Bare Bones Project Hacks

May 3, 2006

Bare Bones Project Hacks –

Project managers seem to come in two flavors, maybe three. The first flavor are those who follow the PMI guidelines by the book. The second are those who get thrown into project management by way of the “someone had to do it” route. Third would be a hybrid. This addresses those last two types. Let’s talk about some of the basic elements of running a project, and while we’re at it, we will discuss a few methods for running projects that might prove helpful to you.


Making a (Power)Point of Not Being Tiresome

April 21, 2006

Making a (Power)Point of Not Being Tiresome – Los Angeles Times

PowerPoint is:

* Bullet Points 
* A Mysterious Jumble of Graphs and Charts

* Utter Boredom

But Cliff Atkinson, who runs a one-man, Los Angeles-based company called Sociable Media, wants to change all that.

Why Your Employees Are Losing Motivation

April 20, 2006

Why Your Employees Are Losing Motivation : HBS Working Knowledge

Business literature is packed with advice about worker motivation—but sometimes managers are the problem, not the inspiration. Here are seven practices to fire up the troops. From Harvard Management Update.

Writing a Compelling Executive Summary

April 2, 2006

Bona tempora volvantur–by Guy Kawasaki: The Art of the Executive Summary

By now, you’ve probably already read several articles, web pages—even books—about writing the perfect executive summary. Most of them offer a wealth of well-intended suggestions about all the stuff you need to include in the executive summary. They provide a helpful list of the forty-two critical items you should cover—any entrepreneur worth his or her salt should be able to address these points in less than 100 pages—and then they tell you to be concise.

Want job security? Learn business and management skills

April 2, 2006

Study: You can lower the odds of being outsourced – Computerworld

Based on interviews with 96 SIM members, all of them IT managers at firms ranging from small companies to multinational enterprises, the study found that business skills accounted for five of the 10 attributes organizations want from their in-house staffers over the next three years. The other five most-requested skills by CIOs include a mix of project management and technical skills, though the latter are still client-facing

Is a messy office hazardous to your career?

March 29, 2006

Ask Annie: Is a messy office hazardous to your career? – Mar. 27, 2006

“People often don’t realize that piles of paper, boxes in corners, and stacks of stuff behind the office door can affect one’s upward mobility,” she says. “Appearances are important.”

Why? “Your office is a reflection of your capabilities,” Reiter says. “Even though a messy desk isn’t a sign of a character flaw, it does tend to give your managers and peers the impression that the job is too much for you to handle, you can’t make decisions, you are not doing the job, or all of the above.”

Google Finance

March 21, 2006

Google Finance

Google Finance – Google Finance is an early beta product that offers a broad range of
information about North American stocks, mutual funds and public and
private companies along with charts, news and fundamental financial