The Passionate Project Manager Percolating



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Stuff I'm working on or thinking about before it grows into stuff worth blogging about.
And it's percolating until it's just right.
Tsk! Not about cooking, but about project management, business and cubicle dwelling.








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How to do Earned Value, with a dash of Grade-Six-Girls nastiness thrown in for fun.

This is the most concise guide on How To Do Earned Value (contrary to the title) that I have ever read:

How Not To Do Earned Value

As for the drama? Check out this thread, near the end, for a discussion that gets almost downright Grade-Six-Girls nasty.

My, my, we project managers take our Earned Value seriously, don’t we?

02:34 pm, by elisabethbucci

It’s Joseph Stiglitz’s fault that I already broke my New Year’s Resolution

R: I thought you were going to the library to return a book and that you would stop borrowing new ones?

Me: But it’s Joseph Stiglitz’s new book! It’s called “The Price of Inequality”! It has chapter titles like “Markets and Inequality” and “A Democracy in Peril”! How could I not borrow it? It was calling me!

Which is why I do not believe in New Year’s resolutions.

Oh well. At least I’m not addicted to crystal meth.

08:26 pm, by elisabethbucci

The scary thing about this infograph? I remember punch cards.

When I started my undergrad in Engineering, the fourth years told us that in their first year, they were programming on punch cards.
So, technically, I remember punch cards.
Scary, isn’t it?

http://en.community.dell.com/cfs-file.ashx/__key/communityserver-blogs-components-weblogfiles/00-00-00-00-07/7220.evolution_2D00_of_2D00_monitors_2D00_infographic.jpg

08:20 pm, by elisabethbucci

5 ways to tell you are not at a typical PM event #wcmtl i#in
1. There’s a Twitter hash tag given out at the start of the event…and people use it.
2. One of the sponsors (Microsoft) gives away ice cream.
3. Body piercings and tatoos: yes. Ties: hell no.
4. You’re one of the oldest ones there.
5. If you’ve been on social media since 2008, you came late to the party.

It’s always a good thing to get out of your comfort zone. Always.

Love WordCamp Montreal.

05:05 pm, by elisabethbucci

I’m not being idle, I’m being creative. Except if you’re a teenager.
This is my favourite quote (of a quote) from Chapter 1 of Scott Berkun’s “The Myths of Innovation”: “Freeman Dyson, a world-class physicist and author agrees: ‘I think it’s very important to be
idle…people who keep themselves busy all the time are generally
not creative. So I am not ashamed of being idle.’ “

The next time you get a dirty look from a manager when you’re staring into space or caught napping at work, tell them you’re creating.

As for your teenage son or daughter who is lying on the couch looking at pictures on their iPod touch or channel-surfing: well that doesn’t count, does it?

05:55 pm, by elisabethbucci

How Yahoo killed Flickr and lost the Internet
Buying a company is easy. Integrating a company: not so much.
I can’t help but wonder: will Facebook make the same mistake with Instagram that Yahoo made with Flickr?
http://gizmodo.com/5910223/how-yahoo-killed-flickr-and-lost-the-internet
01:00 pm, by elisabethbucci

Google’s “fatal flaw” kind of explains Google+
"And therein lies the company’s biggest flaw in my estimation—impatience with those not quick enough to grasp the obvious truth of Google’s vision."

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304911104576444363668512764.htm…

Google’s expectation regarding Google+ seems to be that we would all dump Twitter and Facebook for Google+, thereby accepting “the obvious truth of Google’s vIsion”. I’m guessing that this probably explains why it is impossible to share to Twitter and Facebook from Google+ (and vice-versa). The end result? I rarely post to Google+.

I’d post this on Google+ but I can’t from here. This post will show up on Twitter and Facebook, though, as well as a few other sites.

So much for my accepting Google’s “obvious truth”, eh?

01:19 pm, by elisabethbucci1 note

Of these scarily ambitious start-up ideas, my favourite is replace email. Yes, please.
Email is so broken that it stuns me that we still haven’t replaced it yet. But it needs to be replaced with something that’s just as easy (if not easier). And, no, not Google Wave.
As for the “sufficiently smart compiler”? Yeah, that one went kind of over my head.
http://paulgraham.com/ambitious.html
12:39 pm, by elisabethbucci

Of these scarily ambitious start-up ideas, my favourite is replace email. Yes, please.
Email is so broken that it stuns me that we still haven’t replaced it yet. But it needs to be replaced with something that’s just as easy (if not easier). And, no, not Google Wave.
As for the “sufficiently smart compiler”? Yeah, that one went kind of over my head.
http://paulgraham.com/ambitious.html
12:36 pm, by elisabethbucci

Sure, Free is a business model. Just don’t forget the revenue part.
I loved Chris Anderson’s book Free which I listened to…wait for it…for free. (On iTunes, in case you’re wondering.)
But even Chris preaches the idea that Free has to lead to money eventually, whether it’s the freemium model (aka Flickr), give me your data and I sell advertising (Facebook), or sell a toy and provide the website for free (Webkins).
As put by this blog post from Pinboard (link below): free forever and for everything just can’t work.
The irony of typing this in my Posterous blog (free) on my iPhone using a (free) app is not lost on me…

http://blog.pinboard.in/2011/12/don_t_be_a_free_user/

01:11 pm, by elisabethbucci