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Get a free copy of the PM Flashblog ebook here today: no sign ups, no catch. What’s the PM Flashblog, I hear you ask?
Last year over 60 bloggers from around the world all published an article on their project management blogs at the same time – a flash mob for bloggers, if you like. We all wrote about the same subject: what project management means to us. The idea was conceived by Shim Marom from the QuantmLeap blog and the ebook was compiled by Allen Ruddock from ARRA PM. It was a great project to be part of (you can read my contribution online here) but trawling the internet looking at all the posts was quite timeconsuming, so it’s good to have them all as one handy ebook.
Download the PM FlashBlog ebook here.
And don’t say I never give you anything!
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.
I was interviewed recently by Pawel Brodzinski, who writes the great Software Project Management blog. The interview was around project management approaches and forms part of a series he is running. He actually asked really hard questions! Read the interview here.
Wellingtone (the people who do the salary surveys but occasionally send out pointless reports) have relaunched their newsletter.
Intellect are running their annual pay survey again – please take a moment to complete the survey and let them have your views on equal pay, which is a hot topic at the moment what with the Equality Bill on its way. You can see the results from the last two years on their website (choose the .pdf files from the right hand menu).
If you are in the US, Mexico or Canada and looking for PRINCE2 or ITIL manuals and other products from the OGC, then they shouldn’t take so long to reach you as they have in the past. IT Governance have signed a deal with TSO to stock their products out of a US-based warehouse. No more excuses not to do PRINCE2!
There’s a great event coming up (invite-only, I think, so you’ll have to read about it here if you’re not on the guest list). Sponsored by Morgan Stanley and Bank of New York Mellon, over 200 senior Men and Women will get together at Cass Business School the day after I get back from my holiday to hear from Avivah Wittenberg-Cox and Alison Maitland, authors of the award winning book, Why Women Mean Business: Understanding the Emergence of our Next Economic Revolution. Read my review of their book here. Julie Gilbert, founder of Wolf, will also be speaking.
And finally, congratulations to Jesper from Copenhagen, Denmark, who wins a copy of Phil Simon’s Why New Systems Fail. Jesper, your book is in the post! Hope you enjoy it.
I’m pleased to say that I’ve begun a collaboration with Think Like a Project Manager, the blog from La Salle University in Barcelona.
I’d like to take the credit for doing the translations myself, but sadly my Spanish only extends to ordering churros and chocolate caliente.
The first piece that La Salle have chosen to translate is Gadget Etiquette, which is going to appear in two halves. Read the first bit – in Spanish – here and keep an eye on the Think Like a Project Manager blog for other pieces by me!
I don’t care who you had lunch with, or what their golf handicap is: I want to be able to plan my project with the help of my team and then tell you when we can deliver. This cartoon explains the frustrations of fixed date projects.
Every project manager has resources and tools that they use to simplify their projects. Here are 20 resources that I use to make it easier to manage my projects.
The winner of this month's giveaway is Catherine from London. Catherine wins a copy of Anthony Mersino's fantastic book, Emotional Intelligence for Project Managers. If you missed out this time, look out for April's giveaway and remember you can always get a copy of Anthony's book on Amazon.
Read about the 6 archetypes of project manager that Charles Smith covers in his book, Playing the Project Manager, and find out why I didn't like the book.
Find out what made it on to my personal reading list this month. It's my round up of the best project management books for March 2015.
There continues to be debate around how best to implement social media and collaboration tools on projects. Learn about the common mistakes made when implementing collaboration and social media tools on projects. Set your tools up to help you manage projects.