Everything is a project, even this As often happens in life, when I meet people at a party or some work thing and they ask what I do, I tell them I write books. They ask what kind of books, and when I mention I wrote a book about project management they get all condescending. Why would you write a book about something as boring as project management? To which, I often say. And they say, what? And I say, again, Everything is a project. How did you get to this party? Then I say the kicker, project management is only as boring as the thing being managed. On a good day, they look at me for a long moment, their faces frozen with that lost in thought look we all make when someone surprises us with something interesting to say. On a bad day, they conclude I’m more boring than they thought, and despite their full Martini in hand, excuse themselves to the bar to get a drink. There are many ways to look at all that we do, but the project-centric view is potent.
How to Enjoy Solitude Photo by Vadim Pacev By Scott Young “Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast, or a god.” ~ Francis Bacon Francis Bacon may have exaggerated, but his point was clear: most people despise being alone. People will surround themselves in harmful relationships to avoid solitude. However, there is a power in being able to find contentment in solitude. I’m not suggesting solitude is better than being with people. How to Be Happy Alone My experience with this challenge started several years ago. At first, I found the solitude unbearable. By working on my internal life, I was able to not only bear the solitude, but actually enjoy it. If you’re caught in the same situation I was, I feel there are two steps you can take to turn it around: Learn to draw contentment from your time alone. Each approach on it’s own is insufficient. Side Note : Improving your social skills is outside the scope of this article, but if you’d like to read more, I’d suggest reading: Succeed Socially 1. 2. 3.
A short course in project management - Project Microsoft Office Project 2007 Step by Step By Carl Chatfield and Timothy Johnson Carl Cha tfield is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with extensive knowledge of Microsoft Office Project as well as specific usability issues. Timothy Johnson has previously worked as an Office Project support professional for several years. Carl and Timothy are the authors of Microsoft Project 2000 Step by Step, Microsoft Project Version 2002 Step by Step and Microsoft Office Project 2003 Step by Step, all from Microsoft Press. To learn more about other books on the 2007 Microsoft Office system, visit Microsoft Press. In this article Understand what defines a project The project triangle: view projects in terms of time, cost, and scope Time, cost, and scope: manage project constraints Manage your projects with Project 2007 Understand what defines a project First, a project is temporary. Next, a project is an endeavor. Finally, every project creates a unique product or service. Top of Page Time Cost
10 best practices for successful project management The right mix of planning, monitoring, and controlling can make the difference in completing a project on time, on budget, and with high quality results. These guidelines will help you plan the work and work the plan. The right mix of planning, monitoring, and controlling can make the difference in completing a project on time, on budget, and with high quality results. These guidelines will help you plan the work and work the plan. Given the high rate of project failures, you might think that companies would be happy to just have their project finish with some degree of success. Note: This article is also available as a PDF download. 1: Plan the work by utilizing a project definition document There is a tendency for IT infrastructure projects to shortchange the planning process, with an emphasis on jumping right in and beginning the work. Project overview: Why is the Exchange migration taking place? 2: Create a planning horizon 3: Define project management procedures up front
9 Steps To Quitting Your “Have To Have" Job And Pursuing Your Dream Fast Company wants you to have your best year yet in 2012; click for more advice and tips on how to work smarter, manage your career, and lead a more meaningful life. How many of us have dreamed of leaving our current jobs to do what we really want to do? And yet, not many of us have actually left the safety of what we do daily unless forced out by layoffs and downsizing. Why is that? We haven’t taken the time to identify a vocation that would serve our passion.We lack a plan to make a successful exit.We are paralyzed by a combination of our workload, fear of leaving the world we know, and concern about how we will do financially. I’d like to share the concrete steps you need to take before you make your move. 1) Make time for your passion. I have always enjoyed learning and its flip side, sharing what I know with others. If you don’t know your passion, a book such as Zen and the Art of Making a Living by Laurence G. 2) Expand your network outside your company. 6) Plan ahead.
How To Get More Done By Having Less To Do Ask anyone how their life’s going these days, and either he or she will answer: “Busy!” “I think it’s an almost universal experience right now that people feel busy but not productive,” says Greg McKeown, whose new book, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, argues for paring back commitments to achieve more. If you’re feeling stretched, here’s five ways how to pull yourself back together: 1. You’re looking at a new opportunity. The point is that “we need to see the difference between things that are good and things that are exceptionally good," he says. 2. As you examine your current life commitments, the best metaphor is to clean out your closet. Likewise, if you’re holding onto a commitment only because you’ve been doing it for a while, ask yourself if you’d add it to your life if it weren’t already there. 3. We think working more hours will help us get ahead. 4. Being an essentialist is “not just about saying no to stuff,” says McKeown. 5. [Image: Flickr user toffehoff]
Defina e bata suas metas com a técnica do OKR São muitos os métodos de gestão do fluxo de trabalho utilizados pelas empresas. E, é claro, sempre queremos aprender com as melhores. No post de hoje, vamos falar um pouco sobre o Objectives and Key Results (OKR), uma técnica utilizada por grandes empresas do Vale do Silício, como o Google, que pode ajudar a transformar sua rotina de trabalho e, principalmente, seus resultados finais. Confira! O que são OKRs? A técnica do OKR pode ser resumida da seguinte forma: (i) defina grandes metas e, consequentemente, (ii) quantifique essas metas para alcançá-las. O fator mais importante ao se aplicar o OKR é a definição dos objetivos. Ao definir seus objetivos, sugerimos manter em mente três características principais: Ser qualitativo e inspirador;Estar vinculado a um período de tempo;Ser executável por sua equipe independentemente de outras variáveis como a economia ou entrada/saída de pessoas em específico. Key Results O caminho para atingir seus objetivos quase — lembre-se: quase! Key Results:
10 Reasons To Quit Your Job Right Now! The game is over. That game where they get to hire you for 40 years, pay you far less than you create, and then give you a gold watch, and then you get bored, you get depressed, and you die alone. It wasn’t that fun of a game anyway. When I had a corporate job I would wake up depressed. I couldn’t move out of bed. The sun would be coming in. But they were going to kill me in my cubicle. In 2009 I asked about 10 Fortune 500 CEOs, “did you just use this crisis as an excuse to fire all the people you were afraid to fire before.” We’ve entered the “Choose Yourself” era. Most people need to begin planning their exit strategy RIGHT NOW: So here’s the 10 reasons you need to quit your job right now. 1) Safety. 2) Home. 3) College. 4) Your boss. 5) Your coworkers. 6) Fear. 7) The Work. 8) Bad things happen. 9) The economy is about to boom. 10) Your job has clamped your creativity. Note: I will grant some people love their jobs. Good point. The posts that will help you quit your job.