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PM Skillbuilder Part 2 — The Messy Middle

It happens. The team is working hard and they’re trying to keep up. Everyone’s putting in the extra effort. Yet you’re running into a number of problems. In the middle part of the project, you can start to lose momentum. The team can start to lose some of their enthusiasm. And, if you’re not careful,…

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PM SkillBuilder Part 1 — The Slow Start

In the early stages of a project, a number of issues can crop up that can shift the project manager’s focus away from getting the project kicked off and on its way to eventual delivery. It’s an important time, as a successful start sets the stage for a successful delivery. This segment is the first…

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How do you avoid jumping to implement

This week’s problem card asks, “we’re dealing with so many external influences demanding quick successes — how do you avoid jumping to implement in a way that drives success but doesn’t forget that you’re working on a project?” This week on the show, Connie Plowman joins Pete Wright to take on this issue with tips…

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Executives are not able to make decisions

This week’s problem card focuses on the busy executive that, for whatever reason, is not making tough decisions quickly and is beginning to impact the smooth march forward of the project. This week on the show, Connie Plowman joins Pete Wright to walk through the roadblocks to executive decision making, and outlines key steps you…

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Growing and Migrating Project Management Skill in Leadership

Former Cadence COO Connie Plowman returns to Ask Cadence to discuss portability of the project management skill set in her new role. This week on the show, John Patton and Pete Wright talk with Connie as she shares the value of the project management domain in organizational leadership.

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Career Planning in Acquisition

A Cadence graduate called for help — after relocating for a promotion, his company was acquired by a new firm. Management roles changed, and it was time to renegotiate. This week on the show, John Patton and Pete Wright tackle this issue, and share guidance on planning your career in the face of company acquisition.

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Dealing with a Devastating Loss to the Team

This week’s project challenge comes from a recent attendee dealing with the loss of a critical team resource — a team member recently suffering a stroke. This sort of shock affects teams on many levels, from the deeply personal, to the profoundly professional. This week on the show, John Patton joins Pete Wright to take…

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PMI Global Congress EMEA Recap with John Patton

Each PMI Global Congress, we like to sit down with Cadence representatives and do a brief recap of lessons learned. This year’s Global Congress in Dublin gave us an excellent opportunity to visit trends in complexity and program management, as captured by some of the top thinkers in our field. This week on the show,…

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Giving Back – Cadence and the PMI Education Foundation

The Project Management Institute’s Education Foundation is a foundation for spearheading the kinds of projects that support building best-in-class project managers for the future. This week on the show, John Patton and Pete Wright review the role of this important part of our project management ecosystem and cover how the foundation drives project management education…

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99: Why should an organization pursue portfolio and program management

Organizations that invest in developing their project management initiatives quickly recognize the complexity that comes with newfound sophistication. To tackle broader and more robust initiatives, portfolio and program management offer a new basket of tools and skills for medium and large organizations to apply. This week on the show, John Patton and Pete Wright discuss…

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