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How Do I Maintain My PMP® Certification?

Did you get PMP® certified? Congratulations! It is not an easy feat to go through all the hard work in order to get your PMP® certification. But your credential is valid for only three years. You must participate in the Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) program of PMI to keep your credentials active.As a PMP® credential holder, it is recommended by the Project Management Institute (PMI) to earn 60 PDUs (Professional Development Units) every three years. The CCR program encourages every PMP® certified professional to undergo educational and professional development activity. One PDU is equivalent to one hour of time that you spend in a Professional Development activity. There are multiple ways to earn these PDUs.Maintain your PMP® certification with CCR and PDUsEarning your PMP® certification is a big step but maintaining it should not be a big issue for you. The Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) program offered by PMI is designed for you to grow and develop the skills that organisations are seeking in the present market scenario and at the same time you can maintain your certification status.CCR is an easy-to-use online tool through which you can report your PDUs. The Professional Development Units (PDUs) can be calculated in blocks of one hour of time that you spend by learning, teaching others, or volunteering. You can maintain your PMP® certification status with PMI by accumulating and tracking these PDUs over a three-year period.You need to earn 60 PDUs in order to maintain your PMP® certification exam. You can claim the required PDUs in two forms. They are:EducationGiving backPMP® Certification renewal feesOnce you meet the PDU requirements of CCR, you can complete the renewal process of your credential at any point of the cycle. You will receive an electronic notification to apply for PMP® certification renewal after PMI confirms that you have met the PDU requirements. You will be directed to submit the renewal fee payment on the online certification system as soon as you receive the notification. You should keep in mind that you must submit the payment in no later than 90 days after your cycle end date.The CCR renewal fee for members and non-members are as follows:PMI Membership StatusCCR Renewal FeePMI member$60Non-member$150Ways to earn PDUs through Educational activities - PMI Talent Triangle™`Research shows that the ideal skill set which the practitioners need to possess should comprise of technical, leadership, and strategic and business management competency. This is called the PMI Talent Triangle™. These competencies can be explained as:Technical project management: This competency comprises of the knowledge, skills, and behaviors related to specific domains of Project, Program, and Portfolio Management.Leadership: This competency comprises of the knowledge, skills, and behavior specific to leadership-oriented, cross-cutting activities that help an organisation to achieve its business goal.Strategic and business management: This competency includes the knowledge and expertise required in the industry or an organisation that enhances performance and delivers the business outcomes in a better way.The courses and activities included under the three components of the PMI Talent Triangle™ for the candidates to meet the 60 PDU bundle requirement prescribed by PMI are as follows:TechnicalLeadershipStrategic and Business ManagementLife Cycle ManagementCoaching & MentoringCustomer relationship & satisfactionTime, Scope, Risk ManagementProblem SolvingBenefits RealisationEstimationTeam BuildingLegal & Regulatory complianceAgile PracticesEmotional IntelligenceStrategic planning & analysisGovernanceConflict ManagementOperational FunctionsData gathering and modelingBrainstormingBusiness acumenEarned value managementInfluencingCompetitive analysisPerformance ManagementListeningMarket awarenessInterpersonal skillsBusiness models and structuresYou can choose from one of the following options under Education in order to earn the 35 PDUs under the CCR program offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI)®:1. Course or TrainingThe courses or training refers to the Instructor-led formal education courses or classes held in-person or online. Taking up the educational training courses is one of the effective and traditional ways to learn. You can choose the best-suited option from the plethora of options offered by PMI and third-party providers across the globe to earn 1 PDU of every hour of instruction:Training courses offered by a PMI Registered Education Provider (R.E.P)Face-to-face and instructor-led courses from PMI SeminarsWorld®Educational events held by PMI chapterAcademic education through programs accredited by the PMI Global Accreditation Center (GAC)Courses offered by other third-party providersE-learning On Demand courses.2. Organisation MeetingsThe activities, meetings, and local events are referred to as organisation meetings which provide you with an opportunity to learn and network with the other professionals. You can earn 1 to 2 PDUs by attending the events organised by PMI throughout the year.3. Online or Digital MediaThis comprises of the self-paced learning conducted online or through varied forms of digital media. You can customise your learning and educational opportunities according to your needs and suitability with the help of technology. There are numerous educational webinars, videos, and other types of digital content available online and on demand. You can earn 1 PDU by attending 1 hour of learning. The opportunities available through these resources are as follows:ProjectManagement.comPMI Online CoursesPMI Registered Education Providers (R.E.P.s).4. ReadDid you know that you can earn PDUs for your CCR by reading? Yes, you can do that through self-directed reading that is relevant to your PMP® certification. Reading is one of the valuable components of learning and there are numerous reading resources available that is related to the profession. You can choose from articles, books, whitepapers, or blogs to keep yourself updated in order to support your ongoing professional development.5. Informal LearningYou can also earn PDUs to maintain your PMP® certification by taking part in educational opportunities which focus on structured discussions. Sometimes, you get to learn from interaction with others. Also, 1 hour of learning under informal learning is equivalent to 1 PDU.Ways to earn PDUs by giving back to the professionYou can expand your knowledge and skills both personally and professionally while earning your PDUs to maintain your PMP® certification by giving back to the profession. This can prove to be a unique and great way to expand your horizons.Choose from the following ways to earn your PDUs by giving back to the profession:1. Work as a PractitionerYou can claim 8 PDUs per cycle by working as a practitioner and working in a domain area related to your certification. This enables you to apply your skills and knowledge in a practical setting. It also allows you to contribute to sustaining and growing the profession. These PDUs are only applicable to your current cycle and cannot be transferred.2. Create ContentDid you know that you can give back to the profession by creating content? Yes, you can earn PDUs to maintain your PMP® certification by creating new knowledge resources for practitioners as well as the public at large. You can share your insight and knowledge with others and contribute to their ongoing learning by developing knowledge resources. You can earn 1 PDU by spending 1 hour on creating content and can create new content in the following ways:Authoring booksWriting articles or blogsCreating webinars or presentations.3. Giving a PresentationThere are many occasions like PMI chapter event, professional conference, or within your organisation where you can give a formal presentation to others and share the knowledge which you have gained during your PMP® certification journey. You can earn 1 PDU by spending 1 hour in giving a presentation.4. Share KnowledgeYou can help others learn and grow by sharing your domain knowledge. You also contribute towards the growth of the profession and enhance the practices that are essential to your certified role by sharing your skills with others. Even if you are involving yourself in mentoring, teaching, or applying your subject matter knowledge towards an activity, but others will be benefited from your experience and perspective.5. VolunteerPMI has an active community of thousands of volunteers who offer their support to the Institute and the profession by working in a wide range of roles. You can earn PDUs to maintain your PMP® certification by offering your domain-related services as a volunteer to non-employer or non-client organisations. 1 hour of volunteer service is equivalent to 1 PDU.Volunteering options offered by PMIAre you trying to figure out a volunteering option to meet your CCR? There are numerous ways in which you can advance your career by contributing to PMI as a volunteer. These volunteering opportunities encompass a wide range of skills, interests, and goals.PMI helps you to search for volunteering opportunity easily around the world with the help of their Volunteer Relationship Management System (VRMS). So, pick the right opportunity for you from the following options:PMI Board of DirectorsBoard Support CommitteesPMI Educational Foundation (PMIEF)Member Advisory Groups (MAGs)Region MentorsStandards CommitteesExam Development VolunteersPMI Awards EvaluatorsPresenters at PMI EventsPMI Publication Reviewers (Knowledge Shelf, Bookstore reviewers, Project Management Journal® reviewers)Chapter Volunteers.PMI Local ChaptersBecome a member of your local PMI Chapter by paying a registration fee of $129 and a joining fee of $10 and take advantage of the knowledge and networking offered by it. The benefits of joining the local PMI Chapter are as follows:1. Get access to the inner circle of local Project ManagersGrow your network with the other professionals who are driving the field of project management forward. The group might vary from those who have just started to those at the top of their careers.2. Get easy access to exclusive events and seminarsAttend the chapter meetups and special guest talks to learn about the approach to facing new challenges from the professionals who have overcome similar obstacles in the past.3. Discover relevant job opportunitiesGet an opportunity to build your network with the local Project Management Professionals and get connections in companies located in your area to find new opportunities.To wrap it upEvery professional has got different goals and interests, in the same way, there are different types of requirements across various industries. As you have read above, PMI offers a plethora of opportunity to you in order to meet the CCR program, enabling you to explore new options and new avenues.You can choose the opportunities from education and giving back to the profession that suits you the best in order to fulfill the 60 PDU requirements to maintain your PMP® certification. You can read more about the Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) by clicking here. Going further, getting a PMI membership exposes you to multiple opportunities which you can take in order to meet your CCR requirements.
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How Do I Maintain My PMP® Certification?

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How Do I Maintain My PMP® Certification?

Did you get PMP® certified? Congratulations! It is not an easy feat to go through all the hard work in order to get your PMP® certification. But your credential is valid for only three years. You must participate in the Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) program of PMI to keep your credentials active.

As a PMP® credential holder, it is recommended by the Project Management Institute (PMI) to earn 60 PDUs (Professional Development Units) every three years. The CCR program encourages every PMP® certified professional to undergo educational and professional development activity. One PDU is equivalent to one hour of time that you spend in a Professional Development activity. There are multiple ways to earn these PDUs.

Maintain your PMP® certification with CCR and PDUs

Earning your PMP® certification is a big step but maintaining it should not be a big issue for you. The Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) program offered by PMI is designed for you to grow and develop the skills that organisations are seeking in the present market scenario and at the same time you can maintain your certification status.

CCR is an easy-to-use online tool through which you can report your PDUs. The Professional Development Units (PDUs) can be calculated in blocks of one hour of time that you spend by learning, teaching others, or volunteering. You can maintain your PMP® certification status with PMI by accumulating and tracking these PDUs over a three-year period.

You need to earn 60 PDUs in order to maintain your PMP® certification exam. You can claim the required PDUs in two forms. They are:

  • Education
  • Giving back

PMP® Certification renewal fees

Once you meet the PDU requirements of CCR, you can complete the renewal process of your credential at any point of the cycle. You will receive an electronic notification to apply for PMP® certification renewal after PMI confirms that you have met the PDU requirements. You will be directed to submit the renewal fee payment on the online certification system as soon as you receive the notification. You should keep in mind that you must submit the payment in no later than 90 days after your cycle end date.

The CCR renewal fee for members and non-members are as follows:

PMI Membership StatusCCR Renewal Fee
PMI member$60
Non-member$150

Ways to earn PDUs through Educational activities - PMI Talent Triangle™

`PMI Talent Triangle

Research shows that the ideal skill set which the practitioners need to possess should comprise of technical, leadership, and strategic and business management competency. This is called the PMI Talent Triangle™. These competencies can be explained as:

  • Technical project management: This competency comprises of the knowledge, skills, and behaviors related to specific domains of Project, Program, and Portfolio Management.
  • Leadership: This competency comprises of the knowledge, skills, and behavior specific to leadership-oriented, cross-cutting activities that help an organisation to achieve its business goal.
  • Strategic and business management: This competency includes the knowledge and expertise required in the industry or an organisation that enhances performance and delivers the business outcomes in a better way.

The courses and activities included under the three components of the PMI Talent Triangle™ for the candidates to meet the 60 PDU bundle requirement prescribed by PMI are as follows:

TechnicalLeadershipStrategic and Business Management
Life Cycle ManagementCoaching & MentoringCustomer relationship & satisfaction
Time, Scope, Risk ManagementProblem SolvingBenefits Realisation
EstimationTeam BuildingLegal & Regulatory compliance
Agile PracticesEmotional IntelligenceStrategic planning & analysis
GovernanceConflict ManagementOperational Functions
Data gathering and modelingBrainstormingBusiness acumen
Earned value managementInfluencingCompetitive analysis
Performance ManagementListeningMarket awareness

Interpersonal skillsBusiness models and structures

You can choose from one of the following options under Education in order to earn the 35 PDUs under the CCR program offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI)®:

Ways to earn PD

1. Course or Training

The courses or training refers to the Instructor-led formal education courses or classes held in-person or online. Taking up the educational training courses is one of the effective and traditional ways to learn. You can choose the best-suited option from the plethora of options offered by PMI and third-party providers across the globe to earn 1 PDU of every hour of instruction:

  • Training courses offered by a PMI Registered Education Provider (R.E.P)
  • Face-to-face and instructor-led courses from PMI SeminarsWorld®
  • Educational events held by PMI chapter
  • Academic education through programs accredited by the PMI Global Accreditation Center (GAC)
  • Courses offered by other third-party providers
  • E-learning On Demand courses.

2. Organisation Meetings

The activities, meetings, and local events are referred to as organisation meetings which provide you with an opportunity to learn and network with the other professionals. You can earn 1 to 2 PDUs by attending the events organised by PMI throughout the year.

3. Online or Digital Media

This comprises of the self-paced learning conducted online or through varied forms of digital media. You can customise your learning and educational opportunities according to your needs and suitability with the help of technology. There are numerous educational webinars, videos, and other types of digital content available online and on demand. You can earn 1 PDU by attending 1 hour of learning. The opportunities available through these resources are as follows:

  • ProjectManagement.com
  • PMI Online Courses
  • PMI Registered Education Providers (R.E.P.s).

4. Read

Did you know that you can earn PDUs for your CCR by reading? Yes, you can do that through self-directed reading that is relevant to your PMP® certification. Reading is one of the valuable components of learning and there are numerous reading resources available that is related to the profession. You can choose from articles, books, whitepapers, or blogs to keep yourself updated in order to support your ongoing professional development.

5. Informal Learning

You can also earn PDUs to maintain your PMP® certification by taking part in educational opportunities which focus on structured discussions. Sometimes, you get to learn from interaction with others. Also, 1 hour of learning under informal learning is equivalent to 1 PDU.

Ways to earn PDUs by giving back to the profession

You can expand your knowledge and skills both personally and professionally while earning your PDUs to maintain your PMP® certification by giving back to the profession. This can prove to be a unique and great way to expand your horizons.

Choose from the following ways to earn your PDUs by giving back to the profession:

1. Work as a Practitioner

You can claim 8 PDUs per cycle by working as a practitioner and working in a domain area related to your certification. This enables you to apply your skills and knowledge in a practical setting. It also allows you to contribute to sustaining and growing the profession. These PDUs are only applicable to your current cycle and cannot be transferred.

2. Create Content

Did you know that you can give back to the profession by creating content? Yes, you can earn PDUs to maintain your PMP® certification by creating new knowledge resources for practitioners as well as the public at large. You can share your insight and knowledge with others and contribute to their ongoing learning by developing knowledge resources. You can earn 1 PDU by spending 1 hour on creating content and can create new content in the following ways:

  • Authoring books
  • Writing articles or blogs
  • Creating webinars or presentations.

3. Giving a Presentation

There are many occasions like PMI chapter event, professional conference, or within your organisation where you can give a formal presentation to others and share the knowledge which you have gained during your PMP® certification journey. You can earn 1 PDU by spending 1 hour in giving a presentation.

4. Share Knowledge

You can help others learn and grow by sharing your domain knowledge. You also contribute towards the growth of the profession and enhance the practices that are essential to your certified role by sharing your skills with others. Even if you are involving yourself in mentoring, teaching, or applying your subject matter knowledge towards an activity, but others will be benefited from your experience and perspective.

5. Volunteer

PMI has an active community of thousands of volunteers who offer their support to the Institute and the profession by working in a wide range of roles. You can earn PDUs to maintain your PMP® certification by offering your domain-related services as a volunteer to non-employer or non-client organisations. 1 hour of volunteer service is equivalent to 1 PDU.

Volunteering options offered by PMI

Are you trying to figure out a volunteering option to meet your CCR? There are numerous ways in which you can advance your career by contributing to PMI as a volunteer. These volunteering opportunities encompass a wide range of skills, interests, and goals.

PMI helps you to search for volunteering opportunity easily around the world with the help of their Volunteer Relationship Management System (VRMS). So, pick the right opportunity for you from the following options:

  • PMI Board of Directors
  • Board Support Committees
  • PMI Educational Foundation (PMIEF)
  • Member Advisory Groups (MAGs)
  • Region Mentors
  • Standards Committees
  • Exam Development Volunteers
  • PMI Awards Evaluators
  • Presenters at PMI Events
  • PMI Publication Reviewers (Knowledge Shelf, Bookstore reviewers, Project Management Journal® reviewers)
  • Chapter Volunteers.

PMI Local Chapters

Become a member of your local PMI Chapter by paying a registration fee of $129 and a joining fee of $10 and take advantage of the knowledge and networking offered by it. The benefits of joining the local PMI Chapter are as follows:

1. Get access to the inner circle of local Project Managers

Grow your network with the other professionals who are driving the field of project management forward. The group might vary from those who have just started to those at the top of their careers.

2. Get easy access to exclusive events and seminars

Attend the chapter meetups and special guest talks to learn about the approach to facing new challenges from the professionals who have overcome similar obstacles in the past.

3. Discover relevant job opportunities

Get an opportunity to build your network with the local Project Management Professionals and get connections in companies located in your area to find new opportunities.

To wrap it up

Every professional has got different goals and interests, in the same way, there are different types of requirements across various industries. As you have read above, PMI offers a plethora of opportunity to you in order to meet the CCR program, enabling you to explore new options and new avenues.

You can choose the opportunities from education and giving back to the profession that suits you the best in order to fulfill the 60 PDU requirements to maintain your PMP® certification. You can read more about the Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) by clicking here. Going further, getting a PMI membership exposes you to multiple opportunities which you can take in order to meet your CCR requirements.

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You can plan your projects exceptionally well, but things may not always happen as planned and that can cause your projects to derail. This is where project tracking and monitoring proves invaluable in overall project management. Time tracking in Project Management provides the project team and stakeholders an understanding about the project health and highlights the areas of concern on the project. If you follow these steps on how to track your project, then you'll be able to think proactively and deal with any issue before it becomes a problem.                                                       Fig: Process Flow Of Better Project Tracking 1. Prioritize It is very important to plan and prioritize the work effectively in order to make the most of your time and effort. According to Pareto Principle, 80% of the effect of your work will come from 20% of the work you do. As a Project Manager, you need to be smart with your time and focus on important things. You can’t track everything; there simply aren’t enough hours in a day; so decide what element of your project is most important and critical. Project scope, milestones, budget and resources are the most important components that a PM should focus on while tracking the project. These demand a close scrutiny, since they help you determine the performance of the project. It’s very crucial to keep tabs on your upcoming milestones and monitor them since these are the deliverables which your project stakeholders will keep asking you about. Then there’s budget, of course for you to ensure that you aren’t spending more than what’s initially allocated. And scope to avoid any scope creep and manage changes effectively. 2. Set measurable targets Now that you have prioritized, what do you expect your project performance should be? Performance measurement starts with setting targets or goals and assigning KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) which are measurable. While setting KPIs for each target, it is also essential to anticipate how the achievement of the target will be tracked. The foundation of project tracking is comparing what you planned to how you executed that plan. A baseline turns out to be useful to check the actual versus estimated progress throughout the project. Create a performance measurement baseline (combination of scope, time, and cost baseline) with realistic targets, which will represent a standard to measure project performance. Changes in any project are inevitable and can drastically impact a project; hence controlling the baseline is very crucial for project success. 3. Report to stakeholders: Your success as a PM can be determined a lot on the way you deliver your reports. They need to clearly and concisely answer the questions that stakeholders have about the project.The project stakeholders need to know what is working and what is taking the project off-track.The PM should ensure to conduct team meetings on a regular basis. Regular tracking and monitoring enables to identify potential problems as early as possible so that timely adjustments to project plans can be made before moving forward. For instance, if it looks like the upcoming milestone may be missed;the stakeholders must be immediately alerted.   4. Use dashboards: The key to any successful project is efficient communication. But communicating with sponsors, stakeholders, team members and other project related parties can take up quite a lot of a Project Manager’s time. A dashboard always comes handy when it comes to expressing a project’s status in a crisp yet effective manner.A Project Management Dashboard often provides at-a-glance view of project performance KPIs in a format that conveys project’s overall progress and highlight particular problems that require further attention. They can be customized to give you the information you need, when you need it, hence saving your time and effort. 5. Recommend actions for improvement and follow-up: This is most important activity in project tracking. As a Project Manager, you should think of and recommend actions that will offer the greatest dividend in terms of keeping the project running smoothly, efficiently, and on-time, after taking feedback from the management. Recommendations could be corrective actions, preventive actions, or changes in the plan or the project execution. Ensure that you provide specific guidance, assign a responsible team member and direct him to perform a specific action by a specific date, and make sure they are slated to report back on the results of their action. Also confirm that the recommendations are being followed, expected outputs are being created and the project as a whole is on track.  
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Prince 2: The Road Map To Project Success

PRINCE2 is an acronym for PRojects IN Controlled Environments. It is an effective process-based method for authoritative project management. It is mostly used by the UK Government and also in private sectors, internationally. The PRINCE2 method offers the best practice guidance on project management. PRINCE was established in 1989 by CCTA (the Central Computer and Telecommunications Agency). Since then, it is widely used for Project Management. PRINCE2 principles helps to manage the projects particularly in the business world. Before proceeding further, you should have knowledge about, “What is a Project and what makes a successful project?” A project can be defined as “a management environment that is created for the purpose of delivering one or more business products according to a specified business case”. You can connote the term “Project” in a broader perspective by considering the downside, that is by taking into account the conditions that culminate in the failure of a project.   Given below are some of the factors responsible for the failure of a project- Lack of management support: Results into insufficient finance and resources. Resource problems: Can mean there is a lack of employees in the project Lack of clarity: If the clarity about the roles and responsibilities is missing, a sag in the performance curve is inevitable. Poor communication: The necessary project information, if not routed in the proper direction, may cause confusion among the team members. Lack of leadership – A project can be unsuccessful if team members are not guided properly. This may happen if the project manager himself does not have the required experience or management skills. The Project can be successful if the following are present- Preplanning– For a project to be successful, planning plays a crucial role. The project manager should have a vision of the project outcome. The first step to achieve this is to create and explain the roles and responsibilities to the team members. Strong leadership – The team lead should be skilled enough to spearhead in the best way possible. If the team members get proper guidance, any project can be implemented successfully. Project completion time – The key to the success and reputation of a project hinges on how well the timeline has been managed. Completing the project within or before the stipulated time not only impresses the Client, but also proves to be a measure of the potential of the project members. For successful and smoothly operated projects, PROMPT II, PRINCE, and subsequently PRINCE2 were all introduced to operate with the common reasons for project failure. PRINCE2 (PRojects IN Controlled Environments) is considered as a calibrated International product. It is the standard method for managing the projects and providing a flexible and accommodating approach to suit all the projects. There are some keys to project success while using Prince2, which enhances the quality of the project. Reducing Waste: Reducing waste saves both money and time. However, it is difficult to predict and pinpoint the sources of waste. Prince2 helps eliminate waste through the following two techniques- Project Assurance : Project Assurance is essential for a PRINCE2 project. It is a kind of survey which gives accurate information to the project board. Organizations are getting smarter due to “assurance audit”. This does not need a separate role, since the ‘financial merger’ does the ‘financial audit’ for you. Tailoring –:With PRINCE2, you can tailor the projects to make them small, yet effective.     1. Improving Strategy for Business Arrangement: To make the project run and sync towards the business goal, make sure your project is equipped with: Continued business justification – ‘A project should be run only if it is aligned with the organizational goal’, is the fundamental principle of Prince2. If you plan a strategy and resources for the project, your project will be effective. Business Case – The Business Case keeps record of the costs and expected outcome of a project. The non-perishable business cases can create inconsistent project objectives.      2. Sponsor engagement: Communication – It is useful to keep all the stakeholders in loop, including the sponsors.  PRINCE2 calls it stakeholder engagement rather than sponsor engagement. If anyone is interested in the project, they are expected to be updated with the project. Communication Management Strategy – A document that describes communication strategy with the stakeholders, may vary depending on the project size and organisation. You can make groups for communication. For instance, the group for project team meeting can also have communication strategy for individuals which depends on their communication preference. By and large, Prince 2 has proved to be a highly effective method for the success of any project. The team leads should be knowledgeable enough to master the method and upscale their teams accordingly.  
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Prince 2: The Road Map To Project Success

PRINCE2 is an acronym for PRojects IN Controlled E... Read More