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November 12-13, 2012

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CBAP/CCBA Application Tips and Tricks

 

Presentation by Elizabeth Larson, CBAP, PMP, CSM

The Influencing Formula: Three Steps to Influencing When You Don't Have the Authority

 

  PMI Chicagoland Dinner Meeting

 November 14, 2012

5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Presentation by Elizabeth Larson, PMP, CBAP, CSM

Is Your Organization Agile Ready?

 

 Watermark Learning Webinar Event

December 12, 2012

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  Presentation by Elizabeth Larson, CBAP, PMP, CSM

Seven Ways to Build Trust 

 

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In This Issue
Five Lessons from Harry Potter
Cyber Monday Sale
Still Time to Order The Influencing Formula
Ten Millionth Cell Phone Activated
Differentiation: How a Project Professional Survives
Webinar Series 2012
What Does it Mean to be Courageous?
Industry News
Feature Article
 

Five Lessons Learned from Harry Potter in the Room of Requirement

by Elizabeth Larson, Principal, PMP, CBAP, CSM

 
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On a recent plane trip, when I saw Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2 for a second time, I was struck by the scene in which Harry Potter enters the Room of Requirement. This magical room is one that "a person can only enter when they have real need of it [and...] is always equipped for the seeker's needs." It has a way of transforming itself as the need changes, so sometimes it is nearly empty and sometimes jam-packed with different objects from chamber pots to jeweled crowns.

 

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Here's a Holiday Gift for you, a chance to take a Professional Development Course or buy Watermark Learning products at a 40% discount. Why 40%? It's to recognize our 20th Anniversary, with a 2X 20 discount.
 
So reward yourself by scheduling a class or ordering one of our acclaimed BA or PM educational products. But remember, this offer is only good on Cyber Monday, November 26!  See coupon below for details.

Check out either our Public Class Schedule for a complete list of courses, or our CBAP/CCBA or PMP/CAPM products to make a selection.
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Still Time to Order The Influencing Formula at the Premier Edition Price!
 
If you haven't already done so, you can still order The InfluencingInfuencing_Book_3D  Formula: How to Become a Trusted Advisor and Influence Without Authority by Elizabeth Larson and Richard Larson at the special Premier Edition price.  The book has proven so popular that we've decided to extend our initial offer through the end of November.

The Influencing Formula covers every aspect of developing your influencing skills and enhancing your ability to contribute to project success by establishing yourself as a trusted advisor. Order your copy today!
 
Now available! The Influencing Formula for Amazon Kindle.

1992 Happenings

 

Ten Millionth Cell Phone Activated 

 

Nokia_1011November 23, 1992, marked the day the ten millionth cell phone was activated. It was a Nokia Model 1011, and its model number referred to its launch date of November 10. It featured a monochrome display, an extendable antenna, and could hold 99 phone numbers in memory. It was superseded by the Nokia 2100 in 1994.

 

 

 

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Differentiation: How a Project Professional Survives in a High Performance Work Culture

By Bob Prentiss, CBAP

 

We live in a land of bigger is better, faster is more, stronger is best, and working harder is a way of life. In the world of projects, bigger may not meet the actual needs of the business, faster prevents quality requirements, stronger damages relationships, and working harder burns you out. Yet so many corporations embrace the concept of differentiation as a way of getting to be bigger, better, faster, and stronger regardless of the obvious impacts to their organizations and their people.

 

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Webinar Series 2012 Wraps Up 
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It has been an exceptional year for our webinars in 2012. Our October webinar.  "Real World Risk Analysis and Management" by Dayle Beyer, was attended by over 330 people! If you missed it, don't worry - we also provide recordings of all webinars for our members' use. There's one more chance to participate in our 2012 webinar series:   
  • December 12: Seven Ways to Build Trust presented by Elizabeth Larson, PMP, CBAP, CSM 

Be sure to watch this space next month for the announcement of our 2013 Webinar program!

 

"I just wanted to say thanks for a really useful class yesterday! I began a new job this year as an SBA and had not even considered tracking hours for future certification, so this webinar was extremely helpful and made me realize - I need a plan! Thank you!"

-Julie, Denver, CO

 Attendee of a recent Webinar

  

For a complete list and to register, please visit our Events page.

 

What Does it Mean
To be Courageous?

By Andrea Brockmeier, PMP

 

The ability to influence others is a requisite skill for any project professional.  It sure would be handy to march around and dictate that people do this or that, but the fact is, when team members tell us "You're not the boss of me," more often than not, they're right. Unfortunately, influencing is one of those soft skills that doesn't come naturally or easily for many of us. 

 

Read on

Industry News

 

BBC Conference an Unparalleled Success

 

With 850 attendees, the 2012 Building Business Capability Conference was the most successful ever. Participants converged on the Ft. Lauderdale, FL venue for five days of international learning and networking. 

  

Watermark Learning was a Gold Sponsor of and exhibitor at this year's BBC. In addition, Bob Prentiss, Watermark's Client Solutions Director - Business Analysis, presented on The Audacity of Quality Requirements during the Conference's Business Analysis Forum, with over 200 participants in attendance.

 

BBC_winner Watermark Learning, a founding sponsor of the chapter, congratulates the  IIBA Minneapolis-St. Paul Chapter which won "Top Chapter" in the IIBA 2012 Chapter Awards. Ken Fernelius of Select Health, shown at left, won a new iPad in the Watermark Learning Grand Prize drawing.

 

BABOK Guide now Available in French

 

At the BBC 2012 Conference, International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) announced the release of the French translation of A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK Guide). The pubication was translated into French from English by a certified translator from Laval University, Canada, with support from an international team of volunteers.

 

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PMs Everywhere Mark International Project Management Day

 

International Project Kanagement Day recognizes project managers and project teams in every industry, including non-profit organizations, who contribute their time, energy, creativity, innovation, and countless hours to deliver products, services, and facilities, in every city and community worldwide.

 

The date is celebrated annually on the first Thursday of November, but due to major internet interconnectivity issues, the IPM Day Program will take place on November 15 this year.  For more information, visit the IPM Day website.

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