Month: November 2014

How you can earn free PDUs by Watching Recorded PMI Webinars!!!

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Question: How can I claim PDU for Watching Recorded PMI Webinars?

Answer: This is a really simple way of earning free Category A PDUs! On its website The Project Management Institute (PMI) offers a library of on-demand webinars for it’s members.

PMI currently offers webinars in the following categories: Agile, Benefits Realization, Career Management, Change Management, Communications, Industry-specific, Leadership, New Practitioner, Organizational Project Management, Requirements Management, Risk Management, and Scheduling. I’m sure you have just seen at least one topic that piqued your interest.

Earning your first PDU through PMI’s on-demand webinars is really just a few steps away:

  1. Log on to using your PMI username and password
  2. Now go to the webinar library which is located here:
  3. Select and watch the webinar(s) of your choice
  4. Make note of the last slide in each presentation where you are shown an “activity code” to be used when claiming your PDU in the CCRS system at slide also includes detailed step-by-step claiming instructions.)

And that’s it! Enjoy your free PDUs from PMI!


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Νέα επιτυχία στις εξετάσεις του Risk Management! Ακόμη ένας Risk Manager! Συγχαρητήρια Στέργιο!

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Θερμά συγχαρητήρια στο Στέργιο ο οποίος ολοκλήρωσε με επιτυχία την προσπάθεια του για απόκτηση της πιστοποίησης Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP) και μόλις 23 μέρες μετά την ολοκλήρωση του σεμιναρίου προετοιμασίας!!

Ευχόμαστε από την καρδιά μας κάθε επαγγελματική επιτυχία και αξιοποίηση του νέου τίτλου.

Τι είπε ο Στέργιος για την εμπειρία του:

” Για άλλη μια φορά είχα την τύχη να παρακολουθήσω ένα από τα σεμινάρια της Human Asset. Αυτή τη φορά είχα την τύχη να παρακολουθήσω το σεμινάριο του Project Risk Management που οδηγεί στην πιστοποίηση PMI-RMP με εισηγητή τον κ. Θανάση Φουρτούνα. Για άλλη μια φορά έγινα κοινωνός και μάρτυρας της άψογης και επιμελημένης προετοιμασίας, της ρεαλιστικής, πλήρους και εξατομικευμένης διδασκαλίας, με τη συστηματοποίηση των αποκτηθέντων γνώσεων και χρησιμοποίηση ομαδο-συνεργατικών μεθόδων. Η εμβρίθεια και το εύρος των γνώσεων του εισηγητή στο αντικείμενό του και η κριτική προσέγγιση μέσα από ρεαλιστικά παραδείγματα και εποικοδομητικές συζητήσεις υπήρξαν ανεκτίμητοι πολλαπλασιαστές μάθησης. Η δε υποστήριξη μετά το πέρας της εκπαίδευσης ήταν άψογη και ειλικρινής.

Θανάση σ’ ευχαριστώ.

Με εκτίμηση

Στέργιος Δαμιανός



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Often when identifying a risk there is confusion about what should be captured in a risk register. The information actually captured in many organisations’ risk registers makes it very difficult to manage the risks.


There are a number of traps that organizations fall into:


#1 Trap for Players – the Broad Statement Risk Trap

Some organisations fall into the trap of capturing “risks” that are broad statements.

Examples include:

  • Reputation damage;
  • Compliance failure;
  • Fraud; and
  • Environment damage

These tell you nothing and cannot be managed – even at a strategic level.

#2 Trap for Players – the Causes as Risk Trap

The most common issue with risk registers is that many organisations fall into the trap of capturing “risks” that are actually causes.

The wording that indicates a cause as opposed to a risk include:

  • Lack of …. (trained staff; funding; policy direction; maintenance; planning; communication).
  • Ineffective …. (staff training; internal audit; policy implementation; contract management; communication).
  • Insufficient …. (time allocated for planning; resources applied).
  • Inefficient …. (use of resources; procedures).
  • Inadequate …. (training; procedures).
  • Failure to…. (disclose conflicts; follow procedures; understand requirements).
  • Poor….. (project management; inventory management; procurement practices).
  • Excessive …. (reporting requirements; administration; oversight).
  • Inaccurate…. (records; recording of outcomes).

These also tell you little and, once again, cannot be managed.


#3 Trap for Players – Consequences as Risk Trap

Another trap that organisations fall into when identifying risk is the trap of capturing “risks” that are actually consequences.

Examples include:

  • Project does not meet schedule;
  • Department does not meet its stated objectives; and
  • Budget overspend

Once again – these are not able to be managed. If these are the traps that organisations fall into, then what should our risks look like? The answer is simple – they need to be events/incidents.

When something goes wrong like a plane crash, a train derailment, a food poisoning outbreak, major fraud etc. it is always an event. After the event there is a post event analysis to determine what happened, why it happened, what could have stopped it happening and what can be done to try and stop it happening in the future. Risk management is no different – you are trying to anticipate and stop the incident before it happens.

If you would like to learn more, read my previous post: /2014/05/28/cause-risk-effect-format-in-identify-risks/

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