additional online services and mobile devices to deal with. What I wrote about back in January 2007 about Multi-tasking, Covey, and TOC is even more applicable now. Your project schedule should drive priorities, not a false sense of urgency […]

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Cutbacks and Scrutiny

Cutbacks and Scrutiny

As can be expected, much of the feedback pointed towards a cutback in new investment and thus projects.  Another significant portion of the comments discussed another inevitable trend in hard times…increased scrutiny of current projects and focus on the dollars. Cutbacks North America – Although layoffs have occurred in the Canadian oil patch in recent […]

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Opposites Attract?

Opposites Attract?

Today I would like to cover two categories in the survey that are nearly opposite.  The first is Reduced Quality. The second is what I classified as an Increased Demand for Good Project Management. Fire Most of these actions appear to me to be short-sighted ones that solve a current financial problem at the expense […]

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PM and Project Staff Reductions

PM and Project Staff Reductions

Moving up through the categories, I’ll discuss three now: Project Manager Layoffs Project Staff Reductions Reduced PM rates. Reading through the responses, may of them were not surprising. One thing I noted in a few posts was that some companies are shedding senior PMs and opting for less experienced ones. Of course I have no […]

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Business As Usual

Business As Usual

Status Quo Ah, it is nice to hear that some people are not feeling any impacts due to economic recession. 8% of the respondents noted that they have not seen any impacts. Half of those were from the North America, other responses came from Australia, India, and Africa. I noticed 2 similarities from what I […]

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