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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Hungry, Angry, Lonely and Tired -- No. Not me yet.

The Hungry, Angry, Lonely and Tired Project Manager is a good piece on the need for avoiding "negative waves" to be effective as a project manager.

[via Raven]

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Culture and Change -- In Corporate Visibility and Environment from Atlantic Global's Programme and Project Portfolio Management Blog, a good point is made...
...all PPM projects have to be managed as change management initiatives. The leadership involvement and cultural change expected from stakeholders is essential for the successful completion of the project portfolio process.
This echoes conversations I've recently had with Critical Chain-savvy software providers like Realization and ProChain as well. One of the biggest stumbling blocks to successful implementations that are expected to have sustained longevity are the people who expect the software (with a little process change) to provide the solution.

It ain't just process and technology. If significant improvements are expected, it's the thinking and culture of those involved that will have to significantly change. Nothing kills benefits of a change quicker than a failure to "walk the talk" on the part of the leadership. That's a cultural change that requires careful management and some serious coaching until the desired way of thinking is automatic.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Common Sense PMBOK - In A Simple Way to Put PMBOK to Work, Glen Alleman translates the PMBOK to a set of 3 to 6 questions for each of the 8 PMBOK knowledge areas. Nicely done, in terms of keeping things as simple as possible, but not simplistic. Some of the questions might not be so easy to answer, depending on your PM maturity level, but having them in front of you should move you to developing answers for your project.

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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Work-in-Process for Knowledge Work -- From Joe Ely...
"Zero is easy to measure and observe. Impossible to fudge. And, I have found, amazingly liberating."
If you want/need to move things through your system faster, you need to minimize tying up work-in-process in queues (in-boxes). And you can't get more minimized than zero.

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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Best Explanation of Credit Crisis -- The Giant Pool of Money (mp3), from "This American Life" and NPR.

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Friday, May 09, 2008

New PM Blog I'm Reading -- Raven's Brain is now a regular subscription on my feedreader. Check it out.

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Friday, May 02, 2008

Friday Fun - May 2 --

Someone had too much time on their hands - Creme That Egg! for Rube Goldberg fans - this is impressive.

Hubble images of merging galaxies, celebrating 18 years of Hubble

Variation on a meme theme - Muppet Rolling

Animal cuteness

Thought I had enough for this week, but here's some un-fun

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Thursday, May 01, 2008

Generalists Contribute to Success -- Steve Hardy at Creative Generalist points to some research that shows...
"...there are conditions under which it actually helps to have some generalists, especially for fairly small groups, some individuals that you might think of as Jacks- or Jills-of-all-trades or multitaskers,' said Waite. 'You might actually have to pay them more and they might often do the wrong task, but if you don't have them, this whole notion of specialisation leading to greater economic productivity might actually be wrong."
Yet another reason someone should hire me.

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