February 6, 2014, Sponsored by RMC Project Management, Inc.
Cinda's Musings on Things that Matter
Slow down to speed up! Thinking IS "real work" — What's nagging at you? Or what issue/plan/uncertainty just flat needs more than 15 minutes without interruption, so that you know you're on the right track? My thoughts on the reasons for making protected time happen vs. going ninja on the to-do list every day, and ideas for making it happen.
UPDATED! Personal Time Management Assessment Log – MEMBER — A new version of one of our most popular personal worksheets. We've added in room for you to explicitly identify items during your day where you needed more thinking time but got cut short, and questions to help you identify what you should do about it to plan for and protect more thinking time in the future.
NEW! Project Influence Fast Ramp
Have you ever wished you had more formal authority? You want your organization to be successful, and if you had just a bit more power, you could really make things happen, right? Well, Cinda Voegtli has a message for you: You can deliver those results, even without an important title or an executive desk. It's so NOT about authority! It's about influence!
Our newest Fast Ramp is a four-week program focused on concrete, systematic tactics you can use to grow your influence with specific people as you take on specific issues, and practical strategies you can use to build influence across your organization. Not just another "soft skills" course, this is a practical, results-oriented take on being an influential project leader in the real world. And if you register during February, you can save 33%!
Project Influence Fast Ramp
April 4-25, 10am-noon Pacific
4 virtual sessions, 8 Category A PDUs
Early Bird (during February): $199 – Save 33%!
It's Winter. It Snows. They're Clients. They Make Changes.
I marvel at the notion that we challenge reality. We do it in the day-to-day. We do it in our project work. Reality is with us, and yet many of us make a major investment in arguing with what "is." I suggest that it may be time to become the realists in our organizations.
By Carl Pritchard
Do you know how to spot the smartest person in a meeting? Carl outlines the telltale clues »
From the Blogs
More angles on time and productivity and effectiveness – individual, team, organizational!
When the interruption is a CRISIS – A classic article from Carl Pritchard on prioritizing when something bad happens.
Are you sure you know, and are working on, what matters? Alfonso Bucero on using simple project selection and portfolio management mechanisms to make sure you're getting the best ideas from everyone in the organization, and picking the right mix of innovations and incremental improvement projects to work on.
Close that Disruptive Complaint Department (the one within your team!) – Mike Aucoin with a strong admonition and explicit pointers on how to take fast action to stop morale and team-killing Òthird party complainingÓ that solves nothing and just further clogs things up.
The humongous costs of cutting the wrong corners -- Morley Selver with stark figures on the true direct and indirect costs, in money and productivity, of illness, accidents, and injury on projects. Great, hard-hitting quantitative risk impacts you can use justify the safety priorities and push back on stupid corner-cutting.
From personal uncertainty to broad-based confidence and effectiveness -- Ann Drinkwater on ways we can and should take the initiative to continually develop ourselves -- to be able to strongly and productively handle whatever comes our way.
Last Chance! PM LightTM Fast Ramp
PM LightTM Fast Ramp starts Friday but you can still join in if you register today! Here's what some of our November attendees had to say:
PM LightTM Fast Ramp focuses on "lightweight, just-enough" PM practices for project success. We stress fast fundamentals, practical tools, and situational application, using examples from real projects, and we bring out the business-focused leadership aspects of managing a project. You'll leave each virtual session with new tools and techniques you can use immediately, and you'll leave the series with a better understanding of your critical management and leadership role. Plus, 12 Category A PDUs, and all without a single day out of the office.
Reserve your space today! »
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"This course has Far Exceeded my expectations." – Darryl Hensley, PMP
"This is absolutely, beyond doubt one of the most impactful, personally influential courses I have ever taken. You all are phenomenal." – David Thompson, PMP
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Ten Agile Myths Debunked
Presented by Kent McDonald
This course addresses several popular beliefs about the advantages of moving to agile -- some of which aren't necessarily accurate! Understand what you will and won't get from using agile methodologies, so that everyone will have the proper expectations for whatever you decide to try. 1 PDU
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Carl Pritchard is running a public Risk Workshop in Baltimore on February 6, and teaching a PMP Prep course in Maryland on March 24-25. For more details and to catch up with Carl, see his website at carlpritchard.com.
Kimberly Wiefling is at Tokyo Medical and Dental University in February and March. When she returns to the States, she will be teaching a two-day workshop March 25-26 on Discovering Your Organization's DNA in exotic Omaha, Nebraska. For more information or to register, visit Kimberly's online schedule.
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