News for the ‘One Simple Thing’ Category

Is Your Project Root Bound? (A 2-minute video on scope creep.)

Got clients or stakeholders who are driving you nuts and always causing scope creep? Share this simple video with them and maybe raise their consciousness. Enjoy!

Edited: July 26th, 2013

Ready, Fire, Aim? Or Seek First to Understand?

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One of the things I most enjoy about teaching project management (PM) is the deeper knowledge of the field I get when students share their insights. Last week I asked my Franklin University PM students to write a brief essay answering this question: “Assume you are one of the guest authors for the e-book “One Simple Thing to Improve Projects or Project Management“…..what would be your ‘One Simple Thing?'”

Now this is one of my favorite questions to ask of everyone who’s been involved in project work or PM. It triggers their “wisdom filters” as they sift through all the projects they’ve worked on (good and bad) to find that one simple thing. And best of all, it helps them clarify their own deeply held PM values.  So it’s always enlightening to hear what people come up with. (more…)

Edited: May 30th, 2013

June/July Issue of PM Minimalist Update Is Now Available

I just emailed my latest PM Minimalist Update to subscribers.  It’s loaded with articles, links, and more. Check it out here:

Highlights from this issue include:

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Edited: July 31st, 2012

May Issue of PM Minimalist Update Is Now Available

I just emailed my latest PM Minimalist Update to subscribers.  It’s loaded with articles, links, and more. Check it out here:

Highlights from this issue include:

  • Best Practice: Identify Your Signature Strengths and Use Them Whenever You Can
  • New Franklin University PM Course for Instructional Designers/Developers & Performance Analysts
  • Is There Someone You Should You Be Nudging Toward the Spotlight?
  • Free E-Book: One Simple Thing to Improve Projects or PM (An Anthology)
  • PM Minimalist Quick Start Guide for Your Kindle, NOOK, iPad or Other Tablet / E-Reader
  • Three New Project Management FREEBIES
  • Plus links to lots more free eBooks, media downloads, and more

Subscribe today & get a Bonus zip file containing 15 PM articles or tools in PDF format (88-pages total!) plus a 37-minute PM podcast!

<<-- Read previous issues online!

Edited: May 31st, 2012

February Issue of PM Minimalist Update Is Now Available

I just emailed my latest PM Minimalist Update to subscribers.  It’s loaded with articles, links, and more. Check it out here:

Subscribe today & get a Bonus zip file containing 15 PM articles or tools in PDFform (88-pages total!) plus a 37-minute PM podcast!

View Previous Issues of the PM Minimalist Update Online:

Edited: February 29th, 2012

Free E-Book: One Simple Thing to Improve Projects or PM (An Anthology)

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Last November I invited visitors to this web site and other PM discussion sites to share “one simple thing…” that could improve projects and/or project management (PM). Many smart people with lots of different PM experiences took the time to think about, then respond to, this invitation.  This free e-book anthology is a collection of these responses. It includes:

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Edited: February 22nd, 2012

David Emerald’s One Simple Thing: Adopt a Creator Orientation

Photo: David Emerald, Creator of TED (The Empowerment Dynamic)

David Emerald, Creator of TED (The Empowerment Dynamic)

(The following article is part of our One Simple Thing…to Improve Projects series. It was contributed by David Emerald, the creator of TED — The Empowerment Dynamic.  David is the author of The Power of TED* book, an executive coach, and uplifting keynote speaker who lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and business partner, Donna.

In a nutshell, TED provides a framework for building better, more empowered relationships. The Power of TED materials, as well as David’s workshops, are both inspirational and practical!  TED enlightens and encourages those who practice it to reach new levels of collaboration.)  

[A personal note: “I’ve found that TED provides a unique framework to view and improve both my business and personal relationships. I was so excited to share TED’s potential for project teams that I created the blog post/podcast Shift from Drama to Empowerment. Thanks, David, for the wisdom & the inspiration!”  — Mike Greer]

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My number one “simple thing” is to adopt a Creator Orientation.

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Edited: February 2nd, 2012

Lindsay Scott’s One Simple Thing: Emphasize “Management” in PM

Lindsay Scott

(The following article is part of our One Simple Thing…to Improve Projects series. It was contributed by Lindsay Scott. Lindsay is a Director of Arras People, the UK’s project management recruitment specialists.

Lindsay started the company with a colleague 10 years ago. Prior to that she worked within PMO for Hewlett-Packard in the UK. Lindsay also blogs at How to Manage a Camel on project management and recruitment issues. You can also follow Lindsay on Twitter @projectmgmt.)

[NOTE: Lindsay’s organization is now conducting their Arras People Annual PPM Census. So stand up and be counted by completing their brief online survey.]

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Edited: January 11th, 2012

Robert Kelly’s One Simple Thing: Roles & Responsibilities

Robert Kelly

(The following article is part of our One Simple Thing…to Improve Projects series. It was contributed by Robert Kelly. Robert is a Managing Partner of Kelly Project Solutions, Co-Founder of the #PMChat Community on Twitter, and author of his own blog Kelly’s Contemplation.

Robert is a certified PMP with over a decade of experience leading global projects at some of the largest financial services firms, the second largest PC manufacturer, and the largest provider of open source software. Robert can be found on Twitter at @rkelly976)

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As I thought about Michael’s question “What’s one simple thing that can improve projects and/or project management?” I thought of communication, solid requirements, and value-added meetings.  Then I looked at what other folks were saying on the topic…. Andrew Budkiewicz mentioned a project management champion at the executive level, over at the #PMChat on LinkedIn Group.  Additionally, Kelly Kazimer and Lindsay Chaffee both provided some excellent posts on Time Valuation & Change Control, respectively.  After reviewing some of their insights and thinking more about some of the biggest headaches I have had to overcome, I finally settled on Roles & Responsibilities.  One thing is difficult!

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Edited: December 20th, 2011

Michele McDonough’s One Simple Thing: Question the “Obvious”

Photo: Michele McDonough

Michele McDonough

(The following article is part of our One Simple Thing…to Improve Projects series. It was contributed by Michele McDonough. Michele has a background in education, project management and mathematics, and she is currently a contributing writer and editor to Bright Hub’s Business area. You can follow Michele and the rest of the Bright Hub Project Management team on Twitter at @BrightHub_PM or on Michele’s personal page on Google+.

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Edited: December 14th, 2011