About the Weekly Round-up

Aside

I’ve been curating a weekly round-up of new content of interest to project managers since July 2010. With a couple of exceptions, I’ve managed to maintain that weekly schedule since I started. For all of you who read these lists and the linked content, and especially those who leave comments to the authors (we treasure the dialog), thanks.

I get inquiries from time to time from people who would like to add a post on their blog or LinkedIn or a corporate website to my weekly roundup. Naturally, I want to encourage new bloggers and give greater visibility to good content. To that end, let me explain how I curate the weekly list:

  • My publishing cycle is to post at 21:00 Sunday evening US Pacific Time (GMT-8), based on whatever appeared during the preceding seven days. We observe Daylight Savings Time on the same schedule as the rest of the US
  • It is difficult for me to stay current with the 200 or so sites I follow, so I use Feedly as my RSS reader. If your site doesn’t offer RSS, I probably won’t notice your latest post
  • If something is dated a day or two before the start of the week, but I believe it should be seen by my readers, I’ll link to it. Anything older than that is sand through the hourglass
  • I typically review 200 – 250 articles, podcasts, videos, and blog posts each week and link to the best of them, in my admittedly subjective opinion. YMMV
  • No one gets two links in the same week. Even if you wrote the two best articles of the week, I’m only going to send the audience toward one of them
  • I limit the list to 25 lines each week and group them by broad topic areas, to facilitate cherry-picking by the readers. Estimated reading time is based on roughly 250 words per minute
  • I include a link to a video or audio recording each week. Usually, it’s related to project management in some way, but I sometimes link to stuff that appeals to my off-beat sense of humor and musical tastes. Mea culpa

Note that some links may take you to a site that limits the number of page views if you aren’t a subscriber. If you’ve hit the limit but still want to read the article, it may be possible to access the URL by opening an incognito window. That said, if you are getting good information from a site, consider subscribing. And while you’re at it, support public broadcasting in your area.

I maintain a Blogroll on the main page of this site, listing links to sites I think my readers should be aware of. I remove links from the list when they appear to be inactive and add new links when it seems appropriate. Most of the sites on my Blogroll don’t link to this site, but it’s not intended to be a quid pro quo. That said, I believe in the power of community, and those who want to be read should be actively working to grow the community.

While I have in the past published articles by practitioners on this site, I’ve discontinued that practice. I don’t want post product placement puff pieces or publish “high-quality content written by [blah, blah].” I do book reviews if asked and occasionally post new practitioner articles on topics I haven’t already covered. If you have suggestions or feedback, please leave me a comment or drop me an Email.

As always, thanks for reading my stuff.

Webinar: The Data Conversion Cycle

Aside

I presented a webinar on Wednesday, October 10, based on my book, The Data Conversion Cycle: A guide to migrating transactions and other records for system implementation teams. If you are an implementation project manager, you already know that data conversion is one of the most complex parts of any project. I wrote this book to provide a resource for cross-functional project teams, to get them using the same terminology and to establish a collective understanding of the process and the work to be done. The webinar was sponsored by CompAID and I’m grateful to them for organizing and presenting it.

When the audio recording is available, I will update this page with a link.

If you would like to download the Powerpoint deck, click the link below.

Thanks for the feedback!

Thanks to everyone who took the time to take my weekly round-up satisfaction survey. Over half of you read the round-up at least 3 times a month, and most of the rest at least monthly. Most of you are either EMail subscribers or have the site in your RSS reader.

Your responses confirmed some things that I suspected and produced a couple of small surprises. For example: while everyone found the Business Acumen and Strategy and Managing Projects section to be at least somewhat valuable, over a third skip Managing Software Development altogether. I knew that I had a lot of readers who don’t manage software projects, but this was more than I thought. Perhaps the content I’m linking to isn’t valuable to you—if so, please leave a comment below and let’s get a conversation started.

About two-thirds of the readers find Applied Leadership and Working and the Workplace very valuable and nearly everyone finds Research and Insights at least somewhat valuable. If someone wants to see more (or less) of a particular area of interest within those sections, please leave a comment.

As expected, the vast majority find the “minutes to read’ estimate useful. For those who don’t, consider adjusting my estimate to match your reading speed. It’s probably not going to be as precise as Celsius to Fahrenheit, but at least you won’t start reading a long article when you only have a couple of minutes to spare.

About 82% of you watch at least some of the videos I link to. Many of you like the diverse mix although about a quarter think I should stick to project management topics. Going forward, I think I’ll link to the business stuff a little more often than the goofy stuff like Independence Day videos with guys blowing up anvils and performances by obscure bands. But not entirely.

And for those of you who don’t get the visual pun in that photo on the right, click here.