The emergence of scrum as an alternative approach to managing projects has been bewildering. It started off as a methodology suited primarily for the IT industry but has now been touted as the mainstay of project management in an increasingly turbulent business environment. So what is “scrum” and why is it gaining such rapid popularity? This article aims to shed some light towards answering this question.
McKinsey and Company, one of the largest consulting firms in the world, published a report outlining why leadership development efforts undertaken tend to fail. The reasons provided were overlooking context, decoupling reflection from real work, underestimating mind-sets and failing to measure results. What can be done to help minimize the prospects of leadership development efforts failing? Allow me to offer my views in this regard.
You may have heard of brainstorming, but questionstorming?? Well this is apparently a new term being bandied around in knowledge management based circles. Let me share with you why this approach is gaining ground fast as a tool for acquiring knowledge that is required, when it is required.
Acquiring the Project Management Professional, PMP Certification is a challenge. It calls for
a very strong commitment to cover the syllabus fuelled by a deep seated desire to pass the
exam and above all, excellent exam question answering skills.
Growth in the the Malaysian economy is anticipated to be around 4.7% in 2016. This may appear somewhat encouraging but in reality the expected terrain within which the economy will grow is somewhat gloomy.
It has been estimated that in 2015 alone, more than 20,000 employees from various sectors in Malaysia lost their jobs, an increase of almost 10,000 recorded in 2014. The Malaysian Employers Federation, MEF expects the numbers in 2016 to rise as the economy, which is closely linked to revenues from the oil and gas sector continues its descend. Things have reached a stage where the Government itself have frozen intake of public sector employees in 2015, except for critical positions. This means a loss of 15,000 job opportunities in the public sector.
Knowledge broadly refers to what is known. On a personal level, it refers to a fluid
mix of framed experiences, values, contextual information, and intuition that a
person has. This knowledge provides an environment for evaluating and
incorporating new experiences and information. Previously acquired knowledge is
the basis for learning. Learning in turn leads to acquisition of more knowledge.
Project risk management covers many aspects. One of them is the development
of a risk response strategy. Developing a risk response strategy for projects is
tedious, time consuming and laborious. It takes a toll on project managers and
project team members. It consumes a lot of time to identify, analyze and
develop risk response strategies. Despite doing this, projects still fail. Why is this
so? This article seeks to share some insights that address this question.
Most reference to leadership is made in the light of good leadership. What traits a good leader
has, what behaviors the leader exhibits and how such a leader should adapt to different
situations. Little is explored in the context of toxic leadership, which erodes humanity and
brings destruction. This article explores what it is, why it prevalent and more importantly why
it allowed to rear its ugly head.
At some point of your career, you may want to consider validating your vast experience in past projects conducted by getting some sort of project management certification. One of the most sought after and widely recognised certification worldwide project management certification is The Project management Professional (PMP)® certification, administered by the Project Management Institute (PMI)®.
What Is PMI® and the PMP®?
In 1969, the Project Management Institute (PMI)® was founded “to provide a means for project managers to associate, share information, and discuss common problems.” PMI® is now the leading non-profit membership association for the profession of project management and has grown to become a resource for 2.9 million professionals worldwide.
We are truly now in the Knowledge Age, way past the Information Age. Faster information processing
has become less important compared to developing intelligence systems that will shape our future.
The technological advancement in robotics has been phenomenal and so has the advent of artificial
intelligence which has been spurred on by the concept of advanced robotics as well as the “Internet
of Everything”. These are exciting times where we are witnessing phenomenal growth in human
capability and expertise.