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The Everyday PM: Project Management Principles for Your Everyday Life

By Ann Campea
The Everyday PM podcast is a conversation amongst project management industry professionals and enthusiasts with varying experiences and perspectives on project management principles for your everyday life.
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Why Projects Fail
Mark Woeppel is a management consultant working to improve operations performance in project management and processes. He frequently writes on the subject of execution performance, having written four books and many other publications. With extensive experience in oil & gas, consumer products, IT, many manufacturing industries, Mark is a highly sought after subject matter expert in eCommerce Branding, project management, operations management, performance management, and continuous improvement.    According to Team Stage who ran statistics on project failure, it's about 70% of projects that fail; of which 42% of companies don't understand the need or importance of project management and 55% of PMs cite budget overrun as a reason for project failure. Mark is the author of several books and e-books, including one titled "Why Do Projects Succeed or Fail? 12 Factors That Really Make a Difference." In this conversation, we talk about project failure, why it happens, and what we can do to avoid it.    Here's a sneak peek at the topics we cover:  - Why do projects fail?   - How do you define project failure?  - Early warning signs of troubled projects and how to stop them  - Why does "good enough" work well in the project execution maturity model approach?   Enjoyed this conversation with Mark and Greg about why projects fail? Want to learn more about Mark's work on the project execution maturity model? Leave your thoughts and feedback in the comments section below! Make sure to follow Mark, Greg, and me on LinkedIn for more.   Subscribe: youtube.com/anncampea   Download Mark's e-Book! http://projectsinlesstime.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/WhyProjectsareSuceedorFail-PEMM.pdf  ___  Follow our hosts on LinkedIn! Ann Campea, MSPM, MPH, PMP | Director of Project Management at One & All: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anncampea/   Mark Woeppel | President of Pinnacle Brands: https://www.linkedin.com/in/markwoeppel/   Greg Christensen | Vice President of ProjectHub.com: https://www.linkedin.com/in/greg-christensen-7b97648/
40:35
June 05, 2022
What it Means to be a Filipina Project Manager
In celebration of Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month, I talk about what it means to be a Filipina project manager. From cultural norms to the meaning of hospitality, I believe so much of my culture is intertwined with my success as a PM.  If there is one word to describe Filipinos, it’s hospitable. Filipinos are renowned for their hospitality. Whether you are a tourist visiting one of our many islands or a family friend looking for a warm meal, Filipinos will go out of their way to roll out the red carpet to ensure you feel welcome. Hospitality is embedded in the hearts of every Filipino. It’s this natural ability to make guests feel welcome that makes Filipino culture outstandingly distinct. It is also why this trait lends well to being an effective project manager.    The role of a project manager goes beyond planning, organizing, and directing the completion of projects. There is another layer that deals directly with people. According to ProofHub, project managers are generally responsible for the completion of a company’s most important projects, and as such, they need to have excellent leadership skills, coordination abilities, and motivational skills. This includes leading a team and influencing them to achieve a common goal, often without direct reporting authority.    When you consider the common traits of an influential project manager, two words come to mind: empathy and leader. In order to lead, you must know what motivates your team to march toward a common goal. Filipinos are hospitable because we care about people. So much so that we will sacrifice our own comfort and well-being on behalf of the feelings of others. I can’t think of anything more altruistic than this notion. When you couple this practice with the role of a project manager, you get a combination for success.    So why is it that we don’t see more Filipinos in project management-type roles? According to Zippier, Asians are the third most common ethnicity among project managers at 8.1% compared to 70% white and 12% Hispanic or Latino. Even more interesting is the fact that only one-third of project managers are female. Perhaps it’s because Filipinos are driven to take up actual hospitality roles. Or cultural norms play into Filipinos’ belief that the best way to help others is to take up roles that specifically fill this need, like nurses or doctors. Whatever the case may be, I hope that even though I find myself, once again, in the minority, that there are Filipinas out there listening to this podcast who are making the same connection that I have.   I never considered how my culture and beliefs would have a direct impact on my ability to lead as a project manager until I started to recount my greatest achievements. Most involve putting the needs of others or the project over my own, like the many countless hours I have spent problem-solving other people’s problems because if it impacts the team or the project, then it is my problem, too. Or my passion to find more efficient ways for teams to execute their work because in doing so, it alleviates any burden or pressure from the team that plays an important role in completing a project. It’s this type of thinking and doing that weighs into my strengths as a project manager. And I can’t help but be proud knowing that my culture has a lot to do with it.    Project manager or not, I hope you enjoyed this special edition of The Everyday PM Podcast celebrating AAPI Heritage month. Until next time... Mabuhay!   Follow me on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anncampea/
05:47
May 09, 2022
5 Best Practices for Enterprise Work Prioritization
Donna Gregorio is a veteran of corporate IT project management, published author, college grad school instructor, and well-respected conference speaker. Donna’s own journey to excellence has been fueled by a passion for empowering students and experts. Today she manages the PM/BA department in IT and guides her teams through a high-stress, constant change, and fast-paced environment that is now commonplace. Donna shows each audience how to reconnect with tools in addressing challenges, and what matters most, so they can achieve positive results. Having presented in front of classrooms of 20-50 and conference presentations of 50-100+, Donna demonstrates style, grace, and comfort, and is able to explain complex technical issues in an interesting way.    She helps organizations disrupt “change as usual” through a practical and repeatable framework, transforming their culture from surviving change to growing through change. In her current role, Donna has taken on a new challenge - prioritizing enterprise work. In this episode, she takes us through her experience and shares 5 best practices for enterprise work prioritization.   Enjoyed this conversation? Want to learn more about enterprise work prioritization? Definitely reach out to Donna to chat more about her professional experiences. Leave your thoughts in the comments section below!  --- Follow Our Hosts on LinkedIn:  Ann Campea, MSPM, MPH, PMP | https://www.linkedin.com/in/anncampea/Director of Project Management, One & All Program/Project management professional with 10 years of experience in product development, physical retail launches, health care, and tech industries.    Donna Gregorio | linkedin.com/in/donna-gregorio Author, IT Department Head, Professor, Project Manager, and Business Analyst A veteran of corporate IT project management, published author, college grad school instructor, and well-respected conference speaker.
30:10
May 02, 2022
Purpose-driven Project Management
Strategic alignment within an organization is known as lining up a business' strategy with culture, but have you ever thought about how it applies to you? Christina Heath, PMP is in the business of helping project managers find that alignment within their professional and personal lives because why can't these be aligned, too? After earning her stripes as a project manager, spearheading projects in everything from AppDev to digital marketing and communications, Christina made the difficult decision to move out of corporate America and into her own business, doing what she loves - helping people find their purpose.   If you're ready to find your balance, Christina offers consultation on how to approach work and life holistically, building authority and being a happier, healthier, and more strategic leader through a 12-week program. After completion of the program, you can expect to gain clarity around your unique PM style and how to use it to further your company and personal goals.   Here's a preview of what we cover in this week's episode of The Everyday PM Podcast:  - What does it mean to be a strategic alignment coach?  - What's behind the name Mango Flow Consulting?   - If people want to level up with you, how do they get started?   Enjoyed this new-themed episode with Christina? Want to learn more about how she is helping project managers approach work and life holistically? Leave your thoughts and feedback in the comments section below! Make sure to follow Christina and me on LinkedIn for more.  Subscribe: youtube.com/anncampea  Listen: https://anchor.fm/theeverydaypm  Learn more about MangoFlow Consulting: www.mangoflowconsulting.com   *** Follow Our Hosts on LinkedIn:   Ann Campea, MSPM, MPH, PMP - https://www.linkedin.com/in/anncampea/  Christina Heath, PMP - https://www.linkedin.com/in/christina-heath/
35:32
March 21, 2022
Simplifying Project Execution
Mark Woeppel is a management consultant working to improve operations performance in project management and processes. He frequently writes on the subject of execution performance, having written four books and many other publications. With extensive experience in oil & gas, consumer products, IT, many manufacturing industries, Mark is a highly sought after subject matter expert in eCommerce Branding, project management, operations management, performance management, and continuous improvement.    Visual Project Management: Simplifying Project Execution to Deliver On Time and On Budget is a groundbreaking addition to the project management body of knowledge. This work, based on extensive research and testing, is a practical project delivery practice guide, providing the principles and practices you need to deliver your projects on time within budget. Combining elements from the PMBOK®, Agile, Lean, and the Theory of Constraints, Woeppel lays out a framework to speed the completion of any project while reducing risk and holding the line on budgets.    Along with explaining the ViewPoint project execution methodology, the book showcases many different case studies illustrating the application of visual project management principles. Written in a no-nonsense, straightforward way, this book is certain to be one of your most valued leadership development books.  Here's a sneak peek at the topics we cover:  - What is visual project management?  - What is your philosophical and methodological approach to project execution maturity?  - "The Goldratt Institute and The Goal" story and how it relates to bottlenecks in projects   Enjoyed this conversation with Mark and Greg about simplifying project execution? Want to learn more about Mark's work to improve operations performance in project management and processes? Leave your thoughts and feedback in the comments section below! Make sure to follow Mark, Greg, and me on LinkedIn for more.   *** Follow our hosts on LinkedIn!  Ann Campea, MSPM, MPH, PMP | Director of Project Management at One & All: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anncampea/   Mark Woeppel | President of Pinnacle Brands: https://www.linkedin.com/in/markwoeppel/   Greg Christensen | Vice President of ProjectHub.com: https://www.linkedin.com/in/greg-christensen-7b97648/
34:29
March 14, 2022
Lean Six Sigma Black Belt vs Project Management Professional
One aspect I love about being a project manager is that there is a plethora of certifications available to us. As a life-long learner, I am a proponent of using education to elevate our understanding of project management fundamentals. Of the certifications and degrees available, there is a long-standing debate between the Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (LSSBB) and Project Management Professional (PMP®). Which is better? Which will help me advance my career? To answer these questions and provide insight into each certification, I am excited to welcome to The Everyday PM Podcast, Christina Olivarria and Kelly Hickler. Christina has previously joined me to talk about topics such as goal setting and lessons learned AND carries both LSSBB and PMP® certifications. We also have Kelly joining us, who has a serious interest in pursuing certification to enhance her career in urban planning but has questions about which one she should invest in. What better way to learn about both certifications than to hear from someone who has both. Kelly will be taking the hosting duties from me as we cover the following topics: What is LSSBB? What is the PMP®? How does each certification complement project management? How does having one or both certifications help you stand out and be an effective leader? What you need to know about preparing for the exam Enjoyed this new-themed episode about certifications? Want to learn more about LSSBB and/or the PMP®? Leave your thoughts and feedback in the comments section below! Make sure to follow Christina, Kelly, and me on LinkedIn for more. Subscribe: youtube.com/anncampea Listen: https://anchor.fm/theeverydaypm Learn more about LSSBB Learn more about PMP® *** Follow Our Hosts on LinkedIn: Ann Campea, MSPM, MPH, PMP| Director of Project Management at One & All Christina Olivarria, MSPM, PMP, HACP, LBBP| Director of Business Operations and Communications at Yellow Brick Consulting, Inc. Kelly Hickler, AICP, IAP2| Senior Planner at De Novo Planning Group
32:41
March 07, 2022
Assembling a Team with Marvel's The Avengers
Remember when the Avengers weren't The Avengers? Back when Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye, and Hulk were flying solo. There was a time (back in 2012) when The Avengers was just an idea of something bigger, documented in Nick Fury's Avenger's Initiative file. If it wasn't for Loki posing an impending threat to Earth, Nick Fury wouldn't have set his plans in motion to assemble a team of the Earth's mightiest heroes.   Assembling The Avengers didn't come with its' pain points. Using Tuckman's stages of team development, The Avengers go through the challenge of forming, storming, norming, performing, and adjourning. To learn what the stages are and how it applies to The Avengers, check out this newest episode of The Everyday PM.    Enjoyed this podcast episode? Want to continue the conversation? Make sure to follow me on LinkedIn and visit TheEverydayPM.com for more content like this.   Subscribe: youtube.com/anncampea Listen: https://anchor.fm/theeverydaypm  ***  Ann Campea, MSPM, MPH, PMP - https://www.linkedin.com/in/anncampea/ Director of Project Management at One & All Certified program/project management professional with over a decade of experience in product development, consumer goods, tech, and healthcare industries.
11:06
February 28, 2022
Defining a New Normal of Leadership with John Dyer
John Dyer is an author, coach, and trainer with 36 years of experience in the field of improving processes. His published book, “The Façade of Excellence: Defining a New Normal of Leadership” examines the four leadership styles required to move an organization’s culture to one of trust, collaboration, and teamwork. John started his career with General Electric and then worked for Ingersoll-Rand before starting his own consulting company. He has had the opportunity to study with leaders in the continuous improvement field such as Dr. W. Edwards Deming, Brian Joiner, and Stephen Covey. The first line in the book “The Façade of Excellence: Defining a New Normal of Leadership” is: “Perhaps everything we know about how to manage people is wrong.” We have decades of bad management practices to overcome if we have any hope of implementing and sustaining team-based improvements such as Lean and Six Sigma. The first step to make improvement happen is to first admit that there is a problem (and then identify and fix the root cause). In many cases, that problem begins with the organization’s managers. But what is the root cause of why good people continue to use the old management ways? “The Façade of Excellence: Defining a New Normal of Leadership” explores the answers to this and many other questions on leadership by sharing the story of Jim Brown (a new executive who wants to do the right thing but inherits a staff who refuse to change) and Frank Smith (an executive in the same company who will do anything to make himself look good in order to get ahead). The narrative is based on actual events (for example, the author was the one who was given a stick to unjam parts on a machine in order to make sure the production numbers were met and almost lost his finger in the process). Each chapter concludes with a description of how to take the lessons learned from the story portion and apply them to help an organization change, produce “enthusiastic productivity,” and achieve excellence. Here's a preview of the questions we cover in this week's episode of The Everyday PM Podcast: What about your professional journey has led you to become a champion for continuous improvement and operational excellence? What was it about Dr. Deming's work that motivated you to take his seminars? What inspired you to write the book from the perspective of two fictitious but very real characters who represent the old and new normal of leadership? Enjoyed this new-themed episode with John? Want to learn more about how he works with several organizations to assist in the implementation of team-based, improvement initiatives? Leave your thoughts and feedback in the comments section below! Make sure to follow John and me on LinkedIn for more. Subscribe: youtube.com/anncampea Listen: https://anchor.fm/theeverydaypm Learn more about John Dyer: https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-dyer-75a646/ Purchase The Façade of Excellence: Defining a New Normal of Leadership: https://www.amazon.com/Fa%C3%A7ade-Excellence-Defining-Normal-Leadership/dp/0367145332
37:09
February 14, 2022
How to Present Well with Dr. Cheryl Wood
Tomorrow is the big day. You'll be pitching the scope of a new project to the executive leadership team for approval. For some, this moment can be nerve-racking. Others shine. Whatever position you take on public speaking, it's best to take the time to prepare. And by prepare, that doesn't just mean practice your script. It means understanding who your audience is, from their motivations to their ticks. It is also a time to think deeper about what questions or concerns your audience may have about your material. Taking the time to do your due diligence is just one tip of many that Dr. Cheryl Wood presents to The Everday PM audience.    Dr. Cheryl Wood is an international motivational speaker, best-selling author, and master speaker development coach for women. She is committed to empowering and equipping women with the tools to courageously share their unique voice, their story, and their subject matter expertise. Wood provides specialized speaker training for both corporate and entrepreneurial women who are ready to articulate their message in a manner that is clear, concise, compelling, and captivating. Whether the message is being shared in a Boardroom, a Conference Room, or a Media Room, Wood believes that every message has the power to create a shift in people's thoughts and perspectives and, therefore, should be done with intention and strategy.   Here's a preview of the questions we cover in this week's episode of The Everyday PM Podcast:  - You’re a mother, you're a businesswoman, how did you get to where you are today?  - You have found yourself in crowded auditorium rooms speaking at conferences. How do you plan for this? How do you keep your composure?  - What are the top 5 elements of an unforgettable speech?  - Any advice on how people can practice presenting well?   Enjoyed this new-themed episode with Dr. Wood? Want to learn more about how she is empowering and equipping women with the tools to courageously share their unique voice? Leave your thoughts and feedback in the comments section below! Make sure to follow Dr. Wood and me on LinkedIn for more.   Subscribe: youtube.com/anncampea   Watch: https://youtu.be/1iVMAHEk6eI Listen: https://anchor.fm/theeverydaypm   Learn more about Dr. Cheryl Wood: https://www.cherylempowers.com/   Purchase Dr. Wood's Book - Success Tips for Speakers: 50 Tips to Jump-Start Your Speaking Career:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/1532363648/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_U_x_DUweEbS4KAEAS    ***  Follow Our Hosts on LinkedIn:  Ann Campea, MSPM, MPH, PMP | https://www.linkedin.com/in/anncampea/ Worldwide Readiness Program Manager at Apple, Inc. Program/Project management professional with 10 years of experience in product development, physical retail launches, health care, and tech industries.    Dr. Cheryl Wood  | https://www.linkedin.com/in/cherylempowers/ International Motivational Speaker, Best Selling Author, & Executive Speaker Development Coach Dr. Cheryl Wood is an international motivational speaker, best-selling author, and master speaker development coach for women. Wood believes that every message has the power to create a shift in people's thoughts and perspectives and, therefore, should be done with intention and strategy.
29:15
January 31, 2022
ProjectHub with Greg Christensen
You may remember Greg from previous episodes of The Everyday PM Podcast, where we discussed topics like PM basics and post-mortems. However, did you know that Greg is currently the Vice President of ProjectHub.com? ProjectHub is a sophisticated, user-friendly project and task management solution for organizations seeking to automate and optimize business processes - and make their teams run better, faster, and leaner.    All day-to-day business consists of projects and work tasks. But ProjectHub's mission goes far beyond the scope of "project management." Their solution is built to help high-performance companies of all sizes and structures - from fast-growing enterprises to small and mid-sized businesses - create and implement project and process optimization solutions both overseers and end-users find engaging and actionable.    We are back with Greg to learn more about his professional journey and how he got involved in ProjectHub. Here's a preview of the questions we cover in this week's episode of The Everyday PM Podcast:  - How did you go about building your own project management knowledge?  - What sets ProjectHub apart from the other PM management systems?  - Tell us about ProjectHub's features that will help bring clarity to complexity  If you are interested in trying out ProjectHub, sign up via their website for a free trial: https://www.projecthub.com/    Enjoyed this new-themed episode with Greg? Want to learn more about Greg's experience and how ProjectHub.com project management software can help eliminate complexity from your project? Leave your thoughts and feedback in the comments section below! Make sure to follow Greg and me on LinkedIn for more.   Subscribe: youtube.com/anncampea  Listen: https://anchor.fm/theeverydaypm   ***  Follow Our Hosts on LinkedIn:  Ann Campea, MSPM, MPH, PMP - https://www.linkedin.com/in/anncampea/ | Worldwide Readiness Program Manager at Apple, Inc. | Program/Project management professional with 10 years of experience in product development, physical retail launches, health care, and tech industries.    Greg Christensen - https://www.linkedin.com/in/greg-christensen-7b97648/ | Vice President of ProjectHub.com | Greg Christensen is a CMMS expert, business consultant, and mentor with 2 build-outs resulting in successful exits. Nearly 2 decades in the CMMS space, extensive facilities, maintenance, and building management experience, lead to a focus on project management. “I have a passion for working with people delivering successful outcomes using a client-centric approach to problem-solving. I find mentorship to be rewarding, in all of its various forms, and love building long-lasting relationships in constant pursuit of the elusive win-win."
42:22
January 24, 2022
Investing in Yourself with Jason 'J the Trader' Sweeting
Jason Sweeting, also known as "J the Trader," is not only a bond trader, mentor, and entrepreneur. Through our conversation, you'll quickly discover that he is also an everyday PM. His journey involves countless hours of working hard and studying the bond trading market. "A bond is a unit of debt issued by a company or government. It pays an annual fixed interest rate or coupon rate, which depends on the credit rating of the issuer and the time to maturity. But some entities are offering variable or floating interest rates as well." Not only has Jason found success in his craft, but he also shares what he knows about the market with his students at Jason Sweeting Trading Academy, so that he can watch them obtain financial freedom.    Jason talks to us about his business, teachings, and much more on this week's installment of The Everyday PM Podcast.    Here's a sneak peek at what we cover:  - Investing in yourself and your business  - Seeing project management as a service   - Servant leadership  - Teaching people to dream again through mentorship   Enjoyed this conversation with Jason? Leave your thoughts and feedback in the comments section below! Make sure to follow Jason and me on LinkedIn for more.   Subscribe: youtube.com/anncampea   Listen: https://anchor.fm/theeverydaypm   Learn About Jason: https://www.iamjthetrader.com/   Find J the Trader on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/jthetrader  ***  Follow Our Hosts on LinkedIn:   Ann Campea, MSPM, MPH, PMP - https://www.linkedin.com/in/anncampea/ Worldwide Readiness Program Manager at Apple, Inc. Program/Project management professional with 10 years of experience in product development, consumer goods, tech, and healthcare industries.     Jason "J the Trader" Sweeting - https://www.linkedin.com/in/jason-sweeting-3642201bb/ Owner at Jason Sweeting Trading Academy He has no magic powers. He's a guy that got serious about trading. He worked hard and studied the market for countless thousands of hours. The knowledge that he has shared has helped himself and others gain control of their financial life. His market proficiencies include the 30-year bond market and the S&P500 futures.
36:07
January 17, 2022
Project Management Principles That Spider-Man: No Way Home Can Teach Us
Spider-Man: No Way Home crushed it at the Box Office, making a whopping $609.9 million domestically through New Year's weekend and over $1 billion globally (The Hollywood Reporter, 2022). With a 94% Rotten Tomatoes rating, the film has quickly become something to be marveled at (no pun intended). While many are in awe of the film's many surprises, I find myself reveling in the subtle project management-related lessons scattered throughout the film. Let's take a look at the project management principles that Spider-Man: No Way Home can teach us.    Enjoyed this podcast episode? Want to continue the conversation?  Make sure to follow me on LinkedIn and visit TheEverydayPM.com for more content like this.   Subscribe: youtube.com/anncampea Listen: https://anchor.fm/theeverydaypm  ***   Ann Campea, MSPM, MPH, PMP - https://www.linkedin.com/in/anncampea/ Worldwide Readiness Program Manager at Apple, Inc.  Program/Project management professional with 10 years of experience in product development, consumer goods, tech, and healthcare industries.
08:42
January 10, 2022
Goal Setting with Christina Olivarria
Farewell, 2021! What better way to kick off the new year than to set goals for ourselves. Goals can be a powerful way to keep us on track for what we want to accomplish in this new year both professionally and in our everyday lives. Goal setting involves the development of an action plan designed in order to motivate and guide a person or group toward a goal. As you will learn, goals are more deliberate than desires and momentary intentions. Goals are meant to last and serve as key milestones in the project plan we call life. Therefore, setting goals means that a person has committed thought, emotion, and behavior towards attaining the goal. Christina Olivarria, MSPM, PMP, HACP, LBBP is back on The Everyday PM Podcast to talk about goal setting from the what, why, and how of it. Here's a sneak peek at what we cover: What is goal setting? Why should we set goals? How do we set goals? The SMART method for goal setting. Our goals for 2022 Enjoyed this conversation with Christina and me? Want to learn more about goal setting? Leave your thoughts and feedback in the comments section below! Make sure to follow Christina and me on LinkedIn for more. Subscribe: youtube.com/anncampea Listen: https://anchor.fm/theeverydaypm *** Follow Our Hosts on LinkedIn: Ann Campea, MSPM, MPH, PMP - https://www.linkedin.com/in/anncampea/ Worldwide Readiness Program Manager at Apple, Inc. Program/Project management professional with 10 years of experience in product development, consumer goods, tech, and healthcare industries. Christina Olivarria, MSPM, PMP, HACP, LBBP - https://www.linkedin.com/in/christina-olivarria/ Director of Business Operations and Communications at Yellow Brick Consulting, Inc. A well-organized, task-orientated project manager, who takes initiative in delivering the highest quality services to both peers and clients alike. Values collaboration, but is unafraid to make decisions when needed. Experienced in leveraging social media campaigns to generate sales and increase company visibility in the ever-evolving world of online communications.
31:13
January 03, 2022
Accidental Project Manager with Ray Frohnhoefer
One of my favorite questions to ask fellow project managers is "Did you plan to be a PM or did you stumble into it?" So, imagine my surprise when I heard the term Accidental PM for the first time. It just fits. Not only does Accidental PM perfectly capture how many of us "stumbled upon" the role, but it is also the title of author Ray W. Frohnhoefer's bestselling book, Accidental Project Manager: Zero to Hero in 7 Days. Ray wrote this book with the intent of helping project managers quickly learn the essential skills they need to start or refresh their careers.    He is also the author of Accidental Agile Project Manager: Zero to Hero in 7 Iterations, and Risk Assessment Framework: Successfully Navigating Uncertainty. Ray has provided organizations with key materials for project managers to learn and grow. With over 35 years of experience managing projects, programs, and portfolios in multiple industries, Ray utilizes his writing and teaching to train and mentor project management students from around the world via online and in-class courses. He works with educational institutions such as UC San Diego Extension and California Southern University. Recent corporate clients have included Breg, Cymer, San Diego County Water Authority, and the US Navy. His personal mission is to help individuals and organizations improve their practices of project, program, and portfolio management through many of his educational and consulting engagements which focus on accidental, new, and aspiring project managers.   Ray talks to us about his bestselling book, teachings, and much more on this week's installment of The Everyday PM Podcast.    Here's a sneak peek at what we cover:  - His inspiration for writing Accidental Project Manager   - How he came up with the title  - Ray's professional journey including if he himself is an accidental PM   - PROJECT as an acronym and how Ray thoughtfully structured the book to help project managers learn and retain the information    Enjoyed this conversation with Ray? Want to learn more about the essential skills needed to start or refresh your project management career? Leave your thoughts and feedback in the comments section below! Make sure to follow Ray and me on LinkedIn for more.   Subscribe: youtube.com/anncampea   Listen: https://anchor.fm/theeverydaypm   Learn About Ray: https://rayfrohnhoefer.com/   Buy the Book: https://rayfrohnhoefer.com/books/    ***  Follow Our Hosts on LinkedIn:   Ann Campea, MSPM, MPH, PMP - https://www.linkedin.com/in/anncampea/Worldwide Readiness Program Manager at Apple, Inc. Program/Project management professional with 10 years of experience in product development, consumer goods, tech, and healthcare industries.    Ray W. Frohnhoefer - https://www.linkedin.com/in/rayf123/Author, Educator, Speaker, and Managing Partner of PPC Group, LLC. Author of Accidental Project Manager: Zero to Hero in 7 Days and project manager for over 30 years. Ray leads a dual career, with more than half of his more than 15 years as a trainer and educator spent designing and delivering project-oriented, experiential online courses based on 21st-century learning principles. In 2014, Ray founded PPC Group, LLC to offer publications, training, and consulting with a focus on aspiring, new, and accidental project managers.
41:59
December 27, 2021
Project Management Coffee Chat - All About Post-Mortems
Coffee chats, water cooler talk, quick huddles... As project managers, we thrive on these happenstance meetings as an opportunity to information gather. While I recommend these types of syncs are not utilized for decision-making, we can leverage this time as a chance to discuss pressing matters in a much more comfortable setting.    We are back for the second installment of Project Management Coffee Chat with Greg Christensen, Vice President of ProjectHub.com, who reached out to me with some follow-up questions about project management. To truly mimic the constraints of a coffee chat, I once again set a timer for 20 minutes, since we all know coffee breaks should not take any longer than that! Here's a preview of the questions we cover in this week's episode of The Everyday PM Podcast:   - What are pre- and post-mortems?  - What are the top five post-mortem outcomes that we must always document?  - Are hidden stakeholders more common to specific sectors or project types?   - What are some common, yet preventable, blind spots in project management?   - When and why does it make sense to save a project versus scrapping it?   Do you have any questions you'd like to bring to the Project Management Coffee House? Feel free to reach out to me and we'll find time to take a break together.  Enjoyed this new-themed episode with Greg? Want to learn more about Greg's experience and how ProjectHub.com project management software can help eliminate complexity from your project? Leave your thoughts and feedback in the comments section below! Make sure to follow Greg and me on LinkedIn for more.   *** Follow Our Hosts on LinkedIn:   Ann Campea, MSPM, MPH, PMP https://www.linkedin.com/in/anncampea/ Worldwide Readiness Program Manager at Apple, Inc. | Program/Project management professional with 10 years of experience in product development, physical retail launches, health care, and tech industries.    Greg Christensen  https://www.linkedin.com/in/greg-christensen-7b97648/ Vice President of ProjectHub.com | Greg Christensen is a CMMS expert, business consultant, and mentor with 2 build-outs resulting in successful exits. Nearly 2 decades in the CMMS space, extensive facilities, maintenance, and building management experience, lead to a focus on project management.“I have a passion for working with people delivering successful outcomes using a client-centric approach to problem-solving.  I find mentorship to be rewarding, in all of its various forms, and love building long-lasting relationships in constant pursuit of the elusive win-win."
31:45
December 20, 2021
Crafting a Career Roadmap with Teal Heath
Teal brings over twenty-five years of clinical, operational, business, and technical expertise in healthcare. She is a Registered Nurse (RN), a Six Sigma Green Belt, is Program and Portfolio Management Mastery certified, is Project Management Professional (PMP) certified. Teal has a Bachelor of Science and Nursing (BSN) degree, a Master of Computer Resources and Information Management degree, and is distinguished as a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE). She obtained her teaching certificate from Colorado Technical University, where she translated her healthcare experience in the classroom as Adjunct Faculty instructing undergraduate and graduate-level students in healthcare, IT, and project management. Her former roles include Vice President of the corporate Enterprise Project Management Office (EPMO) and Director of IT Project Management Office (PMO) for one of Colorado’s largest healthcare organizations. Utilizing that education/experience triad, she continues to lead multiple multi-million-dollar, high complexity, high visibility healthcare IT projects across the United States. Most of which are large-scale hospital construction projects where she excels at managing liaisons at the executive to unit coordinator levels. Teal is passionate about healthcare leadership and digital technology transformation. Teal's illustrious career is something to be proud of and admired by others. How exactly did she get to where she is today? Teal talks to us about crafting a career roadmap and much more on this week's installment of The Everyday PM Podcast. Here's a sneak peek at what we cover: How to craft your Career Roadmap? What considerations did you make before pursuing your certifications? What drove you to be an IT PM versus a non-tech PM? How to request or position yourself for the projects that will help you grow Advice on how to build your professional network Enjoyed this conversation with Teal? Want to learn more about building your own roadmap to a career in project management? Leave your thoughts and feedback in the comments section below! Make sure to follow Teal and me on LinkedIn for more. Subscribe: youtube.com/anncampea Listen: https://anchor.fm/theeverydaypm *** Follow Our Hosts on LinkedIn: Ann Campea, MSPM, MPH, PMP Worldwide Readiness Program Manager at Apple, Inc. Program/Project management professional with 10 years of experience in product development, consumer goods, tech, and healthcare industries. Teal Heath, FACHE Principal at Equinox HIT Experienced Healthcare Executive / Vice President with 25+ years of clinical, operational, business, and technical expertise. Executive-level consultation, leadership, relationship building, visioning, and decision making. Strong working knowledge of healthcare IT and healthcare construction. Special affinity working in complex, highly metricized, geographically dispersed environments where regulatory / business acumen and ability to lead change is required.
36:30
December 13, 2021
A Mindful Approach to Project Management with George Pitagorsky
George Pitagorsky is a globally recognized project and process management thought leader who integrates mindfulness and process thinking into his work to improve individual and team performance. He assesses, consults, coaches, and teaches to enable optimal performance. He has spoken at global conferences and for companies such as Microsoft and Nokia. He has more than fifty years of experience in project, program, process, and product management as an entrepreneur, consultant to major corporations, and CIO for a multibillion-dollar organization. George has studied and practiced Yoga, Tai Chi, and meditation for over forty years while living and working in the material world. He teaches meditation techniques and “wisdom” thinking for use in all aspects of daily life. George publishes Breakthrough Newsletter and has authored four books, The Zen Approach to Project Management, Managing Conflict in Projects, Managing Expectations: A Mindful Approach to Achieving Optimal Performance, and How to be Happy Even When You Are Sad, Mad or Scared. According to Daniel Goleman, George’s book, The Zen Approach to Project Management, is “the Zen that's been missing in all too many of today's business books, and George Pitagorsky is the master we've needed.” It is also the first book I purchased as a project manager that truly resonated with me as I learn and grow as a project manager. The reason why it continues to resonate with me is that it couples the idea of emotional intelligence and working with different types of people with this idea that we can work from our center to balance expectations and performance. I amongst my peers have always been known to be calm under pressure and reasonable, which is why this book helped me tap further into this concept and really own it. Here's a sneak peek at what we cover: - George's journey to becoming a project manager - The synergy between yoga, Tai Chi, and meditation with project management - How mindful awareness and process thinking (a Zen approach) enhance performance by enabling resilience, stress management, effective communications, and more - Everyday meditation or practice you can use in your everyday lives Enjoyed this conversation with George? Want to learn more about taking a mindful and self-aware approach to project management? Leave your thoughts and feedback in the comments section below! Make sure to follow George and me on LinkedIn for more. Subscribe: youtube.com/anncampea Listen: https://anchor.fm/theeverydaypm LINKS:  https://self-awareliving.com/ - Learn about George and his teachings! https://self-awareliving.com/books-written-by-george - Buy his books! Follow Our Hosts on LinkedIn: Ann Campea, MSPM, MPH, PMP (https://www.linkedin.com/in/anncampea/) | Worldwide Readiness Program Manager at Apple, Inc. | Program/Project management professional with 10 years of experience in product development, physical retail launches, health care, and tech industries. George Pitagorsky (https://www.linkedin.com/in/georgepitagorsky/)| Coaching CIOs, CEOs, and Their Teams on Mindfully Impacting the Bottomline | Master facilitator, change agent, coach, meditation teacher, and consultant with more than 40 years of experience working with individuals interested in applying mindfulness and open-minded systems and process thinking in daily life. He is a proponent of Servant Leadership.
42:06
November 29, 2021
Business Improv with Peter Margaritis
Going OFF SCRIPT doesn’t come naturally to most organizational leaders. We want to control the narrative, ensure ideal outcomes, script the conversations, manage the problems, predict the future, and win (negotiations, new business, market share, and more). But what if good leaders could become better leaders by doing the opposite — by letting go of the control, by going “off script” in their conversations and negotiations, by being present instead of rushing to the future, and by collaborating in authentic, empathetic ways?  If your organization is like most, the old way of communicating and managing isn’t working for you. Status quo is coming up short. It’s time to master the art of business improvisation (“improv”)!   Returning to the podcast is renowned speaker, bestselling business author, Accidental Accountant, leadership expert, and improv virtuoso Peter Margaritis to chat about his new book, Off Script: Mastering the Art of Business Improv. In what is his third book on effective workplace communication, Peter invites managers, directors, founders, vice presidents, and chief executives to redefine leadership and teamwork. And he teaches you the techniques he’s taught employees at world-class brands like White Castle Systems, Cardinal Health, Target, Oklahoma State University, and Marriott.  "Business improv is about letting go of your own agenda to listen intently — to be empathetic and open-minded in the present moment — so you can truly connect with colleagues and other stakeholders to generate optimal results."   In business and in life, we tend to respond to others with “No, because ...” or “Yes, but ...” These dismissive and controlling tendencies lead to impasses, arguments, and ultimately failures. But when we learn to respond to others with “Yes, and ...” — acknowledging what we’ve heard and building upon it — we arrive more quickly at agreement and at breakthrough solutions for challenging problems. “Yes, and ...” is one of several improv techniques you’ll learn from Peter Margaritis’s Off Script! — a book that will help you build bridges, generate good ideas, adapt to any situation, nurture teams, and keep your anxiety at bay.   Here's a sneak peek at what we cover: The importance of "preparation" in improv The case for "improv" in improving organizational cultures Practical advice based on real-life scenarios Making sure your virtual meetings and presentations don't suck  Enjoyed this conversation with Peter? Want to learn more about business improv? Leave your thoughts and feedback in the comments section below! Make sure to follow Peter and I on LinkedIn for more.  Subscribe: youtube.com/anncampea  Listen: https://anchor.fm/theeverydaypm   LINKS:  https://petermargaritis.com/ - Learn about Peter! https://offscriptimprov.com/ - Buy the book!   *** Follow Our Hosts on LinkedIn:  Ann Campea, MSPM, MPH, PMP - https://www.linkedin.com/in/anncampea/Worldwide Readiness Program Manager at Apple, Inc. Program/Project management professional with 10 years of experience in product development, physical retail launches, health care, and tech industries.    Peter Margaritis, CSP, C.P.A. - https://www.linkedin.com/in/petermargaritis/Certified Virtual Presenter, Keynote Speaker, Improv Virtuoso, Author, Podcaster, Educator, and Humorist Peter is a licensed, non-practicing, CPA in Ohio. Peter has worked for companies such as Price Waterhouse, Victoria’s Secret Catalogue (not as a model), and Ohio Dominican University. Peter has earned the highest credential of a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) from the National Speakers Association.
39:16
November 08, 2021
Creating High Value PMOs with Brendon Baker
Brendon Baker established the Valuable Change Co. with one central mission in mind: to Help Change Leaders Drive Real Value, but on his way found his secondary mission: Fight Unnecessary Complexity. Where change isn’t about delivering on-time or on-budget, but rather actually getting what you’re looking for out of it. Brendon knew from the very beginning of his career that he didn’t want to do the same thing day in and day out. After an accelerated schooling due to various ‘gifted and talented’ school programs, and a short stint in event management, Brendon found his initial calling - in Project Management. Earning his (metaphorical) stripes and scars on projects large and small across various sized organizations, Brendon then shifted into change consulting. In retrospect, Brendon has worn almost every different hat and performed almost every role that exists in the world of changing organizations. Through all this, there were three recurring themes: First, Brendon had a knack for seeing through the complexity to find the simple, and doing so had huge benefit for the change he was working with. Second, Brendon was able to make complex concepts - accessible. And not just personally, but was able to help others repeatedly do the same. And third, that broad, diverse experience meant that Brendon was able to help his clients connect together all of the essential elements needed for truly successful change. It’s these themes that were at play as Brendon wrote his books (to date) - Valuable Change, and Creating High Value PMOs. Both of which were number 1 New Releases across multiple categories, with Valuable Change hitting bestseller status. And it’s those themes that Brendon brings to his clients everyday as part of the Valuable Change Co. Here's a preview of what we chat about in this week's episode of The Everyday PM Podcast: What are the top mistakes PMOs are making? What is the secret behind every great PMO? How can an organization avoid PMO stagnation? Enjoyed this conversation with Brendon? Want to learn more about creating high value PMOs and implementing valuable change? Leave your thoughts and feedback in the comments section below! Make sure to follow Brendon and I on LinkedIn for more. Subscribe: youtube.com/anncampea Valuable LINKS: www.valuablechange.com www.brendonbaker.com.au linkedin.com/in/brendon-baker-valuablechange/ *** Follow Our Hosts on LinkedIn: Ann Campea, MSPM, MPH, PMP Worldwide Readiness Program Manager at Apple, Inc. Program/Project management professional with 10 years of experience in product development, physical retail launches, health care, and tech industries.
51:38
November 01, 2021
Project Leadership with Allison Ong
What does it mean to be a project leader? Project Leadership means going above and beyond our duties as a project manager by infusing leadership principles into how we manage our projects, like authenticity and transparency. PMI's definition of project leadership: "The knowledge, skills, and behaviors needed to guide, motivate, and direct a team, to help an organization achieve its business goals."   Allison Ong, Executive Director-CTP Transition Plan & Patient Placement Services at Loma Linda University Medical Center, joins me to discuss Project Leadership. Allison started her career as a Clinical Nurse, but truly found her passion in leading projects. Not only does Allison teach a course on project leadership, but she just completed leading the Campus Transformation megaproject at Loma Linda University Health, which you may recall hearing about on The Everyday PM Podcast episode on Megaprojects.    Here's a preview of what we chat about in this week's episode of The Everyday PM Podcast:  The difference between project management and project leadership  How to lead a mega project through uncertainty?  How to keep leadership engaged and focused?  Good and bad personality traits of project managers   Enjoyed this conversation with Allison? Want to learn more about Allison's journey and how you can transform from project manager to project leader? Leave your thoughts and feedback in the comments section below! Make sure to follow Allison and I on LinkedIn for more.   Subscribe: youtube.com/anncampea   Listen: https://anchor.fm/theeverydaypm    Follow Our Hosts on LinkedIn:   Ann Campea, MSPM, MPH, PMP  Worldwide Readiness Program Manager at Apple, Inc. Program/Project management professional with 10 years of experience in product development, physical retail launches, health care, and tech industries.    Allison Ong  Executive Director-CTP Transition Plan & Patient Placement Services at Loma Linda University Medical Center Clinical nurse and experienced project leader.
30:23
October 26, 2021
Project Management Coffee Chat - PM Basics
Coffee chats, water cooler talk, quick huddles... As project managers, we thrive on these happenstance meetings as an opportunity to information gather. While I recommend these types of syncs are not utilized for decision-making, we can leverage this time as a chance to discuss pressing matters in a much more comfortable setting. When Greg Christensen, Vice President of ProjectHub.com reached out to me with some questions about project management, I suggested a virtual coffee chat (sans coffee because I don't actually drink it). To truly mimic the constraints of a coffee chat, I set a timer for 20 minutes, since we all know coffee breaks should not take any longer than that! Here's a preview of the questions we cover in this week's episode of The Everyday PM Podcast: What are the basic principles one should incorporate when establishing a project? What are the top five risk factors when it comes to projects in general? What are the biggest problems you see or have seen when it comes to the daily project management process? How does technology come into play to mitigate/solve these problems? Can you share your approach to planning and building out a podcast episode? Do you have a favorite project management philosophy/style you can describe? Do you have any questions you'd like to bring to the Project Management Coffee House? Feel free to reach out to me and we'll find time to take a break together. Enjoyed this new themed episode with Greg? Want to learn more about Greg's experience and how ProjectHub.com project management software can help eliminate complexity from your project? Leave your thoughts and feedback in the comments section below! Make sure to follow Greg and I on LinkedIn for more. *** Follow Our Hosts on LinkedIn: Ann Campea, MSPM, MPH, PMP Worldwide Readiness Program Manager at Apple, Inc. Program/Project management professional with 10 years of experience in product development, physical retail launches, health care, and tech industries. Greg Christensen Vice President of ProjectHub.com Greg Christensen is a CMMS expert, business consultant, and mentor with 2 build outs resulting in successful exits. Nearly 2 decades in the CMMS space, extensive facilities, maintenance, and building management experience, lead to a focus on project management. “I have a passion for working with people delivering successful outcomes using a client-centric approach to problem solving. I find mentorship to be rewarding, in all of its various forms, and love building long-lasting relationships in constant pursuit of the elusive win-win."
36:03
October 20, 2021
Megaprojects with Dakota White
Dakota White is a results-oriented Project Manager with experience in higher education and healthcare business operations, with a track record of consulting with executives to influence business decisions and optimize organizational effectiveness. She is best known for successfully managing cross-functional relationships and streamlining business processes. Amidst the pandemic, Dakota took on her first "megaproject," the campus transformation at Loma Linda University Health located in Loma Linda, California. The medical center operates some of the largest clinical programs in the United States in areas such as neonatal care and outpatient surgery, and is recognized as the international leader in infant heart transplantation and proton treatments for cancer. In this week's episode of The Everyday PM Podcast, Dakota and I chat about what a megaproject is and how she kept her sanity and focus working on a project of this magnitude. According to the Project Management Institute (PMI), the following attributes are associated with a megaproject: large-scale; complex; cost more than 1 billion US Dollars; take many years to build; involve multiple public and private stakeholders; are transformational; and impact millions of people. Executing a megaproject can be highly risky. The risk of executing a megaproject amidst a pandemic is astronomical. Dakota White shares her experience in leading a megaproject, how she was able to coordinate the project amongst a team of project managers and stay grounded amidst the uncertainty. Enjoyed the conversation with Dakota? Want to learn more about mega projects and what it takes to execute one successfully? Leave your thoughts and feedback in the comments section below! Reference: Project Management Institute (2014). What you should know about megaprojects | PMI academic summary. Retrieved from https://www.pmi.org/-/media/pmi/documents/public/pdf/research/research-summaries/flyvbjerg_megaprojects.pdf. *** Follow Our Hosts on LinkedIn: Ann Campea, MSPM, MPH, PMP Worldwide Readiness Program Manager at Apple, Inc. Program/Project management professional with 10 years of experience in product development, physical retail launches, health care, and tech industries. Dakota White, MBA Project Manager - Campus Transformation at Loma Linda University Health Results-oriented Project Manager with experience in higher education and healthcare business operations, with a track record of consulting with executives to influence business decisions and optimize organizational effectiveness.
48:40
October 13, 2021
Kevin Torf and Getting the Job Done
Kevin Torf is an information-systems executive with a career spanning more than 40 years. He specializes in large-scale IT strategic plans, project design, procurement and implementation. Over his career, Kevin has orchestrated the design and implementation of numerous complex IT infrastructure deployments across the globe, including some of the world’s largest communication network systems. He is a strong advocate of professional development.   In this week's episode of The Everyday PM Podcast, Kevin and I "get the job done" by discussing the practical advice and real-world anecdotes that are included in his book, Getting the Job Done: Practical Advice and Real-World Anecdotes to Manage Successful P.R.O.J.E.C.T.S. Today’s workplace has evolved, yet the strategies to empower employees and teams are still maturing. Getting the Job Done provides a straightforward framework to inspire teams and keep them accountable for ultimate success. There is no singular method to being a better project manager. Instead, there are always multiple ways to look at a given problem and it is important to consider each of your team member’s different perspectives. By applying and practicing the tips in this book, your team can get the job done on time without having to sacrifice quality.    The 100 educational, factual, and relatable project management tips compiled in this book will guide you to keep your team engaged, responsible, and transparent. With T2 Group’s philosophy—the leading technology consulting practice providing innovative solutions to businesses for over thirty years—outlined by their letter-by-letter framework P.R.O.J.E.C.T.S.   Through the compact analysis of each block, followed by clear bite-sized pointers, concluding with T2’s case studies, you and your team can discover and create a new culture that can be used in both life and business. Elevate your team and organization’s capabilities and discover how projects can turn from great undertakings to successful collaborations.   The book is available now. You can purchase the book here on Amazon or everywhere books are sold!   Enjoyed the conversation with Kevin? Want to learn more about getting the job done? Leave your thoughts and feedback in the comments section below!   ***  Follow Our Hosts on LinkedIn:   Ann Campea, MSPM, MPH, PMP  Worldwide Readiness Program Manager, Apple, Inc. Program/Project management professional with 10 years of experience in product development, physical retail launches, health care, and tech industries.    Kevin Torf  Author | Entrepreneur | Executive Kevin Torf is an information-systems executive with a career spanning more than 40 years. He specializes in large-scale IT strategic plans, project design, procurement and implementation. He is the co-founder and managing partner of T2 Group and the developer of the company’s hybrid-Agile methodology.
31:51
October 05, 2021
Bob McGannon on Intelligent Disobedience Leadership
Bob is the co-founder and director of Intelligent Disobedience Leadership and founder of Mindavation. Specializing in advanced leadership techniques, strategic program and portfolio management and establishing Project Management Offices on three continents, Bob has worked with inexperienced to advanced business leaders from more than 15 countries, with a wide variety of industry backgrounds and has delivered keynote addresses to conferences and chapter meetings around the world. With more than 30 years of I/T, project management and business analysis experience, 18 of those years with the IBM Corporation, I am honored to welcome Bob onto The Everyday PM Podcast to share his wisdom with our community.   Not only is Bob a certified Project Management Professional by PMI, he also holds university degrees in Operations Research and Mathematics and is the author of Intelligent Disobedience: The Difference Between Good and Great Leaders, which was released in March 2018 by Routledge (Oxford). He is a LinkedIn Learning instructor, with nearly 20 courses on the platform, covering project management, advanced leadership and outsourcing management. In our conversation, we dig into Bob's professional journey, his passion for teaching, and insight into what differentiates between a good and great leader. What is Intelligent Disobedience Leadership? According to Bob, author of Intelligent Disobedience: The Difference between Good and Great Leaders, it's knowing when and how to break, bend or invent new rules to get better outcomes. Obeying all of the rules rarely generates breakthrough business performance because it does not generate new approaches. Breaking the rules randomly does not work either. Intelligent disobedience values improved business performance over compliance with the rules, when conditions permit. This book promotes enhanced performance by promoting a higher form of ethics. Intelligent disobedience seeks to surface hidden truth and to produce actions that are of higher integrity to yield superior results. The book guides the reader to evaluate their work environment, current business results, and risk, to determine if, when, and how acting with intelligent disobedience can enhance their business outcomes and their career. You can purchase the book here on Amazon or read more about the concept of Intelligent Disobedience here: http://intelligentdisobedience.com/ Enjoyed the conversation with Bob? Leave your thoughts and feedback in the comments section below! **** Follow Our Hosts on LinkedIn: Ann Campea, MSPM, MPH, PMP | Worldwide Readiness Program Manager, Apple, Inc. | Program/Project management professional with 10 years of experience in product development, physical retail launches, health care, and tech industries. Robert L. (Bob) McGannon, PMP, GWCPM | Director - Intelligent Disobedience Leadership / LinkedIn Learning Author / Supporter of Curated Culture / Keynote Speaker / Coach | Bob is a certified Project Management Professional by PMI, was a certified Executive Project Manager with IBM, a Certified Project Management Coach for the Boeing Corporation, and is currently an Honorary Adjunct Professor at Bond University.
40:01
September 27, 2021
Post-Project Blues
We've all had that feeling after completing a big milestone - a sense of loss, sadness, and even depression. As project managers, we invest so much of ourselves in completing our projects that when it's over, it's not uncommon for post-project blues to settle in. Our days that were filled with planning, execution, and team collaboration are once again free of the multitude of meetings and interactions that consumed every minute of every day. We're often told to leave our feelings at the door when we enter the workplace, but post-project blues is a very real feeling that may be remedied best through interaction with colleagues to plan for "what's next."    In our everyday lives, the most known manifestation of this feeling is postpartum depression. According to Mayo Clinic, "the birth of a baby can trigger a jumble of powerful emotions, from excitement and joy to fear and anxiety. But it can also result in something you might not expect — depression" (Mayo Clinic, n.d.). Most new moms experience postpartum "baby blues" after childbirth, which commonly include mood swings, crying spells, anxiety and difficulty sleeping. Baby blues typically begin within the first two to three days after delivery, and may last for up to two weeks. But some new moms experience a more severe, long-lasting form of depression known as postpartum depression.    In this week's podcast, Christina and I discuss this very real topic of Post-Project Blues and give our thoughts on knowing how to identify when you are going through this depression type and coping mechanisms we have used to manage it. Have you ever experienced post-project blues? If so, what are some tips and techniques you utilized to manage your feelings? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below!   ***  Follow Our Hosts on LinkedIn:  Ann Campea, MSPM, MPH, PMP | Worldwide Readiness Program Manager, Apple, Inc. | Program/Project management professional with 10 years of experience in product development, physical retail launches, health care, and tech industries.    Christina Olivarria, MSPM, PMP, HACP, LBBP | Project Manager/Communications Manager, Yellow Brick Consulting, Inc. | A well-organized, task-orientated project manager, who takes initiative in delivering the highest quality services to both peers and clients alike.
22:01
September 19, 2021
The PMBOK® Guide – Seventh Edition Review
Since 1996, PMI has set the standard of terminology and guidelines for the project management profession. It's been four years since the Project Management Institute (PMI) published the The Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®) Guide – Sixth Edition. Deemed as one of the most thorough and detailed editions of them all, the Sixth Edition was rigid, outlining the project lifecycle complete with all of the EEFs (Enterprise Environmental Factors) and OPAs (Organizational Process Assets) that fed into and out of each process group. Project managers would be tested on this and much more to be deemed certified project management professionals.   However, in the last four years, the project management industry has seen tremendous growth. According to PMI, the profession's labor force is expected to expand by 33% globally through 2027, creating approximately 22 million jobs worldwide. We have also seen the emergence of hybrid project approaches that capture both agile and waterfall methodologies. With the demand for project managers growing faster than the demand for workers in other occupations over the next 10 years, it is by no surprise that PMI deemed it time to release The PMBOK® Guide – Seventh Edition to capture this rapid change.   In this week's podcast, Christina, Brian and I breakdown The PMBOK® Guide – Seventh Edition and give our thoughts on the changes. To see a quick rundown of what's changed in the Seventh Edition, check out my video on 7 Facts about The PMBOK® Seventh Edition. For our in-depth video review and to see whether or not we agreed with the changes, tune in to our newest episode of The Everyday PM (video edition) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PdM-tpHDfw   Have you had a chance to review The PMBOK® Guide – Seventh Edition? If so, what are your thoughts on the changes? Don't forget - if you're a PMI member, you have access to the digital copy of the The PMBOK® Guide – Seventh Edition as part of your membership. Leave your thoughts in the comments section below!   *** More About Our Hosts:   Ann Campea, MSPM, MPH, PMP | Worldwide Readiness Program Manager, Apple, Inc. | Program/Project management professional with 10 years of experience in product development, physical retail launches, health care, and tech industries.    Christina Olivarria, MSPM, PMP, HACP, LBBP | Project Manager/Communications Manager, Yellow Brick Consulting, Inc. | A well-organized, task-orientated project manager, who takes initiative in delivering the highest quality services to both peers and clients alike.    Brian Summons, Senior Project Manager | MSPM | PMP | CSM | CSPO | Iraq Combat Veteran | Senior Project Manager, CHOC Children's Senior-Level Project Leader, Combat Veteran, and USC ✌🏾 Alumnus who has a passion for leading impactful technology projects. A seasoned leader, and polished communicator with the required experience to ensure project success.
32:33
September 06, 2021
Star Wars & Project Based Learning
What do Star Wars and project management have in common? You may think very little. However, if you talk to Dr. Joshua Montgomery, you'll find that these two topics are truly synergistic like C-3PO and R2-D2. In this week's episode of The Everyday PM Podcast, I welcome Dr. Joshua Montgomery, Associate Professor of Computer Science at Southern State Community College, to teach us just how Star Wars droids are changing the way that students are taught project-based learning.    Project Based Learning is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging, and complex question, problem, or challenge (PBLWorks, n.d.). In one of Dr. Montgomery's classes, students demonstrate their knowledge and skills by creating a product, or in the case of Dr. Montgomery's class perhaps a droid, to present to an audience. Students can spend weeks, if not months, building a droid (or other project of their choice). This involves planning and executing the project using a project plan that the student has created. Ensuring the proper budget is available and resources acquired. All the while, ensuring milestones are met to have a project to present by the end of the semester (or however long it may take). Through this experience, students develop deep content knowledge as well as critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication skills. Project based learning unleashes a contagious, creative energy among students and teachers alike.    Why is project based learning impactful? Have you taken a course that utilized project based learning? Want to know more about Dr. Montgomery's course or cool droids? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below!   Reference:  PBLWorks (n.d.). What is PBL? (Online post: https://www.pblworks.org/what-is-pbl)   ***  Follow Our Hosts on LinkedIn:  Ann Campea, MSPM, MPH, PMP  | Worldwide Readiness Program Manager, Apple, Inc. | Program/Project management professional with 10 years of experience in product development, physical retail launches, health care, and tech industries.    Dr. Joshua Montgomery  | Associate Professor of Computer Science at Southern State Community College | Associate Professor of Computer Science at Southern State Community, eSports Director, Division Coordinator, Faculty Senate President, R2-D2 & BB-8 Droid Builder, Inventor, TEDxDayton Speaker, Father, Husband and Lifelong Learner.    More ways to follow Dr. Montgomery:  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jmontgomery45123/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/montgomery45123 TedTalk: https://youtu.be/q-UAwTMERBg
39:19
August 30, 2021
Spotlight on Ann Campea, Founder of The Everyday PM
Welcome to Episode 28 of The Everyday PM podcast where we get to know more about Ann Campea, Founder of The Everyday PM. On the Podcast's one-year anniversary, we celebrate The Everyday PM's Founder, her professional journey, mentors who have supported her along the way, and why The Everyday PM means so much to her! Big shout out to Brian Summons for your continued support of this community and for stepping in to be such a great host! If you enjoy The Everyday PM content, let us know. Are there topics that you want to hear about? People you want to hear from? This community is built by me for you, so drop me a line and let me know your thoughts. *** Follow Our Hosts on LinkedIn: Ann Campea, MSPM, MPH, PMP Worldwide Readiness Program Manager, Apple, Inc. Program/Project management professional with 10 years of experience in product development, physical retail launches, health care, and tech industries. Brian Summons, Senior Project Manager | MSPM | PMP | CSM | CSPO | Iraq Combat Veteran Senior Project Manager, CHOC Children's Senior-Level Project Leader, Combat Veteran, and USC ✌🏾Alumnus who has a passion for leading impactful technology projects. A seasoned leader, and polished communicator with the required experience to ensure project success.
33:23
August 16, 2021
The Importance of Planning
Welcome to episode 27 of The Everyday PM Podcast where I welcome guest host, Ryan Myers, Operations Manager/Senior Project Manager, Haven Agency to talk about the importance of planning. The planning phase follows the first phase of a project, concept and initiation, and is one, if not THE most critical to project success. When planning for a project, a project manager in collaboration with the project team, are responsible for documenting project plans, defining the project deliverables and requirements, and creating the project schedule. This phase also involves creating a roadmap to help navigate your team through the execution, performance and control, and closure phases of the project. Not only does the roadmap serve as a blueprint for the team to execute against, it also helps you manage time, cost, quality, changes, risk, stakeholders and other project-related information. Why is it then that when project timelines get squeezed that planning is the first phase that stakeholders look at to shave time? Perhaps there is a misconception that planning can be done quickly or that the sooner the team can start executing, the faster we'll see results. However, by cutting time from planning, you are doing more harm than good. The risks that could have been flagged by the team during planning via a pre-mortem exercise will likely creep up later in the project, costing the team more time to mitigate than if the proper amount of time were given upfront for the team to come up with a preventative plan. This is just one of many examples that Ryan and I discuss in this week's podcast, which also includes insights on tools and techniques that you can utilize to to successfully plan for the most critical phase of your project - planning. What do you think about project planning? Is it critical to project success or could you do without it? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below! *** Follow Our Hosts on LinkedIn: Ann Campea, MSPM, MPH, PMP Worldwide Readiness Program Manager, Apple, Inc. Program/Project management professional with 10 years of experience in product development, physical retail launches, health care, and tech industries. Ryan Myers Operations Manager/Senior Project Manager, Haven Agency Experienced Operations and Senior Project Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the internet industry.
29:00
August 10, 2021
Spotlight On Sanaz Sadeghian, the youngest PMP® certified Iranian
Welcome to episode 26 of The Everyday PM Podcast where I spotlight Sanaz Sadeghian, MSc., PMP, PMI-SP, PSM I, the youngest person in Iran with a Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification and a professional in project management. Sanaz came to America from Iran in 2019, a country where preference is given to men over women in project management field jobs. Not only is Sanaz the youngest person in Iran to obtain a PMP® certification, she is also a proponent of higher education and continuous learning. Sanaz was in search of opportunity and made the move to America to pursue a Masters degree in project management from Boston University. Her list of accomplishments continues, graduating with a top GPA from Boston University in May 2020 and current President of the Project Management Club at her alma mater. Many people dream of coming to America for its diverse job market, especially when it comes to project management. With no promises of securing a job in project management, Sanaz knew it was the right move to make to open doors to more opportunities than what was presented to her back at home. However, her journey was not easy. She moved in the middle of the pandemic when all of her friends back home could not find a job. The question Sanaz receives frequently (every week!) on LinkedIn from other internationals is "how did [she] I find a job as an international here on a Visa and in the middle of covid?" For those who find yourself in a similar situation, Sanaz has a lot to share on this experience. I can't imagine how stressful it must have been to find a job in the US as an international whilst your ability to remain in the country is solely dependent on finding a job and an employer to sponsor you. You can find Sanaz today in a Project Manager role for Waters Corporation. She is involved in large scale multi-disciplinary projects. What do you think of Sanaz's journey? Do you share a similar experience or need guidance on how to navigate the work Visa process? Reach out to Sanaz to chat more about her personal and professional experiences. Leave your thoughts in the comments section below! **** Follow Our Hosts on LinkedIn: Ann Campea, MSPM, MPH, PMP Worldwide Readiness Program Manager, Apple, Inc. Program/Project management professional with 10 years of experience in product development, physical retail launches, health care, and tech industries. Sanaz Sadeghian, MSc., PMP, PMI-SP, PSM I Project Manager at Waters Corporation Young project management professional with more than 5 years experience in project planning and scheduling. Works with Agile as well as Waterfall teams to generate an effective time and cost hybrid Master plan for large scale multi-disciplinary projects.
29:57
August 02, 2021
Spotlight On Donna Gregorio, The Successful Project Manager
Welcome to episode 25 of The Everyday PM Podcast where I spotlight Donna Gregorio, published author of The Successful Project Manager: Practical Guidance from Lessons Learned. Donna Gregorio, a veteran of corporate IT project management, published author, college grad school instructor, and well-respected conference speaker. Donna’s own journey to excellence has been fueled with a passion for empowering students and experts. Today she manages the PM/BA department in IT and guides her teams through a high-stress, constant change, and fast-paced environment that is now commonplace. Donna shows each audience how to reconnect with tools in addressing challenges, what matters most, so they can achieve positive results. Having presented in front of classrooms of 20-50 and conference presentations of 50-100+, Donna demonstrates style, grace, comfort, and is able to explain complex technical issues in an interesting way. She helps organizations disrupt “change as usual” through a practical and repeatable framework, transforming their culture from surviving change to growing through change. Donna earned certifications in PMP, PMP-Agile, CBAP, ITIL and Agile Scrum Master/Product Owner. She holds a BS in Computer Science and Math from Tufts University and an MS in Computer Engineering from Northeastern University. The Successful Project Manager provides practical guidance from hard-earned lessons learned. For the last 30+ years, Gregorio has been focused on driving IT projects to success and teaching graduate students how to manage projects. When teaching students, their interest piques when they hear stories and the techniques applied in moving activities from project rescue to preventing project mishaps. What do you think of Donna's journey? Do you share a similar experience? Purchase the book on Amazon! Definitely reach out to Donna to chat more about her personal and professional experiences. Leave your thoughts in the comments section below! **** Follow Our Hosts on LinkedIn: Ann Campea, MSPM, MPH, PMP Worldwide Readiness Program Manager, Apple, Inc. Program/Project management professional with 10 years of experience in product development, physical retail launches, health care, and tech industries. Donna Gregorio Author, IT Dept Head, Professor, Project Manager, Business Analyst A veteran of corporate IT project management, published author, college grad school instructor, and well-respected conference speaker.
31:06
July 26, 2021
Spotlight On Brian Summons - Iraq Combat Veteran to IT PM
Welcome to episode 24 of The Everyday PM Podcast where I spotlight Mr. Brian Summons, MPSM, PMP, CSM, CSPO, Iraq combat veteran to Senior IT project manager. I remember clapping my hands after Brian spoke up in our virtual class about how gaining a project management certification does not guarantee your success as a project manager. He went on to outline the many attributes that make for a successful and effective project manager, like high emotional intelligence and concise communication skills. This moment is when I knew we had a connection, which is why we have kept a close relationship even after the program was over. For this reason, and many more that I've come to learn about Brian, I have chosen to spotlight him in this week's podcast. Mr. Brian Summons is an Iraq combat veteran, having served in the military for 8 years. Following this experience, Brian made many strategic moves to progress himself from military to civilian life, including learning from mentors about project management. Ultimately, he found himself working in both non-tech and tech PM roles. Listen in on Brian's journey from Iraq combat veteran to Senior IT project manager for CHOC (Children's Hospital of Orange County). What do you think of Brian's journey? Do you share a similar experience? Definitely reach out to Brian to chat more about his personal and professional experiences because he is just that awesome. Leave your thoughts in the comments section below! **** Follow Our Hosts on LinkedIn: Ann Campea, MSPM, MPH, PMP Worldwide Readiness Program Manager, Apple, Inc. Program/Project management professional with 10 years of experience in product development, physical retail launches, health care, and tech industries. Brian Summons, Senior Project Manager | MSPM | PMP | CSM | CSPO | Iraq Combat Veteran Senior Project Manager, CHOC Children's Senior-Level Project Leader, Combat Veteran, and USC ✌🏾 Alumnus who has a passion for leading impactful technology projects. A seasoned leader, and polished communicator with the required experience to ensure project success.
29:55
July 19, 2021
Pre-Mortem: What is it and How to use it effectively
Welcome to episode 23 of The Everyday PM Podcast where I welcome back to the podcast Jennifer H. Elder, CSP, CPA, CVP (Certified Virtual Presenter), CEO of the sole proprietorship, The Sustainable CFO, to talk about Pre-Mortem: What is it and How to use it effectively. Consider the saying, an "apple a day keeps the doctor away. What is that actually telling us? That preventative measures like getting in your daily fruits intake will help you stay healthy. Interestingly enough, we know this nagging feeling in the back of our minds that we should be doing theses things to prevent health risks later on, but it's hard for us to be motivated until it's too late. These risks aren't surprising to us. We see it coming. The same is true for any project manager working on a complex project with several moving pieces. As you move through each project, it takes much effort to wade through the massive list of to-dos. You spend time firefighting while tasks pile up—things your gut instinct is telling you will lead to big problems down the line, but it's not urgent... yet. These risks can become significant and it's partially your doing. This is where the idea of pre-mortem can be of utmost value to ensuring successful project execution. While a post-mortem comes into play at the end of a project, a pre-mortem happens at or around project kickoff. A conversation around what could have been can flip to what can be. Just like that, you have time back that you were likely to lose should you have continued down the spiraling path depicted above. In this episode, Jennifer and I breakdown the pre-mortem exercise and discuss the following: What is pre-mortem? Why should we conduct pre-mortems? How do you conduct pre-mortems? Are you familiar with pre-mortem? Is it something that has benefited you in the past? Share your thoughts on pre-mortem exercises and whether or not it has contributed to the success of your projects. We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below! **** Follow Our Hosts on LinkedIn: Ann Campea, MSPM, MPH, PMP Worldwide Readiness Program Manager, Apple, Inc. Program/Project management professional with 10 years of experience in product development, physical retail launches, and health care industries. Jennifer H. Elder, CSP, CPA, CVP (Certified Virtual Presenter) CEO◊Presenter◊Virtual Emcee◊ For more than 25 years, I have been helping organizations and individuals become future-proof by transforming good technical professionals into great leaders with top-notch communication skills, strategic leadership, and a future-focused mindset.
34:33
July 13, 2021
Improv Project Management
Welcome to episode 22 of The Everyday PM Podcast where I welcome Peter Margaritis, CSP, C.P.A. Peter is an improv virtuoso, consultant, coach, podcaster, and the author of Improv Is No Joke, Taking the Numb Out of Numbers, and his upcoming book, ‘Off Script: Mastering the Art of Business Improvisation.' Project Managers are improvisors when you really consider what we do for a living. Whether it's adjusting our script on the fly or building on top of new concepts that are introduced as part of our discussions with stakeholders, project managers have the ability to turn on our improv skills. Join Peter Margaritis, CSP, C.P.A. and I discuss improvisation and why this skill is critical to being successful as a project manager. A quick anecdote - Peter and I never met or had a conversation prior to the recording of this podcast, which was an experiment in how well we could improvise a conversation on this very topic. We go through some fun improv exercises that he learned as a professional improvisor and I hope you can takeaway something that can be utilized in your interactions both professionally and personally! I also encourage you to give Peter's podcast, Change Your Mindset a listen! Did you enjoy this interview with Peter Margaritis? Share your stories on times when you had to lean on your improvisation skills to get the job done. We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below! **** Follow Our Hosts on LinkedIn: Ann Campea, MSPM, MPH, PMP Worldwide Readiness Program Manager, Apple, Inc. Program/Project management professional with 10 years of experience in product development, physical retail launches, and health care industries. Peter Margaritis, CSP, C.P.A. Certified Virtual Presenter, Keynote Speaker, Improv Virtuoso, Author, Podcaster, Educator, and Humorist Peter is a licensed, non-practicing, CPA in Ohio. Peter has worked for companies such as Price Waterhouse, Victoria’s Secret Catalogue (not as a model), and Ohio Dominican University. Peter has earned the highest credential of a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) from the National Speakers Association.
27:18
July 07, 2021
Yad Senapathy, Founder and CEO of Project Management Training Institute (PMTI)
Welcome to episode 21 of The Everyday PM Podcast where I have the honor of interviewing Yad Senapathy, Founder and CEO of the Project Management Training Institute (PMTI). How many of you have considered obtaining your Project Management Professional (PMP) certification? Not sure how to get started on the journey? Join Yad Senapathy, Founder and CEO of PMTI and I discuss his journey to founding PMTI and becoming the PMP Jedi Master, PMP certification, and this year's project management trends. Yad's mission through the PMTI is to help you become the best project manager equipped with valuable skills based on your unique strengths. He wants to give you the safety net enabling you to use the expertise, build your career, and: ✔ Become PMP certified. ✔ Be more marketable. ✔ Build a comprehensive skills-verified resume. ✔ Find open doors to several job offers and upgrade your career. ✔ Be a force in the project management industry. ✔ Find excellent opportunities to network with peers and experts. 𝗪𝗛𝗬 𝗣𝗥𝗢𝗝𝗘𝗖𝗧 𝗠𝗔𝗡𝗔𝗚𝗘𝗠𝗘𝗡𝗧 𝗧𝗥𝗔𝗜𝗡𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗜𝗡𝗦𝗧𝗜𝗧𝗨𝗧𝗘 (𝗣𝗠𝗧𝗜)? PMTI was established to help Fortune companies, government agencies, small businesses, and individuals to grow. It is an approved premium PMI Authorized Training Partner (ATP) and offers PMI-approved training content. It helps you successfully pass PMP Certification exams by leveraging a highly vetted question bank. PMTI offers a wide range of courses: ➤ PMP Certification ➤ PMI-ACP Certification ➤ CAPM Certification ➤ Project Management Essentials ➤ Advanced Risk Management ➤ Advanced EVM and Earned Schedule ➤ MS Project Fundamentals ➤ OPM® Fundamentals ➤ Six-Sigma Green Belt Certification World-class companies like Amazon, L3Harris, Grubhub, Booz Allen Hamilton, General Dynamics, the US Air Force, and many others trust PMTI. Did you enjoy this interview with Yad, the PMP Jedi Master himself? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below! **** Follow Our Hosts on LinkedIn: Ann Campea, MSPM, MPH, PMP Worldwide Readiness Program Manager, Apple, Inc. Program/Project management professional with 10 years of experience in product development, physical retail launches, and health care industries. Yad Senapathy, PMP Jedi Master Founder and CEO of PMTI Yad's mission is to help project managers become emotionally intelligent leaders and develop critical decision making abilities to function effectively in ever disrupting industry environments.
44:10
June 28, 2021
Focusing on the End Goal ALWAYS
Welcome to episode 20 of The Everyday PM Podcast where we discuss focusing on the end goal always and tips for staying on-track throughout the course of your project. Let's face it, staying focused in a world full of distractions is challenging. In our everyday lives, we have that singular goal for the day. Maybe it's optimizing our production to be better than the day before. But what happens throughout the day? You get distracted and the biggest, ugliest frogs you should have eaten first thing in the morning (for those of you wanting to know more about this reference, check out my blog post on Eating that Frog!), is left undone by the end of the day; thus, keeping us from being as productive as we intended to be. Same goes for our professional lives. As project managers, we are the ones tasked with keeping to the agenda and ensuring that we do not lose focus on our end goal whether it be for a meeting or a project. Helping me drive this conversation is Star Dargin, Executive and Leadership Coach and author of Leading with Gratitude: 21st Century Solutions to Boost Engagement and Innovation. How do you manage to stay focused on your end goal? Any tips and guidance to share? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below! **** Follow Our Hosts on LinkedIn: Ann Campea, MSPM, MPH, PMP Worldwide Readiness Program Manager, Apple, Inc. Program/Project management professional with 10 years of experience in product development, physical retail launches, and health care industries. Star Dargin, PCC, CPCC Executive and Leadership Coach, Star Leadership LLC As an executive coach, Star loves making a difference through 1-on-1 partnerships, as it’s a great way to help middle managers improve their leadership skills. A key part of her approach is from a place of gratitude. Her engineering background allows her to translate tech speak and she can easily shift between logic and emotions to help you communicate and operationalize your vision (or idea) and turn it into reality.
24:27
June 22, 2021
Change Management Principles
Welcome to episode 19 of The Everyday PM Podcast where we discuss Change Management principles, tool and techniques. Change, whether it is in our personal lives or professional lives, can be daunting. Most people do not like change. Why? Perhaps it is the uncertainty that it carries. That is why it's important for us as project managers to be the champions of change to help expel the worry and anxiety that is often associated with change. Helping me drive this conversation is Michael Hamilton, PMP, MSPM, Direct Sales Representative at Abbott, and fellow graduate of USC's Masters Program in Project Management. Not only do we discuss change management tools and techniques, but 10 principles to change management, as outlined in the article "10 Principles of Change Management" published in Strategy-Business.com. How do you manage change in your professional and everyday lives? Any tips and guidance to share on how you can be the champion for change? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below! Reference Jones, J., Aguirre, D. & Calderone, M. (2004). 10 principles of change management. Online post: https://www.strategy-business.com/article/rr00006?gko=dab72 **** Follow Our Hosts on LinkedIn: Ann Campea, MSPM, MPH, PMP Worldwide Readiness Program Manager, Apple, Inc. Program/Project management professional with 10 years of experience in product development, physical retail launches, and health care industries. Michael Hamilton, PMP, MSPM Direct Sales Representative, Abbott Experienced Owner with a demonstrated history of working in the sports industry. Skilled in Working with Surgeons, Capital Equipment, Product Launch, Cardiology, and Market Development.
31:21
June 14, 2021
Degree Versus Experience
Welcome to episode 18 of The Everyday PM Podcast where I look back at the age old debate of degree versus experience. As the project management industry continues to grow and evolve, as does its' candidate pool. The rigid dichotomy between degree versus experience presents a question mark for everyone competing for project manager roles. Those candidates who are fresh out of college lack the experience employers are looking for, while other candidates who have been in project management for many, many years are supplementing their experience with certifications and degrees. According to Linsey Knerl (2018), author of Northeastern University Graduate Programs blog post on "Education vs. Experience: Which Do Employers Value More?", a recent survey of 50,000 employers reveals that there's a desire for both education and experience. Ultimately, what employers want to see is real-life application of academics, which means students will want to use their learnings on current projects and veterans of the industry will want to evolve their foundational knowledge by staying abreast on emerging trends in project management. What are your thoughts on the debate between degree versus experience? Where do you stand in this debate? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below! Reference Knerl, L. (2018). Education vs. Experience: Which Do Employers Value More? Blog post on Northeastern University Graduate Programs: https://www.northeastern.edu/graduate/blog/education-vs-experience/ **** Follow Our Hosts on LinkedIn: Ann Campea, MSPM, MPH, PMP Worldwide Readiness Program Manager, Apple, Inc. Program/Project management professional with 10 years of experience in product development, physical retail launches, and health care industries.
19:27
June 07, 2021
Connecting Project Work to Business Strategy
Welcome to episode 17 of The Everyday PM Podcast where we discuss making the connection between project work and business strategy. Making this connection in our everyday lives starts at a young age. As early as we can start talking, outside of what's your name and can you say your ABCs, we're asked "What do you want to be when you grow up?" And very early on, we are being asked to start thinking about our vision for the future. It's interesting to think that at such a young age, we are essentially charting out our strategic initiatives for our everyday lives. Similarly, as project managers, it is essential that we make this connection between business goals and strategic initiatives and project management. Jennifer H. Elder, CSP, CPA, CVP (Certified Virtual Presenter), CEO of the sole proprietorship, The Sustainable CFO, joins me in this week's episode to discuss making the connection between project work and business strategy. The foundation for overall business success and project work starts here, making it critical for executive leadership to be lockstep with project leadership even before the project kicks off. By having corporate and project leadership in sync, project success is likely to increase, and in turn, fulfill company-wide strategic objectives. Connecting project management with business strategy can improve the achievement of organizational goals, strategies, and performance. What are your thoughts on making the connection between project work and business strategy? Any tips to share on how you've aligned executive leadership with project leadership? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below! Visit The Everyday PM for more content and project management-related services! *** Follow Our Hosts on LinkedIn: Ann Campea, MSPM, MPH, PMP Worldwide Readiness Program Manager, Apple, Inc. Program/Project management professional with 10 years of experience in product development, physical retail launches, and health care industries. Jennifer H. Elder, CSP, CPA, CVP (Certified Virtual Presenter) CEO◊Presenter◊Virtual Emcee◊ For more than 25 years, I have been helping organizations and individuals become future-proof by transforming good technical professionals into great leaders with top-notch communication skills, strategic leadership, and a future-focused mindset.
32:60
May 24, 2021
Citizen Development
Welcome to episode 16 of The Everyday PM Podcast where we introduce a new segment called "Retrospective." Retrospective episodes will look back at recent project project management hot topics. For the inaugural retrospective, I am looking back at Citizen Development. What is Citizen Development? Simply put, it's taking non-IT trained employees and training them to become software developers. I first caught onto this idea when I came across an article published on Wired in July 2019 that stated Amazon, the tech giant, pledged $700 million to teach its' workers to code. Fast forward to a few weeks ago when Yad Senapathy, Founder and CEO of PMTI, a company that specializes in helping you pass various exams including the PMP®, posted his quick thoughts on the potential of Citizen Development. Listen in as I discuss the positives and negatives of this emerging trend. Only time will tell if this investment will pay dividends for companies like Amazon, who cannot seem to keep up with the speed at which they need to hire a highly-skilled and capable workforce. What are your thoughts on the emerging trend of Citizen Development? Are these large companies doing the right thing by investing within? I would love to hear your thoughts! Follow Our Host on LinkedIn: Ann Campea, MSPM, MPH, PMP Worldwide Readiness Program Manager, Apple, Inc. Program/Project management professional with 10 years of experience in product development, physical retail launches, and health care industries.
17:59
May 17, 2021
Team Member Personalities
Welcome to episode 15 of The Everyday PM Podcast where we discuss team member personalities and provide tips on how to manage them. A huge part of our role as project managers is to deal with people. In Episode 14, Ryan and I discussed the process of stakeholder management. We continue the conversation in Episode 15 as we walk through various team member personalities as described in an article written by the PMHut Team over at pmhut.com. A citation and link to the full article can be found below. In this article, five of the most "common" types of team member personalities is detailed, from 'Grumpy Grant' to 'Emailing Emma.' Tt's important to remember that no matter which personality types you have on your team, that they are still just people. As we do in our everyday lives, we must learn how to work with them, adjust our communication styles, and gain each other's trust as we invest in our mutual relationships. What are your thoughts on each of the unique team member personalities? Any tips to share in regard to working with and managing people? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below! Reference: PMHut Team (2011, November 16). Stakeholders - Personality Types and Tips. Online article: https://pmhut.com/stakeholders-personality-types-and-tips **** Follow Our Hosts on LinkedIn: Ann Campea, MSPM, MPH, PMP Worldwide Readiness Program Manager, Apple, Inc. Program/Project management professional with 10 years of experience in product development, physical retail launches, and health care industries. Ryan Myers Operations Manager/Senior Project Manager, Haven Agency Experienced Operations and Senior Project Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the internet industry.
25:28
May 10, 2021
Stakeholder Management
Welcome to episode 14 of The Everyday PM Podcast where we discuss stakeholder management and dealing with various personality types. A huge part of our role as project managers is to deal with people. Stakeholders are defined as a person or party with an interest in your project. The process of stakeholder management starts with identifying who has an interest in the project and what their needs are. Once you have this understanding documented, you will plan for various tasks like status reporting and approvals to engage each of your stakeholders. Proper stakeholder management is key to the success of any project. For this reason, Ryan Myers and I discuss this very topic and guidance on how best to manage them. Whether you're managing people as part of your project or daily life, it's important for us to understand each person's role. Doing so will not only help in our daily interactions, but in satisfying our collective expectations and needs for the project (we call life). What are your thoughts on the stakeholder management process? Do you have any best practices to share in regard to working with and managing people? Just remember that at the end of the day, stakeholders are just people like you and I. **** Follow Our Hosts on LinkedIn: Ann Campea, MSPM, MPH, PMP Worldwide Readiness Program Manager, Apple, Inc. Program/Project management professional with 10 years of experience in product development, physical retail launches, and health care industries. Ryan Myers Operations Manager/Senior Project Manager, Haven Agency Experienced Operations and Senior Project Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the internet industry.
29:00
April 26, 2021
Agile versus Waterfall Methodology
Welcome to episode 13 of The Everyday PM Podcast where we debate Agile versus Waterfall methodology. Agile versus Waterfall continues to be widely debated. Many argue that Waterfall is an antiquated methodology, despite it still being the most widely used methodology by traditional organizational environments today. Proponents of Agile believe its advantages far outweigh its disadvantages, making it the preferred methodology for organizations wanting to go faster. Brian Summons, Senior Project Manager at CHOC Children's Hospital, and I enthusiastically took up the challenge to debate this topic in the latest episode of The Everyday PM Podcast. Join us as we debate the advantages and disadvantages of these two popular methodologies and the circumstances where it may be more suitable to use one over the other... or dare I say both? Where do you stand in this debate? We would love to hear your thoughts on your preferred methodologies, whether it is Agile, Waterfall, or something completely different. Drop us a comment below. **** Follow Our Hosts on LinkedIn: Ann Campea, MSPM, MPH, PMP Worldwide Readiness Program Manager, Apple, Inc. Program/Project management professional with 10 years of experience in product development, physical retail launches, and health care industries. Brian Summons, Senior Project Manager | MSPM | PMP | CSM | CSPO | Iraq Combat Veteran Senior Project Manager, CHOC Children's Senior-Level Project Leader, Combat Veteran, and USC ✌🏾 Alumnus who has a passion for leading impactful technology projects. A seasoned leader, and polished communicator with the required experience to ensure project success.
40:12
April 14, 2021
Project Management Professional (PMP) Exam
Welcome to episode 12 of The Everyday PM Podcast where we discuss the Project Management Professional (PMP) exam from preparation strategies to the exam structure With the continuous growth of the project management industry, it is by no surprise that more and more working professionals are looking to obtain the PMP or Project Management Professional certification to stand out from the crowd. The Project Management Professional exam and certification has been around since 1984 and is globally recognized. There are now more than 500,000 project managers who hold this certification and you'll find that many companies list it as a preferred, recommended, or must-have criteria when hiring project managers. Jonathan Green, PMP, PSM I, Editorial Manager for Roku, Inc. joins me to discuss this topic. He serves as the ideal co-host for this topic because in November of 2019, he and I enlisted in PMTI's bootcamp to prepare for the PMP exam. It was an intense four-day bootcamp taught by an experienced instructor that guaranteed you a shot at passing the exam on the 5th day provided you scored reasonably well on the practice exams administered during the four-days of preparation. As you can see from the three letters after Jonathan and my names, we both passed the exam with high marks. While this method worked best for us, I encourage you to find a preparation method that suits your needs. Give the podcast a listen to hear our thoughts on making this determination to take a bootcamp over self-study and our perspective on the exam itself. Are you considering taking the PMP exam? What is driving you to do so? Are you PMP certified? Do you see value in holding the certification? We would love to hear your thoughts on the PMP exam and certification. Resources: Project Management Training Institute® (PMTI®) is an official Premier PMI® Authorized Training Partner® (ATP) and an organization that has helped over 80,000 PMP certification aspirants in 20+ countries in PMP certification training in boot camp format. Follow Our Hosts on LinkedIn: Ann Campea, MSPM, MPH, PMP Worldwide Readiness Program Manager, Apple, Inc. Program/Project management professional with 10 years of experience in product development, physical retail launches, and health care industries. Jonathan Green, PMP, PSM I Editorial Manager, Roku, Inc. Experienced creative producer and agile project manager adept at improving communication, creating engaging content, and delivering complex projects on time. Passionate about tech, entertainment, design, and social good.
33:16
March 31, 2021
2021 Project Management Trends
Welcome to episode 11 of The Everyday PM Podcast where we discuss the Top 6 Project Management Trends emerging in 2021 from an article written by Tim Stobierski on July 8, 2020 as published in the Northeastern University Graduate Programs blog. Change is inevitable in every project, let along the entire project management industry. Due to advancements in technology and a growing job scope, the project management industry is seeing significant change as we continue our way through 2021. Brian Summons, Senior Project Manager at CHOC Children's Hospital, and I discuss via rapid fire debate a la ESPN's Pardon the Interruption format our thoughts on each trend. Top 6 Emerging Trends in Project Management Greater Reliance on Digital and Remote Teams A Closer Connection Between Projects and Strategy Project Management and Change Management The Emergence of Hybrid Project Management Approaches An Emphasis on Soft Skills The Impact of Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics We would love to hear your thoughts on the emerging trends in project management. Do you agree or disagree with the list? Any other trends that may have been missed from the list? As project managers, it is up to us to understand and capitalize upon the emerging trends in 2021 by doing what we do best - plan for it. References: Stobierski, T. (2020, July 8). 6 Project Management Trends emerging in 2021. Northeastern University Graduate Programs Blog. *** Follow Our Hosts on LinkedIn: Ann Campea, MSPM, MPH, PMP Worldwide Readiness Program Manager, Apple, Inc. Program/Project management professional with 10 years of experience in product development, physical retail launches, and health care industries. Brian Summons, Senior Project Manager | MSPM | PMP | CSM | CSPO | Iraq Combat Veteran Senior Project Manager, CHOC Children's Senior-Level Project Leader, Combat Veteran, and USC ✌🏾 Alumnus who has a passion for leading impactful technology projects. A seasoned leader, and polished communicator with the required experience to ensure project success.
28:56
March 23, 2021
Women in Project Management
Welcome to episode 10 of The Everyday PM Podcast where we talk about women in project management. Statistics available from the Project Management Institute (PMI) show that "women currently constitute an estimated 20–30% of the project management staff worldwide." What is causing this imbalance in gender equality across the industry? Christina Olivarria, MSPM, PMP, HACP, LBBP, Project Manager/Communications Manager at Yellow Brick Consulting, Inc. and Brenda Love, MSPM, CSM, Principal Project Manager at Genentech, join me to discuss what qualities make for a good project manager, how women inherently possess the super powers to make great project managers, and if women will begin to tip the scale as the project management industry grows more and more diverse. How do you feel about the gender disparity in the project management industry? What is the future of women in project management? Feel free to drop a comment within this post with your thoughts. Follow Our Hosts on LinkedIn: Ann Campea, MSPM, MPH, PMP Worldwide Readiness Program Manager, Apple, Inc. Program/Project management professional with 10 years of experience in product development, physical retail launches, and health care industries. Christina Olivarria, MSPM, PMP, HACP, LBBP Project Manager/Communications Manager, Yellow Brick Consulting, Inc. A well-organized, task-orientated project manager, who takes initiative in delivering the highest quality services to both peers and clients alike. Brenda Love, MSPM, CSM Principal Project Manager, Genentech Strategic planner and problem solver with an emphasis on aligning people, processes and technology with an organization’s goals and strategies. A change practitioner who strives to find effective process improvements which deliver efficient productivity.
26:48
March 17, 2021
Lessons Learned
Welcome to episode 9 of The Everyday PM Podcast where we talk about lessons learned. Projects can teach many valuable lessons about teams and processes over time. Those insights can then be used to create process change, run more efficient projects, and work better as a project team. Project failures can also say a lot about processes and communication when those failures are analyzed to determine where a project went wrong. The best part about learning a lesson from a project is the potential to improve the next project and this is where a post-mortem can help. By taking the insights that come out of these discussions and applying them to lessons across your team, you can pave the way for more lessons learned to avoid repeating the same issues and ensure success on each new project you take on. The same practice can happen in your everyday life by taking some time to reflect and asking yourself: "What went well?" "What did not go well?" and "How can I improve the situation next time?" Christina Olivarria, MSPM, PMP, HACP, LBBP, Project Manager/Communications Manager at Yellow Brick Consulting, Inc., joins me to discuss lessons learned, tools and techniques we employ, and how to infuse lessons learned as an integral part of your company culture. Yellow Brick Consulting's mission is "To deliver unparalleled project management expertise to the healthcare industry." To learn more, check out Yellow Brick Consulting's website. Do you have a lessons learned process that works well for you in either your personal or professional life? How to you implement process improvements as a part of lessons learned? Any best practices to share with the PM community? Feel free to drop a comment within this post with your thoughts.
21:36
March 09, 2021
Risk Management
Welcome to episode 8 of The Everyday PM Podcast where we talk about risks versus issues and how to manage it. Risk management can proactively safeguard businesses against negative risks today, while taking advantage of positive risks tomorrow. There is much value in cultivating a strong risk culture. However, in order to enhance risk culture, a business needs to establish and grow risk management as a priority within the organization. Creating this culture means managing risks will take a collaborative approach, where teams are equipped to formally discuss risks and opportunities while tracking contingency and mitigation plans. William Wilson, MSPM, BGS, Branch Manager at Smithfield Foods, and I cover topics spanning risk versus issue, how to proactively monitor, document, and track risks, and cultivating a culture that embraces risk management in our professional and personal lives. How do you identify risks and issues within your organization? Any best practices to share with the PM community? Feel free to drop a comment within this post with your thoughts. Follow Our Hosts on LinkedIn: Ann Campea, MSPM, MPH, PMP Worldwide Readiness Program Manager at Apple, Inc. Program/Project management professional with 10 years of experience in product development, physical retail launches, and health care industries. William Wilson, MSPM, BGS Branch Manager, Smithfield Foods Within the past 12 years, I have gained experience in relationship management by adhering to proven operational practices in marketing and sales meeting budget and sales goals.
23:02
March 03, 2021
How COVID Has Impacted Our Way of Working
For many of us, adopting a new way of working as a result of global pandemic has presented challenges and welcomed benefits. Brian Summons, Senior Project Manager at CHOC Children's Hospital, and I found commonality in being virtual new hires. In this week's episode, we cover topics spanning from virtually onboarding into a new role, cultivating stakeholder relationships, facilitating and driving strategic initiatives, to remote work trends across industries. What are some adjustments that you have had to make due to the pandemic? Are you working from home? Any tips or techniques to managing remote work? Feel free to drop us a comment within this post with your thoughts. Follow Our Hosts on LinkedIn: Ann Campea, Brian Summons
26:21
February 22, 2021
Change Management Tools and Techniques
Change management provides a structured approach for supporting individuals and/or your organization to move from current state to future state. The discipline itself is what guides how we prepare techniques and equip tools to support individuals in successfully adopting change to drive organizational success. What is change management? What tools and techniques can we employ to help champion change within our organization? Managing change both in our professional and personal lives can be challenging if we are unprepared. Christina Olivarria, MSPM, PMP, HACP, LBBP, Project Manager/Communications Manager at Yellow Brick Consulting, Inc., joins me to discuss change management, tools and techniques we employ, and how to be a champion for change. Yellow Brick Consulting's mission is "To deliver unparalleled project management expertise to the healthcare industry." To learn more, check out Yellow Brick Consulting's website. Follow Our Hosts on LinkedIn: Ann Campea, Christina Olivarria
28:46
February 15, 2021
Scope Creep and Managing Stakeholder Expectations
Scope creep... It happens. Simply put, scope creep occurs when the scope, deliverables, or features on a project expand from what was originally set—without being accounted for in additional time or budget. How do project managers play a role in scope creep? How can scope creep hurt your projects?  Managing scope creep is an intricate art, as it can have both positive and negative effects on your project. Ryan Myers, Operations Manager/Senior Project Manager at Haven Agency, joins me to discuss what scope creep is and how to manage stakeholder expectations. Follow Our Hosts on LinkedIn: Ann Campea, Ryan Myers
32:22
February 02, 2021
Gaining Confidence to Change Careers
Welcome to episode 4 of The Everyday PM Podcast where we talk about gaining confidence to change careers. More often than not, I come across prospective project managers that are looking to pivot from a completely different role. I am also of the majority of project managers that sort of 'fell into' the role, meaning we did not start off professionally looking to achieve project management greatness. So how does one gain the confidence to change careers? How do you know that project management is for you? I welcome Jazzie Craig, Business Coach, Online Course Creator, Digital Marketing Expert, and E-Commerce Business Owner to this episode of The Everyday PM to discuss how to gain confidence in starting your own business or pivoting your career to one with a project management focus. You'll also learn how Jazzie played a role in The Everyday PM and why it exists today! Follow Our Hosts on LinkedIn: Ann Campea, Jazzie Craig
22:53
January 24, 2021
Project Management Degrees and Certifications
What types of degrees and certifications are available in Project Management? With the PM industry expanding, considering higher education or a certification can help set you apart from the competition. Oscar Arciga and Ann Campea, University of Southern California alumni, discuss the differences between a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification and a Master of Science in Project Management (MSPM) degree.  Follow Our Hosts on LinkedIn: Ann Campea, Oscar Arciga
36:27
January 15, 2021
Leadership in Project Management
Projects and work environments are becoming increasingly complex due to the pandemic, with teams dispersed virtually and having to find new ways to adapt to this complexity. Project/program managers must shift their mindset to one of project leadership, learning to exhibit soft skills in the virtual environment or even when interviewing for a new job opportunity.  We share our thoughts on how to convey leadership as a soft skill and have it resonate with recruiters and colleagues alike.  Follow Our Hosts on LinkedIn: Ann Campea, Rob Hanson, William Wilson
37:15
December 18, 2020
Breaking into the Project Management Industry
The Everyday PM podcast is a conversation amongst industry professionals with varying experiences and perspectives on the topic of project management including advice, insight, and maybe a laugh or two. In the inaugural episode of The Everyday PM podcast, we discuss the challenges of breaking into the project management industry including trends and tips for both newcomers and those looking to transition into the role. Follow Our Hosts on LinkedIn: Ann Campea, Rob Hanson, William Wilson
28:22
August 16, 2020