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Continuing Certification Requirements for Project Management Professional (PMP)

The years seem to have flown by, and it’s that time again to complete my Continuing Certification Requirements for my PMP cert.

I randomly searched the web for PMP courses, then found myself back at PMI.org “Searching Activities”.  Seems like the easiest way to lookup activities because they define the activities, and the correlated list of Professional Development Units, categorized by:

  • Technical
  • Leadership
  • Strategic & Business

Based on the activities I’ve already completed, my majority of work has been accomplished in the Technical category.  I need to focus on attaining Leadership and Strategic & Business categories.

PMP 2019 Continuing Certification Requirements
PMP 2019 Continuing Certification Requirements

Here are a few activities I thought were interesting.  Appreciate your feedback on these courses, or others relating to Leadership or Strategic & Business.

Agile Team Challenges

This online course is designed to help Agile practitioners decipher and solve the problems that arise regularly in their work. The course consists of 20 short case studies that test the student’s understanding of Agile practices and provide guidance for resolving common problems

Technical: 2.00 Leadership: 2.00

Integrating Agile and Waterfall Practices

This online course is designed to help Agile proponents recognize and resolve many of the common integration issues that emerge when these two methodologies are combined. The course consists of 20 short case studies that simulate the communication and interchanges that can occur as Agile and Waterfall practitioners work to resolve differences in the ways that they see and execute tasks.

Technical: 1.00 Leadership: 1.00  Strategic & Business: 1.00

Agile for Business Analysts – How a Business Analyst Survives in an Agile Business World

The agile philosophy in software development and in management is one of flexibility and responsiveness, increased communication and just in time decision making, and the removal of barriers of bureaucracy between the business problem and the solution. The agile approach appears to be in direct opposition to intermediaries and interpreters. Extended analytical processes are replaced by short delivery cycles. Business analysts, acting as intermediaries between those with the problem and those with the solution, providing analysis of the business processes and defining requirements that delineate the solution, may find their role evaporating in the agile sunlight. Is the role of business analyst being marginalized by agile development? What does the business analyst do in the new agile environment?

Technical: 5.50 Leadership: 4.50  Strategic & Business: 2.00

Assessing, Managing, and Mitigating Project Risk

Risk management is a key function in project management. Project managers should be able to apply a variety of risk-management tools in their work, including performing risk identification, quantification, response, monitoring, and control.

Technical: 3.00 Leadership: 3.00  Strategic & Business: 4.00

Managing Conflict on Project Teams

As a project leader you need to be able to distinguish between when conflict is healthy and when it’s damaging to relationships and productivity. In this course, authored by Cornell Instructor Robert Newman, you’ll learn to identify various causes and sources of conflict and learn to foster healthy disagreement within a project team.

Leadership: 5.00  Strategic & Business: 1.00

Agile Risk Management

Software componentization has made software more unpredictable because unforeseen conditions can cause components to interact in ways we hadn’t imagined. Greater complexity, increased user expectations, and our desire to use agile with ever increasing velocity require that we actively manage uncertainties and risks. Classic risk management identifies risks and prioritizes them to determine impact to the project, but how does that differ in an agile project? Agile is designed to handle uncertainty in requirements as new features are requested and priorities shift. What about the uncertainties outside of requirements changes? Understanding those risks even before the project gets started—and those that can possibly derail the project after delivery—is critical. Phil Lew and Moss Drake provide insight into the uncertainties and risks involved in agile software projects and supplements classic risk management approaches with how and when to apply within an agile process.

Technical: 3.25

How Microsoft Gets Back into Mainstream Popularity

The HoloLens may propel Microsoft back to the ‘Cool’ kid on the block.    The HoloLens has the potential to “fly off the shelves” in tandem to Windows 10.

Ever since I saw the movie Blue Thunder, I wanted my own Heads-up display (HUD).   Here are a few suggestions for implementation:

Must Have’s

  • ‘Priced to sell’:   Even if the cost of the hardware is reduced to a thin the margin, that may or may not be enough.   From day one, these “Windows into Windows” must be viewed as essential to the ‘enhanced’ OS package, like ‘Windows 10 Home Media’.
  • Microsoft, Enable Channel Sales (DELL, HP) to offer Microsoft Windows 10 and HoloLens ‘Media’ package deals, together both the OS and the HoloLens are offered at a reduced price.
  • The HoloLens and Windows 10 User Interface (UI) significantly enhances how the consumer interacts with Operating Systems.
  • [Channel] Sales may offer bundled HoloLens / Windows 10 applications, e.g. Minecraft;
  • Analyze / prioritize top 10 (N)  opportunities for application development, and produce internally, and/or with partners.
    • Partners may range from software vendors to accredited training programs, e.g. flight school XYZ
  • Intuitive  and feature rich developer APIs:
    • Provide the HoloLens developer a software ‘Simulator’
    • Products with source code examples
    • Quick path from development to market: Lean application vetting process; including the vetting of app developers.
  • Education levels 6 to 12 and beyond can benefit, segmented by: the sciences (e.g. Chemistry, Microbiology, Physics);  Trade Schools such as Automotive and HVAC;
    • Colleges and Universities may be early adopters, and expand their Massive open online courses to including remote participation, e.g. medicine
  • Applying for an ‘operator license’?  HoloLens, accompanied with a licensed operator,  allows users to wear the HoloLens, and follow a step by step, interactive tutorial within the vehicle, e.g. Car, Boat, Helicopter, Truck, Airplane, etc.

Click here:  comprehensive list of Augmented Reality (AR) apps.

Interesting articles on Microsoft’s Hololens:

Microsoft dives deeper into HoloLens details: ‘Holographic processor’ role revealed

Microsoft leaps into 3D computing with Windows Holographic and HoloLens

Hands-on with Microsoft’s HoloLens: The 3D augmented reality future is now

 

Microsoft HoloLens

 

Legos, and Improved Team Communication

Awesome Lego Builds

The article, although off topic,  sparked an excellent experience in interactive connunications, requiring people to build to a specification using a phone and the use of Legos.  I performed a similar exercise in two executive classes.  We needed to describe how to build a small set of lego instructions by describing each step only.  Showings the instruction picture was not an option.   It was a test in how people are able to best describe and follow instructions,  an exercise in communications for both sides.  In these exercises,  they were both native English speakers, and almost all adhoc teams were not able to complete the objects as the final project specified.

This communications tool can be used as an icebreaker, with established teams to see how well they work together as well as adhoc teams.  Of course,  the exercise has condensed time requirements,  and may be performed in either same or mixed language teams.

In today’s world of 3D model printing specifics, the human interactions seem to be less important.  We are removing the human factor of communications which may result in the diminished ability for cross culture interactions and problem solving resolutions,  sociologically speaking.  Ultimately, this will break down our ability to interact, and we as a species, may become more xenophobic.  Drastic, maybe.  Is may be an opportunity for governmentk leaders, and world peace.  Maybe at the next United Nations summit?  🙂

This may also be an opportunity for AI learning language engines for inductive predictive communications and a project to enhanceme Google Glass language translation as per previous posts

Pavlov’s Perfect Pitching (PPPt) Trainer

Apply a basic material structure set to fit your pitching arm, add WiFi, or NFC which may communicate with your smartphone, and you get the perfect pitch.

Wear the PPPt, an erector set like brace, over your throwing arm. Get a coach to slowly walk you through the throw from stance to release.

The PPPt should record the movements,  and save to your smartphone and you should uniquely name each throw, e.g. pitch one.  The PPPt will playback the motions in whatever speed you choose, n x baseline at the initial slow movements.  Then when ready to throw, you can have the PPPt optionally shock you to remind you when to release the ball, a light electric shock.  Add pitches, like curves, or slider balls, or whatever.

The brace on playback keeps the arm in formation, and trains your brain to move your muscles in a reactionary format and consistent throw movements. Can be massed produced and sold for under 100 USD.