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Robin Hood 2018: Keep Your Certification Up

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As a career PM, I have a certification from the Project Management Institute as a "Professional Project Manager" (PMP).

This is a SERIOUS CERTIFICATION. By that I mean:

I had to have new and old bosses sign off on my work experience to applyI needed 40 hours of trainingIt required passing a brutal 250-question exam with an estimated first time failure rate of 40-50%The certification lapses unless you prove that you are keeping up with your career education over time
It was quite a bit of trouble to get, but it's worth it. Why? Because it has value. Having a PMP attached to my name increases my employability, opens new job opportunities, and improves my salary.



Considering the benefit and what I went through to get the darned thing, there is no way I will ever let it lapse. That means attending conferences, logging mentoring and reading hours, signing up for webinars, and so on.

Turns out that this is true of a whole lot of worthwhile things in this world. Are you unoffici…

The Liminal Landscape

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Growing up, I lived in the same small town from the age of three to 18. Since leaving I've never lived in any one place for that long. While there were certainly negatives to growing up in such a small town (though our primary youth hobbies of cow tipping and road sign shooting have been replaced with, well, meth I think) there were also benefits.

One of those was the peace and quiet required to see the liminal landscape. In fact, I still dream of the land beneath the land of that place. From the river that doesn't exist, to the cliff dwellings where there is no cliff, to the non-existent pass where the observatory really isn't. The most potent one for me is the boring suburban backyard that contains a doorway to fairy. It's potent because at one point, as an adult, I revisited the old neighborhood and peeked into that yard. Sure enough, there it was, not visible to the naked eye, but not only accessible in dreams.



Unfortunately, my ability to access the liminal landsc…