Friday, February 27, 2009

PW&WCBA Braintrust LinkedIn February Newsletter

The February edition of the PW&WCBA Braintrust LinkedIn Newsletter arrived in mailboxes this morning! You can also read the newsletter here. If you're not a member of our Project World LinkedIn group, join us to network with other project management professionals and receive the newsletter monthly!

This month, we issued this challenge to all members. We look forward to your thoughts!

The recent wildfires in Australia have proven difficult to overcome, as destruction continues and the fires once again flare up. Moving forward, Australia has decided to push forward to create a national fire warning system to try and prevent a similar situation in the future.

Attorney General Robert McClelland, David Quilty, managing director of public policy for Australia's largest telecommunications company, Telstra Corp., Bruce Esplin, head of Victorian Emergency Services, fire and police services.

Since 2004, there have been numerous proposals to the Australian government for a nationwide warning fire warning system, however there have it has been held up because of issues relating to funding and privacy laws. Another obstacle standing in the way of this system is the current communication system used by emergency services – the size of this system has a threat of crashing the means of communication. After this month's devastating fires, a new urgency has formed for the national warning system.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

New PM Masters at Washington University

Starting Fall Semester 2009, students at Washington University of St. Louis will be able to obtain a Masters Degree in Project Management.

Tom Browdy, Ph.D, director of masters of information management had this to say about the new program:

"Project management has become a challenge for industry over the past decade or so, and we've seen the need for a master's degree program for some time. Historically, most people who ended up managing projects were pushed into it. But there's more to project management than learning things on the fly. Our organizations live and die on projects now. This is a master's degree program that concentrates on how to plan, organize and execute a project as well as how to deal with people on a project."

For more information, read the article here.

Monday, February 23, 2009

How to manage creative people

Recently at Stepping Into Project Management, they shared the eBook How To Manage Creative People.

It focuses on:
  • Understand how motivation affects creativity
  • Get better work out of creative people - without a bottomless budget
  • Avoid (inadvertently) crushing people’s motivation
  • Use rewards effectively
  • Understand and influence many different types of people
  • Facilitate creative collaboration
Have you already had a chance to read it? What do you think?

Friday, February 20, 2009

5 Ways to Profit from Project Management Passion

Michelle LaBrosse reports on ITWorld,

Top Five Ways to Profit from your PM Passion

1. Create goals with gusto.
2. Track time and dollars spent with exacting enthusiasm.
3. Get that deadline buzz.
4. Become a project archaeologist.
5. Create a consistent and standardized approach to Project Management.

Do you have any more to add? How about a 6th, Stay Focused.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Tips for better project management

CIO recently took a look at how important project management is to a company. It's critical projects are in order, especially in times now when it is hard to make revenue. Project management can contribute to achieving the goals of the organization and keeping the organization proactive. Read the complete article here.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

What software do you use for project management?

Over at the Web Designer Depot, they recently listed some of the best software online to help project managers. Just a few examples are Project Pier, Collabtive, Liferay, OpenGoo, and Clocking IT. What software do you use? Do you use another software on the list that got let out?

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Project Manager Podcast

Stumbled upon this great site that provides free and paid podcasts for budding project managers or those looking to spruce up their skills. The PM Podcast offers free, regular episodes in the format of a traditional radio program that can be delivered to your iPod or computer.

Have you checked it out? What other digital resources are out there for project managers looking to sharpen their skills? Ideas appreciated!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Are you doing a project pre-check?

Projects@Work recently suggested incorporating a project pre-check during the expression of interest stage in project management.

Steven Hawald, Robbins-Gioia's Process Refinement and Optimization Practice had this to say about the way pre-check is used in his company:

"Programs in which key business changes are implemented have been, and will continue to be, medium- to high-risk adventures. This is because they involve getting large organizations ready for large change. Project Pre-Check is an approach that helps you understand the deeper internal and external components of a proposed project before work begins."

The process uses 100 to 150 questions to look at what a new project will be for a company, including an evaluation of the complexity and risk of the new or ongoing project.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Project Management 2.0

Andrew Filev writes, E-mail is still the most popular project communication tool. An employee on an average project gets between 30 and 100 e-mails per day. The majority of these e-mails contain tasks, change requests and discussions, so it’s hard to overestimate the knowledge buried in e-mail inboxes every day. This knowledge often bypasses project management tools like Microsoft Project. Filev offers insight into a new way that project managers can do their job, more efficiently by integrating Project 2.0 which relies upon the same processes at Enterprise 2.0. Filev goes on to say that Project Management 2.0 practices and supportive tools eliminate the need for extra meetings, phone calls, and e-mails, thus saving you time and letting you focus on getting things done. To find out more about Project 2.0, check out Filev's post here.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Organization could help project management

At the Voices on Project Management blog, Driving High-Performance Projects Despite Shrinking Budgets: Three Keys to Increasing Productivity and Reducing Costs Across the Enterprise. Take a look at it here.

The blog highlights the three main objectives to improving your organization:

1. Make sure your organization has access to accurate information.
2. Focus on bottom-line activities.
3. Make the organization's vision accessible to everyone.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Networking Project Management

Greg Schaffer's piece in, outlines the processes that networking project managers must face for successful implementation of the project. According to Schaffer, managing network projects does not have to be an exercise in fortune telling. When digested down to the core components, network projects are just like any other project, IT or otherwise: There is an objective, a time line, a budget and expectations of those who will benefit from the network once it is completed. Also illustrated in Schaffer's article, the so-called "triple constraints" rule: projects are subject to cost, schedule and performance parameters. Changing one will affect at least one of the remaining two.

What do you think of Schaffer's thoughts on this arena of project management?