As I remind everyone each year: if you haven’t already done so, it’s time to update your project schedules with non-working days for 2017. Below is a list of commonly observed national and religious holidays, and the dates they are commonly observed. Naturally, you’ll need to confirm
which holidays apply to your project team.
here are instructions for updating the working calendar in MS Project.
New Year’s Day
Martin Luther King’s Birthday (US)
Republic Day (India)
Chinese / Vietnamese New Year
President’s Day (US)
Beginning of Passover
Easter Monday (UK)
May Day (China: Labor Day)
Early May Bank Holiday (UK)
Victoria Day (Canada)
First day of Ramadan
Spring Bank Holiday (UK)
Memorial Day (US)
Independence Day (US)
Pioneer Day (Utah, US)
Independence Day (India)
Summer Bank Holiday (UK)
Eid al-Adha / Festival of Sacrifice
Labor Day (US and Canada)
National Day (China)
Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday (India)
Columbus Day (US)
Veteran’s Day (US) / Remembrance Day (Canada)
Thanksgiving Day (US)
Day after Thanksgiving (US)
First day of Chanukah
Boxing Day (UK, Canada)
New Year’s Eve
VIDEONew project management articles published on the web during the week of October 10 – 16. And this week’s video: TechRepublic explains DevOps in less than two minutes. Safe for work. Must read!
Nick Pisano sees a common trend in widely publicized data breaches: lack of attention to operational security. Nick includes four lessons learned for your review and action.
Sue McLean provides an attorney’s point of view in analyzing the root causes of the DAO blockchain hack that bled away $60 million.
Karen Chovan puts the three themes of the PMI Global Congress 2016 – North America into perspective: Anticipate. Influence. Elevate. Established Methods
John Goodpasture extracts key points on the unintended consequences of metrics from an article in the Journal of Defense Software Engineering.
Harry Hall recommends three books that each teach a different leg of the PMI Talent Triangle.
Elizabeth Harrin collected her experience at the Digital PM Summit 2016 in San Antonio in a series of vlog posts. Here are parts 1 and 2.
Cornelius Fichtner interviews Dr. David Hillson on applying the stakeholder analysis to reduce project risk. Just 26 minutes, safe for work.
Grace Windsor tutors us on the SWOT analysis.
Henny Portman reviews “The Good Sponsor,” by Jim Sponsor. Agile Methods
Stefan Wolpers compiles his weekly round-up of Agile-related content.
Johanna Rothman begins a new series on the roles Agile coaches and managers play in facilitating collaboration.
Mike Cohn anticipates flu season with a list of which Scrum meetings can (and cannot) be re-scheduled in the event someone cannot attend.
Dave Prior interviews Juuka Lindstrom on his efforts to transform Cargotec into a digital organization, and what he’s learned along the way. Just 32 minutes, safe for work.
Ramesh Pala examines the nature of unplanned work and explains a few approaches to planning for it.
Chris Savoie tells how Agile methods made his IT teams happier. Applied Leadership
Laura Barnard summarizes the transition to leading: stop doing!
Venkatesh Rao interviews Kim Malone Scott on radical candor, the subject of her forthcoming book. Just 38 minutes, some harsh language.
Art Petty notes that the principle barrier to our career transformation is our own inertia. Technology and Techniques
Keith Duncan explains how integrated product development roadmaps help communicate the strategic plan and how it will be executed.
Brendan Toner tells you how to pimp your pad – iPad, that is.
Ravi Shankar explains how to avoid messing up Big Data analytics. Working and the Workplace
Soma Bhattacharya reviews the consequences of work-related stress, the stages we progress through, and the proven techniques for counteracting it.
Bruce Harpham shines a light on key statistics reported in the “State of Enterprise Work Report” from Workfront.
Elise Stevens interviews Scotia Lockwood on how to do your own career planning. Just 16 minutes, safe for work.
Bertrand Duperrin examines the extended enterprise, where the freelance expert is both more common and frequently in a leadership role, and makes the case for an HR role.
My latest article for AITS was published today: Defining Status Metrics: RAG, Trends, and Transitions.
You can’t manage what you don’t measure, and you can’t effectively communicate your measurements if there are no well-understood units of measure. I explain the rationale for selecting project-relevant dimensions, in addition to the usual schedule, budget, and quality, in order to make the status report meaningful and actionable. I also include an example of a complete scope description of one dimension, and how each RAG status will be determined. I also include guidelines for transitioning from one color to another and considerations for reporting trends.
As always, thanks for taking the time to read my stuff.