Live from GearUp 2008


So far this is been pretty informative. Guy Kawasaki kicked off the morning in the Keynote, if you've not heard Guy speak before, he's fantastic. Later in the morning there was a panel comprised of CIO /IT Directors from a range of firms, including Ashurt from the UK. No surprises, everyone was still very much challenged with how to manage e-mail. In a room with well over 100 people, only 3 hands went up when the moderator asked who had 75% or higher of adoption for e-mail filing.

2008 40

Okay, so it's been a while.


It's a good thing I don't try and make a living as a blogger, my time between posts has been quite long - which is a good indicator of how busy we've been here. While every firm is grappling with the change in the economy, that certainly hasn't slowed us down with the projects we're undertaking at the firm. The two biggies this year for us are our rollout of FileSite and our intranet project.

2008 40

Slow your roll on outsourcing?


In an interesting twist, a Bethesda, MD firm has filed a suit in Federal court claiming that law firms who outsourcing their legal support services overseas could be jeopardizing their client confidentiality. This story was picked up by several news sources, including

2008 40

Introducing the new Director of Knowledge Management at Reed Smith


Thanks to all of you who either referred someone you knew, or applied for the position directly. We had a TON of interest in the position and there were many fine applicants. I'm pleased to announce that Lisa Kellar has accepted our offer and will join Reed Smith in May. We are extremely lucky to be able to bring in someone of Lisa's caliber and experience

2008 40

Director of Knowledge Management opportunity


For those interested, I am looking to bring in a right hand person to do "km stuff" :) Major initiatives this year include a MOSS rollout , Recommind installation, Interwoven/ MCC deployment and a few other things I could tell you, but then I'd have to. well you know how that goes. UPDATE] A couple of points to address now, based on some of the questions I've gotten: Although I'm based in LA, the preference is to have someone based in either Chicago, NY, DC, PHL, or PIT.

2008 40

Anyone know people that would be interested in our new Firmwide Director of Records position?


While this is in poor form, it's my blog and I can do what I please. I guess :) In any event, this is a great opportunity to get in on the ground floor and be able to implement a new records system (Interwoven) along with new policies and procedures. We're also looking to go paperless, it's a very exciting opportunity for the right person. The person can be based in Chicago, New York, Pittsburgh or DC. For more information look at the link below: [link

2008 40

The Generational Divide.


An interesting string started today on the ILTA listserves regarding the generational rift within IT Departments as reported in a recent article. This falls in line with what we're seeing in all corporations, especially in law firms. This also has an important impact on how technology is designed and how we go about training lawyers on technology.

2008 40

Get Motivated: 10 Motivational Speeches That Will Change Your Life

Rowling, Commencement Speech, Harvard, 2008. Oprah Winfrey, Commencement Address, Stanford, 2008. She does that and more with these inspiring words for the Stanford class of 2008.

2018 182

The Must-Read Reading List for Project Communication and Collaboration

Girl's Guide to PM

Melanie Franklin & Susan Tuttle: Stationery Office, 2008. . Project teams communicate and collaborate by default, don’t they? Erm, no. That certainly hasn’t been the case for all the teams I have worked on.

2018 238

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 378

Quote of the Day

Herding Cats

2008 41

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 184

Summary of Capabilities Based Planning

Herding Cats

Shaver, Justin Beck, RAND National Defense Institute, 2008. There have been some recent posts about managing scope, defining needed Features, determining how to release software to stakeholders - in both traditional and agile processes.

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 208

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.

The Project Management Benchmark Report 2016

Arras People

The numbers of practitioners under 34 years of age has consistently fallen since the 2008 recession. We launch the latest annual report on the UK and Global Programme and Project Management domain today.

2016 237

When projects go wrong and it's the worst possible moment

Susanne Madsen - Developing Project Leaders

At the time of opening in March 2008, only 85% of project deliverables had been completed. ​A project is a unique undertaking that’s full of risk and uncertainty, because it has never been done before in that exact way.

The PMO is Dead… Long Live the PMO!

Arras People

In 2008 over 89% of organisations with more than 250 people involved in their project community had some form of PMO. In this guest post from Christopher Worsley at CITI he looks at one of my favourite subjects, the PMO.

2018 227

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 231

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

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 240

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 125

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

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

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

Board Meeting Agenda and Best Practices


Jeff Bonforte who sold his company, Xobni, to Yahoo in 2008, learned this over time. Critical Activity for CEO. The importance of a board meeting cannot be stressed too much. In terms of cost, board meetings take up the time of some of the top resources in the company.

2008 78

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 74

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

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.

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

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.

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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].

2008 32

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

Book of the Month

Herding Cats

Keeney, Militarty Operations Research , Volume 13, Number 2, 2008, pp. The standard way of thinking about decisions is backward, says Ralph Keeney: People focus first on identifying alternatives rather than on articulating values.

2009 44

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 31

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 59

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. .

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. Mark Langley, president and CEO of the PMI, gave a keynote presentation on the importance of innovation.

2020 40

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

The Agile Cannon

Herding Cats

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

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