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Ray Houdtzagers, PMP, is Learning Solutions Manager for AMA’s seminars on project management and purchasing. He has been with AMA for over 15 years, and has nearly 20 years of professional project management experience, primarily in the development of professional education programs for both classroom and multimedia-based delivery. He also currently serves as the head of the Project Management Office (PMO) for AMA’s USME seminar division.

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5 Creative Tips for Onboarding New Project Managers

By | Posted Apr 23, 2015 | 2 Comments

How can you ensure that the future of your company’s projects are in good hands? PMP Ray Houdtzagers offers his advice on how to onboard new project managers. See how you can make sure your business’s key initiatives run smoothly for the foreseeable future.

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7 Practical Tips to Avoid Project Failure

By | Posted Feb 26, 2015 | 2 Comments

How often are your projects successful? According to a recent Project Management Institute study, chances are they fail too often. When a project fails, a huge associated cost comes with it, and this can result in a significant budget hit, loss of employee morale, or worse. Project manager Ray Houdtzagers has been through this before, and offers seven practical tips to help you avoid project failure.

5 Keys to Successful Program Management

By | Posted Jan 2, 2015 | 1 Comment

Are all of your processes and projects running efficiently and effectively? Your team’s ability to complete projects, tasks, and assignments on time affects your organization’s productivity and success. Ray Houdtzagers, PMP, offers his advice on successful program management. See his five keys to successful program management, and why certain skills are so important to your success.

Benefits of a PMP Boot Camp

By | Posted Nov 19, 2014

Are you planning on taking the PMP certification exam? If so, you should exhaust all of your options to prepare for this challenging 200 multiple-choice question exam. Prep courses, reading materials, and taking practice exams are all great, but one option in particular stands out: A PMP Boot Camp. Ray Houdtzagers, PMP, offers his advice and the seven key benefits of a PMP Exam Prep Boot Camp, and how it will help you ace the exam when the time comes.

7 Critical Project Management Lessons from Locke: Managing a Project in Crisis

By | Posted Oct 7, 2014

Rarely can you take real-world lessons from what you see on the big screen. The small-budget British film Locke, however, is a powerful exception to the rule. This movie offers several examples of how to manage a project when you are in a high pressure situation. Ray Houdtzagers takes a look at the film and presents his takeaways so that you can be more effective when managing a project under duress.

Benefits of PMP Certification: 9 Questions to Determine if PMP Certification is Right for You

Benefits of PMP Certification: 9 Questions to Determine if PMP Certification is Right for You

By | Posted Jul 31, 2014

AMA conducted a survey to research the career benefits of getting the PMP. Here are the results to the question: […]

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Aligning Project Management to Evolving Business Strategy and Priorities

By | Posted May 28, 2014 | 1 Comment

Recent articles published by both Harvard and Stanford indicate that organizations should revisit business priorities and objectives more frequently, and […]