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5 alternate ways to supercharge your career

A mid-career crisis can hit anybody. And unlike a mid-life crisis, there is no age for this and it can affect even 30-something professionals. In this fast paced world, your career is like your car battery that needs to be charged at periodic intervals, because what worked for you to get you where you are now, may not be enough to get you to the next level. Here’s our take on 5 alternate ways in which you can recharge your career and surge forward on the success ladder.   Know your strengths….and weaknesses— Once we have established our careers, we find it rather hard to admit anything we are not good at. But admitting your weakness ensures you get help for it, which in turn will help you perform better. Be efficient—Taking on more responsibilities without complaining and helping your boss whenever possible is bound to get you noticed. Don’t burn the midnight oil but be a good multitasker. Have a schedule and stick to it. Whether it is exercising each day, setting daily and weekly professional goals, or eating healthier—having a schedule and doing things without procrastinating will help you lead a better professional and personal life. Network—Going beyond your office contacts and networking with like-minded professionals who are successful and dynamic, will help you reach out to them when needed. Never let the wheels of education stop—Look for ways by which you can better yourself. A specialization or niche course can go a long way in establishing your commitment and passion for success. If you work for Scrum projects, do a CSM, CSPO or Business Case Writing If you are a finance professional, pursue a course on International Financial Standards. Don’t rest unless you reach your goals. Ask for and act on feedback—Feedback is the best form of continuous improvement. It is important to overcome your weaknesses and build on your strengths. So, don’t hesitate to take feedback from your peers and act on them to make yourself stronger.
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5 alternate ways to supercharge your career Shweta Iyer Jul 19, 2015
A mid-career crisis can hit anybody. And unlike a mid-life crisis, there is no age for this and it can affect even 30-something professionals. In this fast paced world, your career is like your car ba...
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Get trained, multiply your income!

Quite often, professionals feel like they have reached a state of limbo in their career. They may seem to be working long hours and pushing themselves to go the extra mile at work — and yet their efforts seem to be all in vain. They get bypassed for a promotion and don’t get appreciated as much as they should. Sound familiar? If your career is at a standstill, just what can you do to get out of this rut? Are you happy in your present career? If not, it may be time to make a switch. A career change can be a game changer and give your income that much-needed boost. If you find that you have to drag yourself to work every morning, and really don’t enjoy what you are doing, then it’s clear that you need to opt out. There are a number of professional training courses available that can give you a fresh start in a new direction. If you are a software engineer, Big Data  is all the rage these days…you can take a course in Hadoop and pick up the fundamentals of this versatile data platform. Or if network security is your forte, you can get started on a career in Ethical Hacking with a CEH certification. Evaluate your interests and make the right decision. If you are happy with your career choice, but not so happy with the paycheck you are drawing, then you can upgrade your skills with a certification course that takes your competencies up a notch. For instance, if you are currently a team leader; get PMP certified and establish your capability of driving a complex project with confidence. The promotion and salary hike you seek will soon be yours! The Project Management Salary Survey—Eighth Edition claims that certification holders earn 17 percent more than their non-certified peers. Whether its upskilling yourself, or learning a new skill entirely, getting trained can start you on the path to personal and professional success. Step back and evaluate yourself; set clear goals for your career, and draw out a road map that will take you where you want to go!
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Quite often, professionals feel like they have reached a state of limbo in their career. They may seem to be working long hours and pushing themselves to go the extra mile at work — and yet thei...
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Changes in the PMP Certification

Every 3-5 years, PMI® revisits its certifications, and conducts a study that takes into account inputs from project management practitioners across industries, work settings, and regions. Accordingly, the PMI makes appropriate changes to the PMP® curriculum to make sure that the certification stays valid and relevant. This ensures that their credentials are a reflection of industry best practices, and are driven by ongoing practices in the profession. As you may already be aware, the PMP® Exam is changing from November 1st 2015. The updated PMP® exam content will be applicable from November, and 1st November is the last date on which you can test under the present version of the exam. So, what do you need to know about the new exam format? The exam content has been changed to make it more relevant to current industry best practices. While the five domains of practice for the PMP have not changed, the underlying tasks within those domains have undergone slight modifications. Some tasks have been altered slightly, while others were changed or deleted in their entirety. A couple of tasks have been newly added as well.  Below is an overview of the newly added content: Domain 1 Initiating the Project 3 tasks added – task 2, task 7, task 8 Domain 2 Planning the Project 1 task added – task 13 Domain 3 Executing the Project 2 tasks added – task 6, task 7 Domain 4 Monitoring and controlling the project 2 tasks added – task 6, task 7 Domain 5 Closing the project No new tasks added To read about the Exam content in detail, please download the Certification Exam outline as a pdf at this link: http://www.pmi.org/~/media/PDF/Certifications/pmp-certification-exam-outline.ashx As of now, the scoring method is expected to be the same. There is no change to the eligibility criteria, or to the exam reporting method.
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Every 3-5 years, PMI® revisits its certifications, and conducts a study that takes into account inputs from project management practitioners across industries, work settings, and regions. Acc...
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Achieving Leadership Excellence: Inspiring Great Teams

Great leaders are just ordinary people who have certain traits that set them apart — and enable them to achieve the extraordinary. Despite differences that stem from culture, gender or age, all leaders who have been a true inspiration to their teams share similar patterns of behaviour. They lead the way. Leaders establish their minimum benchmarks of excellence, and then set out to show others how to go about achieving them. They lay out principles for others to follow, and targets that they should achieve. They inspire and motivate. Inspirational leaders are passionate about envisioning the future, and enthuse the team to share their vision of what the organization can become. They create exciting possibilities that everyone can achieve together, working as a team. They innovate and challenge processes. Great leaders question existing processes, and look for ways to do the same thing in a better way. They are willing to experiment, are not afraid of risks, and take failures as learning opportunities. Leaders delegate with care. A good leader knows the strengths and weaknesses of each of his team members. By delegating tasks appropriately, and trusting the team with his ideas, he can free up his time to work on higher level tasks. They appreciate the efforts of others. Recognition works wonders, and by acknowledging individual contributions and celebrating accomplishments, leaders make their people work twice as hard! Genuine appreciation kindles determination, and instigates teams to work with sincerity. They build trust and foster team collaboration. Teams that work well together achieve extraordinary success. Leaders foster team trust and strengthen teams, helping each member to work with transparency and accountability. Above all, great leaders are honest. Honesty and sincerity should be the bedrock of any successful business. By setting themselves up as an example, leaders can influence the workspace to reflect ethical behaviour as a core value.
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Great leaders are just ordinary people who have certain traits that set them apart — and enable them to achieve the extraordinary. Despite differences that stem from culture, gender or age, all ...
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Boosting Business excellence through Business Analytics

In today’s increasingly complex business operations that revolve around the supply chain and production mechanisms, networks of partners, suppliers, and globally spread operations make delivering excellence a great challenge. Besides, increasing competition, rising cost pressure, market volatility, and shifting customer demands, further compound the challenges. To overcome these problems, organizations must develop effective processes across the enterprise that deliver a customized experience that is replicable at scale and driven by data. Ultimately, they must transform long-lasting ratios and metrics across inventory, staffing, finance, customer service and fraud. By building effective processes, organizations can dramatically improve the productivity of their crucial assets—human and material. Most importantly, you can dispel the ratios that have pushed your business for so long, improve staff ratios to the business volume that fail to stand in the existing situation. Business analytics can help you develop smarter processes, exploit the use of assets and crack conventional operational ratios. To bring operational excellence using business analytics, businesses must implement the process that facilitates decision identification, decision solutions, and decision analysis. Decision Identification In decision identification, define the business problem you have to tackle. You detach these critical repeatable decisions from your business processes and IT environment. By outlining the business issue at hand with the outcome in mind, you should be able to improve the result. Decision Solutions After recognizing the repeatable decisions and determining what to do, your next action should be to draw and develop a decision solution. The components of these decision solutions will be the business rules you need to propel and support your decisions and the analytics will help you make your decisions. Decision Analysis Business decisions are often subject to regulatory transformation, policy changes, market influences and other factors. To ensure successful implementation of business analytics, you need to bring the spotlight on continuous improvement. Following such a practice will increase the value of your business analytics and stay current. Business analytics has the muscle in delivering operational excellence. However, many organizations have limited their investment in business analytics to customer prospects and risk management. Organizations seeking operational excellence need to get business analytics to the front-end and adopt a wide range of analytics tools to controlling and enhancing the decisions that steer their operations.
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In today’s increasingly complex business operations that revolve around the supply chain and production mechanisms, networks of partners, suppliers, and globally spread operations make deliverin...
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6 definite signs you should take up a training

We notice hundreds like us coming to and leaving the office every day. Wearing identical clothes, carrying similar accessories, using the same routes as everyone else, these people walk and work in a horde.  And then there are some who wear the white collars and influence even the air in the office.  Which of these groups do you belong to or aim to be in? There are certain tell-tale signs that indicate that you are in dire need of a training and must accomplish a certification. As soon as you see yourself in any one of the below situations, you should know it’s time for a quick and effective certification to pull you up and set you back on the right track- You’ve been eyeing the promotion for a long long time: And it still continues to evade you! Identify what is it you lack in; is it Soft Skills or Advance Technical Skills? Get a certification that is driving the current job market and is in line with your future goals. You’ve hit the rut at your workplace: Uninspired and lost, you should take the help of accredited certification to elevate you. You don’t have the time to squander on getting another degree: Though you recognize you need to increase your expertise and need the documents to support them, you just don’t have enough time for it. The best part about professional certifications is that they are just as effective and are completed within days! You are no different than the one next to you: Even s/he does the exact same work as you, or the one before. Whether it is IT, or Quality, an official recognition, by an authoritative body will set you apart from your peers and make you visible, even within the crowd. You are obviously not happy with your paycheck: An additional mention of a prominent certification has increased the value of paychecks by 15%. And that is a fact and not an myth! You’ve lost the purpose that used to drive you: You have had the taste of success in the past, but it is not there anymore. Whether you need to pump-up your usual routine, or get out and start a new one, you need a training to help you do that.
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Meet the top three CSTs who are redefining the training industry!

It takes a mix of deep subject matter expertise, dedication and an unswerving passion to become a skilled CST. And that’s what these three CSTs have in common…besides the fact that they all are on KnowledgeHut’s panel of experienced CSTs! Based in UK, Iain McKenna has a wealth of experience in agile consulting and coaching and has spearheaded many global organisations in their agile journey. He has facilitated organisational change in many global corporates; helping them create high-quality value-added products with a sharp focus on innovation and lean processes. Among the organisations he has worked with are United Health, BBC, Cisco and BSkyB. You can connect with Iain at https://uk.linkedin.com/in/iainmckenna Kiran Thakkar’s  CSM workshops are always fully booked well ahead of time…ample testimony to his popularity as a much sought-after CST. His hands-on sessions use real-life case studies and practical examples, and he shares with his students personal insights that he has collected over the years. Genuine Scrum expertise and an ability to engage students from start to finish make his classes truly worthwhile. Kiran has worked in companies like Siemens Medical Solutions and Aon, and is associated as an adjunct faculty at Penn State Great Valley, DeVry/Keller University, and the University of Phoenix. Kiran is on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/pub/kiran-thakkar-mba-cst/1/256/626   Heitor Roriz Filho is a true believer in Agile, and has successfully applied Scrum practices in several non-software projects, getting unprecedented success. He has been associated with cutting-edge companies like Itautec-Philco SA, DaimlerChrysler AG, Fraunhofer Institut, FPF (Fundação Paulo Feitoza), Siemens Mobile and others. Together with Everton Michels, Heitor has co-authored a study that analyses the use of knowledge creation as a way to help service organizations perform better through enhanced motivation of their employees. Heitor can be reached at https://br.linkedin.com/in/hroriz  
Meet the top three CSTs who are redefining the training industry!
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Why Managers are averse to Agile?

It’s not surprising to know that Agile and management aren’t the best of friends. Why? The truth is that management and Agile are two different planets. Management is layered and vertical. Power is centred at the top. Roles are assigned by big leaders to small leaders. Performance is evaluated and  compensation is associated with rank. In contrast, the world of Agile is horizontal. The Agile  approach is flat and its objective is to delight customers. Earning big money is the outcome, not  the purpose of its activities. Its emphasis is on continual innovation. While firms with a vertical makeup are challenged with declining revenues and cost cutting, organizations in the horizontal planet of Agile like Google and Apple are thriving and creating new possibilities.  What then is so unique about Agile? The flattened world of Agile involves self-organizing, cross-functional teams that work in an iterative manner through seamless collaboration while generating value to customers. The different methods of Agile include Scrum, XP, Kanban, DevOps and Continuous Development. Agile represents a new approach to development with focus on speed and flexibility for managing new product development. The conventional, sequential approach to product development may confront conflict with the objectives of maximum speed and flexibility. Instead, an integrated approach—where a team tries to cover the distance as a unit—may be an effective option in today’s competitive requirements. Agile – an alternative to hierarchical set up Agile, Scrum and Lean became popular due to the challenges related to hierarchical development that is still valid in organizations today resulting in costly delays, a dejected workforce, a dip in competitiveness and disruption of existing business models. Given these problems, it’s easy to forget that hierarchical bureaucracy was a great advance when it was introduced over a hundred and fifty years ago. The basic idea of hierarchical bureaucracy is that work is organized with individuals reporting to bosses who tell them what to do and control their work. The roles, the rules, the plans, and the reports of hierarchical bureaucracy created order where previously there had been chaos. While a hierarchical setup had its own advantages like performing repetitive activities by semiskilled employees in large quantities, it also had some limitations. It couldn’t change course very rapidly. The focus was less on the customer and more internal. The flattened world of Agile In the face of these issues, managers began to essentially rethink the way organizations are run. And so Agile came about. Work is performed by self-organizing teams  with focus directly on meeting customers’ needs. Work moves in an iterative manner so that it can increasingly satisfy customers’ needs better.
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It’s not surprising to know that Agile and management aren’t the best of friends. Why? The truth is that management and Agile are two different planets. Management is layered and vertic...
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Project Manager Vs Product Owner

Traditional waterfall projects had the Project Manager unquestionably at the helm of the ship. Today, as more companies migrate toward agile, the role of the Project Manager has become redundant. Agile advocates team work — wherein there are self- organizing teams, and much of the responsibility that was earlier shouldered by the Project Manager is shared by the group. In an agile environment, the Product Owner owns the product, the Scrum Master owns the process and the team works together toward fulfilling the tasks. In a traditional project, the Project Manager holds all the cards and owns the entire project. Today, Project Managers need to redefine their responsibilities in the agile context, and depending on their inclination frequently take on the mantle of the Product Owner or ScrumMaster. There has been much heated debate on this topic in many online Scrum forums, with differing results … but research shows that there is no definitive answer that squarely references the PM to the PO. While Scrum rejects the role of a Project Manager per se, there are many who believe that this role has been reframed to include the two roles of a Product Owner and a ScrumMaster. The ScrumMaster is by definition a servant leader. The Product Owner, by definition, is the person who represents the business stakeholders and keeps the team focussed on the product itself. As a Product Owner, his or her job is to tell the team what to do…but not how to do it. The ‘how’ is decided by the team members themselves. And that, in a large part, sums up the difference between a Project Manager — who needed to spell out the Hows, Whats and Whys — and the Product Owner, for whom only the definition of the problem…or the What… is all-important. In Scrum, there is no single management position. And that’s where the beauty of Scrum, and perhaps its efficacy, lies. Scrum teams are self-managing, and when each member of a Scrum takes on some responsibility, the project has a much higher chance of success.
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Project Manager Vs Product Owner

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Traditional waterfall projects had the Project Manager unquestionably at the helm of the ship. Today, as more companies migrate toward agile, the role of the Project Manager has become redundant. Agil...
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11 reasons why you should do CSM training today

Behind every successful Agile project is a hardworking team, and behind every hardworking team is a talented Scrum Master who ensures that Scrum processes are being followed by the team members to maximize the benefits.  From the study of nearly 5,400 IT projects, it is estimated that budget is overspent by 45% only because of project overrun. But no need to worry because these shortfalls can be avoided by becoming professional in Scrum and the possibility of completing a project successfully on time can be improved as well. According to the Scrumguides.org, “Scrum has been adopted by a vast amount of software development companies around the world.”  In case you missed it, the recording for last week's webinar - What is Scrum: An Introduction to the Scrum Framework is available here: https://t.co/WInOE2jCuW pic.twitter.com/NpJqj8UVVu — Scrum.org (@Scrumdotorg) April 9, 2018 Collated below is the graph from Google trends, representing the rising demand of CSM certification between the year 2017-2018. Following Scrum best practices requires a thorough understanding of its concepts and values that can be achieved through credentials such as the Certified ScrumMaster (CSM)—a course that equips professionals with skills that go well beyond project management and allows them to usher in the Agile mind-set in the organization. Here’s our take on why it’s worth pursuing the CSM training:   1) Learn to identify projects that will do the best with Scrum— Some projects that require repetitive tasks do better with Waterfall and identifying the methodology to use is paramount. 2) Working knowledge of all the Scrum artifacts— CSM covers the product backlog, burndown charts, sprint backlog etc. which are the pillars of a Scrum project. 3) Scrum Meetings and Sprint cycles— CSM helps you answer the question of “what can be done to accomplish project goal?” by explaining the structure of meetings and sprint cycles. 4) Helps you become a facilitator between team and client— This all important role helps set the mandate for the project and simplify requirements. 5) Support the Product Owner— The ScrumMaster supports the Product Owner and acts as a consultant smoothening roads and streamlining the processes. 6) Make the team cross-functional— carry out the collaboration between the business side and the IT side and help transform the organization to use the cross-component teams. 7) Facilitate organizational change— Agile is not just about processes but it is about the entire organizational culture that needs to be progressive and open to change. The CSM helps you achieve that mindset. 8) Learn about being a practical Scrum Master— Hands-on practice sessions will make you ready to face challenges head-on. 9) Become part of the Scrum organization— By gaining access to the Scrum Alliance, you will have vast resources at your disposal including advice from other experienced Scrum Masters. 10) Exposure to Scrum Experts— Being a Certified Scrum Master, you can join a Scrum community that consists of recognised Scrum experts, practitioners, and trainers. Scrum community is the globally recognized network that will offer you an exposure to deepen your Scrum knowledge, acquire guidance whenever necessary and also enable you to provide solutions to others problems. 11) Getting an add-on knowledge of Scrum— Even if you are not aware of the term Scrum, this certification will definitely help you building a concrete base of Scrum knowledge and understanding the concepts of how the Scrum framework works. 12) Watch your career soar—Widely recognized as a comprehensive test of a professional’s Scrum capabilities, this credential will pave the way for a glittering Agile career. Choosing the right course is not enough for a better career growth, but choosing the right training provider will have a great impact on your career. Before enrolling in any institute, you need to ensure that the respective institute is a Registered Education Provider (REP) of Scrum Alliance.  All the best for your future Scrum endeavours!  
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Shweta Iyer
Behind every successful Agile project is a hardworking team, and behind every hardworking team is a talented Scrum Master who ensures that Scrum processes are being followed by the team members to max...
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Best 3 hacks that will keep your project in Agile state.

There are several adjectives that describe Agile; “flexible” with “incremental deliveries”, “increased collaboration”, “adaptive project life cycle” and so on. Indeed, Agile’s benefits can have a powerful impact on the fortunes and working culture of the organization that justify its worldwide adoption.  But it is useful only as long as it continues to be implemented and more often than not it is easier to fall back into the old comfortable method of working that has lesser tangible benefits. So, what really drives an Agile project and what steps need to be followed to ensure that the Agile project continues to remain Agile? Here are our tips on how to sustain Agility in your projects: Set small goals: Each iteration has a fixed goal and consistently achieving them through all the iterations is a definite recipe for project success. The trick is to have goals which are attainable and not aspire for too much. This gives scope for developing, testing and making improvements before its time to move on to the next goal. It also helps deliver a working product before the deadline, which is the whole point of an Agile project. Stick to iteration plans: Iterations set the pace of the project. Iterations are planned before hand and are used to identify tasks, resources, and estimate total effort. This is especially important for large projects which have multiple teams working towards a common goal as it clearly demarcates the tasks that need to be achieved and reduces ambiguity. Pay attention to the technical aspect: Ultimately the goal of any software project is to give a sustainable product to the customer that satisfies all requirements. This can only be achieved if the code quality is superior and the design is good enough to handle sudden changes without breaking down. Unit testing is therefore the driving force of Agile projects. Testing individual units to exhume defects ensures faster and more flexible response to change without overshooting budgets. While large and small teams may differ in the way they view and adopt Agility, these basic points will keep a project Agile by ensuring attention to detail and discipline.
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Best 3 hacks that will keep your project in Agile state.

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Shweta Iyer
There are several adjectives that describe Agile; “flexible” with “incremental deliveries”, “increased collaboration”, “adaptive project life cycle” and so on. Indeed, Agile’s benefi...
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