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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.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The Ultimate Productivity Blog -- Enough said.

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Monday, September 28, 2009

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    Wednesday, September 23, 2009

    War or Project Management? Or both? -- Came across this embedded in a Slate article on Afghanistan...
    At one point, euphemistically referring to troops as "resources," McChrystal writes, "Resources will not win the war, but under-resourcing could lose it." Another way to reads this sentence is: Under-resourcing could lose the war, but more resources won't necessarily win it, either.
    So true. So true.

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    Sunday, September 20, 2009

    Nothing to see here. Keep moving.

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    Saturday, September 19, 2009

    Calling Bullshit on Project Management 2.0 -- OK. I've got your attention with my over the top title. Sorry about that.

    Actually, over at Glen Alleman's Herding Cats: Top Down / Bottom Up = Project Management 2.0? Not with this approach, he doesn't so much call bullshit on PM 2.0 but rather on an unconvincing setup and payoff of someone else's promotion of the idea that purports to blend the best parts of "traditional" (for want of a better word) and "agile" PM.

    I can't stand it when the presentation of good ideas are ruined by poorly developed logic and arguments promoting them.

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    Thursday, September 17, 2009

    Magic Numbers - Project Management -- From Scott Berkun, The magic numbers of project management, an exploration of some of the games played with estimates.

    One of the things he doesn't mention in the "what to do instead" section is to make the estimation process a conversation and the open use of range estimates (buffers) for the project as a whole. This takes the pressure off of everybody to come up with [the impossible] accurate estimate.

    Other professions have learned how to predict uncertain futures as reality. Not enough PMs try.

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    MS Project 2010 Unveiled -- ComputerWorld reports that MicroSoft has opened up on the next version of MS Project, the application we all love to hate. It's apparently picking up the "ribbon" interface that has me still re-learning how to do things in Office 2007.

    Brian Kennemer at Projectified is highlighting some of the features, including a Team Planner and a Timeline view. I'm sure he'll be coming out with more.

    My big questions are whether they're fixing the print function so it's more intuitive about what'll show up on a page without going through multiple iterations of Print Preview, and, more important, if the scheduling engine will let you level resources BEFORE identifying a critical path.

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    Saturday, September 12, 2009

    Resource Management?

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