One of my most common warnings to project teams is, “The most expensive part of any project is indecision.” I watched this TED talk by Ruth Chang yesterday, and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. Her point of view: Hard choices are those where neither alternative is plainly better than the other. It seems simple enough, but for a project team facing a number of choices in a short period of time, it can be a critical insight. Highly recommended.
Mark Phillipy and his Thumb
Mark Phillipy, the man behind the giant thumb, is helping one of his colleagues prepare for the CAPM exam, and they been kind enough to record and share the experience. If you know a new project manager, or someone trying to move from project contributor to a more senior role, this series might be worth a look.
A few weeks ago, I was approached by fellow project management blogger Geoff Crane. Long-time readers of my weekly round-ups will recognize the name immediately – Geoff is the man behind PaperCut PM, and one of the funniest guys in our business. He’s also a new college professor, and his first project management class just graduated. To commemorate their milestone (and his), Geoff wanted to give them a going-away present – good advice from practicing project managers on how to get into the field, and how to manage your career once you get in. He’d compile the advice into an e-book, give it to them, and share it with the world. Would I contribute? Of course – I sent him my 300 words the same day!
The class has now graduated, and Geoff has published the e-book. As a testament to his influence in the industry, fifty-two of us stepped up to provide content. Looking at the list, I see a lot of very accomplished, well-known names, as well as a few I haven’t heard from before. Never mind; I’ll be following them from now on. Reading their contributions makes me proud to be part of this project management community. I’m honored to be in their company, and grateful to Geoff for including me in this monumental, quick-turnaround effort.
I urge you to take a few minutes to read some of these short notes, and pass along the advice in them to project management students, practitioners, and managers – it’s that widely applicable. You might even find a few things for yourself in this treasure chest.
Once again: thanks, Professor Crane. You’re all right, in my book.