Walt Sparling

Helping Project Managers grow and master their Project Management skills.

Interview with Robert Lamberti, a PMP certified Workplace Technology IT Project ManagerInterview with Joseph Phillips - PM Trainer and Author
In This Episode:I had the pleasure of sitting down “virtually” over a zoom call with Joseph Phillips, an author, and trainer in the project management industry.  Joe is a well-established PM trainer and book author on the topic of project management. We spoke about his latest book and his thoughts on the PMP exam and PMP certification.  Joe has a diverse background in IT and project management and the certs, training, and experience to back it up.We also touched on PDUs a theme I have been discussing in recent interviews and blog posts and a variety of book recommendations - see the list below.This was a great interview, one of my favorites.  Joe was a genuine pleasure to talk with and I look forward to having him back in future episodes.Do you want to know what the PMP exam tests you on?Get the free “Exam content outline” from PMI.Favorite line:"Project Management is like chess, but you don’t know all the rules."Joe's key recommendation on development:"Keep moving forward" - You need to keep learning and growing to stay ahead and continue to grow.Books Mentioned:PMP Project Management Professional All-in-One Exam GuideThe Life Long ProjectProject Management: A Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling, and Controlling by Harold KerznerThe GoalThe Deming Management MethodThe Accidental Project ManagerDid you know:Having some personal acronyms, like a personal mantra can help you be more successful. - Joe's is "Keep moving forward".Links: Joe's Udemy pageJoe's Website - Instructing.comThis Episode PageFor a full list of podcast episodes visit go here: PM-Mastery Podcast EpisodesFor a full list of blog posts go here: PM-Mastery Blog Posts
May 3 2022
48 mins
Interview #2 with Clinton "Brooks" Herman, construction PM and Owners Rep.Interview with Angela Thurman - Project Management ConsultantInterview with Sylvia Flores - Healthcare Business Analyst & Project ManagerInterview with Jonah Goska – A Technology Industry Sr. Project ManagerInterview with Nacole Caputo – Certified Industrial Hygienist/Project ManagerInterview with Rob J. - IT Project Manager, US MilitaryInterview with Kurt Hornung Healthcare IT DirectorInterview with Derek Speer - Construction Sr. PM, Critical Facilities
In This Episode: In this episode, I interviewed Derek Speer, a construction project manager from Florida that works in the commercial construction sector. Derek's background is heavy in critical facilities. We talked about what it takes to be successful, by being prepared. Being prepared for meetings, site visits, and travel - some up-front thoughts go a long way.I will be putting together a checklist of the items we discussed and post it on the website's resource page and will update these notes with a link once complete. Some of the following links are affiliate links which may earn me a commission if you click a link and go on to make a purchase; it does not cost you anything extra but helps me cover the cost of the blog and podcast. Thanks for your support!  Favorite Tool(s):ExcelBluebeamOneNoteSnapchat - Just started using it for documenting photos in the field. Other Tools/Items Discussed:6" Magnetic LevelBluetooth PowerPoint Controller with laserLightning to headphones jack converter6' Patch cable (2-Pack, share with a peer)6' HDMI CableVGA to HDMI ConverterOutlet Tester with GFI test functionSafety Boots - I said "Nike", actually Reebok Work Men's 8" Rapid Response RBProject Notebook - Cambridge Limited Notebook, 9-1/2” x 7-1/4”Pens - Pilot FriXion Clicker Retractable Erasable Gel Pens, not mentioned, but erasable! Love these things!Quotes:“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” - Benjamin Franklin“Unfortunately, there seems to be far more opportunity out there than ability.... We should remember that good fortune often happens when opportunity meets with preparation.” - Thomas A. EdisonLinks: This Episode Page w/TranscriptFor a full list of podcast episodes visit go here: PM-Mastery Podcast EpisodesFor a full list of blog posts go here: PM-Mastery Blog Postspm-mastery.com
Feb 9 2021
1 hr
Interview with Teresa O'hanlon - Construction Project Coordinator2020 Blog and Podcast Wrap-up with Amanda ShermanGoal Planning for the New Year - are you Ready?Interview with Chris Chavez - Real Estate PMInterview with David Alvarez - Commercial Banker on Taking ActionInterview with Travis Chess - Construction PMInterview with Shawn Kelly - Construction PM, Assistant DirectorInterview with Clinton "Brooks" Herman - Construction PMPM-Mastery Podcast Introduction Amanda Sherman and Walt Sparling