PMD Pro Exams Migration to the new APMG system

PMD Pro Exams Migration to the new APMG system

Project DPro, Project DPro Certification
PMD Pro new exam system has been live since February and, because of exams purchased and booked prior to the new system launch, APMG has kept the old system also live. The old system will be closing at the end of July. NGOs and candidates would need to book further exams through the new system. If you or your organization has remaining exams bookings in the old system, do not worry: APMG will automatically transfer remaining exams to the new system. Next week APMG will contact all account owners who have remaining exams. Please look at the new exam system guides: http://www.pm4ngos.com/pmd-pro-exam-guides/ If you need any assistance with the system migration, do not hesitate to contact APMG (servicedesk@apmg-international.com) or our team (info@pm4ngos.org).
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PMD Pro Exam System and Guidelines

Project DPro, Project DPro Certification, Project DPro Guide
Attending requests from trainers and training organizations, APMG has upgraded the PMD Pro exam system. The new system is live and brings several new features and improvements. Although the new system has changed the purchase, invigilation, and candidate registration, no changes have been made in the exam itself. In other words, candidates will have better control on their registration and results, but taking the exam is pretty much the same. Please see what has changed, what hasn´t, and where to find support for accessing the new system: (more…)
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A great year for PMD Pro

Project DPro, Project DPro Certification, Project DPro Guide, Statistics
PM4NGOs has been the guardian of PMD Pro since 2011, but its story started four years before when LINGOs began to work with a group of international NGOs in 2007 to collectively define agreed upon principles and best practices in project management in the development sector. That early group received some funding from PMIEF and included Catholic Relief Services, Habitat for Humanity, World Vision, Save the Children, Oxfam and others as well as representatives from The Project Management Institute. The work of that group laid out a framework for the Project Management in Development curriculum which was developed and field tested by over 200 practitioners from 15 organizations in 20 countries between 2010 and 2011. Since the guide and certification development, 2016 was the best year: we had 3,301 new…
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Featured PMD Pro picture of the month

Case Studies, Program Management, Project DPro, Project Management, Tools
How about sharing your training or best practice picture with all PMD Pro professionals and PM4NGOs partner organizations? Each month, PM4NGOs will select one new picture of a PMD Pro training or tools application to become the Featured Picture of the Month. Send your picture to info@pm4ngos.org and tell us the story behind it (please see the criteria and requirements below). (more…)
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Risks, Issues and Assumptions: on my way to work

Program Management, Project DPro, Project Management
It is not rare that we misinterpret terms which definitions are similar or applied differently in different context or areas of work. One example in the project management area is the common confusion between risk, issue and assumption. The PMDPro Guide defines risk as the potential effect of uncertainty on project objectives. There are two key aspects of risks: probability (what is the odds of the event to occur?) and impact (how “large” is the change in the project?). Assumptions are hypotheses about necessary conditions, both internal and external, identified in a design to ensure that the presumed cause-effect relationships function as expected and that planned activities will produce expected results. In other words, assumption is an event, condition or fact that we need to happen or maintain in order to…
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Logical Framework – A friend with many faces

Logical Framework – A friend with many faces

Project DPro, Project DPro Guide, Project Management, Tools
There are several different definitions, formats, templates and structures for project logical frameworks available in the main project management methodologies. If you google “logical framework” then you will probably get lost in the hundreds different models. According to PMDPro, the logical framework is an analytical tool used to plan, monitor and evaluate projects. It derives its name from the logical linkages set out by the planner(s) to connect a project’s means with its ends. It is intended to serve as: A systematic tool for organizing the project thinking and identifying relationships between resources, activities, and project results; A visual way of presenting and sharing the project intervention logic; A tool to identify and assess risks inherent in the proposed project design; A tool for measuring progress through indicators and means…
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PM4NGOs and APMG announce the recipient of the 2015 Alan Harpham Award

Alan Harpham Award, NRP, Project DPro, Project DPro Certification, Project Management
The Alan Harpham Award honors and recognizes an individual with distinguished actions in promoting the professionalization of project management in the international development and humanitarian sectors. The selected winner demonstrates not only leadership in advocating for project management professionalization within the sector, but also in making it available to those who are most in need and to a range of stakeholders in the sector such as community based organizations or local NGOs. The award is named in honor of Alan Harpham, former Board Member of PM4NGOs and Chairman of APMG, and a global citizen dedicated to making this sector and community a better place. PM4NGOs and APMG are delighted to announce that the recipient of the Alan Harpham Award in 2015 is Liziane Silva. Liziane is responsible for bringing the…
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Estimate or Budget?

Estimate or Budget?

Project DPro, Project Management
Are you working from an Estimate, or a Budget? These two get confused quite a bit. They seem to be the same, and one usually derives from the other, but they’re not the same. An estimate is an approximation of what your project (or piece of it) will cost. The budget is what you’re allowed to spend. The estimate provides a guideline, the budget provides hard edges. You can’t go ‘over-estimate’, but you can go over-budget. (more…)
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Why is so much LINGOS PM “stuff” free?

Project DPro, Project DPro Guide, Project Management
I have just had a conversation with someone, who asked, “Why is so much of your stuff free”? In other words, why aren’t you charging for e-learning etc. I was quite taken aback, I mean, if you believe in the power of learning to transform people, organisations and communities, why wouldn’t you try to make as much as possible available for as little as possible? So I thought it would be worth exploring this a bit. (more…)
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