Posts Tagged ‘project management basics’
Starting this month I will be publishing all my new blog posts, articles and other announcements at my WORTH SHARING website. I will continue to create articles and videos that are relevant to the topics you usually find here, including thoughts on Project Management (PM), managing teams, PM training and tools, and much more. To find these at the WORTH SHARING website, just click on the “PM Resources” tab (see diagram below).
Why the Convergence?
The short answer is this: To help you find all the stuff I believe to be “WORTH SHARING” in one location, no matter what the topic. (For a more detailed discussion, click here.)
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Edited: June 18th, 2014
As regular readers of this blog know, I don’t exactly push PM newbies toward PMP (or any other commercially available) certification. In fact, in several extended essays and PDFs, I’ve tried mightily to make the case for local, do-it-yourself PM certification while providing specific, step-by-step instructions in how to do so:
- Do-It-Yourself PM Certification: How to Document Your Skills & Get the Credibility You’ve Earned without Jumping Through Someone Else’s Hoops
- Seven Benefits of Local PM Certification: Why Pursuing Locally-Relevant PM Skills Makes More Sense Than Buying Generic, External PM Certifications
- Beyond PM Certification: Achieving PM Performance Improvement
- How to Create a Locally-Relevant Set of PM Job Tasks & Competencies Based on Job Level
- Project Management is a Broad Human Practice, not Merely a Profession
Still, if your employer or clients have drunk the PMI Kool-Aid and are absolutely, positively convinced that you need their PMP stamp of approval to do your job, then you should know about Firebrand’s amazing collection of powerful, “accelerated” PMP study tools, exercises and answers. The Firebrand collection can do two important things for you:
- If you are undecided about pursuing PMP certification, it can help you take a very fast, efficient “deep dive” into the conceptual database that makes up the PMP certification body of content. This way you can quickly decide for yourself whether this stuff is going to be helpful to your unique PM career.
- If you are committed to the PMP certification path, it can serve as a well-designed set of “crib notes,” reference tools and practice exercises to speed you on your way to the certification exam.
Video Tour: Firebrand’s Free PMP Training
Below is my quick video tour of the free online training materials available at the Firebrand website to help you qualify for your PMP certification. Enjoy!
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- (Video) The Project Management Change Agent: How to Lead Your PM Revolution (55 minute video includes links to 25-page PDF.)
Edited: March 21st, 2014
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:
Edited: January 16th, 2014
Below are my “top 10” favorite items drawn from all the PM articles, blog posts, and videos that I published on this website during 2013.
Some of these are important and worth a second look. Others were merely fun or gratifying to create and I want to share them again before they disappear beneath 2014’s articles.
I hope you like these or find something here that is thought-provoking. Enjoy!” — Mike G.
Help with Your PM Challenges
- (Video) The Project Management Change Agent: How to Lead Your PM Revolution (55 minute video includes links to 25-page PDF.) — This video is for everyone who wants to be the change agent who brings about a PM revolution in their organizations.
- Step Away from the Computer & Get Out Your Post-It Notes! — Some thoughts on getting your entire team more actively engaged in project planning.
- Ready, Fire, Aim? Or Seek First to Understand? — Some thoughts on making good, thoughtful decisions.
- Is Your Project Root Bound? (A 2-minute video on scope creep.) — Clients or sponsors addicted to “add-ons?” Show them this little video.
- How to Survive Family Projects: 5 PM Best Practices — Some PM practices that might make family projects more enjoyable.
- How to Create a Locally-Relevant Set of PM Job Tasks & Competencies Based on Job Level — Describes 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.
- Formal, Written Sign Off: A Simple & Powerful PM Tool — How written sign-off differs from verbal approval & how it can be a powerful, crystallizing moment in the life of a project.
Books & Book-Related Posts
- Announcing My Amazon Author Page! — Find all my books that are available from Amazon in a single web page.
- New PM Reference: Gower Handbook of People in Project Management — A landmark collection of thought-provoking and informative chapters by 46 PM authors from all over the world.
- Vicki James’ Book Review: The Project Management Minimalist — Why PM author Vicki James’ recommends The PM Minimalist.
- 6 Reasons Why the New Book “Strategies for Project Sponsorship” Will Be an Instant PM Classic — My review of a “must have” book that will help you work more effectively with your project sponsors. Better yet, it can teach your sponsors how they can be more effective in their roles.
- Free e-Book “What Project Management Means to Me” from #PMFlashBlog Authors — 117 pages created by more than 70 PM authors who tried to find the meaning of PM. Some serious, some fun, all thought-provoking.
Edited: December 26th, 2013
A 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 …
Edited: November 20th, 2013
[This post is part of the #PMFlashBlog event “What does project management mean to me?” Learn more here: Free e-Book “What Project Management Means to Me” from #PMFlashBlog Authors]
Sometimes it takes someone on the outside looking in to provide you with that “whack on the side of the head” that changes the meaning of what you are doing. Such was the case with this simple email from a student.
Edited: September 24th, 2013
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
Edited: September 23rd, 2013
Vicki James, co-author of the excellent new book, Strategies for Project Sponsorship has just published a review of my book The Project Management Minimalist: Just Enough PM to Rock Your Projects. In a nutshell, Vicki says, “I recommend Project Management Minimalist: Just Enough PM to Rock Your Projects for all seasoned and up and coming project managers.” See her complete review at her website, The Project Pro.
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Edited: September 7th, 2013
I just emailed my latest PM Minimalist Update to subscribers. Highlights from this issue include links to 31 new articles, tools and media, including:
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!
Edited: June 13th, 2013
Below are my “top 10” favorite items drawn from all the PM articles, blog posts, podcasts, and videos that I published on this website during 2012.
Some of these items I believe are important and worth a second look. Others were merely fun or gratifying to create and I want to share them again before they disappear beneath 2013’s articles.
I hope you like these or find something here that is thought-provoking. Click the Read More link to see the whole list. Enjoy!” — Mike G.
Edited: December 29th, 2012