GirlsGuideToPM: My Top 10 Articles of All Time

Girl's Guide to PM

In 2008 I was living and working in Paris, France, which involved several office moves. In case you’ve only just stumbled across this blog, this year I’m celebrating 10 years of blogging about project management.

2016 383

Quote of the Day

Herding Cats

2008 43

Track time easily from your Desktop

Paymo App

Since launching Paymo in 2008, we have been on a mission to create the best time tracking experience for freelancers & small businesses. From the get go, a key part of our strategy was to offer a mix of cloud and desktop apps that enable you to work seamlessly across different mediums.

2008 88

Project Management Census 2017

Arras People

It’s that time of year again when we ask for your time to help us put together the latest Project Management Benchmark Report. We know many of you look forward to reading through the report too so hopefully you’ll be able to give us your input again this year. >>

2017 189

How I managed to free myself from stress

Susanne Madsen - Developing Project Leaders

As my sabbatical came closer, the financial crisis of 2008 hit and I shortened my break to six weeks. ​Years ago my mind and my body were full of stress. I was running a large business-critical programme and I was petrified of failing.

Behind The Scenes At PMCamp Barcelona

Girl's Guide to PM

Video diary: PMI Global Congress This video shows highlights from the 2008 PMI Global Congress in Denver. This article, Behind The Scenes At PMCamp Barcelona , first appeared on Girl's Guide to PM.

2017 262

How to Improve Your Project Interpersonal Skills

Project Risk Coach

If you wish to be a great project manager, focus not only on your technical skills but seek to improve your project interpersonal skills. Extraordinary project managers know how to relate to others when things are going as planned as well as on days filled with undesirable events.

2017 212

Personal awareness for project managers

Ron Rosenhead

This blog was first published in 2008! Over the last 12 months I have had many conversations with project managers and personal awareness does not seem to be as high as it could be. I have therefore slightly amended the original blog below. I hope you find it useful. . .

2017 210

The Only Place for PMO People to Be This Summer

Arras People

Around 2008 there was the introduction of P3O – Project, Programme and Portfolio Offices – the guidance from – as was OGC at the time and now is AXELOS.

2008 93

Encryption is not Binary

Tyner Blain

As an example, in 2008 the iPhone 3G’s user storage was not encrypted. If you ask someone if they require encryption on their device, first of all, you will likely get one of two answers – yes or no – useful for segmenting your market or developing persona.

2016 168

How To Help Teams Make Group Decisions

Girl's Guide to PM

Snap decisions One Saturday in 2008 I made Monica Enand, CEO and Founder of Zapproved, get up extra early to demo her new software for me. This is a guest article by author Edoardo Binda Zane. If you are a project manager, making tough calls and decisions is part of your everyday life.

2016 288

Can the Words “Innovation” and “Project Management” Be Used In The Same Sentence?

The IIL Blog

According to management guru Peter Drucker, there are only two sources for growth: marketing and innovation [Drucker, 2008]. 2008). By Harold Kerzner, Ph.D. Senior Executive Director for Project Management, IIL. INTRODUCTION. Companies need growth for survival. Companies cannot grow simply through cost reduction and reengineering efforts.

What Do We Do When Project Management Experience Runs Out?

Arras People

Looking at the data for the last 10 year, since 2008 and the impact of the financial crisis all tree groups have a distinct trend which suggests that there may be troubles ahead.

2018 163

Putting Free back into Freelancing

Paymo App

Some of our earliest users might still remember that Paymo initially started out as a free tool back in 2008, mainly used by the freelance community to track time. Years have passed and the software matured as well as the company and the team developing it. We grew in complexity, size, user-base, and over time the free version of the software was phased out.

2027 50

Are Spreadsheets Costing Your Agency Money?

Function Point

You’re not still designing websites as you did in 2008, so it’s time to leave the spreadsheets in the past and bring your agency up to date. Are Spreadsheets Costing Your Agency Money?

2018 127

Planning a Budget for a Proposal in 5 Easy Steps (+ Example)

Girl's Guide to PM

SmartDraw 2008: planning the garden SmartDraw is, according to the manufacturer, the world’s most popular business graphics software. This is a guest article by author Edoardo Binda Zane.

Budget 256

The Eight Constants of Change – An Interview with Stacy Aaron

Guerrilla Project Management

In this edition of the Guerrilla Project Management podcast, I interview Stacy Aaron co-author of two books on organizational change: The Change Management Pocket Guide published in 2005 and The Eight Constants of Change published in 2008. In this edition of the Guerrilla Project Management podcast, I interview Stacy Aaron co-author of two books on organizational change: The Change Management Pocket Guide published in 2005 and The Eight Constants of Change published in 2008.

2010 40

A Real-World Success Story: New Zealand Government Improves Project Delivery


In 2008, New Zealand experienced a significant government shift in leadership. Meeting the demands of ever-changing priorities within a government can lead to inconsistent processes, departments with limited visibility into what is being worked on, and no ability to monitor investments.

DIPMF Review

Leading Answers

The financial slow down of 2008 -2009 saw its share of cancelled projects in Dubai. I have just returned from the Dubai International Project Management Forum ( DIPMF ). It was a very enjoyable and impressive conference, focussed on innovation in project management.

2020 60

Treat Cause Not The Symptom

Herding Cats

1] Apollo Root Cause Analysis: Effective Solutions to Everyday Problems Every Time, 3rd Edition, Dean Gano, Atlas Books, 2008. [2] When gaps in performance, benefits shortfalls, unanticipated cost, schedule, and performance variances, faulty products, or any undesirable outcome, blame the process, not people. Root Cause Analysis is the means to fix the cause, rather than treat the symptom. [1][2]. 1][2].

2011 32

Real Options and Decision Making for ICT Projects

Herding Cats

72, 2nd Quarter, 2008, pp. Olagbemiro, Dissertation, Naval Postgraduate School, December 2008. "A There was a classic #Noestimates post this week that said. Estimation locks down choices early through upfront t decision making, #NoEstimates preserves options. And attached the hashtag #RealOption. A real option is a choice made available with business investment opportunities, referred to as “real” because it typically references a tangible asset instead of a financial instrument.

2008 33

Project Management Lessons from Mavenlink CEO Ray Grainger


When we decided to start Mavenlink, it was the fall of 2008. Two weeks later, October 2008 arrived and everything started to crater. Mavenlink's Founder and CEO, Ray Grainger, has recently been featured in Bruce Harpham's book Project Managers at Work.

Clarifying Misconceptions of the Big Launch

Girl's Guide to PM

In 2008, the Democratic Party made the decision to move Obama’s speech at their convention in Denver from the Pepsi Center (capacity 18,007) to the larger outdoor venue of Invesco Field (capacity 76,125). Do you think that your project should have a ‘launch’ event?

2016 226

How to Lie With Statistics

Herding Cats

This approach makes it look like the voter turnout is dramatically different between 2008 and 2016. The book How To Lie With Statistics , Darrell Huff tells us how the make the numbers look the way we want them to look, without actually changing the numbers.

2016 62

Basis of Estimating Software Development

Herding Cats

Scaling Lean & Agle Development: Thinking and Organizational Tools for Large-Scale Scrum , Craig Larman and Bas Voode, Addison Wesley, 2008. The estimating of software development is both straightforward and complex. When it is suggested that estimating is hard, of no value, and unnecessary, always ask what principle is used to support that claim? Don't hear one? Then it's likely just a personal anecdote made without any principles. .

DIPMF Review

Leading Answers

The financial slow down of 2008 -2009 saw its share of cancelled projects in Dubai. I have just returned from the Dubai International Project Management Forum ( DIPMF ). It was a very enjoyable and impressive conference, focussed on innovation in project management. Mark Langley, president and CEO of the PMI, gave a keynote presentation on the importance of innovation.

2020 40

Assume a Spherical Cow

Leading Agile

In a conversation with the presenters of a study of pair programming given at XP 2008, I learned that the things they had observed under the heading of “pair programming” were random behaviors that didn’t resemble pair programming much at all.

2018 99

The Agile Cannon

Herding Cats

Alleman, "Product & Process Development Kaizen for Software Development, Project, and Program Management, LPPDE, Denver Colorado, April 2008. [5]

Agile 69

Decision Making in the Presence of Uncertainty

Herding Cats

Theory of Decision under Uncertainty, Itzhak Gilboa, July 2008. There's another rash of Twitter posters supporting the conjecture that decisions can be made about how to spend other people's money without estimating the impact and outcome of that decision. This is a core premise of #NoEstimates from the Original Poster. Here's a starting point to learn that simply not true . Decision Analysis for the Professional. Managerial Decision Making Under Risk and Uncertainty Ari Riabacke.

2008 39

Process Reduces Agility? Only on De Minimis Projects

Herding Cats

VanderLeest GLSEC 2008. "A A popular toss off aphrase in some agile circles is process reduces agility. This is course is stated in the absence of any domain or context.

5 Steps to Planning and Running Fast, Efficient Meetings (Including Agendas and Templates for 4 Common Meetings)


While on average, 15% of your company’s time is spent in meetings —a number that has grown every single year since 2008. The humble meeting gets a bad rap. Like email, Slack, and smartphones, meetings were never intended to take over every minute of our waking lives. But somehow they have.

2018 114

Lean Change Management – 4 Years Later

Agile Coach

That’s the reader’s digest of my life from 2008 to 2014. A friend of mine asked me on twitter what my 3 main things I’ve learned teaching my Lean Change Agent workshops and what the main takeaways from attendees were.

Lean 52

Black Swans

Herding Cats

Here's a book review from 2008, about Black Swans and Fooled By Randomness in the context of managing software development in the presence of uncertainty. One of the books used by a vocal No Estimates advocate is Black Swans by Nassim Taleb.

2002 42

Project Risk Management: 10 Surprisingly Brilliant Tactics to Reduce Risk


In a series of papers on the 2008 financial crisis , McKinsey reached two surprising conclusions: That countless people at several banks saw the financial crisis coming. Every project has some risk of failure.

Risk 52

A Seriously Challenged Project

The Tao of Project Management

Disputes between the various parties, quality issues and changes in design plagued the project and between 2008 and 2009 it became clear that the project had some deep seated issues. Another one from the Why Do Projects Fail website: Edinburgh City Council: Tram Network (Sep 2003 to May 2014) When originally conceived the project was intended to reduce traffic congestion, reduce carbon emissions and help the city cope with the increased demand for public transport in the next decade.

2015 33

The Best Time Tracking Software of 2018

Paymo App

The company has been around since 2008 and started out initially as a time tracking and invoicing app. Published: February 2018. If you’re here, it means that you’re looking for time tracking software that you will use yourself or with your team.

2018 89

Estimating is a Learned Skill

Herding Cats

Sjøberg1, and Magne Jørgensen, IEEE Software , Volume 25, Issues 3, May-June, 2008. Protecting Software Development Projects Against Underestimation,” Eduardo Miranda and Alain Abran, Project Management Journal , Volume 39, Issue 3, Pages 75-85, September, 2008. Riehle, September 2008, Naval Postgraduate School. Naval Postgraduate School, 2008. Ross, Journal of Cost Analysis and Parametrics , Volume 1, 2008 - Issue 2. “A 81, issue 12 (2008) pp.

Smarter Faster Better Book Review: 4 Lessons Learned

Project Management Hacks

Quote: “In 2008, the Elementary Initiative was launched. In March, I met Charles Duhigg at the Rotman School of Management in Toronto when he spoke about his new book, “ Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business.”

2016 54

JP Morgan Chase & Co Project Manager Profile: Paul Rezaie

Project Management Hacks

Thanks to him, we were one of the few major banks to earn a during the 2008 recession. Paul Rezaie, PMP. Modern banks offer a wide variety of products and services: commercial banking, loans, credit cards, investment services and more. How do project managers contribute to banking success?

2005 52

Cone of Uncertainty Bibliography

Herding Cats

Olagbemiro, Naval Postgraduate School Dissertation, December 2008. There seems to still be confusion about what the Cone of Uncertainty means for some in the #NoEstimates community.

2014 43