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8 Unique Project Management Tips for Tech Teams

Tech teams are comprised of creative individuals, each with their own ideas on how things should work. A good project manager should allow team members to express their creativity, but also keep them focused on the main goal at the same time. The PM is the team member who brings all the creative forces together.

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Cure for project politics: Estimate in realistic ranges

At most companies, we have to deliver or lose our paychecks. Yet, we are so focused on results that we sometimes fool ourselves into thinking that, if we just wish hard enough, it will become a reality. This wishful thinking (plus the bad habit of single-point estimation) creates major political stress between project teams, their...

Project Management 2.0: We’ve seen this shift before

Cross posted from Cloud Ave. A brief history of typists Back before the 1980s there used to be these people called “typists” and they often worked in a “typing pool”. What did they do? Well, when someone had a document that they needed typed they would give the handwritten draft to the typist and she would...

Blurb – hardcopy done right

It’s Friday night so no work stuff in this post. I want to share the word on one of my favorite tools, Blurb.com. This online service lets you make your own bookstore quality books. It has a downloadable layout tool that uploads your design and content and bada bing, 7-10 days later real books shows up...

Producing Camtasia Videos for the Web

I’ve gotten a couple of questions about how I produce the videos for the LiquidPlanner tutorials so I thought I’d take a minute to blog the notes that I passed on to Kevin Merritt (founder of Blist). I use Camtasia Studio 5 from TechSmith. The folks at TechSmith produce great tools. Just like SnagIt, I’ve really got nothing but good...

Time Cards should start at the Top

Today we were going over our time card design. It is really coming along nicely. We’ve been strongly influenced by a few assumptions that we made early on and I’d like to get them out there and see what our blog readers have to say about ’em. One of the primary assumptions that we made...

Malcolm Gladwell and the Desire for Certainty

I watched Malcolm Gladwell’s talk at the 2008 New Yorker Conference. It is a good talk and you should watch it. He’s talking about something he calls “the mismatch problem”.  While quite interesting, I really have nothing to say about it. Rather, I’d like to riff for a few minutes on a couple of things that...

The High Cost of Missed Deadlines

The 2006 film “Who Killed the Electric Car” explores General Motors’ tragic decision to pull the plug on the EV-1, it’s pioneering purpose-built electric car. We all know what’s happened since then. Now, GM is making a big bet that the Chevy Volt, its new plug-in hybrid will reverse years of balance sheet bleeding and...

Google SketchUp, my newest planning tool

I rarely pass up a chance to play with a new software tool, but with all the work on LiquidPlanner I’ve not had that much time for this interest. Fortunately a project found me. In this case, planning for a kids bedroom remodel. Finally I had an excuse to stay up to 3:00 in the...

Prioritizing for Real

After talking to a bunch of users I feel compelled to write this post on getting real about prioritization. Folks, saying project A is higher priority than project B but you’re doing B first is ridiculous. Project A may be more important than project B. Project A may be of more value than project B. But by definition, the one that...

Software’s Classic Mistakes gets updated

Steve McConnell, author of Rapid Development and other great books on software engineering, has updated his list of software’s classic mistakes. If you follow the link to the Construx site, Steve has a summary and links to more resources, but you’ll need to register for the extra stuff. Looking at the list, we find some old favorites at...

The Top Five Project Management Traits to Master “the How”

In project management, we tend to focus on the method. And there is no shortage of methods (Six Sigma, Scrum, Waterfall…). The method is the what of project management and is often at the core of an effectively run project. But the method can only take your project so far. Really, it is the approach, or the how,...

Behavioral Change & Silver Bullets

We’re getting into full swing here at LiquidPlanner. The application is pretty solid, there are a few features we’d like to add (aren’t there always), but for the most part it is ready for prime time. So we’ve been beating the bushes to get some of our better beta customers to sign up to actually give...

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