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I have a passion for helping new and aspiring project managers launch their careers. My recent books, Accidental Project Manager: Zero to Hero in 7 Days and Risk Assessment Framework: Successfully Navigating Uncertainty, help project managers quickly learn the essential skills they need to start or refresh their careers.
I'm an international program management consultant, speaker, and educator with 35 years of experience managing projects, programs, and portfolios in multiple industries.
For the last 17 years, I've been teaching, training, and mentoring project management students from around the world via online and in-class courses. I work with educational institutions such as UC San Diego Extension and California Southern University. Recent corporate clients have included Breg, Cymer, San Diego County Water Authority, and the US Navy.
My personal mission is to help individuals and organizations improve their practices of project, program, and portfolio management and many of my educational and consulting engagements focus on accidental, new, and aspiring project managers.
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Ray W. Frohnhoefer
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5 Strategies to Deal with Difficult Team Members as a New PM
September 17, 2023
As a new Project Manager (PM), you're stepping into a leadership role responsible for steering your team towards success. However, the journey isn't always smooth, and you'll likely encounter difficult team members. These individuals can challenge your patience, communication skills, and leadership abilities, but they also provide valuable opportunities for growth and development.
Project Closure: Wrapping Up Projects Like a Pro
September 10, 2023
The commencement of a new project is often celebrated with enthusiasm and optimism. However, it is equally essential to recognize the significance of the project closure phase. Project managers are often remembered for their delivery, so this is a time to shine. Let’s clarify the crucial role of closing in the life cycle of a project and why mastering this phase is imperative for project management professionals.
Mentorship for New Project Managers: Why It Matters and How to Find One
September 03, 2023
The guidance and insights of experienced mentors can make the difference between mere competence and outstanding success. For new project managers, navigating the complexities of the role can be daunting, but mentorship offers a guiding light. Today, we'll dive into why mentorship is crucial for emerging project managers, exploring its benefits and strategies for finding a mentor who can be a valuable guide on the path to professional excellence.
The Advantages of Earning a PMP Certification for Your Career
August 27, 2023
In today's competitive job market, professional certifications hold substantial value, particularly in specialized fields like project management. The Project Management Professional (PMP) certification stands out as a gold standard, recognized and respected worldwide. Obtaining a PMP certificate provides career advantages and can propel your project management career forward.
How to Build a High Performing Team
August 20, 2023
Project success hinges on the ability of a team to collaborate effectively, deliver quality work, and achieve project objectives. A high-performing team is the key to unlocking this success, as it brings together individuals with diverse skills and talents, working cohesively towards a shared vision. A high-performing team is like a well-tuned engine, relentlessly moving forward and increasing success.
The Art of Negotiation in Project Management
August 13, 2023
Project management is a multifaceted discipline that involves successfully planning, executing, and controlling activities to achieve project objectives. In this complex landscape, negotiating effectively is critical for project managers. Negotiation in project management goes beyond haggling over contracts; it encompasses a wide range of stakeholder interactions to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes.
Crisis Management in Project Management: Navigating Unexpected Challenges
August 06, 2023
Projects are complex undertakings that involve planning, executing, and controlling various activities to achieve required goals and outcomes. However, even with meticulous planning, projects can encounter unexpected challenges and crises that threaten their success. Crisis management in project management is essential to effectively navigate these unforeseen events and ensure project outcomes remain on track.
Top 10 Mistakes to Avoid in PMP Exam Prep
July 30, 2023
The Project Management Professional (PMP) certification is highly regarded in project management, demonstrating a professional's knowledge and expertise in managing projects. However, preparing for the PMP exam can be challenging, and many candidates make common mistakes that limit their success. Today let’s explore the top mistakes to avoid during PMP exam preparation and provide valuable tips for a more effective and successful study approach.
The Power of Agile Project Management: Benefits and Best Practices
July 23, 2023
Organizations increasingly turn to agile project management methodologies in today's rapidly evolving business landscape to drive success and deliver value. Agile project management provides a flexible and adaptive approach that embraces change and promotes collaboration. Let’s explore the benefits and best practices of agile project management and understand why it has become a robust methodology for project execution.
Strategies for Keeping Projects on Track
July 16, 2023
Keeping projects on track for scope, schedule, and cost is vital for successful outcomes. In the dynamic world of project management, challenges often arise that can derail progress and hinder project success. However, by implementing effective strategies, project managers can navigate these obstacles and ensure projects stay on course. Let’s explore critical strategies for maintaining project progress and maximizing the chances of successful project completion.
The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Project Management
July 09, 2023
Artificial intelligence (AI) will revolutionize numerous industries, and project management is no exception. As organizations strive for efficiency, productivity, and better decision-making, AI will emerge as a powerful tool for project management. Let’s explore the potential impact of AI on project management and how it may transform traditional practices.
What's the Difference Between Project and Operations Management?
July 02, 2023
Project management and operations management are two distinct disciplines that play crucial roles in achieving organizational goals. While both involve managing resources and processes, their objectives, focus, timeframes, and scope differ. Understanding the differences between project and operations management is essential for professionals in these fields. Today let’s explore the disparities between the two disciplines and shed light on their unique characteristics.
How Project Managers Can Become Great Leaders
June 18, 2023
Leadership plays a pivotal role in the success of any project. While project managers are primarily responsible for planning and overseeing project execution, they also have the opportunity to become great leaders. Today, let’s explore how project managers can develop and enhance their leadership skills to inspire and motivate their teams, navigate challenges, and achieve exceptional project outcomes.
How Small- and Mid-Sized Business Owners Can Leverage Innovation to Grow
June 11, 2023
If you're the owner of a small to mid-sized business, you're probably always looking for ways to cut costs while still promoting growth. Innovation is the answer. Technology can save you time, effort, and money, streamlining your operations and benefitting your business as a whole. If you aren't sure what digital improvements are right for you, the below guide can help. Read on for an overview of tech tools that can help any enterprise improve efficiency and experience growth.
Overcoming Common Project Management Challenges to Ensure Success
June 04, 2023
Project management plays a crucial role in the successful execution of any initiative, be it small or large. However, project managers often need help with the overall outcome. Today let’s explore common project management challenges and provide strategies and techniques to overcome them, ensuring project success. In addition, each challenge includes a link to additional tips and techniques for those wanting to dive deeper.
The Cost of Obtaining CAPM and PMP Certifications: What to Expect
May 28, 2023
Obtaining a certification in project management, such as the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) or Project Management Professional (PMP), can be a valuable investment in one's career. These certifications can increase earning potential, enhance job opportunities, and provide practical knowledge and skills to manage projects effectively. However, pursuing certification also comes with a cost. Today we'll explore the costs of obtaining CAPM and PMP certifications and ways to minimize these costs.
What's the Difference Between Project, Program, & Portfolio Managers?
May 21, 2023
Project, program, and portfolio management are all critical roles in organizations responsible for managing resources, schedules, budgets, risks, and stakeholders to deliver successful strategic outcomes. However, these roles have distinct differences that are important to understand for career growth and advancement in project management. Today, let’s explore the differences between project, program, and portfolio managers and provide examples of how these roles are used in various industries.
The Benefits of Project Management for Small Business Owners
May 14, 2023
Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and face a unique set of challenges that larger companies can handle. One of the biggest challenges is managing projects effectively. Projects are critical because they deliver the strategy. That's where project management comes in. Today, let’s discuss the benefits of project management for small business owners and how it can help them succeed.
Conducting an Effective Lessons Learned Meeting
May 07, 2023
Lessons learned meetings, post-project reviews, or post-mortems are essential to project management. These meetings provide an opportunity for project teams to review the successes and challenges of a project, identify areas for improvement, and develop strategies to enhance future project outcomes. However, conducting an effective lessons-learned meeting requires careful planning and execution. Let’s examine the key steps to help you lead a successful and productive lessons-learned meeting.
The Benefits of Using a Project Management Methodology
April 30, 2023
Project management is crucial to the success of any organization. It involves planning, executing, and controlling project activities to achieve specific goals and objectives of the organization’s strategy. A robust project management methodology provides a structured means for managing projects from start to finish. Today, let’s explore nine benefits of using a project management methodology.
What are the 4 Most Important Features of Microsoft Project?
April 23, 2023
Microsoft (MS) Project is a powerful project management tool used by project managers worldwide to plan, track, manage, and communicate the status of their projects. Its various features have become an essential tool for project management professionals. However, with so many features, it can take time to determine which ones are the most important. I was recently asked what I considered the four most significant elements of MS Project. These are Gantt Charts, Task Management, Resource Management, and Reporting.
Ready, Set, Become an Entrepreneur!
April 16, 2023
Are you ready to become your own boss? Taking on the role of an entrepreneur is no easy feat. It comes with a lot of responsibility and hard work but can also be extremely rewarding. If you’re preparing to make the jump into entrepreneurship, here are some steps you can take to get closer to achieving your goals, courtesy of PPC Group.
6 Study Tips for Passing the CAPM Exam with Flying Colors
April 09, 2023
The Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) exam is a critical step for aspiring project managers looking to enter the field. Passing the exam demonstrates a solid foundation in project management principles and can help individuals stand out to potential employers. However, with its comprehensive coverage of project management concepts and principles, the exam can be challenging for even the most dedicated students. Today, we'll provide six study tips to help aspiring project managers pass the CAPM exam with flying colors. Note that this article includes information about 2023 updates to the CAPM exam.
The Role of a Project Manager on a Virtual Team
April 02, 2023
In today's rapidly changing business landscape, more companies rely on virtual teams to get things done. Technological advancements and globalization make it easier to work remotely and collaborate with colleagues worldwide. However, while virtual teams offer many benefits, they also present unique challenges that make managing projects difficult. This is where the role of a project manager on a virtual team becomes critical.
Managing Differing Expectations: Tips and Strategies
March 26, 2023
One of the most challenging aspects of project management is managing differing expectations. Whether you are working with team members, stakeholders, or clients, people will inevitably have different needs, goals, and expectations. As a project manager, it's your responsibility to manage these differences effectively to ensure project success and maintain healthy relationships.
Project Cost Management: Principles, Tools, Techniques, and Best Practices
PPC Group, LLC
June 01, 2022
The project management knowledge area of cost management is concerned with estimating, budgeting, and controlling the budget to stay within the approved expenditures for a project. While it may appear simple, identifying all project costs is perhaps the most challenging task for a project manager and team. In addition to the basic costs of resources, additional charges may stem from economic conditions, equipment operating expenses, loan and bond repayments, and various other expenses. Plus, project practitioners must be flexible to meet all organizational policies and norms.
We've made every effort to keep concepts clear for aspiring, new, and accidental project managers while covering project financial topics relevant to all project managers.
Accidental Agile Project Manager
PPC Group, LLC
October 09, 2020
What's an accidental agile project manager, you ask? Anyone who suddenly and unexpectedly finds themselves responsible for an agile project. Maybe the home remodel project turned out to be a little more difficult and complex than you expected. An organization you volunteer for may need a project to build a new wing for an orphanage and asks you to help. Or your manager gave you a project management book and put you in charge of an important work project. In business, it's not uncommon to see team leaders doing project managers' work, and they may not even be aware.
Congratulations, you just became an accidental agile project manager!
This book is the missing agile project management "quick start" guide for beginners, accidental, aspiring new agile project managers, and for those exploring agile project management careers or looking for a refresher.
A process and an acronym will help the accidental agile project manager remember the essential steps of projects. It's Ray's PROJECT method:
Chapter #1: The "P" - P is for People
Chapter #2: The "R" - R is for Requirements
Chapter #3: The "O" - O is for Organize
Chapter #4: The "J" - J is for Jell
Chapter #5: The "E" - E is for Execute
Chapter #6: The "C" - C is for Control
Chapter #7: The "T" - T is for Transfer
The purpose of the PROJECT method is to get you started quickly, not make you an expert or teach you everything you need to know. This book is written as a business fable to help deliver the messages. It follows the method as it is applied to a fictional yet realistic organization and accidental agile project manager. This makes the character and the process more relatable and memorable to the reader.
Each chapter is devoted to a step of the method and ends with "Knowledge Nuggets" – tips, basic project management templates, and references for further reading and study. References include sections of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide), the Project Management Institute's (PMI) standards for project management, and Agile Practice Guide.
- Stakeholder Register
- Communications Plan
- Requirements Plan
- Requirements Document (User Stories)
- Product Backlog
- Milestone Plan
- Burndown Chart
- Virtual Team Contact
- Kickoff Agenda
- Lessons Learned
- Status Report
- Team Member Evaluation
- Lessons Learned
All templates are available online and ready-to-use with pre-filled examples.
All initiatives start with uncertainty, creating consequences ranging from unfulfilled plans to total organizational failure. Yet ongoing research has shown risk management to be a frequently neglected area of planning. A framework is a simple, basic conceptual structure of a process, modifiable to fit the needs and circumstances of initiatives, whether they be projects, programs, operations, or even a collection of activities.
Risk Assessment Framework provides a complete framework and a recommended means of implementation to establish a complete, reusable, and sustainable risk management methodology for any initiative. Tools, templates, forms, and guidance provide support for the implementation of the framework. It is up to the initiative manager to review the framework, tailor the framework to be appropriate for the initiative as needed, and select tools and techniques to support the tailored framework.
Whether you are an aspiring, new, accidental, or experienced manager, this book will help you successfully navigate uncertainty for any effort.
Accidental Project Manager: Zero to Hero in 7 Days
PPC Group, LLC
July 02, 2018
When a manager is pressed to find a project manager for an important client, he looks to Rhett Sero, our to-be hero. He introduces Rhett to Heda Heldenmacher, a noted project management consultant. Heda introduces Rhett to the PROJECT methodology and spends seven days with him to prepare.
Designed to increase success, this book is for accidental and new project managers, beginning project management learners, and those exploring project management careers or looking for a refresher. Told in the form of a business fable, concepts are put in everyday terms and stories make it more memorable.
Everything you need to get started in an easy-to-read book. Each chapter includes a project management tip, reading selections from the PMBOK Guide, and additional learning resources. A set of more than a dozen ready-to-use templates is available online.
This is the story of the invaluable lessons Rhett learns transforming from Sero to Hero!
Fundamentals of the PROJECT Management Method
April 12, 2022
Welcome to Fundamentals of the PROJECT Method. PROJECT is an easy-to-remember acronym to guide you through the most important steps of project management. If you are looking to become a project manager or are taking on a project management role, this course will teach you the essential skills needed. Learn just what you need to achieve early success in your career. The course can also be a review for more experienced project managers.
There has never been a better time to learn project management skills – the global demand for project management skills is growing. The Project Management Institute estimates a need for two million project managers per year.
The course is uniquely designed to not only help you learn project management, but to retain and apply what you have learned. Educational research has shown that simply watching videos is not effective learning. Other elements such as reading and note taking need to be included to be able to retain and apply the knowledge you have learned.
The Amazon international best seller, Accidental Project Manager: Zero to Hero in 7 Days is included in PDF format as a text. Read each chapter as you complete each section of the course to get the most out of the course and retain the knowledge. By completing this course, you will have the fundamentals you need to have confidence managing a project.
Tags: Management, Business Strategy, Project Management
PPC Group, LLC
PPC Group, LLC
November 01, 2013
Founder of a startup training and consulting business focused on continuous improvement of Project, Program, and Portfolio Management process. Established a publishing infrastructure and led the design of the company web site and social media presence. Since 2014 I have published four books, one booklet, and contributed to three other books. Actively seeking partnerships to expand our offering. We are your change agent for project, program, and portfolio management success.
What clients are saying about us: “PPC Group LLC provided us with key material for our project managers. We are a young PMO and working to gain consistency in our process and focus. The material helped to reinforce our messaging and best practices.” - VP EPM