Author: Don Clarke

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Where Will Your Personal Brand Take You?

At PMforTODAY, we have built our company brand on the value of a “Personal Brand”.  Our mission is to provide the infrastructure for our Contributing Authors to share their knowledge and build their personal brands.  It is something that we believe is a key differentiator for a variety of areas of our lives and our careers. Recently (11/17), I had the privilege of being selected as a speaker for the 2017 PMI PMO Symposium.   This was a major step for me in my personal growth and also for my career growth.   Personally, I am passionate about sharing knowledge.  I...

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What Did I Learn At The 2017 PMI PMO Symposium?

This year’s PMI PMO Symposium was a fantastic event to attend again this year.  I have had the privilege of attending this event multiple times, but this year was a little different for me.  I was also being provided the opportunity this year to speak at the event.  This was my first year speaking at the PMI PMO Symposium, and it was a personal goal achieved. This year’s event was focused on two key topics for both the Break Out Sessions, and the Knowledge Hub Sessions. Agile Transformation – This breakout session series was focused on the theme of...

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From Project Management to PMO – Where Do I Start?

During a recent conversation with a senior level executive of a company I was interviewing with, I was asked to review and comment on the initial roadmap for the establishment of a new PMO within the company.  It was a great exchange, and was obvious that there was an investment of time and thought into the roadmap.  During the discussion, we talked through different ideas on when specific PMO functions should be initiated to help build on the success of each function. Based on that conversation, I decided it would be good to write an article on my personal...

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Interviews – Presenting Your Successful Pursuit Of Excellence

I have said many times that interviewing for a new job can be the most negative experience a person can participate in.  If you consider that you interview for many positions, and you only accept one, you usually go through a lot of negative scenarios during the process.  In the feedback you have gotten during your interview cycles, have you ever heard these terms used to describe how people perceived you? Over Confident?  Over Qualified?  Arrogant?  Strong Willed?  Soft Spoken??  Best Interview??  Worst Interview??  Amazing Company Values Fit!  Does not fit our Company Values.  How did you receive that...

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VIDEO – How To Use Project Intake Processes To Manage Your Project Portfolio

Implementing an effective Project Intake Process is a key success factor for expanding the value of your Project Management Office.  Your Project Intake Processes function as the Gate Keeper for your PMO and are the foundation for effectively managing your PMO Project Portfolio. Facilitating the process that allows your organization to define, approve, and implement within the limited resources available is a big step toward expanding the value of your PMO beyond just successful project delivery. This 40 minute session will cover three main topics: Relationship with and Purpose of PMO Governance Committee Value of a Structured Project Intake Process...

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The Value of a Project Management Office (PMO) – Looking beyond the “Price of Admission”

In recent discussions with a group of PMO Leaders, the conversation turned to a discussion on why is there so much volatility in the success of a Project Management Office (PMO).  There are a variety of opinions, from people who don’t understand the value of a Project Leader, to a Project Management Office is not considered a “Profit Center” and, as a result, is the first-place budget owners look when they have to cut budgets.  Personally, after having been in this industry for many years and having worked for a variety of organizations and organizational structures, there is, in my opinion, a consistent...

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Can Driving For Uber Make You A Better Project Manager

I have been between jobs the last several weeks, and was looking for a way to make the time productive.  Let’s be honest, there is only so much time you can spend scanning the job boards and meeting with recruiters for coffee or lunch, without getting bored and looking for a better investment of your time.  As a result, I decided I was going to try to drive for Uber.  I have used the service while traveling, and have found the experiences normally positive.  As such, I wanted to see what the experience was on the other side of...

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Are You A Differentiator In Your Personal Brand’s Success

If you have been reading the articles here on Project Management for Today very long, you are aware that one of our primary goals is to provide a community resource that allows for Contributing Authors to develop their personal brand.  The shared promotion of each other’s articles and other content increases the readership for all members of the community.  Personal Branding has become an area that I have been doing a lot of reading about and I have been working on the development of my own personal brand over the last couple years.  Recently I read an article from...

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Opportunities you can build on for Personal Branding

A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats. This simple statement is an expression of a general truth. It is also the concept by which we are designing the website community entitled “Project Management for Today – www.pmfortoday.com”. A simple truth that can become the strength behind a community. A community, that through the sharing of knowledge, creates an environment where all members of the community grow and are better for the engagement in the community. Project Management for Today (www.pmfortoday.com) is a new, online community that is being designed from the beginning to provide a variety of services to the...

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How To Create Simple Guidelines for Powerful Status Reporting

Do you use Subjective or Standardized Status Reports Guidelines in your Organization?  Effectively presenting a clear understanding of the status of your project in a single word or color is not the easiest thing to successfully do.  There is a very subjective nature to the normal status definitions of “Green / Yellow / Red” in your status reports.  It’s a normal way to represent a quick reflection of how your project is doing.  It is also a way to grab a sponsor’s attention quickly at times where you need that executive engagement to ensure the success of your project....

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