91 episodes

PM Happy Hour is the place for frank and honest discussion about real world issues in project management. We do it in a way that’s not too dry, though it may get a bit salty from time to time.
Each episode, your hosts Kim Essendrup and Kate Anderson we will cover a problem faced in project management today, and share practical advice, real-life examples and the occasional project horror story.
Not only that, but every podcast is also an online class! Our host is a PMI Registered Education Provider, who has structured each podcast as an easy-to-listen-to lesson. To get credit, go to our web site at PMHappyHour.com, purchase your class, take the test (based on the content from our podcast) and you get your PDU certificate instantly!

Project Management Happy Hour Kim Essendrup and Kate Anderson

    • Business
    • 4.8 • 210 Ratings

PM Happy Hour is the place for frank and honest discussion about real world issues in project management. We do it in a way that’s not too dry, though it may get a bit salty from time to time.
Each episode, your hosts Kim Essendrup and Kate Anderson we will cover a problem faced in project management today, and share practical advice, real-life examples and the occasional project horror story.
Not only that, but every podcast is also an online class! Our host is a PMI Registered Education Provider, who has structured each podcast as an easy-to-listen-to lesson. To get credit, go to our web site at PMHappyHour.com, purchase your class, take the test (based on the content from our podcast) and you get your PDU certificate instantly!

    084 - OH, We Forgot About Change Management! What to do when you get caught with your ADKAR down, with Tim Creasey

    084 - OH, We Forgot About Change Management! What to do when you get caught with your ADKAR down, with Tim Creasey

    Yeah! One of our favorite guests, Tim Creasey, returns! This time we are talking about what happens if you realize, too late in the game, that you really didn’t consider Change Management enough in your planning cycle. 
    It’s such a universal experience of a project manager to not have change management, and so many of us end up in these situations where we struggle to see the real benefits of a change we’ve implemented.  We figured: why not start where most of us end up: in trouble!
    Join Kate and Kim as we talk with Tim about how to recover.
    About our amazing guest, Tim Creasey
    An author, researcher, change expert and human, Tim focuses on the people-side of change with process, wit and vigor. Tim’s work forms the foundation of the world’s largest body of knowledge on change management. His role as Chief Innovation Officer at Prosci gives him unparalleled insight into change management challenges, trends and futures. Having spoken to hundreds of thousands of people around the globe, Tim is authentic, knowledgeable and unassumingly funny. He enables audiences with valuable data and actionable information.
    And here are some links to some of Tim’s other amazing content:
    8 Alignment Hacks That Enhance Change Management Today
    While formal approaches to Change Management are a must for people-dependent projects and complex transformations, sometimes simple adjustments can help teams and colleagues remove roadblocks and enable rapid change during uncertain times.
    Why Change Management
    People are the common denominator for achieving project success and business outcomes and the research is clear: Initiatives with excellent change management are six times more likely to succeed.
    Taking Charge of Change Training Program
    Prosci’s Taking Charge of Change 1-day program will help you get started on delivering change success through people.
    Tim’s LinkedIn Profile
    Connect with Tim on LinkedIn and keep the change management conversation going!
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    • 1 hr
    083 - The 30 Minute Executive Meeting: Make it count

    083 - The 30 Minute Executive Meeting: Make it count

    As a project manager, the time you get with an executive sponsor is critical: you don’t get much of it and you cannot blow it! For many of our listeners, you may be new to executive meetings. But, how do you get the most out of these meetings and give a good impression so you can get the confidence of your executive sponsors? It’s something we ALL struggle with and can all get better with. 
    On today’s show, Kate and Kim talk through how to win with these meetings. Jokingly the 30/60/90 minute plan (30 minute meeting after 60 hours of preparation and 90 pounds of stress eating), we talk you through: 
    Knowing your audience How to present to execs  How to tell your story JOIN THE HAPPY HOUR!
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    • 1 hr
    082 - The Project Behind a Tech Startup, with Pete Bernardo from Punchlist

    082 - The Project Behind a Tech Startup, with Pete Bernardo from Punchlist

    Tech startups drive the technology around us, and a good bit of the economy. They use creativity, ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit to solve problems and build the world of tomorrow. But how do they do that? Is it really like the “Shark Tank” or “Dragon’s Den” tv shows?
    Today we are joined by a real-life tech founder who has successfully built his company and introduced a new tool to the market - a PM tool, no less! Pete Bernardo, founder of Punchlist tells us about the project behind founding a startup and bringing his product to market. And, no, it’s not quite like the TV show :-) 
    AND you can get your first month free & 10% off the price of Punchlist by signing up here and using the coupon code: PMHAPPYHOUR
     
    OUR AMAZING GUEST: Pete Bernardo, Founder of Punchlist
    Pete Bernardo is the Founder & CEO of Punchlist, the #1 client feedback layer over your creative work. Pete is also a TechStars Atlanta Mentor, a father of two, and an occasional pizza maker. 
    Former EVP of Product & Growth at Three Five Two, Pete has 20 years of design & development experience across clients like CNN, Porsche, American Express, and Microsoft. 
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/petebernardo/  
     
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    • 56 min
    081 - The Project Behind an Emergency Covid Vaccination Site, with Aaron Bellinger, PMP

    081 - The Project Behind an Emergency Covid Vaccination Site, with Aaron Bellinger, PMP

    When the first Covid vaccinations were released, massive vaccination sites were launched, seemingly overnight, to vaccinate millions of people. If you volunteered or were vaccinated at one of these sites, you may have witnessed how huge, sophisticated and well run these sites were. But how did they do that? How (and who) planned, organized, stood up and ran these massive sites vaccinating thousands of people a day - at a time when you couldn’t even hardly hold an in-person meeting? 
    Kim volunteered at one of these early sites at a football stadium parking lot with dozens of lanes of people getting vaccinated, thousands and thousands a day. Since then, we’ve been trying to find someone to come on the show and talk about how these were organized so well, so quickly. And he had no luck doing so - until now! 
    Our guest, Aaron Bellinger, was project manager for one of these emergency Covid vaccination sites and walks us through how the whole process went down, from conception to execution, operation and tear-down. It’s an impressive, once-in-a-lifetime project that affected the lives of thousands. 
     
    OUR AMAZING GUEST: Aaron Bellinger, PMP
    Aaron Bellinger was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ where he lives with his beautiful wife Tanya and their sweet dog Ollie. Aaron has an extensive background in project management where most of his experience was gained “on the job”. His first job was roofing houses with his dad where he learned you can survive 110 degree days outdoors. Aaron also helped business users with technical computer hardware support which gave him great insight into the “customer”.
    Most recently Aaron has been a project manager in a healthcare environment where he is helping improve end user experiences and serving his community for impact.
    It didn’t take Aaron long to realize that by asking “do you want it good, fast or cheap, pick two”, he could turn anyone’s plan into action ensuring he executed for impact and mitigated risk with a purpose. 
    Aaron is a certified Project Management Professional who believes that a defined scope will set you up for success. 
    When Aaron isn’t Project Managing something at work, he is taking his truck off road, SCUBA diving, or competing in the United States Practical Shooting Association matches at the gun range in a fierce, blasting competition. 
     
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    We love to hear about your tough PM issues, so please hit us up at podcast@pmhappyhour.com or on Linkedin and we’ll see if we can help you. If we use your question, we’ll send you a PM Happy Hour coaster you can enjoy at your next happy hour.

    • 46 min
    080 - First PM on the Beach: How to succeed when you are the first Project Manager in your organization

    080 - First PM on the Beach: How to succeed when you are the first Project Manager in your organization

    This episode is based on feedback we’ve had from our member 1:1 coaching sessions, one of the benefits we provide our PM Happy Hour members.
    Many PM’s find themselves in a position where they are the first project manager in their organization. Whether you are a newbie or an experienced pro, this will be a challenge. The organization probably has a low (or no) level of project management maturity, no organizational concept of what project management is or how to make projects succeed, and probably as many different expectations of what a PM should and shouldn’t do as there are people in the organization. Where do you even start?!
    Before you whip out your PMBOK or Agile Practice guide and start reading it to your team, let’s step back a moment and talk about how to approach this situation pragmatically. And let’s do it with one of our favorite PMO mentors Joe Pusz, “PMO Joe!” 
    In this episode, we talk with PMO Joe about how to approach you new role as the pioneer project manager in your organization and how to set yourself, your team and your organization up for success - in the short and long term.
    OUR AMAZING GUEST: JOE PUSZ, “PMO JOE”
    Joe Pusz, PMO Joe is an internationally recognized leader in the Project Management and PMO community. He is a frequent Keynote Speaker, Author, Project Management Innovator and was recently named one of the Top 8 PMO Influencers in the World by the PMO Global Alliance. He is the Founder and President of THE PMO SQUAD, a Phoenix based PMO and Project Management Consulting firm serving clients across the United States.
    He is host of the Project Management Office Hours Radio Show and Podcast providing Project Management Leaders a voice within our community. Now in the 5th season the show has over 40 million plays and downloads featuring guests from around the world. Joe is also Co-Founder of VPMMA, the Veteran Project Manager Mentor Alliance which is a 501c3 Non-Profit Organization assisting Veterans seeking to transition into civilian Project Management careers.
    Joe is the Founder of The PMO Leader global community.  The site is the only global ecommerce community for PMO Leaders and teams to share content, gain knowledge and exchange experiences. He is a Judge for the Global PMO Awards, a member of the PMI Executive Roundtable on PMOs, and is a long-time member of the Project Management Institute. He has been a PMI Volunteer, Sponsor and Mentor.
    Social Media
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    https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-pmo-squad/
    https://www.linkedin.com/company/project-management-office-hours/
    https://www.linkedin.com/company/vpmma/
    https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-pmo-leader/
    https://twitter.com/THEPMOSQUAD
    https://www.instagram.com/thepmosquad/
     
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    • 42 min
    079 - Welcome to the Dungeon! Kate and Kim do Project Management RPG (D&D)

    079 - Welcome to the Dungeon! Kate and Kim do Project Management RPG (D&D)

    OK, originally this was going to be an April Fool’s goof podcast, but it turned out to be a lot of fun and maybe a bit educational. But, nope, it’s not your usual PMHH episode, and DEFINITELY not your typical PM podcast. So, if you are looking for something serious and academic, this episode is not the one for you.
    Kate will be your dungeon master in this fun (and, yeah, weird) episode! Kate walks Kim through building his PM character, then takes him through a tabletop RPG (role playing game) of managing a project. Is it as dorky as it sounds? YES!!
    “Roll your negotiation check.” 
    Will Kim be able to complete his quest? Or will the Dragons, Facilities Managers and other monsters stop his party in their tracks? 
    I don’t know about you, but I think Kate needs to start hosting public versions of these! Talk about a fun way to PDU! Give us a shout if you think so too! 
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    We love to hear about your tough PM issues, so please hit us up at podcast@pmhappyhour.com or on Facebook at facebook.com/pmhapyhour and we’ll see if we can help you. If we use your question, we’ll send you a PM Happy Hour coaster you can enjoy at your next happy hour.
     

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
210 Ratings

210 Ratings

Whopface ,

Great show for experienced and new PMs

(I’ve been managing IT projects since 1999. I got my PMP in 2014. I find the PMBOK and most webinars boring or a waste of time. )

PM Happy Hour was recommended by a friend. I listened to the episode about taking over a project gone bad. It was great. I’ve listened to about 4 more episodes- each one is carefully planned and we’ll executed. I love the focus on one thing. I love the real actionable advice. I love the recap.

I’ll be recommending this to my PM team and to the PMs that I mentor.

dekalbmom ,

Entertaining and Informative

Just found this podcast and have been bingeing. Excellent!

Zedabcdefg123z ,

Behavioral PM is blowing my mind!

I’m only halfway through this episode and already know I will listen to this 5 more times! I know I’m a geek but this stuff is so exciting to me!

So appreciate you both going out and researching the best guests that will help us excel at our jobs! I also am not a fan of mediocrity and love these “inside the human brain” tips! Love using the word “obstacles” and love the idea of talking about risks and obstacles before making estimations and how it’s more accurate!

Can’t wait to listen to the rest and I already checked the ebook of Superforecasting out of my local library!

You guys are awesome!

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