Any relevant training in Project Management can get you PDUs

As I said in my last blog, PMI has made getting and reporting PDUs simpler. They had 18 PDU categories which has been reduced to just 6 categories. 3 categories in ‘Education’ and 3 in ‘Giving back to the profession’. You can see details here Revised PMI PDU categories

What interests me as an educator is this section below.


Continuing Education

Earn PDUs:

  • By completing an academic course being offered by a university or college OR

categoriaPMP chennai commentoNo Comments dataDecember 17th, 2010
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Yes! You can get PDUs for writing a blog here

Many of us bloggers, wanted PMI to recognize authoring Project Management articles in blogs (like this one) through PDUs. In fact we would settle only if they mention the very term ‘BLOG’ in their CCR (Continuing certification requirements) documentation. Finally it has happened. PMI is revising their PDU categories. They had 18 PDU categories which has been reduced to just 6 categories. 3 categories in ‘Education’ and 3 in ‘Giving back to the profession’. You can see details here Revised PMI PDU categories The place where they have mentioned ‘BLOG’ is category D.


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Practical tips for PM – 20; How are you different?

In his book ‘High performance entrepreneur’ Subroto Bagchi talks about six areas in which a company should differentiate their service, product from the already existing competitors. The six areas are 1. Domain 2. Tools 3.Methodology 4.quality 5.Innovation and 6.Branding.

I feel that every Project Manager can differentiate themselves in these 6 areas.

Let me elaborate.

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November month PMP boot camp photographs

Hope you got a glimpse of the new MS Academy PMP Question bank online.

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MS Academy goes green – Online PMP Question bank

Save Paper Save Trees Save Earth. Please don’t print this e-mail unless you really need to.

Some of you could have noticed this sentence in our email signature. But we were printing at least a 1000 sheets to administer tests in our PMP training program every month. We wanted to go green and so we explored options to conduct our PMP baseline tests online. Some of our students suggested moodle !Lo and behold! we have an MS Academy PMP Question bank online.

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Mind Mapping 3 – How to do ‘mind mapping’? by O.S.Balaji

In the last post, we touched upon ‘Why Mind Mapping’; In this post, let me give you some pointers to the question ‘How to do Mind Mapping?’

1. Start with few easy scenarios to do Mind Mapping

Mind Mapping can be used in several different ways. It could range anywhere from presenting your bio-data to summarizing a book. However, till one could appreciate the power of Mind Map the following activities could be a good place to start:

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Practical tips for PM – 19; Leadership styles…contd

In the context of PMBoK, I had only learnt about the different leadership styles that I discussed in the last post. In the Laserwords PMP program, Mr.Chandra Kalluri VP-HR, Laserwords explained the concept “situational leadership styles”. He gave examples on how depending on your employees’ competences in their task areas and commitment to the task, the leadership style of PM may vary from one person to another. PMs may also lead the same person one way sometimes and another way at other times. I guess the picture on the top explains it well. You can also think of when you have used a directing vs coaching vs supporting vs delegating / empowering style to manage people and tasks.

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Happy Deepavali in a mind map from O.S.Balaji

O.S.Balaji sent me this deepavali greeting. Let me also wish you all a happy and prosperous deepavali through this creative card.

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Practical tips for PM – 18

As a PM, even after you organize work as project and plan for everything including risk responses, the success of the project highly depends on how much you can convince your team to work for you and align them towards the goals you set. This is where leadership skills and styles come into play. Theorists propose that there are three type of leaders

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Desiderata – A beautiful poem by Max Ehrmann

In the second batch PMP training program at Laserwords, I told the PMs that they can write guest posts in my blog. Someone said ‘x writes beautiful poems’. I was reminded of this poem “Desiderata” that I find inspirational, every time I read. I thought I will share it with you.

Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.

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Creative problem solving 4 – by Manikandan V

Hope you checked out the 3 earlier posts in this series. In this 4th post, I would like to write about TRIZ principle 6 – Universality and principle 13 – The other way around.

Principle 6 – “Universality” – Make a part of object perform multiple functions; eliminate the need of other.

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Mind mapping 2 – Why use mind mapping? Guest post by O.S.Balaji

In the first post , we saw ‘ what is Mind Mapping ‘ all about. In this post, let us look try to answer ‘Why Mind Map ?’

There are different ways of note taking  – descriptive, diagrams, using bullet points, context diagrams; each one of them has their own merits and could be used based on the situation one is in.

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