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Top Five Free Apps to Capture Ideas & Leverage Creativity

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Keep your team’s creative output flowing with these “Top Five Free Apps to Capture Ideas & Leverage Creativity!”

Edited: April 19th, 2016

The Project Manager as Plate-Spinning Juggler

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If you’re a project manager then you know what it’s like to feel frazzled, distracted and jerked in a thousand different directions. And you also know what it’s like to watch other people doing the work of your project (creating the code, writing the scripts, building the prototypes, etc.) while you bounce back and forth among these folks looking for problems and figuring out how to remove obstacles. And you might be thinking that such a thankless existence is a bad thing that should be remedied.

But before you spend a lot of time searching for the latest “5-Step Plan for Controlling Chaos” let me suggest this alternative: Simply relax into the blur that is your PM existence. Embrace it. After all, it’s completely normal… necessary… even desirable that someone with your judgment and experience play this part. This story from my first book, ID Project Management, explains:

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Edited: January 16th, 2014

Formal, Written Sign Off: A Simple & Powerful PM Tool

Image: Someone Signing a DocumentA few years ago I was contracted to build a two-week long technical course for a major high-tech client. A fairly large effort, our project’s finished deliverables included self-study materials, job aids, studio-produced video case study scenarios and instructor guides — in short, we were building a complete, integrated training system with a lot of moving parts. My team of independent contractors consisted of five training developers (instructional designers), a print production coordinator and a video production subcontractor.*

After several difficult weeks of interviewing the client’s in-house SMEs, gathering information, brainstorming and welding together a cohesive course design, we rolled out our first major deliverable, our Blueprint (an integrated training design plan).  My contract stipulated that our Blueprint would be formally approved by the client, in writing, before we moved on to the next phase, which would be developing our fully fleshed-out first drafts of all materials and video scripts.

Love Is In The Air! … Maybe … 

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Edited: November 20th, 2013

How to Create a Locally-Relevant Set of PM Job Tasks & Competencies Based on Job Level

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This article summarizes a process by which you can create a comprehensive, locally-relevant set of PM Job Tasks and Competencies Based on Job Level” that can serve as the foundation of your organization’s unique PM Job Model.  This, in turn, can be used as a powerful reference tool to guide the evolution of each project manager’s individual career, including helping structure performance evaluations, coaching, PM training and education, and HR initiatives related to PM and PM career development.

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Edited: October 23rd, 2013

Announcing My Amazon Author Page!

Go to Michael Greer's Amazon Author Page

Amazon has just rolled out an a great new feature on behalf of its authors: the Author’s Page!  Now you can find all of an author’s books that are for sale on Amazon in a single location.The page includes:

  • Integrated listings that pull together multiple versions (Kindle, paperback, etc.) of each book under a single item name
  • Brief, author-produced videos that provide overviews of books, etc.
  • The most recent blog, twitter, etc. posts for the author

Check out my page here:  https://www.amazon.com/author/michael_greer

Edited: September 23rd, 2013

December 2012 – June 2013 PM Minimalist Update Now Available

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I just emailed my latest PM Minimalist Update to subscribers.  Highlights from this issue include links to 31 new articles, tools and media, including:

  • 9 New Articles at my PM Resources website
  • 15 New Project Management FREEBIES!
  • 7 New Inspired Project Teams Articles (including Forgive them. It’s Just Their Inner Chihuahua.)  
  • … and lots more PM goodies!Go to article: " Forgive Them. It's Just Their Inner Chihuahua."

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!

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Edited: June 13th, 2013

5 Actions That Will Help You Sell That Complicated Project

Let’s face it. You wouldn’t be a project manager if you fancied yourself a sales person. Indeed most project managers — particularly those who came up through the ranks of top project contributors and technical experts — hate all the “dog and pony show” stuff that’s involved in selling their projects.

But the truth is there is simply no one who is in a better position to draw clear connecting lines between your team’s amazing technical abilities and the value these bring to your organization through your project. What’s more, as your project unfolds, you are going to need the enthusiastic support of senior management to help you get the money, people, facilities, equipment, and engaged participation of SMEs that will bring success. So it’s up to you and the specific actions you take to build the sale and generate that much-needed senior management enthusiasm.

So where do you begin? Here are 5 actions that can help you sell your project to senior management:

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Edited: January 29th, 2013

My Teaching Assignment: Franklin University’s “IDPT 715: Managing Learning Projects & Relationships”

It’s official!  Starting January 7, I’ll be serving as an adjunct instructor for Franklin University‘s IDPT 715: Managing Learning Projects & Relationships. Franklin University Here’s the course overview from Franklin’s website:

“This course covers the elements that are essential to assuring the success of learning and performance projects including principles for managing relationships as well as project management tools and techniques. Students will study the principles of managing complex projects and teams to achieve results within project parameters in various organizational settings.”

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Edited: December 15th, 2012

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

20th Anniversary PDF Editions of My ID Project Management Book

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This year marks the 20th anniversary of the publication of my first book, ID [Instructional Development] Project Management: Tools and Techniques for Instructional Designers and Developers.

Every month or so someone emails me and asks where they can get a copy of this book.  I usually tell them that as far as I know the publisher has taken it out of print. Then I explain that since it’s publication in 1992, I’ve written & published 5 more PM books. And all of these are “agnostic” — designed to be used in any industry or any areas of specialization (including instructional design & development).  Then I simply recommend my latest book & support tools (The Project Management Minimalist) instead.

Still, there are those folks who REALLY push me to help them find the book. For them, and all of you who might be wondering about my ID PM book, I’ve created a couple of “scanned PDF” versions of this book which you can download.  Note that the “scanned PDF” format has some limitations, such as non-scalable fonts, etc. (Please see the notes below the “Read More” line for details.)

Enjoy!

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Buy the Printer-Friendly Version: $4.99*

Choose the “printer-friendly” version if you intend to print copies of this book on standard, 8 1/2″ by 11″ pages.

Before you buy: Please be advised that this is a “scanned PDF” file. Please read the technical note below re: formatting.




 

( PRINTER-FRIENDLY PDF VERSION: WIDER MARGINS, SMALLER TEXT)

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Buy the E-Reader Version: $2.99*

Choose the “e-reader” version if you intend to use this scanned PDF with your Kindle, NOOK, iPad, or computer’s PDF reading software.

Before you buy: Please be advised that this is a “scanned PDF” file. Please read the technical note below re: formatting.




 

( E-READER PDF VERSION: NARROWER MARGINS, LARGER TEXT)

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* [Click “Read More” or see below for technical details re: formatting.]

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Edited: July 10th, 2012