the Best of the Web for Corporate Geeks - October 2011

The month of October was dominated by the death of Steve Jobs. Everybody wrote about him, Apple and his biography. Therefore lots of other news did not make it to the spotlight so easily. Even so, we did manage to find some interesting reads for our corporate geeks. Here’s hoping you’ll enjoy our recommendations.

The Right and Wrong Uses of a Plan on a Page

There is a common tendency in business nowadays for project managers to produce a “plan on a page”. This document is often created as one PowerPoint slide. It provides, at a glance, an overview of the key activities of the project, the overall timescale, and sometimes a very high level view of the dependency between key activities. In this article I would like to share my view on how this kind of plan should be used. I hope you will all agree with me.

Stripping Project Management to Its Core: Cost Management Planning in Three Questions

When planning the cost of a project, you can use lots of tools and calculations to estimate things and take decisions. However, if you strip everything down to the basics, it is all about answering a few simple questions, in the simplest way available to you. For most projects (low to medium complexity), you won’t need anything else.

Stripping Project Management to Its Core: Time Management Planning Simplified

I want to continue our series on stripping project management to its core, with an article which tries to summarize time management planning in a series of simple questions. Answering them should give you enough information to create a good project schedule. Lets go through these questions and see if they make sense.

Predictable futures: a management myth

I would like to look at the assumption underlying many project plans, that the future is actually predictable. All management models have this assumption at their core and all organizations spend a lot of time planning all kinds of things: budgets, revenues, project outcomes, etc. This article will spend some time identifying the flaws of these models and give some tips on how to overcome them. I hope you will find them both useful and interesting.

the Best of the Web for Corporate Geeks - September 2011

This month’s episode includes a very diverse mix of topics: from productivity tools, to discussions about managing people, to studies made using a collection of 5 million books published since the invention of the printing press. If I managed to catch your attention, don’t hesitate to read more.

Stripping Project Management to Its Core: Evaluating Project Risk with a Few Questions

If you read through all the specialist literature, risk management planning is about creating lots of documentation, making plenty of complicated calculations and taking some decisions at the end. All this based on rather subjective evaluations. That’s why I prefer to transform this complicated framework into a small number of logical questions, which are easy to answer and powerful enough to help in creating a good risk management plan. Let’s go through them and see if they make sense.

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