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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.

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

I'm Published -- My copy of the AMA Handbook of Project Management, Second Edition showed up yesterday...
...I'm chapter 28.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Five Years Ago Today -- The first postings of what my Blogger dashboard tells me are 1075 Focused Performance posts. Revisiting that day's blog entries...
The "egroup" email discussion group on Critical Chain-based Project Management has since morphed into its home on yahoo.groups. One of the best things I've done, it remains a vital and active community with over 900 members and 2776 messages, 78 of which were in the most recent holiday-laden month.

The article on "The Physics of Gridlock", has disappeared behind a pay wall at Atlantic Monthly, but is mirrored at

And most of my Unconstrained Thinking pieces have found their way into individual blog posts in the last five years.
Looking back, this weblog was initially set up to promote myself as a thought leader and resource in the realm of TOC and Critical Chain-based Project Management in an effort to drum up business for my 1996-2004 Focused Performance consulting practice. It evolved from a slow start of mainly link-and-brief-comment posts to some "serious" stuff in the form of larger essays and series, and (as I rejoined the world of regular paychecks and group health insurance at DigitalGrit, and had less of a need to show off my expertise) back to a mode of primarily link-and-comment postings.

One of the best things I've gotten out of the experience is that I've developed too many online "blog-buddies" to mention here and now. If you're a regular reader, you've met them as well. And beyond the Joes, Hals, Clarkes and others, I'll never forget the experience of giving presentations in places as far away as Saskatchewan and Hong Kong, and having audience members come up to mention that they've read my stuff online.

Along the way, I've "monetized" the effort by recommending books through an Amazon affiliate program, and by adding some Google ads. Thanks to all that clicked the ads that caught their interest and bought books (and other stuff) via my Amazon links.

And bit over three years ago, I also launched Unfocused, my "personal" blog, a highlight of which was my October 2004 China trip journal among other non-management issues and interests. (Watch that space for another travel journal in March as Lois and I get deeper into China via a trip that will take us to Pingyao, Wolong, Chengdu, and Leshan.)

Inputs for blog ideas have grown with the ubiquity of RSS feeds and my collection of feeds on Bloglines. An my account has accumulated embarrassing riches of blogfodder awaiting a resurgence in my time, energy, and incentive for blog posting.

In 2006, I'm definitely going to be moving servers for and redesigning the Focused Performance site (since it's original purpose as promotion for my consulting is no longer needed), and very probably making a switch from Blogger to WordPress as a platform for the blog. (Do I move Blogger to WordPress or just maintain the old Blogger-based stuff as an archive so that old links aren't broken? Probably the latter.)

I'm also toying with the idea of playing with podcasting, but don't hold your breath for anything on a regularly scheduled basis.

The question remains as to whether I use WordPress' category function to blend the Focused Performance and Unfocused blogs or maintain the wall between my personal and professional lives. My ego is tempted to throw my political and cultural thoughts in front of the larger management audience attracted to the Focused Performance blog, encouraging me to write more thoughtfully on them, but right now, odds are that I'll maintain the distinction so as not to alienate the original audience. (Input on this from my readers is more than welcome.)

Anyway, the first five years of this public writing have definitely started me on something that will continue. As one of my favorite philosophers, Buckaroo Banzai once said, "Wherever you go, there you are."

And here I am.

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Friday, December 23, 2005

For Your Holiday Philanthropic Consideration -- Some of you reading this may have followed some of my links in the past to Tony Rizzo, or may know him either personally or via online interactions on various email discussion lists. He's been unusually quiet online recently. It turns out his time, energy, and attention is being focused on caring for his wife, Christine, who is stricken with advanced Lyme disease.

Tony has made a tremendous contributions to TOC and to project management, especially with his involvement in the early development of the multi-project management approach that I've espoused here and in my previous life as a consultant and in the developement of the Spherical Angle collection of PM software. I would hope that the word would get spread out to all who have benefited from his work to help in his time of trial.

His collaborator, Scott Button has arranged a benevolent fund to help defray the cost of Christine's medical expenses from Lyme disease, and to help out with living expenses since Tony's full time job is to take care of Christine and act as her advocate in medical/insurance bureaucracy. Please check it out.

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Thursday, December 22, 2005

Experiments and Questions --
"A thinker sees his own actions as experiments and questions--as attempts to find out something. Success and failure are for him answers above all."
    -- Friedrich Nietzsche
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Tuesday, December 06, 2005

The Meaning of Productivity -- From David Seah, what it's really all about...
"The first step is to define what "being productive" really means, in a personal (not job) sense. I think that it's actually feeling that's important, not measurement...Being productive--outside of the work context--is feeling that sense of accomplishment."
The only quibble is that the feeling of accomplishment counts on the job as well. (via space-age wasteland)

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Monday, December 05, 2005

Project Kaizen Series -- Something I'll be watching closely this week is a multi-blog series on the application of the idea of Kaizen to the project environment. Here's where you'll find it through this week...
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