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Day of Gratitude 2013

Thank you

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We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in the UK but that doesn’t mean I’m not thankful. As we approach the end of the year, it’s time to say thank you to those people who have helped keep my blog going and growing over the past 12 months, especially as I took time out on maternity leave.

It has been a busy year for my family and I – I’ve written for this blog and for my Otobos clients and while it’s been tiring I think I can say that it has been a good year.

Here are some of the people who have contributed to A Girl’s Guide to Project Management in one way or another during 2013.

Companies who have let me review their software

Less Meeting
Citrix Systems, Podio
Information Services Management Inc, Squish

People I have interviewed

Bjarte Bogsnes
Janice Haddon
Wilhlem Kross
Dr Andrew Makar
Brian Weiss

People who have invited me to speak at conferences

APM/Pentacle: The Virtual Business School and Conference: Zero
PMI Southern Ontario Chapter, Canada


People who have provided guest posts

Jeff Furman, My Life is a PMP Ethics Question!
Lee Carnihan, The XY Factor in HTML: How the fairer sex fares in digital project management
Michael Vernik, My most complex project (and why I didn’t use a Gantt chart to manage it)
Andrei Monenciu, Seven tips for better time management
Sarah Clare, How to provide constructive criticism
Guillermo Solis, Effective Meetings: Reloaded
Kevan Hall, Managing in a matrix – we are all project managers now!
Mike Clayton, 3 ways to practise your leadership skills
Merv Wyeth, Storytelling – a key competence for project managers?
Ben Ferris, 5 Tips for making better decisions every day
Jo Ann Sweeney, Winning stakeholder support when time and energy are limited
John Roberts, The tipping point between effective leadership of change and the role of project managers
Simon Buehring, The Inexorable Rise of PRINCE2®
Roland Hoffmann, Overcoming bias in project management
Serena Grant, 10 Tips for presenting information

Publishers and authors who have sent me books to review

Andrea Kay, Amacom, This Is How to Get Your Next Job: An Inside Look at What Employers Really Want
Jonathan Feist, Berklee Press, Project Management for Musicians
Penny Pullan and James Archer, Kogan Page,  Business Analysis and Leadership
Mark Goulston and John Ullmen, AMACOM, Real Influence: Persuade Without Pushing and Gain Without Giving In
Keith Murnighan, Portfolio Hardcover, Do Nothing!: How to Stop Overmanaging and Become a Great Leader
Peter Taylor, Ron Rosenhead and Vicki James, Management Concepts, Strategies for Project Sponsorship
Pernille Eskerod and Anna Lund Jepsen, Gower, Project Stakeholder Management
David Marquet, Greenleaf Book Group, Turn the Ship Around!: How to Create Leadership at Every Level
Karen R. J. White, Maven House Press, Practical Project Management for Agile Nonprofits
Gregory P. Shea and Cassie A. Solomon, Wharton Digital Press, Leading Successful Change: 8 Keys to Making Change Work
Michel Thiry, Gower, Program Management
John Seddon, Vanguard Consulting, Freedom from Command and Control: A Better Way to Make the Work Work
Charles Duhigg, William Heinemann, The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do, and How to Change
Edward Reilly, Amacom, AMA Business Boot Camp: Management and Leadership Fundamentals That Will See You Successfully Through Your Career
Dr Andrew Makar, AMAKAR, Project Management Interview Questions Made Easy
Emily Bennington, Amacom, Who Says It’s a Man’s World: The Girls’ Guide to Corporate Domination
Eliyahu M. Goldratt, who died in 2011
, Avebury, Criticial Chain
Mike Clayton, Marshall Cavendish International (Asia), Risk Happens!: Managing Risk and Avoiding Failure in Business Projects

And a few personal thank yous to:

  • Jo
  • Jon
  • Pauline
  • Penny

Day of Gratitude 2012

Thank you

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It’s the end of the year, almost, and time to say thank you to those people who have helped make my blog a success over the last 12 months. This year I’ve written dozens of articles for this site and others, worked with some talented companies and had a great time. Here are some of the people who have contributed to A Girl’s Guide to Project Management in one way or another during 2012.

Companies who have let me review their software

People I have interviewed

People who have let me attend conferences

People who have provided guest posts

Publishers and authors who have sent me books to review

And a few personal thank yous to:

Jon, Jo and Mum.

And you. Without readers, there is no point in writing at all. Thanks to everyone who has  commented on an article, tweeted me, been a friend on Facebook, sent an email or bought one of my books. I wish you all a great 2013.


Meet Laurel: A Very PMP Wedding

I have confessed before to planning my own wedding in Microsoft Project. I also interviewed a wedding planner for my first book, Project Management in the Real World, about fixed date projects. After all, a wedding is a project with an immovable end date. So I was delighted to discover a blog that blends project management and wedding planning – the ultimate convergence of two of my favourite things.

A Very PMP Wedding is the blog that Laurel Cagan is writing as she counts down to her wedding later this year. She has been documenting her experiences with wedding planning since last April, including change, requirements, planning and stakeholder management.

As any good project manager would do she has identified success criteria for the day. She calls them bliss factors and they include:

  • Wanting their guests to have a wonderful time
  • Looking beautiful
  • Not turning into a bridezilla
  • Achieving their dream day for their target budget
  • Being happy.

She even has a set of downloadable templates, so if you are planning your own wedding (or just fancy using a scope template with a wedding theme), you can use her documentation.

I remember what the last few months of preparing for my own wedding were like so I look forward to hearing how Laurel uses her project management skills to juggle managing all the different requirements in the run-up to the big day.

You can read her blog here.


Day of Gratitude

Thank you Card

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This blog might be called A Girl’s Guide to Project Management, but the success of it isn’t just down to me. There are a lot of people who contribute to making it happen.

We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in the UK (our November holiday celebrates the chap who didn’t manage to blow up Parliament in 1605) but that doesn’t mean we can’t give thanks. And when better to do it than now?

Here are the people who have contributed in some way to A Girl’s Guide to Project Management this year.

Companies who have let me review their software

People I have interviewed

And everyone I interviewed at project management events this year.

Publishers and authors who have sent me books to review

And a few personal thank yous to:

  • Computer Weekly, for making it possible for me to win the IT Professional Blogger of the Year award (and to the people who voted for me)
  • Jonathan and Pauline
  • Cornelius
  • Joanne, for her help behind the scenes

And you. Without readers, there is no point in writing at all.

I hope I haven’t missed anyone off the list, and if I have, I’m sorry.  Who is on your gratitude list this year? Let us know in the comments.


Thank you! I’m IT Professional Blogger of the Year

It was the Computer Weekly Social Media Awards 2011 last night, and I was nominated in two categories. I won IT Professional Blogger of the Year, which was fabulous! Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to vote for me.

Project management was poorly represented in the awards (we didn’t have our own category this year) but I’m delighted to say that Kelly’s Contemplation, another PM blog, was runner up in the best new blog category. I also had the opportunity to meet up with Jon Hyde, the fantastic blogger behind Public Sector PM.

The social media champion award went to green IT expert Kate Craig-Wood from Memset, a cloud computing company.

Here’s a short video of the event.



Please vote in the Computer Weekly Social Media Awards!

It’s the 4th Annual Computer Weekly Social Media Awards, and I am delighted to say that this year I have been nominated in two categories: Best Use of Social Media – Individual (under my name, Elizabeth Harrin) and IT Professional Blogger of the Year (for A Girl’s Guide to Project Management).

There isn’t a project management category this year, so project management blogs have been scattered throughout the categories, and project managers are poorly represented (women are poorly represented, too). Here are the other project management blogs up for awards:

The Not-For-Profit category has some interesting examples of social media use that have been delivered as projects.

Voting closes on 25 November, so please cast your vote soon. Of course, you don’t have to vote for me (although that would be nice!) but please do take part and let’s try to make this the best Social Media Awards yet.

Thanks very much!


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