Commonly Observed National and Religious Holidays 2017


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.

And here are instructions for updating the working calendar in MS Project.

Holiday Weekday Celebrated
New Year’s Day Sunday 1/1/2017
Martin Luther King’s Birthday (US) Monday 1/16/2017
Republic Day (India) Thursday 1/26/2017
Chinese / Vietnamese New Year Saturday 1/28/2017
President’s Day (US) Monday 2/20/2017
Ash Wednesday Wednesday 3/1/2017
Holi (India) Monday 3/13/2017
Beginning of Passover Tuesday 4/11/2017
Good Friday Friday 4/14/2017
Easter Monday (UK) Monday 4/17/2017
May Day (China: Labor Day) Monday 5/1/2017
Early May Bank Holiday (UK) Monday 5/1/2017
Victoria Day (Canada) Monday 5/22/2017
First day of Ramadan Saturday 5/27/2017
Spring Bank Holiday (UK) Monday 5/29/2017
Memorial Day (US) Monday 5/29/2017
Shauvot Wednesday 5/31/2017
Eid al-Fitr Monday 6/26/2017
Canada Day Saturday 7/1/2017
Independence Day (US) Tuesday 7/4/2017
Pioneer Day (Utah, US) Monday 7/24/2017
Independence Day (India) Tuesday 8/15/2017
Summer Bank Holiday (UK) Monday 8/28/2017
Eid al-Adha / Festival of Sacrifice Saturday 9/2/2017
Labor Day (US and Canada) Monday 9/4/2017
Rosh Hashanah Thursday 9/21/2017
Yom Kippur Saturday 9/30/2017
Dussehra (India) Saturday 9/30/2017
National Day (China) Sunday 10/1/2017
Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday (India) Monday 10/2/2017
Sukkot Thursday 10/5/2017
Columbus Day (US) Monday 10/9/2017
Thanksgiving (Canada) Monday 10/9/2017
Diwali (India) Wednesday 10/18/2017
Veteran’s Day (US) / Remembrance Day (Canada) Saturday 11/11/2017
Thanksgiving Day (US) Thursday 11/23/2017
Day after Thanksgiving (US) Friday 11/24/2017
First day of Chanukah Wednesday 12/13/2017
Christmas Eve Sunday 12/24/2017
Christmas Day Monday 12/25/2017
Boxing Day (UK, Canada) Tuesday 12/26/2017
Kwanzaa Tuesday 12/26/2017
New Year’s Eve Sunday 12/31/2017


New Article on AITS: Defining Status Metrics: RAG, Trends, and Transitions

AITSBloggingAllianceMy 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.

New PM Articles for the Week of August 29 – September 4

New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 29 – September 4. And this week’s video: Jennifer Witt explains the risk register and how it is used. Just 4 minutes, safe for work.

Must read!

  • Elizabeth Harrin interviews Craig Kilford, owner of the new project management training review website CourseConductor. “Think of Course Conductor as TripAdvisorfor project management training industry.”
  • Derek Huether adds his thoughts to an old post by Zbyněk Dráb on why discipline is far more productive than motivation. Definitely read the original; it’s a classic!
  • Steven Levy shares an anecdote from the early days of Windows 3.0 in order to demonstrate the difference in perception between failure and progress. And then closes with an old video by Concrete Blonde.

Established Methods

  • Karthik Subburaman provides a detailed guide to business process metrics, from what to measure to best practices in implementation.
  • Mike Clayton tutors us on how to create a work breakdown structure from a mind map.
  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy walks us through three examples of realistic project risks and how to manage them.
  • Harry Hall describes key risk indicators and explains how to use them to avoid risk events.
  • William Davis demonstrates an elegant way to use Excel’s binomial functions to estimate a risk reserve from your risk register.
  • John Goodpasture strategizes for the Risk Management Office that has to deal with (or report to) an autocrat.
  • Jeff Collins lists the steps to establishing “risk intelligence” in your organization. Think of it as a special case of business intelligence.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers posted his roundup of Agile articles and blog posts.
  • Sujatha Tokala describes the activities and value of a one-week Sprint Zero.
  • The Clever PM extols the virtues of clarity: clarity of purpose and clarity of communication.
  • Tom McFarlin contemplates the pressures of meeting software development deadlines: the big pressure variable is quality.
  • Doug Thorpe reminds us that perfectionism is unattainable, and the relentless pursuit of perfection leads to burnout, not achievement.

Applied Leadership

  • Coert Visser encapsulates what researchers have found about when performance, behavioral, and learning goals are most effective.
  • Art Petty reflects on the value of experience in a business world where everything is changing. Maybe it’s not about doing the old things in the old way.
  • Kathleen O’Connor summarizes key points from “The Courage Solution,” by Mindy Mackenzie, based on a conversation with the author.
  • Bertrand Duperrin notes that employees don’t care about leveraging the shared knowledge expressed in some collaboration tool as a corporate asset; they just want to get work done.
  • Adriana Girdler recommends we create a personal vision statement, and offers her own as an example.

Working and the Workplace

  • Gina Abudi explains four ways to advance your professional development.
  • Jennifer Zaino reviews statistics that show a startling decline in the number of women entering engineering and computer science.
  • Soma Bhattacharya interviews Lindsay Scott on how she manages her daily routine, from schedule to devices to apps.
  • Ryan Ogilvie examines a potential career path for those working on the IT Service Desk, who don’t have technical aspirations.
  • Lisette Sutherland interviews Bjoern Zinnsmeister on staffing the startup – how to hire remote rock stars, track WIP, that sort of thing. Just 39 minutes, safe for work.