Saturday, February 23, 2008

May the podcast be with you...

IT & Telecommunications SIG Podcast - The Art of War and Project Management, Episode 1


The four things I miss about Texas
1. The Rangers
2. Gloria's
3. Dunn Brothers
4. Madness Comics and Games


Three days away from a trip to Sydney - nervous about surviving the long flight. Especially rife with terror about getting stranded on an island with John Locke on my way back.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Did Roger Blink?

There is a fascinating article posted in ESPN that breaks down the body language of Roger Clemens during his testimony this week. Regardless of whether you are a fan of baseball, or are even following the fallout from the Mitchell Report, It is a fascinating article that should be of special interest to anyone who has read Blink or Emotional Intelligence.

I'm a big fan of PMs studying body language. It is a critical tool in understanding how to read your team members and clients. Most of all, when you learn to be able to control and manipulate your own body language, it allows you to use it as an additional tool of persuasion (cough cough, Art of War, cough cough).

I'm working on a podcast that will focus on the Art of War and Project Management. It should be ready be the end of the weekend and a link will be posted here.

Friday, February 01, 2008

GTD and Project Management, two great taste that... um... maybe

For about a year now I've been trying to find different ways to blend the old timey PMBOK approach with some of the tools of agile. I'm doing this because after years of suffering the after effects of a "bad experience" with extreme programming, I ended up on a gig at a company for whom the waterfall/pmbok approach was entirely useless. Their business was so wide in scope and in such a constant state of flux that an agile approach was actually the only viable option.

Cue the Scrum intro music...

And as I've mentioned in previous posts, this resulted in something of a shift in my job responsibilities. Which leads to my new project-ish idea.

The new thing I've started working on is how to incorporate GTD into my project management. I have been trying to use it to try to maintain the tidal wave of stuff I have to keep track of each day, but lately I've been wondering how those same principals could be applied to a larger venue - beyond personal productivity to actual project and program management.

I'll post updates as I work through this, but if anyone has comments or suggestions, they'd be most welcome.