Owner’s Project Requirements - LEED

Posted by Christine Vogt on Oct 1, 2020 10:30 AM

One of the first steps that a project team must take in order to reduce the energy consumption of a building is to design the project with energy goals in mind. These energy-saving benchmarks are defined in our latest infographic “Owner's Project Requirements (OPR)”. The project requirements outlined in the OPR infographic will serve as the reference points for all design, construction, and ongoing maintenance operations.

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8 Benefits of Lean

Posted by Dan Picard on Sep 25, 2020 11:51 AM

Lean is more than a simple collection of tools; it is an interconnected system that focuses an entire organization on creating the value that customers want in the most efficient and effective way possible.

In an effective Lean system:

  • Practitioners work continuously to eliminate the defects and rework in their systems
  • Material and information is "pulled" by downstream processes in the system
  • Value-added work is enhanced and non-value-added work is minimized
  • Resources (including employee skills) are maximized to the greatest extent possible
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Subject Matter Expert Spotlight: Alena Huniova

Posted by Katie Sica on Sep 18, 2020 12:44 PM

This week, Skye Learning would like to spotlight Alena Huniova, a Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®) and Professional Scrum Product Owner II (PSPO II). Huniova has a wealth of experience in software product development, from the delivery of 16+ software products to automation in 9+ business domains. She also has a master’s degree in CAD/CAE systems.

Huniova is a Technical Product Manager at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. Previously, she was a Senior Business Analyst at Kanda Software. Skye was thrilled to feature Huniova’s expert commentary in Introduction to Business Analysis.

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How to Stand Out in Your Next Zoom Interview

Posted by Paul Terranova on Sep 17, 2020 2:11 PM

With the rise of videoconferencing, interviewers and job seekers alike are now able to conduct long-distance, face-to-face interviews, as well as increase efficiency, save time in the hiring process, and reduce travel costs. The COVID-19 pandemic has only accelerated and increased the use of videoconferencing platforms such as Zoom and Google Hangouts. However, videoconferencing is not without its obstacles, such as delays, connectivity issues, and moments of awkward silence. Here are some tips on what to expect and how best to stand out during a Zoom interview.

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LEED v4™ 7 Impact Categories

Posted by Christine Vogt on Sep 16, 2020 10:42 AM

LEED v4 identifies seven impact categories that define the environmental issues that LEED® projects are tasked with addressing. The categories are focused on the overall themes of climate change, human health, water resources, biodiversity, material resources, a greener economy, and community. LEED® uses these impact categories as a performance-based framework. This framework, consisting of prerequisites and credits, is used by the building industry in the project accreditation process.

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Subject Matter Expert Spotlight: Johanna Rothman

Posted by Skye Learning Team on Sep 14, 2020 12:21 PM

Johanna Rothman is the owner of Rothman Consulting Group, through which she has coached product developers, led Agile transformations, and improved projects, programs, and organizations for over 26 years. She has also written a large collection of books about project management and the workplace.

Prior to consulting, Rothman was a software engineer who served as a project leader, program manager, and director at Boston Technology. She is a longtime contributor to Skye Learning courseware, providing expert commentary for Introduction to Agile, Principles of Scrum, PMP® Exam Prep Course, and more.

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Beyond the Basics: The Do's and Don'ts of Resume Writing

Posted by Skye Learning Team on Sep 9, 2020 12:27 PM

In this job market, candidates need every advantage they can get to stand out, and a well-crafted resume is crucial. Producing the best possible resume requires knowing its function--to get you into the pile of candidates who will be considered further.

When writing your resume, it’s important to recognize that the hiring manager may be fielding hundreds of resumes for a position in addition to their regular job duties. Each resume, therefore, will receive only a cursory glance to determine the candidate’s qualifications. Your resume should be designed to make it easy for a hiring manager to learn your professional accomplishments at a glance. To that end, follow a few rules to ensure your application isn’t overlooked.

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Subject Matter Expert Spotlight: Kemi Arosanyin

Posted by Katie Sica on Sep 4, 2020 11:10 AM

This week, Skye Learning is spotlighting Kemi Arosanyin, the Director of the Africa Trade Expansion Program at the World Trade Center Miami. Arosanyin has a Master of Business Administration as well as a Master of International Business. She has a strong background in trade finance and international marketing. She also writes, speaks, and advises on international trade issues, with publications including “Miami: Africa’s Gateway to the Americas” and “U.S.-Africa Trade Relations Under Trump” in Global Trade Magazine.

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10 Characteristics of Ethical Leaders

Posted by Skye Learning Team on Sep 3, 2020 2:29 PM

Few things are more important to human activity than leadership. Effective leadership makes a business organization successful. It enables a not-for-profit organization to fulfill its mission. The effective leadership of parents enables children to grow into independent and productive adults. But for all leaders, abiding by ethical standards is vital.

What are the characteristics of an ethical leader? If you were asked to list the qualities and behaviors of leaders who live out their values, what characteristics would you cite?

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The "Other" Project Management Mistakes

Posted by Dan Picard on Sep 2, 2020 9:00 AM

Let's face it–even under the best of circumstances, project management is hard. There are so many facets and factors to consider at each project stage, including several that will change (sometimes dramatically) over the course of your project. Scope may be altered, costs will fluctuate, and schedules will have to be modified. Objectives may shift, resources will become constrained, and new information will pop up that could radically change your view of how your project should run. And that's just to name a few; there are many more insidious things that could cause problems that could delay or even derail your project completely.

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