PMP: 8 Tips on Taking the PMP Exam

Let’s jump straight into it. 8 Tips on taking the PMP Exam. Before the Exam Tip #1: Study Effectively I have elaborated on how to study effectively in my previous post on PMP: 6 Tips on Studying for the PMP Exam. Some of the mentioned tips include understanding the exam structure to allocate your efforts … Continue reading PMP: 8 Tips on Taking the PMP Exam

PMP: 6 Tips on Studying for the PMP Exam

The Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification exam is not easy. Aspiring PMPs will undergo rigorous preparation over the course of several months. I am a firm believer in having a systematic approach. Having recently passed my PMP exam, I am here to share 6 personal tips. #1: Book the PMP Exam Date Well in Advance … Continue reading PMP: 6 Tips on Studying for the PMP Exam

PMP: Completing the PMP Application

An overview on completing the PMP application. If you are considering applying, this could help.

PMP: My Certification Experience

Project management demands are growing. A majority of project manager positions are looking for candidates who are PMP certified. This trend is going strong, especially in the construction and real estate management industry I am part of. Project Management Professional (PMP) is offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI) to provide a globally recognized credential … Continue reading PMP: My Certification Experience

The Passion Project: Personal Development

... When we asked Dian Razak what passion meant for her, she said “Passion is something you feel in your gut”. As an introvert, Dian spends her free time introspecting, reading, and learning new things. After assessing herself for a moment, Dian said she is currently transitioning from Dian Version 2.0 to Dian Version 3.0. … Continue reading The Passion Project: Personal Development

The Passion Project: A Child of Freedom

... Freedom means a lot of things to many people. To Dian, freedom means having the time and space to discover her identity and character without restrictions. However, growing up in a traditional Malay Singaporean family, Dian Razak did not feel she had the freedom to express herself. The strict cultural upbringings had led her … Continue reading The Passion Project: A Child of Freedom

How to Make the Most Out of Architecture School

Architecture school was a life changer for me. Despite the gruelling design courses, overwhelming workload and countless all-nighters, I would choose it all over again in a heartbeat. From learning about theory and history on one side, to design, engineering, and politics on the other, architecture has equipped me with a holistic view of the … Continue reading How to Make the Most Out of Architecture School

3 Defining Moments of My Life

When the school principal called, I knew I was in trouble. I thought I had gotten away with skipping 85 out of 97 classes in my Grade 9 year. But I was wrong. Now my parents know all about it.  We go through thousands of experiences every day, some simple some complex. But only a … Continue reading 3 Defining Moments of My Life

How Do You Measure Your Life?

"I have measured out my life with coffee spoons" This line is from a poem by T.S Elliot called “The Love Song of J.Alfred Prufrock” and the man who speaks this quote is one who carries deep regrets. Why measure out your life, capable of such greatness, with something so insignificant as a coffee spoon? … Continue reading How Do You Measure Your Life?

The Climb

It was the best of times; it was the worst of times. It was the moment of epiphany; it was the moment of despair. We were trenching on grass; we were trenching in snow. We experienced the most difficult times; we experienced the most effortless times. In short, it was one of the most intensive … Continue reading The Climb

5 Tips to Land the Right Job in Any Industry

If you are reading this post, chances are you are looking for opportunities. Having gone through multiple jobs, I understand the frustration and intimidation of leaving a familiar environment to start somewhere new. The general piece of advice that helped me is to trust your instinct and follow your heart. During university, I attended a … Continue reading 5 Tips to Land the Right Job in Any Industry

Project Management: 3 Tips to Effectively Manage Multiple Projects

Managing multiple projects is challenging. Here are 3 tips I have learned along the way to stay somewhat on top.

How to Communicate in Project Management

Communication is not only an essential tool in our daily life, it is also an indispensable tool in project management. We communicate to share information, to share ideas, and to influence others. Successful projects stem from effective communication. Now and then, we observe communication breakdowns. When we send a message to another person, we can … Continue reading How to Communicate in Project Management

The Passion Project: In Transition

In a culture deeply embedded in conformity - where young girls are shouldering tremendous pressure to dress and behave a certain way, Roohani Chauhan was free to choose her own path. Since the age of 16, Roohani left the comfort of her home in India to discover what the rest of the world has to … Continue reading The Passion Project: In Transition

Process: How to go from Substantial Completion to Close-Out

Getting a construction project from substantial performance to completion and turnover is not easy. This process involves actions performed by individuals from all facets of the construction chain, with General Contractor leading the pack. Project close-out is a tedious process involving a lot of paperwork. Project close-outs have become a real challenge for many contractors; … Continue reading Process: How to go from Substantial Completion to Close-Out

What is Substantial Completion? (Ontario)

Substantial Completion or Substantial Performance of work is one of the most important milestones to be reached during construction. When a project is substantially completed, the project is completed enough for intended usage except for a few minor deficiencies. This comes to roughly 97% completion of the work outlined in the construction contract. In accordance … Continue reading What is Substantial Completion? (Ontario)

The Passion Project: A Career in the Magazine Industry

It takes a special combination of personality, interest, and skill set to be a content creator. “Being a content creator is a lot of fun” says Nita, a 23-year old from Indonesia. “My job responsibilities range from creating video content to managing social media”. Turns out, creating content and marketing your content goes hand in … Continue reading The Passion Project: A Career in the Magazine Industry

A Balancing Act of Love

Back in May, I started a new job at a new company with new responsibilities. The learning curve was steep enough to keep me busy. The novelty kept me excited as I adjusted into my role. Several months went by and things had slowed down. In fear of losing my momentum, I filled my days … Continue reading A Balancing Act of Love

The Passion Project: Lifestyle of a Content Creator

Getting lost and finding herself is Nita’s favorite pastime. Nita is one part free-spirit and two part hustler with an insatiable thirst to grow and learn. At the age of 21, Nita completed her arts degree in animation from Indonesia. She left her family and arrived in Canada to pursue a new life. As an … Continue reading The Passion Project: Lifestyle of a Content Creator

How to Close Building Permits: Part III

Permit closure can be broken down to a linear process: Project reach substantial completion (98% completion, as certified) Provide necessary paperwork to corresponding inspector Call in for an inspection Complete the final inspection with no outstanding deficiencies The challenge lies in the fact that every project is different; inspection results are evaluated on a project-to-project … Continue reading How to Close Building Permits: Part III

How to Close Building Permits: Part II

Permit Status If you are wondering about the permit status on your property or project, check with the local municipality. In recent years, City of Toronto has offered an online database for their projects. You can search the Building Permit Status by specifying an Application/Permit number or entering an address. In the example above, I … Continue reading How to Close Building Permits: Part II

The Passion Project: Why Construction Project Management?

It was Monday night. I was getting ready for bed when my phone ran. “Hello, Helen speaking.” It was a call from a site supervisor (let’s call him Eric) who had worked all weekend on an elevator renovation project I am responsible for. Eric is calling me for directions to move forward. As per the … Continue reading The Passion Project: Why Construction Project Management?

The Passion Project: Personal Growth in Construction

Exchanging our emotions and vulnerabilities are the best way to dissolve social barriers at work. If it’s working out for me, I bet it will work out for you too. - the core message in our newest video. Watch it HERE! (https://youtu.be/RYaRbTmQkQo) My career switch to construction was not easy. I did not get along … Continue reading The Passion Project: Personal Growth in Construction

How to Close Building Permits: Part I

What is a permit? Why do we need permits and why are open permits a concern? I have been heavily involved in closing off permits in the past. Here is my attempt at answering these questions. If you are well versed in this topic, feel free to jump over to Part II and Part III. First … Continue reading How to Close Building Permits: Part I

What I Learned about Construction Site Meetings

A week ago, I ran a site meeting combining two separate meetings together on a multi-tenanted floor. I was appealed to the idea of killing two birds with one stone. The corporate world really seems to slow down in July and August. Most of the key decision makers are either on vacation or catching up … Continue reading What I Learned about Construction Site Meetings