Uncovering the Project Manager Blind Spots

Guerrilla Project Management

Transitioning from individual contributor to project manager is one of the hardest phases of one’s career, especially for those of us with a technical background. The habits and behaviors that made us successful in the past are unlikely to make us successful as project managers. Often, these become blind spots that we have to learn. Mindset

Being Economical with the truth

Guerrilla Project Management

When it comes to reporting project status, project managers have to make tough decisions about what to report, when to report it, and how to report it. These decisions are more challenging during crisis situations, when careful crisis communication becomes a very sensitive component of any status reporting. You feel the sensitive nature of crisis. Leadership Mindset

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Simple setup for using SharePoint for project communication

Guerrilla Project Management

This short video shows Project Managers a simple setup of SharePoint to organize project documentation. I used this same configuration on a recent project and it worked really well. It is a very basic setup using SharePoint built-in document and list management features. Please leave a comment below and let me know how you are using SharePoint in your. Tools & Techniques

Sometimes failure is an option

Guerrilla Project Management

We spend so much of our time preparing for the success of our project but we hardly invest any time in preparing ourselves for coping with the aftermath of failure. Yet, it is inevitable that some of our projects will fail, no matter how much efforts we personally invest in them. The reality is that. Mindset

Assuming Equality

Guerrilla Project Management

If there is one thing I learned from leading complex projects, over the last few years, it is that self confidence remains the foundation of successful project leadership. Without self confidence, it does not matter how well we know our project management processes, as we may not have the courage to make the tough calls, Leadership Mindset

What You Need to Know About PRINCE2 2017

Arras People

The last change, in 2009, had quite a big overhaul, but what about this one? “The 2009 version of the PRINCE2 guidance devoted an entire chapter to tailoring, but it came towards the end of the guidance. Axelos announced that there will be a new update to PRINCE2 later this year.

GirlsGuideToPM: My Top 10 Articles of All Time

Girl's Guide to PM

2009. I declared 2009 the year of the Office Goddess and I wrote a series of posts about how to excel at work. In case you’ve only just stumbled across this blog, this year I’m celebrating 10 years of blogging about project management.

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The 30-Minute Miracle That Will Change The Way You Leave The Office

Girl's Guide to PM

Welcome to 2009: Year of the Office Goddess This entry is part 1 of 13 in the series Office GoddessThis year I thought I’d have a theme running through my blog. I have one word for you today: Transitions. How am I only realising this now?

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Where Are All the Project Management Vacancies?

Arras People

Finally, there has been a whole book dedicated to hidden vacancies called The Invisible Candidate by Anthony Haley , it was published back in 2009 but I’ve still not read a book like it that gets close.

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5 Time Management Trends for 2016

Paymo App

A now-famous 2009 research study by Stanford University put students through three tests, each designed to highlight what multitaskers were better at than people who didn’t routinely multitask in a multimedia environment.

2015 31

Acting Like an Adult in the Presence of Uncertainty

Herding Cats

The process of making a decision involves three elements: values, alternatives, and facts (Buede, 2009). [1]. Risk Management is how Adults Manage Projects - Tim Lister. There are two kinds of uncertainty on all projects, no matter the domain, including software development projects.

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How We Improved Our Project Manager’s Life With Active Collab


Our workflow has remained the same since we started the agency in 2009. Here at PopArt Studio , a full-service digital agency from Novi Sad, we handle a lot of complex projects that require a lot of planning and extensive client collaboration.

2009 21

Estimating is a Learned Skill

Herding Cats

Modern Project Management: A New Forecasting Model to Ensure Project Success,” Iman Attarzadeh and Ow Siew Hock, International Conference on Future Computer and Communication, 2009. 400-407, 2009. Estimating Development Time and Effort of Software Projects by using a Neuro-Fuzzy Approach,” Venus Marza and Mohammad Teshnehlab, in Advanced Technologies , INTECH Open, October 2009. Ross Publishing, August 2009. Goh, The Journal of Systems and Software 82 (2009) 241–252.

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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.

2014 11

Revisiting the Double Pendulum Problem

Herding Cats

324 3 April 2009, showing not only the equations of motion for the double pendulum, but a machine that can deduce these equations by observing the double pendulum in motion. Jurgen Appelo used the double pendulum on page 42 of his Management 3.0

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Basis of Estimating Software Development

Herding Cats

How Many Licks: or how to estimate damn near anything , Aaron Santos, Running Press, 2009. 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. .

Becoming An Effective Leader In Government & Beyond: An Interview With Steve Ressler, Founder of GovLoop

Project Management Hacks

He is a 2015 Presidential Leadership Scholar, has won the 2010 GovTech Top 25 Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers Award, as well as the 2007 and 2009 Federal 100 Award. Have you ever considered the public sector and government for your next career move?

2015 13

Resources for Cone of Uncertainty

Herding Cats

Tim Menzies, Steve Williams, Oussama Elrawas, Daniel Baker, Barry Boehm, Jairus Hihn, Karen Lum, and Ray Madachy, Software Process Improvement And Practice, (2009). Magne Jorgensen and Barry Boehm, IEEE Software, March-April, 2009.

Fallacy of the Day

Herding Cats

Perhaps those making the conjecture that Macroeconomic theories are applicable to the development of software may want to start with The Economics of Iterative Software Development: Steering Toward Better Business Results , Walker Royce, Kurt Bittner, and Mike Perrow, Addison-Wesley, 2009. . Estimation is pretentious rationalism, where rationalism does not serve us well (extremistan)(sic) Take only risks you can survive.

Process Reduces Agility? Only on De Minimis Projects

Herding Cats

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.

Misunderstanding Making Decisions in the Presence of Uncertainty

Herding Cats

2567-2578, Verona, Italy, 2009. Risk management in agile methods: a study of DSDM in practice,” Sharon Coyle, 10th International Conference on eXtreme Programming and Agile Processes in Software Engineering, 2009.

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The Agile Cannon

Herding Cats

Agile Conference 2009, IEEE. . [4]

Clarifying Misconceptions of the Big Launch

Girl's Guide to PM

PRINCE2:2009: The Launch Please be patient with the video: it takes a while to load. Do you think that your project should have a ‘launch’ event?

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A New Home

Brett Harned

I started this site—primarily as a blog—back in 2009. I wanted to speak my mind about all things digital project management. I did, and it led to a lot of great conversations, connections, and advancements in my career.

Behind The Scenes At PMCamp Barcelona

Girl's Guide to PM

The PMCamp movement was conceived in Austria in 2009 by Stefan Hagen. This article, Behind The Scenes At PMCamp Barcelona , first appeared on Girl's Guide to PM. The only foreign holiday my boys have been on was to PMI EMEA in Barcelona (I take them to all the good places!).

You Don’t Know Jack (or Jill)

Tyner Blain

I did a presentation in 2009 for the Product Management View, on applying Kano analysis as a product manager. You’ve got some shiny new segmentation data about prospective customers; how much they earn, where they are located, how old they are.

A Wrap Up of the #NoEstimating Conjecture Analysis to Date

Herding Cats

This list starts with the earliest posts, beginning in 2009. .

Merry Christmas [We’re taking a break now]

Girl's Guide to PM

and best wishes for 2009. It’s been an incredible year, and with 2017 shaping up to be another 12 months of political and social change, I want to wish you the best of the season for what is traditionally a very tolerant and forgiving time.

Cone of Uncertainty - Part Cinq

Herding Cats

IEEE Software, March-April 2009, pp. The notion of the Cone of Uncertainty has been around for awhile. Barry Boehm's work in “Software Engineering Economics”. Prentice-Hall, 1981. The poster below is from Steve McConnell's site and makes several things clear.

Ensure Excellent Implementation when Outsourcing a Project Manager


The new Boeing 787 made its maiden flight on December 15, 2009; more than two years after expected. While it may be common for large companies to keep full-time project managers on staff, not every company has the benefit of an experienced PM onsite. There may not be enough staff to dedicate exclusively to managing projects. Or certain projects may need specific skills not present in your company. Or financial resources may simply be lacking.

Simply the Best

The Lazy Project Manager

an exact replica of a submission that gave me the opportunity to speak at PMI events in Amsterdam and Sao Paulo in 2009, at Project Zone in Budapest 2010 and at a number of other sessions around Europe.

PMI Are some more equal than others?

The Lazy Project Manager

So for Peter ‘The Lazy Project Manager’ Taylor to be selected as previously covered (Amsterdam 2009, Milan 2010, Washington 2010, Dallas 2011) means 1 x 3 x 3 x 3 x 3 which gives us an 81 to 1 probability, I am quite liking those odds, put me down for ten pounds, it is a reasonable gamble.

Software Cost Accounting

Herding Cats

Capitalization and Amortization of Software Costs (Putra), 2009. Money comes in many colors. Green here in the United States. Much prettier colors around the world. There is a saying in the project management business that money comes in two colors - Green and Blue.

Cone of Uncertainty - Part Cinq (Updated)

Herding Cats

IEEE Software, March-April 2009, pp. The notion of the Cone of Uncertainty has been around for awhile. Barry Boehm's work in “Software Engineering Economics”. Prentice-Hall, 1981. The poster below is from Steve McConnell's site and makes several things clear.

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Cone of Uncertainty - Part Trois

Herding Cats

IEEE Software, March-April 2009, pp. The notion of the Cone of Uncertainty has been around for awhile. Barry Boehm's work in “Software Engineering Economics”. Prentice-Hall, 1981. The poster below is from Steve McConnell's site and makes several things clear.

Software Review: ConceptDraw Office 4

Girl's Guide to PM

Review: Projecturf [2009] Today I’ve been oven drying some of my huge haul of cherry tomatoes, so that I can store them in olive oil and keep them. This article, Software Review: ConceptDraw Office 4 , first appeared on Girl's Guide to PM. ConceptDraw Review. Name: ConceptDraw Office 4.