Domain specialty is good in project management

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Shortage of specialized project managersIf you’re a general project manager, and you’re looking for work, you’re probably not finding as much available work or noticing people are not willing to pay you as much as they used to.  With an increased amount of people choosing project management as their profession, you need to find a way to stand apart from them.  If you focus on a niche market or vertical or refine your skills in a particular knowledge area, you may find yourself in great demand and commanding a much higher rate.

Lindsay Scott asks some excellent questions.

  • Think about your own situation and circumstance; if you were to market your own specialism what would it be?
  • What areas of business and industry are looking for your particular specialism?
  • How can you work the current marketplace demands to your advantage?
  • To get more on this topic, read more from Arras People and Lindsay Scott.

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    MS Project Task Types – Fixed Work – Units – Duration

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    Upon reviewing a vendor’s Integrated Master Schedule, created in MS Project, I noticed something very peculiar. Where some tasks could clearly be marked as Fixed Duration, everything was Fixed Units.  I think there are two answers for this.  Either there was a misunderstanding about the work to be performed or the person doing the schedule needs some help understanding task types.  I believe working with MS Project can make your eyes bleed if you’re not used to it.  But if you’re armed with just a little information about task types, it can be a whole lot easier.

    I would love to go into a detailed explanation about Fixed Work, Fixed Units, and Fixed Duration.  If I did, however, you’d probably leave my site never to return.   Instead, I found a very helpful video on YouTube.  Why go hunting for this stuff when you can just find it here?