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    New web link for PMlessonsLearned.com : https://pmlessonslearned.blogspot.com

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    We are going to be retiring the PMlessonsLearned.com web link and move to https://pmlessonslearned.blogspot.com


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    So, in about one year (October 2018), the PMlessonsLearned.com link will no longer work and you will need to use this link:

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  • Posted on 02 Oct 2017

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    PMLL Episode 0173 From the Dance Floor to the Raised Floor (PMBestPractices)

    Notes and Podcast info from the PMlessonsLearned.com Conference Call:
    Topic: From the Dance Floor to the Raised Floor (PMBestPractices)
    PM Best Practices host Alicia Colantuono leads this call.
    Presenter: Howard Smallowitz, PMP

    Date of Conference Call: 19Nov2015
    Podcast Number: 0173

    MP3 / Podcast: Download the MP3 or Listen on Internet Archive or subscribe to our podcast on iTunes.

    If you're studying for the PMP Exam, you may want to listen to the MP3s of past PMP Exam Study Group conference calls. They're located in our Archive (see the link on our website).

    PRESENTATION:
    The presentation materials will be available just prior to the call - follow the Files and Presentations link on our website to download it

    NOTES FROM THE CALL:
    The popularity of television shows such as “Dancing with the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance?” has led to an explosion in the number of people wanting to learn how to dance. Presenter Howard Smallowitz knows this because, in addition to being an ITIL-certified systems engineer and a PMP-certified project manager for IBM, he is a professional dance instructor.

    At first glance, it would seem that these two jobs could not be more different. But hardly a day goes by that he doesn’t learn something from teaching people to dance that could help us all to be better project managers. Dancing is all about leading and following. The rules don't differ much whether you are on a dance floor or a raised floor. The skills dancers spend years cultivating to be better leaders apply directly to project leaders.

    Some lessons are obvious:
    • Know, in advance, what you want.
    • Communicate it unambiguously to your partners.
    • Constantly refine your skills.
    • Above all, if you're not having fun, it's time to change something.

    Some lessons are not so obvious:
    • What's your number one job as a leader on the dance floor? (Hint: It’s not leading.).
    • Why it is not true that Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did backward in high heels, and what you can learn from it.

    Howard will reveal these secrets and many more. So even if you believe you have two left feet, no rhythm, and you retired from dancing the moment you were done with your first dance at your wedding, Howard will show you lessons from the dance floor that will help you to be a better leader and project manager.

    Session Objectives and Participant Benefits: At the end of this session, participants can expect to learn a great deal about how to get what they want from their personal and professional lives and, as on the dance floor, can expect to have a lot of fun while learning how to do it.


    PRESENTERS BIO:
    Howard Smallowitz, PMP®, is an ITIL-certified and PMI-certified project manager. He is a widely published author and has had a variety of responsibilities in his 15 years with IBM. He has trained people world-wide on systems engineering tools and techniques. He currently is a first-line manager at IBM, overseeing a large group of IT architects implementing service management systems on to some of the world's largest strategic outsourcing accounts.

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    Please join us for a future conference call (they're all free and open to all). We currently have several calls a month. See our calendar of future calls via the link on our website.

    If you're looking for a PM job, we invite you to join our FREE PM JOB SHOP conference calls.
    Join the Yahoo Group here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/pmjobshop

    We highly recommend that you join the free PM Lessons Learned Yahoo group in order to get announcements of our calls and other information to further your PM career.
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/pmLessonsLearned

    Join our Yahoo group for details, reminders of the calls, and information to help you in your PM Career. Visit the website for details.

    PMlessonsLearned.com - Project Managers helping Project Managers make a difference. Open to all.

    Visit us at pmlessonslearned.com

  • Posted on 29 Nov 2015

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    PMLL Episode 0172 Know How To Report Project Status Using Traffic Light Indicators (PMBestPractices)

    Notes and Podcast info from the PMlessonsLearned.com Conference Call:
    Topic: Know How To Report Project Status Using Traffic Light Indicators (PMBestPractices)
    PM Best Practices host Alicia Colantuono leads this call.
    Presenter: Jo Morrison, PMP, PCPM, SSMBB

    Date of Conference Call: 15Oct2015
    Podcast Number: 0172

    MP3 / Podcast: Download the MP3 or Listen on Internet Archive or subscribe to our podcast on iTunes.

    If you're studying for the PMP Exam, you may want to listen to the MP3s of past PMP Exam Study Group conference calls. They're located in our Archive (see the link on our website).

    PRESENTATION:
    The presentation materials will be available just prior to the call - follow the Files and Presentations link on our website to download it

    NOTES FROM THE CALL:
    Jo Morrison is a senior program manager for Wells Fargo in the IT division. Her credentials are Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Project Management Professional (PMP), with a second Project Management Professional Certification. She has 35 years of experience in project management in the banking, water resources, and technology manufacturing industries. She work 18 years at Intel Corporation mostly in their IT department. She developed a PMO for Central Arizona Project and held the VP of PMO position for the Phoenix PMI chapter. She has published articles on Operational Project Management Maturity Model (OPM3) and contributed to a Book on the subject.

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    Please join us for a future conference call (they're all free and open to all). We currently have several calls a month. See our calendar of future calls via the link on our website.

    If you're looking for a PM job, we invite you to join our FREE PM JOB SHOP conference calls.
    Join the Yahoo Group here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/pmjobshop

    We highly recommend that you join the free PM Lessons Learned Yahoo group in order to get announcements of our calls and other information to further your PM career.
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/pmLessonsLearned

    Join our Yahoo group for details, reminders of the calls, and information to help you in your PM Career. Visit the website for details.

    PMlessonsLearned.com - Project Managers helping Project Managers make a difference. Open to all.

    Visit us at pmlessonslearned.com

  • Posted on 15 Nov 2015

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    PMLL Episode 0171 Transforming Business with Program Management (PMBestPractices)

    Notes and Podcast info from the PMlessonsLearned.com Conference Call:
    Topic: Transforming Business with Program Management (PMBestPractices)
    PM Best Practices host Alicia Colantuono leads this call.
    Presenter: Satish Subramanian

    Date of Conference Call: 17Sep2015
    Podcast Number: 0171

    MP3 / Podcast: Download the MP3 or Listen on Internet Archive or subscribe to our podcast on iTunes.

    If you're studying for the PMP Exam, you may want to listen to the MP3s of past PMP Exam Study Group conference calls. They're located in our Archive (see the link on our website).

    PRESENTATION:
    The presentation slides were viewable during the 17 SEP 2015 presentation only on http://www.freescreensharing.com/meetings/418-251-588.

    NOTES FROM THE CALL:
    This presentation will take you through how enterprises are applying program management to realize business benefits by successfully delivering the outcomes expected of complex, strategic, cross functional initiatives.  It will synthesize the principles of competitive strategy, organization change management, process improvement, automation through technology, organization structure, and measurement architecture through the program management umbrella.
    This presentation will be helpful to people trying to better understand and apply program management, a key enabler for improving the success rate of business transformation programs. Strategists and execution specialists working on transforming a business will find this presentation invaluable.


    PRESENTERS BIO:
    Satish P. Subramanian is a principal at M Squared Consulting, which is a SolomonEdwards Company. His 25 plus years of management and technology consulting leadership experience resulted in tangible value creation for Fortune 500 and global companies in the health care, financial services, high tech, and manufacturing industry sectors. He advises companies on their business transformation initiatives, guides them on operational optimization, driven strategic change to realize vision, executed strategic programs, and delivers sustainable results. He builds the business transformation and program management capabilities of organizations.
    Satish holds a BS in industrial engineering and MBA (Sales and Marketing) from the University of Mumbai and an MBA (Management Information Systems) from California Lutheran University. He is Program Management and Project Management certified by the Project Management Institute and his Change Management certification is from Prosci. \
    Satish is the author of the book he will be discussing "Transforming Business with Program Management"

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    Please join us for a future conference call (they're all free and open to all). We currently have several calls a month. See our calendar of future calls via the link on our website.

    If you're looking for a PM job, we invite you to join our FREE PM JOB SHOP conference calls.
    Join the Yahoo Group here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/pmjobshop

    We highly recommend that you join the free PM Lessons Learned Yahoo group in order to get announcements of our calls and other information to further your PM career.
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/pmLessonsLearned

    Join our Yahoo group for details, reminders of the calls, and information to help you in your PM Career. Visit the website for details.

    PMlessonsLearned.com - Project Managers helping Project Managers make a difference. Open to all.

    Visit us at pmlessonslearned.com

  • Posted on 14 Nov 2015

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    FREE Conf Call (11/19/2015) "From the Dance Floor to the Raised Floor" (PM Best Practices)

    What: FREE PM Lessons Learned PM Best Practice conference call

    Topic: "From the Dance Floor to the Raised Floor"

    Subtitle: "Project Management Secrets of a Ballroom Dance Instructor"

    Who: Howard Smallowitz, PMP
      

    When: Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 9pm Eastern time

    Where: Conference Dial-in: (641) 715-3640 Access Code: 142349#
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    Presentation Materials:
    The presentation materials will be available just prior to the call, click on the presentation slides link on our website to follow along with screen sharing, or you can download the presentation files here
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    Abstract of the Presentation:
    The popularity of television shows such as “Dancing with the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance?” has led to an explosion in the number of people wanting to learn how to dance. Presenter Howard Smallowitz knows this because, in addition to being an ITIL-certified systems engineer and a PMP-certified project manager for IBM, he is a professional dance instructor.

    At first glance, it would seem that these two jobs could not be more different. But hardly a day goes by that he doesn’t learn something from teaching people to dance that could help us all to be better project managers. Dancing is all about leading and following. The rules don't differ much whether you are on a dance floor or a raised floor. The skills dancers spend years cultivating to be better leaders apply directly to project leaders.


    Some lessons are obvious:

    Know, in advance, what you want.
    Communicate it unambiguously to your partners.
    Constantly refine your skills.
    Above all, if you're not having fun, it's time to change something.

    Some lessons are not so obvious:

    What's your number one job as a leader on the dance floor? (Hint: It’s not leading.).
    Why it is not true that Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did backward in high heels, and what you can learn from it.

    Howard will reveal these secrets and many more. So even if you believe you have two left feet, no rhythm, and you retired from dancing the moment you were done with your first dance at your wedding, Howard will show you lessons from the dance floor that will help you to be a better leader and project manager.


    Session Objectives and Participant Benefits: At the end of this session, participants can expect to learn a great deal about how to get what they want from their personal and professional lives and, as on the dance floor, can expect to have a lot of fun while learning how to do it.


    Presenters Bio:
    Howard Smallowitz, PMP®, is an ITIL-certified and PMI-certified project manager. He is a widely published author and has had a variety of responsibilities in his 15 years with IBM. He has trained people world-wide on systems engineering tools and techniques. He currently is a first-line manager at IBM, overseeing a large group of IT architects implementing service management systems on to some of the world's largest strategic outsourcing accounts.
    Visit us at pmlessonslearned.com

  • Posted on 09 Nov 2015

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