Vicki James, PMP, CBAP, PMI-PBA, CSM

formerly of Professional Project Services, LCC

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Stop Unproductive Meetings!

We’ve all been there. The endless meeting that gets no results.  The meeting may end with many sticky notes on the wall, brainstorm lists everywhere, a large parking lot, and yet no one can say that the meeting actually accomplished anything. This often leads to even more meetings to sort through what actually happened and try to gain some results. These are the meetings that give meetings a bad name.  However, there is a solution to avoid this scenario…great meeting facilitation.

Great meeting facilitation takes planning, preparation, meeting management, and follow up.

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The Power Project Team

The Power Project Team is a concept that I have been working on for more than three years. It started with a LinkedIn Poll asking “who has responsibility for project value? This helped lead the way to The Project Manager vs. the Business Analyst (blog post 2012), was further refined in Strategies for Project Sponsorship (Management Concepts Press 2013), and was fully realized in Levering Business Analysis for Project Success (Business Expert Press 2015). Understanding the Power Project Team will help you get the support needed to maximize the likelihood of project success and bring greater value to the business.

The Power Project Team is the team of project leaders needed to successfully guide a project to successful completion of a solution that adds value to the business.  Together, each member leverages his knowledge and expertise to provide a systems of checks and balances that optimize the changes of project success.  At the helm of this team is the Project Sponsor…

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Get Ready for PMP Exam Changes Coming in January 2016

PMI© has announce changes coming to the Project Manager Professional (PMP®) examination beginning on January 11, 2016 (postponed from original schedule of November 1, 2015). The changes represent a 25% overhaul to the exam questions. While the exam is changing, A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide®) 5th edition, is not. If you are scheduled to take the exam prior to January 11, 2016, do not change your course of study. However, if you do not pass prior to this date or are otherwise scheduled to take it afterwards, you will need to change your study strategy to include the exam updates.

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New Orleans Bound for the PMI North American Global Congress!



Strategies for Project Sponsorship is coming to New Orleans for the PMI Global Congress.  Vicki will be presenting at 2:30p on Sunday.  Workshop attendees will receive a copy of the Sponsorship Checklist and one lucky attendee will receive a signed copy of the book.  Register for NA13ESM01 : Strategies for Project Sponsorship today!

On a different note, join Vicki for an unsponsored, informal night of local New Orleans food and blues on Saturday. Vicki’s classmate Eloise Davis is a member of Major Bacon, a local New Orleans blues band.  Join Vicki for dinner before hand and the gig.  More information on Vicki’s Facebook.

Authors’ Interview with Guerrilla Project Management

ImageThank you Samad Aidane for this interview on Strategies for Project Sponsorship. We enjoyed talking to you and appreciate you support.


Vicki James, Peter Taylor, and Ron Rosenhead share their insights on the secrets to effective project sponsorship from their new book “Strategies for Project Sponsorship”

Research into the causes of project failure clearly shows there is a real problem around the Project Sponsor role.  The Project sponsor is critical to project success, yet it is a role that is often assigned to a member of an organization with little knowledge or training in project management practices. In their new book “Strategies for Project Sponsorship”, authors Vicki James, Peter Taylor, and Ron Rosenhead address the challenge of project sponsorship from all three vantage points—that of the project manager, the project sponsor, and the organization. The book reveals the secrets to effective project sponsorship and how to help project managers and project sponsors work in concert and leverage their respective organizational roles and responsibilities.

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2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 7,800 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 13 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Happy Holidays from Professional Project Services

I hope this holiday seasons find you and your family and loved ones well. It took me a while to figure out the perfect gift for you to show my appreciation of your support of Professional Project Services, and by extension, me. Thank you so much for following and I look forward to supporting you in your professional endeavors throughout 2013 and beyond.

I have created the linked Reading Guide to project books to help you find the book or books that will best match your needs. I will go beyond the reviews and provide additional information on target audience, specific focus, and reference or read through. I hope you enjoy and please send me your book recommendations as I work to build my 2013 reading list.

And now a Happy Holidays message from my oldest girl, Lucy…

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