Posts Tagged ‘project planning’
Whenever a group of people get together to get something done, there are five role-related questions that should be asked immediately to focus their efforts and avoid wasting anyone’s time. This new article at my WORTH SHARING website presents these questions and provides a tool to help you find the answers together, as a team. Check it out!
Edited: November 21st, 2016
Loads of links & plenty of great free resources to help you retool! Check out the full article here.
Edited: June 28th, 2016
Edited: December 17th, 2015
This Labor Day weekend, to celebrate the introduction of my new book, Worth Sharing: Essays & Tools to Help Project Managers & Their Teams*, I’m reducing the price of the ebook versions of BOTH Worth Sharing…* AND my best selling The Project Management Minimalist.* But these special prices won’t last long, so take advantage of this deal while you can! The links are below:
* Learn more about The Project Management Minimalist collection here... or check out an infographic of Worth Sharing: Essays & Tools… here.
Edited: September 4th, 2015
Edited: September 1st, 2015
Just published! My new book, Worth Sharing: Essays & Tools to Help Project Managers & Their Teams, is a 300 page eclectic compilation of practical PM tools, thought-provoking PM essays and suggestions for helping individual project managers and their teams stay sane while delivering good quality finished products. It consists of 54 Chapters and hundreds of live links to additional PM resources. Most of the chapters were originally published as blog posts through my websites and have never before been released in book form. (See http://worth-sharing.net for info on all my websites, blog posts, videos, etc.) A few chapters include some important, classic excerpts from my previous books.
The book is divided into six major Parts, including:
- Part 1: The Meaning of Project Management (3 Chapters)
- Part 2: PM Techniques (12 Chapters)
- Part 3: Working with Your Team & Maintaining Your Sanity (12 Chapters)
- Part 4: Peace of Mind (12 Chapters)
- Part 5: PM Leadership and Vision (7 Chapters)
- Part 6: Of PM Skills and How They Are Acquired (8 Chapters)
You can read the entire book (all 300 pages!) online, for free. And it’s available in paperback & all ebook formats. Get details at my Worth Sharing website!
Edited: July 29th, 2015
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
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
My two most recent books, The Project Management Minimalist (paperback edition) and The PM Minimalist Mentor: Scripted Coaching Tools (paperback edition), are now enrolled in Amazon’s MatchBook program. So if you buy either of these books in paperback form, you’ll be able to get the matching Kindle edition for just $2.99!
For more information, check these links:
- Amazon sales page, The Project Management Minimalist (paperback edition)
- Amazon sales page, The PM Minimalist Mentor: Scripted Coaching Tools (paperback edition)
- Learn more about Amazon’s MatchBook program.
- Learn all about The PM Minimalist collection, including books, audios, videos, and more!
- Go to my Amazon Author’s Page and see a list of all books available through Amazon.
Edited: October 30th, 2013
Since I launched my first iteration of this PM (project management) Resources website in 1999 (over 14 years ago!), I’ve been happily sharing free tools, articles, and more to help new project managers become more effective. Recently I examined the statistics and compiled this list of those most frequently downloaded or read. Thanks to all of you who’ve used these and shared them with your colleagues! And if you’re new to this site or new to PM you might want to check these out for yourself. Enjoy!
2. Project “Post Mortem” Review Questions. This tool includes 35 starter questions (customizable) and instructions for conducting your own Post Mortem. It’s useful for evaluating a single project or as the starting point for an organization-wide discussion of this question: “How can we manage our projects more effectively?”
3. Worksheet: Sample Project Sign-Off Form. Projects are, by definition, finite. And sign-offs provide tangible proof that some portion of your finite project is (finally!) completed, thus helping to mitigate rework. This sample can be used as a model for developing your own sign-off form for your project phases, deliverables, 0r project completion.
4. The PM Minimalist Quick Start Guide is designed to help you plan and manage your first project using the PM Minimalist approach.
This 38 page e-book is available in Kindle, NOOK, and PDF formats.
5. Free E-Book: One Simple Thing to Improve Projects or PM (An Anthology) — In this e-book anthology, many working project managers & PM experts share their “one simple thing…” that could improve projects and/or project management (PM). Available in Kindle, NOOK, and PDF formats.
6. Do-It-Yourself PM Certification: How to Document Your Skills & Get the Credibility You’ve Earned without Jumping Through Someone Else’s Hoops – This extended article (PDF) explores the distinction between competence and certification. It then provides a professionally valid, step-by-step process for documenting your own PM skills and self-certifying. –
- See related article/PDF: Seven Benefits of Local PM Certification — Why Pursuing Locally-Relevant PM Skills Makes More Sense Than Buying Generic, External PM Certifications
7. Video Series: Become a Project Management Minimalist – This series of 8 free online videos is designed to help you apply “just enough” project management (PM) to manage your projects effectively.
8. What’s Project Portfolio Management (PPM) & Why Should Project Managers Care About It? – The title says it all!
9. Too Many Projects? Prioritize Them! — A practical guide and sample worksheet to help you prioritize that overloaded list of projects. (See also the related item 8, above.)
10. (Video) The Project Management Change Agent: How to Lead Your PM Revolution (55 minute video includes links to 25-page PDF.) – Are you ready to be the change agent who brings about a PM revolution in your organization. This video can show you how to conduct some “below the radar” guerrilla PM warfare.
Edited: July 3rd, 2013