80 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 • 156 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!

    072 - A 12 Pack of Alignment Hacks with Tim Creasey - Part 1

    072 - A 12 Pack of Alignment Hacks with Tim Creasey - Part 1

    We are joined again by one of our favorite guests, Tim Creasey, Organizational Change Wizard. This time he shares 12 different methods for creating better alignment with your team and your stakeholders. In this first part of a 2 part episode, we share the first 6 of these hacks to help get two people on the same page.  
    Pivot around Purpose “To What End?” To _____ By_____ statement Name it to tame it Matching Matters Solution Laps 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 is some amazing content from Tim! 
    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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    Get access to all podcasts, PDU certificates, bonus content, exclusive member Q&A webinars and more from our membership! https://pmhappyhour.com/membership
    STUMP THE PM’S!
    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.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    The Project Behind an Ironman Triathlon with Paul Huddle, Senior Regional Director for the Ironman Group

    The Project Behind an Ironman Triathlon with Paul Huddle, Senior Regional Director for the Ironman Group

    The Ironman Triathlon. Without exaggeration, it is truly one of the most epic endurance events that a mortal human can participate in: 140.6 miles covered in a single day by swimming, biking and running. 
    As epic as it is to participate in an Ironman, it may be even more daunting to plan and manage one. 140+ miles of race course. 3 totally different disciplines (Swim, Bike, Run). As many as 2,000 - 3,000 participants. Literally tons of food and drink to get out across the course.  Thousands of volunteers. City permits, police, medics, media... By any measure, each and every Ironman event is an extraordinary project and major logistical feat, and one the Ironman group does extremely well.
    We are joined by Paul Huddle, Senior Regional Director for Ironman, who walks us through what's involved in planning and running an Ironman event. Whether you are a Project Manager, an Ironman athlete or just amazed by extraordinary endeavors, you are going to dig this episode! 
     
    About our amazing guest, Paul Huddle
    Paul Huddle is a Seasoned Event Operator with more than 20 years of experience in the fast-paced mass participation endurance sport industry. He is a Senior Regional Director for the Ironman Group, and is responsible for triathlons from sprints to the Ironman Championship, mountain biking, and running events - including the Rock & Roll marathons. 
    Paul is also the author of:  The Athlete Minded Traveler, Ironman - Start to Finish and Starting Out Triathlon
    JOIN THE HAPPY HOUR!
    Get access to all podcasts, PDU certificates, bonus content, exclusive member Q&A webinars and more from our membership! https://pmhappyhour.com/membership
    STUMP THE PM’S!
    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.
     

    • 1 hr 10 min
    070 - Change Management Mic Drops with Tim Creasey

    070 - Change Management Mic Drops with Tim Creasey

    Project Managers are agents of change. Whether your project changes organizations, technologies, infrastructure or processes, the success of your project likely depends on *people* actually using your deliverables. But how much of your project is really focused on those people and helping them understand and make those changes? 
    Spoiler: Kate *totally* nerds out on this one :-) After we recorded this, Kate and Kim quoted Tim to just about everyone they met. Mic drops! 
    In this podcast we are joined by one of the most influential thought-leaders in Change Management today, Tim Creasey, the CIO of Prosci. Tim will take us through the 5 tenets of change management, and their corresponding plain language questions:
    We change for a reason Plain language question: Why are we changing?  Who has to do their job differently, and how?  Organizational change requires individual change How much of our outcomes depend on adoption and usage?  Organizational outcomes are the collective result of individual change What will we do to support adoption and usage?  Change Management is an enabling framework for managing the people side of change How will driving adoption and usage improve results?  We apply change management to realize the benefits and desired outcomes of change  
    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.
    JOIN THE HAPPY HOUR!
    Get access to all podcasts, PDU certificates, bonus content, exclusive member Q&A webinars and more from our membership! https://pmhappyhour.com/membership
    STUMP THE PM’S!
    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.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    069 - Project Management in an Alien Environment

    069 - Project Management in an Alien Environment

    You’re a PM and you have landed on a strange new world where you don’t know the industry, the organization the people or the subject matter. How do you get oriented enough to intelligently deliver a project? How do you succeed in this alien environment? 
    In this episode, Kate and Kim talk about how to approach getting up to speed when you are faced with leading a project in a new department, new company, new domain or totally new industry where you don’t know the subject matter. 
    In summary: 
    Get a head start where you can Stand on what you know Build trust then ask for help Fake it ‘til you make it  
    JOIN THE HAPPY HOUR!
    Get access to all podcasts, PDU certificates, bonus content, exclusive member Q&A webinars and more from our membership! https://pmhappyhour.com/membership
    STUMP THE PM’S!
    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.

    • 40 min
    068 - Interviewing PM’s: Inside the Mind of a Hiring Manager with Matt Henderson

    068 - Interviewing PM’s: Inside the Mind of a Hiring Manager with Matt Henderson

    Whether you are hiring project managers or hope to get hired, do you know what hiring managers should be looking for? What’s going on in a hiring managers mind when they look at your resume and when they interview you? 
    In this episode we are joined by Matt Henderson - a long time PMO manager who has hired hundreds of project managers. In fact, at one point he managed both Kate and Kim. How on earth did he manage two such unruly PMs?! We’ll maybe cover that in another episode. In this episode, Matt shares tips on interviewing and selecting PM’s for hire. This will be useful to you whether you are a hiring manager yourself, or being interviewed yourself. 
    Our amazing guest, Matt Henderson
    Matt Henderson is a Senior Executive with over 25 year of experience in Project Management.  He has worked globally within Startup and Fortune-500 Services organizations, helping clients achieve business-critical outcomes from their Projects.  In these roles, Matt has built and managed several PMO’s and has hired 100’s of PM’s.
     
    JOIN THE HAPPY HOUR!
    Get access to all podcasts, PDU certificates, bonus content, exclusive member Q&A webinars and more from our membership! https://pmhappyhour.com/membership
    STUMP THE PM’S!
    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.

    • 52 min
    067 - What the heck is ITSM? And how is it like Improv?

    067 - What the heck is ITSM? And how is it like Improv?

    If you are a PM working in or with a large enterprise, you may have heard of ITSM, or the ITIL framework. And you may well have been asked to create additional deliverables and go through some processes to support ITSM. But what is it? How does it work? Why is it good for organizations? And as a PM, what do I typically need to do to support it? And, what's the difference between ITSM and ITIL? 
    To help us better understand ITIL and ITSM, we are joined today by one of the most respected experts in the area of ITSM, Erika Flora of BEYOND20. Erika not only helps us understand ITIL and ITSM, but also how this framework can help your project and your organization succeed in the long term.
     
    Our amazing guest Erika Flora, PMP, PgMP, ITIL Expert
    Erika is President/CEO with BEYOND20. For more than 15 years, Erika has worked with global organizations to define and launch PMOs, provide Project Management training and coaching, and implement Enterprise Project Management platforms. She holds several Project Management certifications including PMP, PgMP, Certified ScrumMaster (CSM), and Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO). 
    Erika has a Master’s Degree in Microbiology from the University of Florida, served as an Adjunct Professor of Project Management at San Diego State University, volunteered as a PMI board member in Phoenix and San Diego, and is a Lead Editor/author for the core publication “ITIL 4 Leader: Digital & IT Strategy”, released in Q4 2020. When she’s not working or on social media (@erikaflora), you can find her performing with her improv comedy team, Swoonface.
     
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    STUMP THE PM’S!
    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.

    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

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156 Ratings

156 Ratings

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Great resource!

I’ve listened to a few episodes so far and I’ve found each one insightful. Looking forward to listening to more!

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LOVING PM Happy Hour

I’ve listened to most Podcasts on project management and this is by far the best. I’ve binged almost every episode and applied a lot of the tools and techniques (shout out to RAID Log). Clearly actionable/knowledgeable and not too stuffy - keep it up!

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I’m new to PM after a career in the military. This podcast has made the learning so much fun. I listen during my morning workout. Thank you!

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