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Monday, September 14th, 2009

Subject:Project Management Survey
Posted by:margo_qu.
Time:6:25 pm.
Dear Colleague,

Would you be willing to participate in the survey about the role of personality in a project team? I am conducting the survey as a part of the research thesis “Discovering Intertype Relations in a Project Team” for New York University. The study is interested to find out the correlation between personality type and how different personality types influence each other while working together in a project team. Participants must be willing to answer an online questionnaire which consists of two parts: the first part of the questionnaire measures your personality type, and the second part reveals your communication choices. It will take approximately 20 minutes to complete the survey.

If you are interested in participating in the survey, upon completion of the research you will receive a summary report and a brief profile of your personality type.

If you are interested and willing to volunteer, but have questions please contact me by email address listed below, otherwise you can access the survey at

Thank you for your consideration of this request.

email: nvk214@nyu.edu
Link to the survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=OWlLnklfDAoWRwu0L2XHkQ_3d_3d
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Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

Subject:recommended books
Posted by:austingoddess.
Time:5:12 pm.
Now that I've got my PMP, what are some good PM books to read? I have a lot of software project background, so IT-oriented books would be more useful than, say, construction books.
If it makes a difference, I'm more apt to grok HeadStart than Rita. :)
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Friday, May 1st, 2009

Subject:Theatre Experience?
Posted by:angels_ember.
Time:4:11 pm.
Mood: busy.
I'm working on documenting my hours in preparation of (eventually) taking the CAPM exam, and realized that I might be able to actually make use of my college degree! I majored in Theatre and spent a fair amount of time doing shows. So since a theatre production is, essentially a project, do you think I'd be able to count these hours? It abides by the triple constraint rule (set time period, scope, and budget), and I've come to the conclusion that a Stage Manager is essentially a project manager...so I want to say yes; but before I go forward with it and count these 300+ hours in, I'd like to hear from people who've actually been in Project Management for a while.

Oh, and on a side note - yay PMI for offering student memberships! I'm a returning student right now, so I was thrilled to discover this option. I think that it'll be $40 well spent.

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Thursday, January 8th, 2009

Subject:New PM Wannabe
Posted by:angels_ember.
Time:4:23 pm.
Mood: hopeful.

I'm in the process of a career change from I-just-do-what-they-tell-me to Project Management. I recently learned about the CAPM exam and am hoping to take it within the next year. My biggest concern with this, however, is about tracking hours. I need 1500 project hours in order to qualify for the exam.

So what I'm wondering is:
*Does anybody track their hours?
*How do you do it?
*What counts as a "project hour"? (Is it only team projects, or can you count personal projects that you do on your own?)

Any and all advice on getting started on a career in project management would be more than appreciated right now.

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Friday, July 18th, 2008

Subject:getting into project management
Posted by:austingoddess.
Time:10:25 pm.
Hello. :) I've been a project coordinator/analyst/planner for 6 years out of my last 13 in high tech, mostly on software development projects. I'm trying to find the best way to break into project management itself. Most jobs I see want a PMP, but as I'm sure you all know, you have to have been a PM for 3 years (with a degree) before you can go for that cert. I could get the CAPM, but I don't know how helpful that would be.

What skills/certs/keywords would be useful? I don't have any formal programming experience, but I could certainly get started on that. Some s/w projects I've seen want a manager with a coding background, while some specifically *don't* want a coder so they won't get sucked into coding. I could get an MBA, but that's a fair amount of money and time, and again I'm not sure if it's really needed or not. There's always moving up in a company, but many of the PM positions in Austin are contract rather than full-time.

How did you break into project management? Is knowing the PMBOK enough with my background to start applying?

Thanks for your time!
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Saturday, June 21st, 2008

Subject:Help Wanted
Posted by:docwoodstock.
Time:9:42 pm.
Mood: melancholy.
Sorry if I am out of line....

Anyone have any contacts or good leads for a PM or IT Manager in the Atlanta GA area?

I can provide my CV upon request.
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Monday, September 10th, 2007

Subject:PM@CH 2nd Edition
Posted by:gsx1400.
Time:8:09 am.

The PMI Switzerland Chapter is proud to announce the publication of the second edition of PM@CH - The Swiss Project Management Review!

Contents of the second edition include:
* PM@CH Interview: Markus Körner

* Integratives Management von Veränderungsprojekten (in German)
    - by Markus Körner, Rüdiger Geist, Gennaro Quagliarelli

* Generic Process Improvement Approach applied to IT Projects in the Healthcare Sector (in English)
    - By Christian Conrad, Nicolas Rosat


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Sunday, June 3rd, 2007

Posted by:stephenbooth_uk.
Time:7:23 pm.
If anyone is a FaceBook user and uses PRINCE2: I've created a PRINCE2 group on FaceBook as there wasn't one. There were a couple of ITIL groups and just over 20 PMI/PMBOK related groups aready there.
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Sunday, March 25th, 2007

Posted by:ipsos_custodes.
Time:12:22 pm.
Hi all,
I am new to this community and I thought I would introduce myself. I'm living in Germany, struggeling along as the "Head of PM" in a small company with virtually no other PM than myself. I'd be interested if anyone else here ever tried to set up a project maangement office or is working in one.
I hope this can be a place for discussion and knowledge exchange. :-)
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Monday, December 18th, 2006

Subject:PM@CH - Published!
Posted by:gsx1400.
Time:10:34 am.
Mood: content.
The Project Management Institute, Switzerland Chapter, is proud to announce the publication of the first edition of PM@CH - The Swiss Project Management Journal. The Journal was distributed this morning, with almost 800 copies going to chapter members, chapter sponsors and other PMI chapters bordering Switzerland.

Contents of the first edition include:

"The Beneficial Influence of this on my Personal and Professional Life was like a Volcanic Eruption"
- PM@CH talks to Alexander Matthey, PMP

Risk Management Best Practices in the IT Industry
- by Lucia Italiano, PMP

The Appication of Six Sigma Techniques to Boost the Initiation Process of a Project
- By Dr. Claudia Casciaro, PMP and Dr. Domenico Bongini

Des difficultés à gérer la connaissance à l'échelle d'une multinationale. Leçons apprises d'un projet global de «Knowledge Management»
- par Yannick Jolliet, PMP

PM@CH - The Swiss Project Management Journal is available on-line (low-resolution PDF) on the PMI Switzerland Chapter website. If you would like a paper copy, please send your mailing address to James Greene.
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Friday, November 10th, 2006

Subject:PM@CH - The Swiss Project Management Journal
Posted by:gsx1400.
Time:4:48 pm.
Mood: excited.
(x-posted from gsx1400)

About a year ago, I started to develop an idea to publish a journal. Not a blog, but really publish a high-quality paper publication about project management in Switzerland.

I published a call for volunteers to help me, and found 3 other people who were willing to donate their time to this idea. We put out a call for submissions, and had several project managers reply with interesting articles, and several more people who volunteered to review the articles.

Well, the progress has been slow, but interesting. The call for submissions went out in March, the articles were drafted in July, and the review process went on until September.

We found a publishing house who took care of contacting the advertisers, doing the graphics and layout, and will take care of the printing and production of the journal.

Last week, I receive the first proof version - the text has been laid out, the overall graphical look-and-feel have been defined, and our feedback has been given. Next week I'll receive the second draft.

It's kind of strange to see how my idea is quickly becoming a reality. By mid-December, I'll be holding the first edition of a new magazine in my hand: PM@CH The Swiss Project Management Journal. I sort of feel like a father who knows that his child is going to be born soon ... it is exciting yet at the same time somehow frightening.
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Sunday, September 24th, 2006

Subject:Prince2 certification!
Posted by:shortdrink.
Time:10:07 pm.
Hi guys,
I found that the only places in the world where I can sit for my PRINCE2 examination are offices of "Open Centre" in 3 towns of UK. But I live in Russia; I can hardly believe that so significant Project Management methodology is available for certification only in UK small towns (and not in London BTW!)
Do you know smth abt it?
Thanks a lot!
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Sunday, June 25th, 2006

Subject:Graduation Day
Posted by:docwoodstock.
Time:11:31 am.
Today I graduate from Keller Graduate School of Management with a Masters Degree in Project Management.

Keller was way to easy (or is it I had too much practical experience, or it was mainly common sense). I therefore don't recommend Keller.

This fall I'm headed to Kennesaw State University for a Masters of Science in Applied Computer Science. (Mainly bevause I have 20+ years in IT and I want to continue to build my skills).

The PM classes were to help with advancement in the Management track.
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Friday, March 24th, 2006

Posted by:henman.
Time:10:01 am.
Does anyone have any experience, good or bad, with Scrum, "an agile method for project management"?
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Monday, March 20th, 2006

Subject:A community, dedicated to PMBOK
Posted by:hobbitenok.
Time:10:08 am.
The goal of this community is discussing questions on PMBOK for those, who studies or uses this stanadard and is willing to exchange knowledge/oponions/experience or simply ask for advise from more experienced colleagues.
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Wednesday, February 1st, 2006

Subject:Fellow Project Manager Here...
Posted by:titania82.
Time:11:53 am.
Mood: curious.
...with a few market related questions.

I now have 3 years project management experience, 1 of which is related to an ERP implementation. As I'm employeed by the bastion of six sigma, all of my pm experience has been utilizing DMAIC, DMADV, and DFSS. You might add a pinch of TtM in there as well as we are partnered with Xerox. These methods are different from the PMI proscribed. If I were to ever look for an outside job, which would be more marketable from a project management perspective, a greenbelt/blackbelt six sigma certification, or a PMI certification?

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Saturday, November 5th, 2005

Posted by:docwoodstock.
Time:9:25 pm.
stolen from drmellow who got it from a coworker

Yearly Reviews

It's getting to be about that time of year for yearly reviews. With that in mind, it's worth asking ourselves a few important questions about how much we contribute.

What makes 100%? What does it mean to give MORE than 100%?

Ever wonder about those people who say they are giving more than 100%? We have all been to those meetings where someone wants you to give over 100%. How about achieving 103%? What makes up 100% in life?

Here's a little mathematical procedure that helps you answer these questions.

First represent the alphabet numerically:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26

Now see how these work strategies add up:

8+1+18+4+23+15+18+11 = 98%


11+14+15+23+12+5+4+7+5 = 96%


1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5 = 100%

Even better:

2+21+12+12+19+8+9+20 = 103%

And, look how far ass kissing will take you:

1+19+19+11+9+19+19+9+14+7 = 118%

So, one can conclude with mathematical certainty that while hard work and knowledge will get you close, and attitude will get you there, it's the bullshit and ass kissing that will put you over the top.
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Monday, September 19th, 2005

Subject:a great tool for PMs --- for disaster planning
Posted by:docwoodstock.
Time:11:05 pm.
Everything That Can Go Wrong ListedCollapse )
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Subject:Will I learn this in my PM classes?
Posted by:docwoodstock.
Time:10:57 pm.
Project Manager Leaves Suicide PowerPoint Presentation
February 9, 2005 | Issue 41•06

PORTLAND, OR—Project manager Ron Butler left behind a 48-slide PowerPoint presentation explaining his tragic decision to commit suicide, coworkers reported Tuesday.

"When I first heard that Ron had swallowed an entire bottle of sleeping pills, I was shocked," said Hector Benitez, Butler's friend and coworker at Williams+Kennedy Marketing Consultants. "But after the team went through Ron's final PowerPoint presentation, I had a solid working knowledge of the pain he was feeling, his attempts to cope, and the reasons for his ultimate decision."

"I just wish he would've shot me an e-mail asking for help," Benitez added.

Butler broke his presentation into four categories: Assessment Of Current Situation, Apologies & Farewells, Will & Funeral Arrangements, and Final Thoughts.

According to Williams+Kennedy president Bradford Williams, finalgoodbye.ppt was "clear, concise, and persuasive."

"After everyone left the room, I sat down and went through Ron's final presentation in slide-sorter view," Williams said. "Man, I gotta tell you, it blew me away. That presentation really utilized the full multimedia capabilities of Microsoft's PowerPoint application."

"We're really gonna miss Ron around here," Williams added.

In the presentation's first section, a three-dimensional bar graph illustrated the growth of Butler's sorrow during the two years since his wife and only child died in a car accident.

"We all got Ron's message loud and clear when that JPEG of his wife wipe-transitioned to a photo of her tombstone," coworker Anne Thibideux said.

The first section closed with a review of key objectives and critical success factors. The two-column text display was enlivened by colorful background wallpaper and clip-art question marks depicting Ron's confusion over his choice.

A slide from the PowerPoint presentation left by Butler (above) before his death.
The second portion of the presentation comprised an ordered list of goodbyes to colleagues and apologies to friends.

"The colors in Apologies & Farewells were perfectly calibrated for digital-projector display," I.T. director Bill Schapp said. "I think Ron was the only guy at W+K who understood the importance of running the Gretag-Macbeth Eye-One Beamer on presentations."

The third segment, Will & Funeral Arrangements, included a list of Butler's friends and family indexed with phone numbers, a last will and testament, and scrolling-text instructions for the dissemination of his ashes.

"To Ron's credit, it was one helluva way to go out," human resources manager Gail Everts said. "Ron clearly spent a lot of time on that presentation. If the subject matter weren't so heavy, we'd probably use it to train his replacement."

Copywriter Gita Pruriyaran said the presentation "had room for improvement."

"I felt some of the later transitions were weak," Pruriyaran said. "The point of a transition is to maintain audience interest and lighten the mood. To me, the door-closing sound effects in Will & Funeral were repetitive and heavy-handed. But Ron's choice to end with that Hamlet quote and then fade to black was really powerful. There wasn't a dry eye in the room when Hector flipped off the projector and brought up the lights."

Coworkers were shocked to learn that Butler's document was initially created on Aug. 8, 2004.

"I should have seen this coming, but I didn't," Benitez said. "When Ron started deleting all of his old files last week, I thought he was worried about another hard-drive crash. I never imagined he was, you know, preparing."

"If only we'd all paid more attention to Ron during the Microsoft Project workshop he held last month," Benitez added.

Butler is survived by his parents Gerald and Martha Butler, who described their relationship with their son as "distant."

"Ron would e-mail us photos and home movies, but we're not very good with computers," said Gerald, 71, a retired postal worker. "We tried to stay close, but we just never learned how to open up those files. At the very end, Ron was sending us his suicidal thoughts, but we didn't get the instant message—until it was too late."

Williams+Kennedy vice president Vivien Esterhaus said Butler "will not be forgotten."

"We have made arrangements for his PowerPoint presentation to be stored in the W+K off-site secure file-storage archive," Esterhaus said. "Barring a virus or major computer malfunction, his final words will always be accessible. If only Ron could've been saved, too."
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