≡ Menu

Day of Gratitude 2013

Thank you

Image credit: MuffinTinMom (http://www.flickr.com/photos/27282406@N03/4134166721/)

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
Risks.io
Citrix Systems, Podio
ProjectManager.com
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
2 comments

Carnival of Project Management #45

Carnival wheelWelcome to the March/April 2013 edition of the Carnival of Project Management. It’s our 45th edition!

Ben Aston presents How to run a great project kick-off meeting posted at The Digital Project Manager, saying, “All projects start somewhere. But how you start them can often dictate how the rest of the project or client relationship will run. Run a kick-off meeting well and the rest is much more likely to succeed; run it badly, and you can find a project or relationship going backwards before you’ve even started. So here are a few pointers to remember along the way.”

Pmpad presents Project Manager: leader or manager? posted at The Project Manager Pad, saying, “While the manager’s vocabulary usually includes words such as administering, authority, duties or objectives, the leader talks to people’s minds and leverage on their aspirations, needs and abilities more than on company’s procedures. The leader acts as an authoritative person, combining conceptual skills like vision and innovation with human skills like influencing and trust.” You can read my take on project leadership here.

Smartsheet presents an article by Lindsay Scott called Project Manage Your Job Search. She writes: “Planning and scheduling, leading teams, pre-empting risks, managing stakeholders, controlling resources, monitoring progress – these are some of the skills project management professionals must possess. The ability to blend techniques, processes, tools and managerial skills lead some to stand out among their peers. So, when you find yourself seeking a new job, it makes perfect sense to approach it like a project.”

The Project Management Hut presents WBS: What Are the Project Management Benefits? which focuses on the benefits of preparing a solid work breakdown structure.

Finally, Rich Maltzman, PMP has an article called Your PM Career – Inside Out available at Earth PM. It’s about how sustainability can strengthen your PM career from the inside-out and from the outside-in.

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of carnival of project management using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

0 comments

Carnival of Project Management #44

Carnival wheelWelcome to the January/February 2013 edition of the Carnival of Project Management. Here’s the round up of the best articles submitted this time.

Pmpad presents Project Manager: leader or manager? posted at The Project Manager Pad, saying, “While the manager’s vocabulary usually includes words such as administering, authority, duties or objectives, the leader talks to people’s minds and leverage on their aspirations, needs and abilities more than on company’s procedures. The leader acts as an authoritative person, combining conceptual skills like vision and innovation with human skills like influencing and trust.”

Astrid van Dorst presents Further your Social Media Plan posted at Cloud Analysts.com, saying, “Your social media plan should take advantage of the slightly different benefits of the range of social media out there and pick those social media channels that best suits your type of business.” Some ideas to consider for your project communications?

Anita Valentinova presents Learning about Teams from the Marshmallow Challenge posted at telerik.com, saying, “So, what is the recipe of a great team?” You could use this marshmallow challenge idea as an ice breaker for a new team coming together.

Best Management Practice presents Best Management Practice new Common Glossary available now! (pdf) posted at best-management-practice.com, saying, “Common Glossary aligns ITIL and PPM Terms and Definitions – Single Reference for Best Management Practice Portfolio”. You can download the Common Glossary for free.

Steve Ressler has an article of particular interest to me at the moment: 4 Things Project Managers Can Learn From Having a Baby posted at govtech.com. He writes about how you can use your project management skills to prepare for a baby. As if you could really prepare!

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of carnival of project management using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

4 comments

Carnival of Project Management #43

Carnival wheelWelcome to the November/December 2012 edition of carnival of project management.

John Gough presents We Should All Remember Tommy Flowers in 2013 posted at Project Management at iJourneys, saying, “In 1943 Tommy Flowers built the first electronic digital computer to help Bletchley Park break the Lorenz code. After he had built the first machine he quickly had to invent IT Project Management to deliver a further 10 before D Day. In 2013 we should remember him.” I wrote about the secret projects and wonderful women of Bletchley Park last year – that article also includes a video interview with Dr Sue Black talking about Alan Turing and what the RAF pilots did when they found out the female codebreakers sunbathed naked on top of the building.

Rania Al-Maghraby, PMP, OPM3 presents Mega Projects on Egypt’s Horizon posted at PM World Journal, saying, “How can Egypt, a country rich in resources, still be poor and undeveloped in the modern age? Hopefully these mega-projects will take the country to a new level.”

Serdar Yegulalp presents Managing IT contractors presents unique challenges posted at Computerworld. “Hiring contract tech workers is a quick, easy way to staff up a project or offload mundane tasks – but managing them can be ticklish,” he says.

Robert McIlree presents Sins of the Project Manager posted at The PM Hut, saying, “Signals that the project manager involved was not skilled, have completely unrealistic expectations that medodology will always save the day, or had personal/character issues that precluded good-to-excellent performance on the job.”

Patrick presents Explaining Project Management posted at Easy Projects, saying, “Signals that the project manager involved was not skilled, have completely unrealistic expectations that medodology will always save the day, or had personal/character issues that precluded good-to-excellent performance on the job.”

Don Kim presents Are corporate Project Managers a commodity? posted at Project@tion. Do you agree?

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of carnival of project management using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page. The next Carnival will be in February.

3 comments

From the archives

It’s almost the end of my sixth year blogging about project management. I thought it was time to look back through the archives and see what were the hot topics and popular articles from the time.

This is what we were talking about back then:

This time last year: There’s no such thing as a bad decision. Is there? You tell me!

This time in 2010: I wrote about why I wouldn’t do a weekend course again. I had just sat my MSP exams and while the course was fine, studying at the weekend really wasn’t for me.

This time in 2009: Managing complexity in mega IT projects. I attended the PMI Global Congress and heard Laura Aziz talk about managing the set up of a new hospital and the difficulties she was facing keeping the IT up-to-date given that healthcare tech changes so quickly.

This time in 2008: I wrote about aligning project management to real business challenges. Unfortunately those three challenges are still with us today and I still don’t think that project managers have really grasped how we can make a difference in business working with these.

This time in 2007:  I’ve moved back to the UK and am working in London. I wrote a two-part article based on events I attended and the tips on networking I learned from them (one was a success, the other was not).

This time in 2006:  The Parisian Project Manager’s Breakfast. A summary of eating on the go from when I worked in France. There are a lot more takeaway options for coffee now!

 

0 comments

Carnival of Project Management #39

Carnival wheelWelcome to the March/April 2012 edition of the Carnival of Project Management. The Carnival is a round up of the best project management articles that I have found over the last two months.

Michelle Symonds presents Why Throwing Resources at a Project Won’t Save it posted at ProjectSmart, saying, “Can extra resources genuinely rescue a poorly managed project?” Can you guess the answer?

Beth Stackpole presents Prioritizing tech projects: How managers make a short list of long demands on ComputerWorld.com.

Roger Kastner has a good article about risk management on PMHut: Why Projects Succeed: Proactive Risk Management. Kastner believes the old adage that all projects go wrong is because the better the project manager, the more likely they are to be assigned to complex and risky projects.

Brad Egeland presents Maintaining Project Management Professionalism posted at Project Management Tips. Egeland offers a code of ethics for professionalism in project management.

Ron Rosenhead alerted me to an interesting article on the BBC website through his post, Are your cost saving projects saving money? The BBC article about how that isn’t happening for government projects is here: Whitehall department savings scheme overspent by £500m, says report.

Josh Nankivel offers three barriers to innovation in his article, Barriers to innovation in Project Management, which includes a video.

John Chappelear presents a real life story of when planning in advance pays off. Spend time planning now and eliminate “quick fixes” later, is an old article, but I thought it was worth including.

Finally, I’ve come across a new website called Future of Project Management. Run by Samir Penkar, it is largely interview-based, and could blossom over time into a valuable addition to the project management blogs already out there.

That concludes this edition. The Blog Carnival website seems to be down at the moment, so if you want to submit your article for inclusion in the next edition of the Carnival, and you can’t use the Blog Carnival website, use the contact form instead.

1 comment

How to communicate in virtual teams: Hungarian PMs speak

I was in Budapest last Thursday for a fleeting visit – I spoke at the PMI Hungary Chapter’s Art of Projects conference for International Project Management Day (see some photos from the event here). I gave a presentation on social media use in virtual teams and also ran a workshop on virtual meetings. My fellow… Continue Reading->

PMI Hungary’s Art of Projects Conference: the view from Budapest

Starting with the big image and going clockwise: The MOM Cultural Centre which hosted the conference Chapter Chair introducing the day The amazing round room View from the balcony over Budapest Traditional Hungarian snacks: apple and cherry strudels Endre, Project Manager of the Year, receiving his prize One of the tomobola winners collecting a copy… Continue Reading->

Giveaway: Supercommunicator

Earlier this year I reviewed Supercommunicator: Explaining The Complicated So Anyone Can Understand by Frank J. Pietrucha. Now I have a copy to give away. Use the contact form to get in touch with the phrase "I'm a supercommunicator" by Wednesday 12 November 2014 and I will enter you into the draw. Normal giveaway rules… Continue Reading->

Book review: Trust in Virtual Teams

Trust matters because it helps build a resilient project team. It helps get things done. Trusted team members not only do only what is asked, but what the project needs them to do, because they know that the project manager will trust their decisions and actions.  Trust is a shortcut to better working relationships and… Continue Reading->

The Mr Tumble Approach to Project Management (The Parent Project Month 20)

I said we’d never resort to television while Jack is still under 2, it’s not good for his development, language learning, he’s too young, blah blah blah. But we’ve soon found out that the gap between the end of his nap around 4pm and tea at 5.30pm is awful. So hello, Mr Tumble. You are… Continue Reading->

Better stakeholder engagement: Interview with Oana Krogh-Nielsen

Oana Krogh-Nielsen, Head of PMO for the National Electrification Program at Banedanmark, is speaking at Nordic Project Zone next week and I was lucky enough to catch up with her to ask about the amazing projects she is working on. Here’s what she had to say. Hello Oana! Let’s get started: can you explain your… Continue Reading->