10 most valued soft skills

According to CareerBuilder.com the top 10 most valued soft skills are:

1. Strong work ethic. Includes motivation and dedication to doing a good job.
2. Positive attitude in the office.
3. Communication skills. Listening is a rare skill among executives.
4. Time management.
5. Problem-solving skills.
6. Teamwork.
7. Self-confidence.
8. Accept and learn from criticism.
9. Flexibility and adaptability to different scenarios.
10. Ability to work under pressure.

Popular phrases every PMP should know

Popular phrases every PMP should know
Being a project manager can be a tough job. A little folk wisdom to inspire us to keep leading our teams and advance our careers doesn’t hurt.

That’s why we compiled some of the most accurate phrases for project managers and those looking for motivation to pursue that career:

  1. “Operations keep the lights on, strategy provides the light at the end of the tunnel, but project management is the train engine that moves the organization forward” – Joy GumzSenior Director at Project Auditors 

  2. “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got” – Anthony ’Tony’ RobbinsMotivational Speaker

  3. “If you can’t describe what you are doing as a process, you don’t know what you are doing” – W. Edwards DemingAmerican Engineer, Statistician, Professor, Author, Lecturer, and Management Consultant 

  4. “Have a good plan, Execute it violently, Do it today” – General Douglas McArthurAmerican five-star General and Field Marshal of the Philippine Army

  5. “Quality means doing it right when no one is looking” – Henry Ford,  Founder of Ford Motor Company

  6. “Momentum is a fragile force. Its worst enemy: procrastination. Its best friend: a deadline (think Election Day). Implication no. 1 (and there is no no. 2): Get to work! NOW!” – Tom PetersAmerican Writer and Author 

  7. “Know when to cut your losses if necessary. Don’t let your desire to succeed be the enemy of good judgment. If Napoleon had left Moscow immediately, he may have returned with a salvageable army.” – Jerry ManasThought Leader in Organizational Project and Resource management

  8. “A project is complete when it starts working for you, rather than you working for it.” – Scott AllenAmerican Figure Skater 

  9. “The only way to do great work is to love what you do” – Steve JobsCo-founder of Apple

  10. “Concentrate all of your thoughts upon the work in had. The sun rays do not burn until brought to a focus” – Alexander Graham BellScottish-born Scientist, Inventor, Engineer & Innovator

  11. “You don’t have to see the entire staircase, just take the first step” – Martin Luther King JrAmerican Baptist Minister, Activist & Humanitarian

  12. “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm” – Winston Churchill,  Prime Minister of United Kingdom 1940-1945 and 1951-1955

  13. “Even if you’re on the right track you will get run over if you just sit there” – Will RogersAmerican humorist, Newspaper Columnist, Social Commentator, and Stage & Motion Picture Actor

  14. “Time is the scarcest resource and unless it is managed nothing else can be managed” – Peter DruckerAustrian-born American Management Consultant, Educator, and Author 

  15. “When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps” – ConfuciusChinese Teacher, Editor, Politician, and Philosopher


11 alternative certifications to PMP

While it is true that the average salary of people certified as Project Management Professional (PMP)® by the Project Management Institute (PMI)® is higher than that of other certifications, it is good to know that there are other alternatives. That is, you don’t necessarily have to choose the PMI certification if you want to have a third-party validation of your level of project management expertise.

We all know that having a certification makes it easier to find a new job, even for those with more experience. And there are few companies that do not require a certification.

Here are the 12 most popular certifications in project management today.

  • PMP: Profesional de Gestión de Proyectos
  • CAPM: Asociado Certificado en Gestión de Proyectos
  • CSM: ScrumMaster certificado
  • CompTIA Project+ certificado
  • PRINCE2 Foundation / PRINCE2 Practitioner
  • CPMP: Profesional Certificado en Gestión de Proyectos
  • Asociado en Gestión de Proyectos
  • MPM: Master Project Manager
  • PPM: Profesional en Gestión de Proyectos
  • PMITS: Gestión de proyectos en seguridad informática
  • Director de Proyectos Certificado
  • CPM: Administrador de proyectos certificado (IAPM)

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ProjectManager tools

ProjectManager continues to evolve its products based on market demands, with the understanding that many project managers wish to migrate from Microsoft Project or the Google Apps variety to a more affordable or efficient PM solution. ProjectManager allows importing data from Microsoft Project and Google Apps.

To facilitate support for global teams, the ProjectManager interface is available in multiple languages, and supports multiple currencies and cultural preferences. This online project management service can easily manage multiple projects, expenses, time tracking, issues, risks, changes, workloads, resources, reports and documents.

New features added in the last year include full integration with Google . Google Chrome’s market share is currently over 50 percent, so ProjectManager now supports Google Chrome and integrates with its applications. The solution allows you to update tasks using Gmail, add Google Docs to projects, import Google contacts and add Google Calendar events to ProjectManager. It also includes new integrations with Microsoft Outlook and free iPad/iPhone apps available to subscribers.

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Virtual teams and project management

It is very common today for most of us to divide our time and energy between the real world and the virtual world. In our real world, there are work meetings, parties with family and friends, sports, physical exercise and the daily chores that supplement our lives. Then there is the virtual world with conference calls, emails, text messages, online banking, social networking, and shopping that we can do from the comfort of our computer 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Most of us have adapted and acquired the skills necessary to be efficient in our virtual worlds, but have we taken the time to do so in the context of project management and how we manage virtual teams?

According to the traditional PMBOK® definition, a virtual team is “a group of people with a common goal who will fulfill their roles and where face-to-face meetings will be few or non-existent”. Although the traditional image of a virtual team is one in which all members are permanently located in different geographic areas, a virtual team can also include situations in which team members are temporarily absent due to business travel or working remotely from home or another office. There are also situations where most team members are in the same location and only some are dispersed. At this point, many of us could technically be working in a virtual team without even realizing it.

Virtual teams and traditional teams share many of the same opportunities and challenges, but virtual teams carry an additional level of complexity. From the outset and in order to “bridge” the gap, the team should have a stronger focus on the “high-level” aspects of the project.

Team building in a traditional project environment is largely the result of face-to-face sharing of experiences and informal interactions. In virtual teams, this is often not the case, which can result in a lack of trust between team members as well as limitations in knowledge transfer.

The project leader should consider having at least one live meeting at the beginning, and periodically if the project is long-term. When this is not possible, taking advantage of tools such as video conferencing and chat rooms opens up the possibility for team members to get to know and “read” each other better, so that communication has a better chance of success throughout the project.

By Jamie Gelbtuch

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What does a robotics engineer do?

A robot has three distinct facets, each of which is related to a traditional field of study:

1. Hardware —This is the physical aspect of the robot, such as a mechanical arm, a drone vehicle or a miniature probe. Robots move using sophisticated systems of hydraulics and pneumatics. They also have vast arrays of delicate sensors, which are used to observe their environments.

Relevant discipline: mechanical engineering

2. Software — Robots are controlled by software algorithms that either run locally or on a network, the robot is connected to. In the past, this software was a set of intricate instructions that told the robot exactly what to do in every possible situation. Today, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) make it possible for robots to teach themselves and adapt their programming as circumstances change.

Relevant discipline: computer science or software engineering

3. Connectivity — Robots need a way for their software to communicate with their hardware and vice versa. Because of this, each robot has a system that relays instructions from the software controller to the hardware and also sends sensor data back to the controller. This connectivity is usually achieved with complex wiring, although modern robots may pass data over Wi-Fi networks.