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Resourceful & knowledgeable, I am a well-trained and accredited Project Management practitioner/specialist and Knowledge Management aficionado. Having earned PMP®, MoP® - Portfolio Management Practitioner, PRINCE2® Project Management Practitioner and ITIL® IT Service Management, Foundation accreditation—I have a good knowledge-base of tactical and strategic project management theory, frameworks, techniques, methodologies, foundational standards, practice standards and good/approved best practices.

 

An individual of refreshing candor, an exceptionally conscientious practitioner/specialist who works honorably and with dedication; I foster project management success—by design. Continuous learning and putting project & knowledge management into action are hallmarks of my work! Speaking "truth to power" is important to me. I believe that effective enterprise/corporate-level management oversight and governance requires me to be transparent, honest and fair at all times.

Mark E. Geres - Project/Program/Product Management—Technical or Non-Tech | PMP® MoP® PRINCE2® ITIL®Mark E. Geres - Project/Program/Product Management—Technical or Non-Tech | PMP® MoP® PRINCE2® ITIL®

"There is no such thing as an ‘IT project’. There are only business projects with an IT component.”—June Drewry, CIO of Chubb Corp., InfoWorld, 2006

Understanding the Power Dynamic at Work—A Project Management Practitioner's Perspective

Posted 4/16/2017

Power—the ability to exercise authority or influence. I believe that one concept that many PM practitioners fail to consider as we move into leadership roles is how we build and use power effectively. Understanding power dynamics in our workplaces can help us to avoid pitfalls and impediments!

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The Top 8 Mistakes In Requirements Elicitation

Posted 3/29/2017

Whether small or large, most of those business analysis roles deal with gathering requirements. One of the key activities of a Business Analyst is to draw out and document business change requirements from stakeholders throughout the organization. As organizations struggle with maturing their business analysis approaches, let’s take a look at some common mistakes that practitioners commit when eliciting requirements from stakeholders. 

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Noteworthy Definitions: Business Case, Business Requirements Document (BRD), Business Requirements, User Requirement, User Requirements Document (URD), System Requirements

Posted 3/29/2017

Business Analysis Terms: A Working Glossary

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Are We Effectively Communicating The Benefits Of Our Project(s) To Stakeholders?

Posted 3/29/2017

Features, Advantages & Benefits: What's the difference?

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Strength In The Face Of Adversity Is One Of Humankind’s Most Desirable Characteristics

Posted 3/29/2017

On occasion hard work may not make you successful — but fostering better self awareness, self confidence and self esteem will. 

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Why Project Management Certifications Matter

Posted 3/28/2017

The value of project management certifications is hotly debated among IT professionals. Chief Information Officer (CIO) Digital Magazine investigates whether certifications make better project managers and whether projects staffed by certified project managers are more successful than projects without PMPs. 

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What Makes Project Managers Special | The Project Manager as Conductor!

Posted 3/28/2017

A popular metaphor for the role of a project manager is that of a conductor. The conductor of an orchestra integrates the divergent sounds of different instruments to perform a given composition and make beautiful music. Similarly, the project manager integrates the talents and contributions of different specialists to complete the project. 

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Are You a "Stractical" Project Manager?

Posted 3/28/2017

Gone are the days when the project manager’s role was only to tactically execute and deliver the project. If you are thinking that it is not your job to worry about a project’s strategic aspects, think again. More and more project managers are expected and challenged to think strategically and deliver their projects in alignment with the organizational goals.

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Are You a Project Leader or Manager?

Posted 3/28/2017

Good managers do things right. Good leaders do the right things,

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Project Management and Business Analysis: The Dynamic Duo

Posted 3/28/2017

Project Management focuses on the creation of the “product, service, or result” of the project in order to meet its objectives. Business Analysis aims at understanding the needs of the business stakeholders and at defining the characteristics of the solution to meet those needs.

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When You Are Pressured To Deliver Quickly, Resist The Temptation To Execute Immediately. Take a Little Time To Plan.

Posted 3/28/2017

Remember the tortoise beat the hare to the finish line. A quick start does not guarantee checkered flags and a win.

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Project Stakeholder Management | Collaboration | Getting Teams With Different Subcultures To Collaborate

Posted 3/28/2017

The best definition of the word culture (workplaces included) that I’ve heard is that it’s how people behave when nobody is watching.

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Resolving Conflict: A Project Management Practitioner's Job #1

Posted 3/28/2017

Whenever people are working together closely, conflict will occur. Differences in perspective, skill, knowledge levels, goals, communication styles, and expectations all can create conflict.

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