News for March 2011

Subscriber Bonus Package (15 articles, 88 pages, 37-min. podcast)

Last week I introduced my monthly Update announcing new articles, tools, resources, reviews and other good stuff I’d like to share with you. (Click here to view the 1st edition as a web page.)

Subscriber Bonus!Now I’m pleased to announce that all new subscribers will receive a link to download a special Bonus zip file containing 15 PDF files (88 pages of articles, tools, samples, etc.) and a 37-minute podcast! These articles and tools are the ones most frequently downloaded by visitors to this website. Now, when you subscribe to my email Updates, you’ll be able to get all these popular files in one easy download so you can have them on your own computer for quick reference when you need them!

Click here to go to the SUBSCRIBE page, then follow the instructions. Your download link will be emailed to you after your subscription is confirmed.  For a complete list of all the files in the Bonus Package, click “Read More” below.
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Edited: March 27th, 2011

Now Available: Private PM Webinars!

So… you don’t have time to stop working for several days and send everybody to training? Or maybe you don’t have the money to spend on a full-blown, on-site workshop w/T&L expenses? See how you can take a Minimalist approach to your PM training through brief, one or two-hour customized webinars! Click below to learn more…

Private Webinars

Edited: March 14th, 2011

Poll: Your Project Management Webinar Wish List

I’ve been teaching online PM webinars (live video classes) on various PM topics for a couple of years now.  Sometimes these things are filled to capacity and other times just a handful of people show up.  (See my list of upcoming webinars here.) Every time I offer a session, I’m faced with the same set of choices: What’s the best date/time for the session, what’s a topic people will value, and what’s an appropriate fee?

Unfortunately, I can find no clear connection between these choices and the number of people who attend. So I decided to ask you what you think.  Please take a couple of minutes to respond to the poll questions below. Your feedback will help me shape my next online classes. (And scroll to the end of the article to add other Comments/suggestions.) Thanks!

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Edited: March 8th, 2011

The PM Minimalist “Cut the Fat” Audit: Part 2, A Project Management Weight Loss Strategy

In Part 1 of this series, The Sources of Project Bloat, I described how PM artifacts and processes typically accumulate over time and weigh down all of an organization’s projects. In this article, I’ll show you how you can determine whether your organization’s PM has become obese and devise a customized strategy to lose some PM weight.

Part 2:  A Project Management Weight Loss Strategy

So how can you figure out if your organization is PM process-heavy and weighed down by too many PM artifacts?  The PM Minimalist “Cut the Fat” Audit can help. It consists of three major activities:

  1. Inventory your active PM artifacts and processes.
  2. Conduct the “Is This Really Valuable?” Analysis and the “Fix It or Ditch It?” Survey.
  3. Develop your “Fix It or Ditch It” Recommendations.

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Edited: March 2nd, 2011

The PM Minimalist “Cut the Fat” Audit: Part 1, The Sources of Project Management Bloat

In this two-part series, I’ll introduce you to The PM Minimalist “Cut the Fat” Audit. The goal of this audit is to uncover and eliminate the useless PM stuff that you and your organization might be doing — the stuff that swells up your projects for no good reason, wasting peoples’ time and weighing down those who are trying to create your project deliverables.

Part 1: The Sources of Project Management Bloat

PM bloating manifests primarily in two forms:

  • Too many artifacts (i.e., schedules, worksheets, reports)
  • Too much supervisory hovering

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Edited: March 1st, 2011