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  • Ask Jean – Building Trust on Project Teams

    Jean Steinmetz, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP

    Earning the Prestigious Project Management Professional credential is one part of the trust equation with developing good project teams.

    If you’re like most Project Management Professionals (PMP) you share your expertise and lead teams.  Along the way, you also inspire others to be the best they can to be.  The number one requirement to develop people on your team is TRUST.  Not only do you want to be able to trust your team; but also you want them to trust YOU.  This takes time and the more you can guide your colleagues in the right direction with the most up to date information, the quicker the better.

    One of the ways we notice PMP’s helping out others in their worlds is with helping them also become PMP certified.  The first step in this process is with completing the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Eligibility Application.  About 14 months ago PMI became much stricter in how they want to see projects described on their PMP application.

    You as a PMP, may have gotten your application accepted with a paragraph description of where you led and directed tasks on projects, keeping it to 500 characters or less.  Today, applicants need to provide a one-sentence project objective, Project deliverables summarized by the process groups (Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring and Controlling, and Closing – (PMI expects folks to use these abbreviations), and a brief one-sentence project outcome.  Candidates still have just 500 characters to describe their projects. Every day I review new Cheetah students’ PMP eligibility applications to make sure they are completing it to these new standards.

    We have seen far too many PMP candidates being rejected because of a lack of ability to communicate their PM skills in PMI’s preferred style.  If you every once in a while you are helping out others fill out their PMI Eligibility Applications – send them my way and I can make sure they have it done correctly.

    Share your knowledge and lead best by providing your team with the most up to date and accurate information when it comes to obtaining their PMP.  Save both you and them some time – send them to askjean@cheetahlearning.com and tell them to tell me you sent them – I can provide you with some prepaid pdus so you can maintain your PMP and never have to take that exam again   🙂

    Jean Steinmetz is the Director of Admissions at Cheetah Learning and our Lead Cheetah Career Counselor helping Cheetah students complete their PMI Eligibility Applications.

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