Thinking about jump-starting a living knowledgebase at work (or elsewhere)? Some readers like nice, long explanations. Most like that and a quick bottom-line read. Here are seven quick sparks for “Getting Your Hands on Wisdom”:
1. Look for and value chances for cross-departmental interaction
The more relaxed, the better.
2. Get yourself […]
We learn so much from challenging projects. As thinking beings, we take those lessons and apply them to the next project, as well as (hopefully) to other areas of our lives. How do we share what we’ve learned so that the information and experience is available when and where it’s needed?
I used to go on a lot about “I manage projects because I love them.” It’s still true.
Work Breakdown Structures and Gantt Charts are valuable, powerful tools, but it all pales before the beauty of the project itself: Its potential outcome, and the possibility that it will become more than what we envisioned at […]
Check out how Adobe Illustrator is using del.icio.us to organize web-wide tips and tutorials! They’ve integrated del.icio.us directly into the CS3 knowhow palette. I haven’t upgraded yet, but I can still go to the web page and pick through the links—or go to http://knowhow.adobe.com, where the demo allows me […]
Over the next few weeks, I’ll be exploring life beyond competition. I’m not exploring life without competition (for now)… just beyond it.
Among the many reasons I am suspicious of competition is its pervasive presence in Western world view. Biologists see it among cells; astronomers see it in celestial interactions. Starts to feel a little […]
Many web features I download end up sitting somewhere in my browser, taking up space. Over time, however, del.icio.us has proven to be very, very useful!
If you haven’t used del.icio.us, it bills itself as a social bookmarking website that allows you to save favorites/bookmarks online. This way, you can access them from […]
Jeff Han is doing some great work at NYU’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. I’m thrilled and excited that people like Jeff are steadily building bridges to the day that computers spill off our desktops and more deeply into our lives (freeing our butts from those “ergonomic” chairs).
Policies foster laziness.
With polices, you don’t have to think—you don’t have to consider, dialog or listen. You don’t have to take responsibility for your choice. You can just refer to the Policy: You can say, “Sorry, that’s just our Policy”.
Having said that, we’ve been discussing just such a thing for a creative department […]
Take a slow, thoughtful look at Joseph Phillips’ down-to-earth article, “Real World Project Management: Estimating Your Project Costs”. I’m enjoying it immensely, because it spells out a few things I’ve taken for granted.
At the moment, I’m thinking about his list of three approaches to […]
There is a monster we face at key points in our lives. Sometimes it wears a set of dripping fangs, sometimes it wears a suit, sometimes it’s invisible (but you can feel it breathing down your neck—or your eyeballs).
The more projects you complete, the better you know this monster. Having completed a project, you’ve […]
Part of the value of teams is that everyone thinks differently.
That may not seem like a good thing at times, especially when a large portion of your workday has been spent completely rephrasing a proposal so the designer gets it, and then rephrasing it again so the client gets it.
Another time it’s important […]
They have meetings…
manage projects. You know?
Here’s what A Girl’s Guide to Project Management has to say about it.
And she’s included some nice links for further thought (with caveats).
Looking for a nice Gantt chart program? If you’ve got FileMaker Pro, take a look at CC Gantt, an excellent FM template.
It’s quick to learn, easy to modify, and the Gantt charts it generates not only work great, but look NICE. You can filter milestones by client, project, phase, status, person responsible, […]
How much of my projected time have I used up? and how much do I have left if I’m going to meet my budget?
Got a pen and a napkin? The following technique is good for quick estimates.
Draw a row of squares (don’t worry about making them even), one for each unit of time […]
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