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"Dear Angela, how can I secure a PM role when transitioning careers?" The way to do this is to demonstrate that you've been using project management in your daily life and previous jobs. Even though your title wasn't PM, you probably did things that PMs do. Pull out those similarities and pre... (more)
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"Dear Angela, what are some strategies I can use to ensure a smooth change management process?" Change is hard. Even those who like "changing things up" will admit that it can be tough. Change management is defined as "the management of change and development within a business or similar orga... (more)
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"Dear Angela, what are 5 essential PM skills?" This sounds like a fun one! 1. Communication Not a surprise, right? You need to be able to listen and convert what you hear into actionable steps. You also must be able to talk and write effectively. You have to be able to get your poin... (more)
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"Dear Angela, what are some of the best practices I can use to develop excellent customer relationships?" Listen. Know their business. Understand the cycle. Did you ever get the feeling the person you are talking to isn’t listening? They hear you but they aren’t listening. Customers gene... (more)
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"Dear Angela, as a PM, what are some resources and tools I can use to help develop my team?" Wow, that’s a BIG question. I’d need to ask you some things to get down to the perfect response but since I can’t do that, I’ll make some assumptions. Let’s assume you work at a Fortune 500 com... (more)
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"Dear Angela, how can I ensure that my team and I deliver or exceed client expectations?" Do you know what the expectations are? Some of it is assumed obviously like finishing on time, staying within budget and meeting the deliverables. You might be surprised to find out though that there ar... (more)
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"Dear Angela, how can I make the most/turn around a project that isn’t going as planned?" My first thought was “Did you start this project or did you inherit it?” which made me realize my answers would be different, based upon your answer. Since I can’t actually hear your response, I’ll just... (more)
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"Dear Angela, when every task is urgent, how can I determine what I need to prioritize?" We all run into this at one time or another, even outside of work. I’m sure there are lots of different answers for this one but for me, I always ask myself two questions. “Who needs me?” and, “Are th... (more)
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"When is it time to consider PM software? As of today, we are working with a home grown tool, and although it does the job, it’s not time and process efficient. I really want to pitch the idea of a project management solution to my leadership team, but I’m afraid they might think the timing i... (more)
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“Dear Angela, what’s your definition of a good project manager? I am not PMP certified, but have been a project manager for the past 10 years. I want to explore other career opportunities in the field, but I’m afraid to be rejected because of the lack of a PMP certificate. What should I do?" ... (more)
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