Friday, December 31, 2010

KISSing Project Management

Project managers have to know a bit about a large set of different subjects, you can pick any topic from Earned Value Management to Leadership. They have to have a large set of personal skills, some of them cannot coexist peacefully together (can you easily imagine someone being a visionary and focused on results?). There are a few Project Management frameworks and methodologies available for project managers to choose from. And they have to deal with people while trying to make something unique happen for real... If this context doesn’t sound complex to you I don’t know what will...
So how can you step into this messy world of Project Management and survive? I have strongly advised on the use of common sense (check out “Mastering Motivation”, “Team Players” and “A Christmas Business Case”).
But his time I have a new tip for you: the KISS Principle.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

"Exceptional Performance Behaviors" Webinar by Neal Whitten



"Exceptional Performance Behaviors" is a free webinar for PMI's Information System Community of Practice members and will be featuring Neal Whitte on January 5 2011 at 17:00 GMT.

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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Carl Sagan on Qualty (and everything)




With insufficient data it is easy to go wrong.

in "Cosmos", 1980. Carl Sagan (1934-1996), American astronomer, astrophysicist, author, cosmologist, and highly successful popularizer of astronomy, astrophysics and other natural sciences.


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Friday, December 24, 2010

A Christmas Business Case

“Give to receive in double” is on the top of my list of phrases to avoid.
It sounds like an investment, doesn’t it? You invest a certain amount and you’ll get double that in return! You could even write a Business Case for it easily, as you have the ROI computed already and all. And as Christmas is a perfect time to give, you could write a perfect Christmas Business Case, right?
I really hope this doesn’t make any sense to you. It doesn’t make any sense to me and this is why I don’t like this phrase. But I do like Christmas - without a Business Case.

This may be a clever take on that phrase, but what does it have to do with Project Management?

Thursday, December 23, 2010

George Bernard Shaw on Communication




The single biggest problem in communication
is the illusion that it has taken place.


quoted from the "Leadership Skills for Managers" (2000) by Marlene Caroselli.
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Irish playwright and a co-founder of the London School of Economics best known for his over 60 plays.


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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Webinar with Bas de Baar and Margaret Meloni

Margaret Meloni


You have all the details about this event on Bas de Baar's blog on Upcoming Webinar: I'm Online Now What? Finding your Voice on Social Media but...

The webinar is free and it will take place on January 14th, 2011, hosted by Bas de Baar and Margaret Meloni.

You can sign up using this link.


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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Lewis Caroll on Planning



If you don't know where you are going,
any road will get you there.

in "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland". Lewis Carroll (1832–1898), English author, mathematician, logician, Anglican deacon and photographer.


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Friday, December 17, 2010

Is there a need to follow plans?

Just yesterday I quoted Eisenhower: "Plans are worthless, but planning is everything". If you use the PMBOK as guide this may come as chock for you. But then again, it was Eisenhower who said it not John Doe or some mad man. So should you take this seriously? Was Eisenhower a mad man? Or was he trying to make a point being provocative? Is there something to learn from this?

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Eisenhower on planning



Plans are worthless,
but planning is everything.

in the speech to the National Defense Executive Reserve Conference in Washington, D.C. on November 14th, 1957. Dwight D. Eisenhower was the 34th President of the United States and he served as Supreme Commander of the Allied forces in Europe during World War II.

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Monday, December 13, 2010

Janis Joplin on Ethics



Don't compromise yourself.
You are all you've got.



Janis Joplin (1943-1970), American singer, songwriter and music arranger.


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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Seth Godin on Marketing



Marketing is actually what other people are saying about you.

in "The appearance of impropriety", posted on Dec., 9th on Seth Godin's blog. Seth Godin (1960-) is an American entrepreneur, author and public speaker. Godin popularized the topic of permission marketing.





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Thursday, December 9, 2010

SeminarsWorld: San Diego, California, USA - 2010

PMI's next SeminarsWorld (official page here) will take place next week in San Diego, from December the 13th to the 16th.
The seminars available are:
  • The Ultimate PMO: Leading-Edge Practices for Effective Strategic Performance Management
  • Project Relationship Management
  • Forecasting Programs with Microsoft Project 2007
  • Where Do Good Projects Come From? PMI's Introduction to OPM
  • Leading Strategic Initiatives (Program Management)
  • Project Management: Competencies and Structure: Understanding and Applying the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge
  • Required People Skills and Emotional Intelligence for the Project Professional
  • Power, Influence and Politics in Project Management 4 Day Seminar
  • Agile Project Management Workshop
These are both a learning and a networking opportunity.



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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Abraham Lincoln on Personal Management





I have found that most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.

In "How to Get What You Want" by Orison Marden. Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), the 16th President of the United States.






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