Seriously. These guys (and girls) are costing you a lot of money. The prince2 fundamentalist will:
- agonise over superfluous documents such as: quality logs; configuration management plans; configuration item records.
- insist you employ a configuration librarian
- generally fiddle around with doomsday-book-esque wads of documentation rather than do some management. The only thing they are managing is the destruction of the rain-forest.
August was the fourth busiest month in publicsectorpm’s short but beautiful history. I’d like to thank all those who have read, commented and laughed with me so far on this epic journey that’s only just begun… Onward fellow warriors…. to the mountains of Mordor.
Dr David in the Skype Hotseat
The point is to share ideas, solve problems, learn something new
#pmteacamp is an informal gathering of business change professionals, digital communicators, web developers / designers, and social media specialists who are passionate about improving the way that organisations work.
Fabulous regular attendees include Sue Pritchard, Paul Naybour, Helen Reynolds, Tom Howlett, Chris Cox, Jane Stone, Emily Davis, Jonathan Pollinger and me
Check out the write up from the September 2011 gathering.
We usually meet every two months in Monty’s cocktail bar. Event tweets are on the #pmteacamp hash tag. Keep an eye out for future event dates which will be published on www.publicsectorpm.com
We’re always on the lookout for new Experts for The Skype Hotseat. If you’re up for it, please let me know.
The Lord works in mysterious ways. Imagine my face as it became apparent that I needed to produce a Gantt chart just after I’d totally kicked off against them.
Some time ago, a nice man called Tom gave me free access to Tom’s planner which claims to be ‘Project Planning Software with drag and drop simplicity‘. It was time to give it a bash.
OH MY GOD it’s gooooood.
I knocked out this little beauty in 10 minutes.
- is light weight
- has nailed the pareto principle - 80% of the benefits of Gantt charts are acheived with 20% of the effort (when compared to the king of bloatware – MS project)
- is web based – yes you can even knock out your charts while sunning yourself in the med
- lets you share your Gantt charts online (rapid communication with your global team!), and has lovely print and export features
Most importantly it’s a zero training tool. You just open it up and get on with it. There’s no need for an instruction manual.
I’m totally smitten with this little package and I’m starting to feel the love again for Mr Gantt. With this tool I can stick to my golden rule of spending no more than 1% of my time on Gantt charts. Thank you Tom, you ROCK.
File your gantt charts
If you spend more than 1% of your time on Gantt charts, you’re not a project manager.
Time spent fiddling with these pesky diagrams is time not spent communicating with your stakeholders, and time not spent identifying and killing the problems that are about to wipe out your project.
If you’re intimate with your project, you and your team mates just know the key deadlines and dependencies. The critical path is etched onto your collective DNA. You don’t need a bunch of boxes on a page.
Synergy 2011 (being organised by the UK chapter of the PMI) is a major event being held to recognise and celebrate the Project Management profession. Taking their annual International Project Management Day event to a whole new level, their idea is to do something a little bit bigger, a little bit bolder, and on a grander scale to raise the profile of Project Management within the UK.
The high profile Speakers will both inform and entertain, having been involved directly or indirectly with Project Management.
There is currently an early bird sign up fee of just £60. You can buy your tickets here. If do you sign up, please mention publicsectorpm.com in the comments box. I look forward to meeting you there