Thursday May 26, 2011

PM Buzz in Oracle Blogs

Over the year or so of blogging about the Project Lifestyle I had to come to the conclusion that there were surprisingly few people in Oracle blogging about project management. Odd, I thought, given that so much of our work for customers is related to a project involving Oracle technology. Well, now that the Sun integration is done and dusted,and we have consolidated the blogging platform I am happy to note that the number of blog posts related to project management (or similar topics) has skyrocketed.

For example...http://blogs.oracle.com/jimgris/

Friday Feb 11, 2011

The Middle of Every Project

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Tuesday Nov 30, 2010

Some More on Risk Management

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Thursday Nov 04, 2010

Again Again

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The Project/Program Metaphor Thing Again

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Monday Dec 21, 2009

Methodology Again…

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Monday Oct 05, 2009

Load Bearing Teams Update

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Wednesday Sep 30, 2009

Back Now: Risk Management & New Role

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Tuesday Jun 30, 2009

Guest Post Over At Project Shrink

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Friday Jun 26, 2009

The Secret Life of Issue Lists Part 3: Issues Tip Projects: A Social View

Issue lists are the unsung heroes of the Project Lifestyle. This is the last of a series of three posts on how a new look at issue list might radically impact your project outcomes (in a positive way I hasten to add).

In Part 1 I opened the discussion by looking at why issues are such slippery things to manage. I then got perspectives on managing issues from various colleagues who know a thing or two about them.

In Part 2 I applied the Getting Things Done productivity process to derive a workflow for handling issues in a project setting. The key idea here is to introduce a robust, repeatable process to capture and work through project issues. I make the point that

  • Issues running around in the wild are the dangerous ones.
  • Once you capture them, you can tame and manage them.
  • So doing, you exercise a lot more control over the unknowns in your project.

In this post I want to look how some concepts from the social sciences seem to offer proof that a robust issue management process will contribute to improved project outcomes overall, and that this is the secret life of issue lists.

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Monday May 04, 2009

Project Lifestyle Tweeting Now

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Tuesday Apr 21, 2009

The Secret Life of Issue Lists (Part 2): Issues and GTD

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The Secret Life of Issue Lists (Part1)

Sometimes little things can make a big difference, and sometimes those little things are right there in front of you, waiting for you to notice them.

Take project issue lists for example

As a key project document I first started getting interested in them about 10 years go when I was doing a lot of Critical Accounts & remediation work. It was impossible to go into a project and have an agreed issue list waiting there, ready for you to work on.

Nothing has changed. Getting agreement on what the key issues are and their status still feels like getting blood out of a stone.

Recently I decided to have another look at issue lists in projects in the light of some of the latest thinking in the fields of personal productivity and sociology. I wanted to see if that led to any new insights on how those concepts could be applied in the context of project teams.

Obviously the underlying question is "If we manage issues better, will that improve our project outcomes?”

I was pleasantly surprised with the results. 

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