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This Focused Performance Weblog started life as a "business management blog" containing links and commentary related primarily to organizational effectiveness with a "Theory of Constraints" perspective, but is in the process of evolving towards primary content on interactive and mobile marketing. Think of it as about Focusing marketing messages for enhanced Performance. If you are on an archive page, current postings are found here.

Saturday, February 26, 2005

We Do stuff. -- Like advertising-supported satire. hmmm...The de Bono ad on the ideas page suggests some collaboration. I wonder if this is the project of some online ad agency.

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Thursday, February 24, 2005

And Speaking of PowerPoint... Cliff Atkinson (of the beyond bullets blog mentioned here a couple times) has a new book out -- Beyond Bullet Points: Using Microsoft PowerPoint to Create Presentations That Inform, Motivate, and Inspire. Assuming it has similar great advice on presentations as his blog, it's probably well worth checking out.

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Congrats -- Speaking of awards, congrats to David Anderson, whose AgileManagement outpolled the rest of us for Best Project Management Blog. Winners in all catgories of Best Business Blogs can be found here.

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I Knew I Liked it Here -- It's been almost a year since I joined DigitalGrit and it sure has been an eye-opener compared to the Fortune 100 companies that make up the bulk of my resume. None of those were ever named one of the best places to work in New Jersey.

The pleasure of delivering projects and services that work for our customers, the pleasure of working with a group of excited, committed people, and the pleasure of a leadership team that talks about employees first, then customers (because satisfied employees are the best route to satisfied customers) all add up to a great place to work.

(Shameless Plug: If your company is externally constrained (if it has more capacity than work), and if you would like to get the most out of using the internet to get your message out in order to attract leads and paying customers, that's what we are all about. Check us out.)

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Project Manager Leaves Suicide PowerPoint Presentation - A whole new spin on "death by PowerPoint." File under , , .

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Friday, February 18, 2005

Friday Fun - Patron Saints -- Patron saints of impossible deadlines, brainstorming and procrastination, retouching, spell checking and others.

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Sunday, February 13, 2005

The Gates, Central Park, NYC -- Worth the trip into the city. Nice product for this project. File under .

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Saturday, February 12, 2005

Chasing Rabbits -- As I've been slipping deeper into the world of Getting Things Done, I've found myself spending a lot of time at 43 Folders. Even in his Friday Remainders, Merlin manages to include some gems like...
Rabbits & Focus - Our closing quote this time around comes from what purports to be a Chinese proverb, and I think its just one of the most cunning things Ive ever heard: If you chase two rabbits, both will escape. Awesome."
Uh huh. Awesome. To get more done, do less.

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The Gates of Central Park - Art as Project, Project as Art -- Over on my Unfocused personal blog, I've been moved to write about a project culminating today in New York. While writing about the art of it, I realized that such monumental efforts are as much about the project as the product. The artists talk about passion necessary to get them through their efforts. That passion comes from making a pre-visualized ideal as real as possible. It's that passion that is both the provider and the product of a successful project.

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Sunday, February 06, 2005

Thanks for the Nomination -- It seems the Focused Performance Blog has been tossed in with some stellar (and familiar - Hal, David, and Brian, plus one I'm not familar with but will be sure to check out) company in the nominations for The 2005 Business Blogging Awards Best Project Management Blog. As they say at the Oscars, being nominated is an honor in itself. More categories - beyond Project Management - in this poll can be found here.

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Friday, February 04, 2005

Time Lost --
"According to a report released Monday by Boston University's School of Lifestyle Management, more than 180 trillion leisure hours were lost to work in 2004."
A sad, sad situation.

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Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Plan to Change Your Plan -- Johanna offers more of her usual good advice...
"We've all see the phenomenon that as soon as you've scheduled the project, the schedule is out of date. If you plan to invest in replanning and rescheduling, that doesn't matter."
...and this is advice that can be taken whether you think of your plan as "agile" or as "waterfall" or anything in between. Even if you've got a big duf (big design up front) situation, there is nothing to say that it's necessarily carved in stone.

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