Yesterday I kicked off Planning Week with a quote from Helmuth von Moltke : "No battle plan survives contact with the enemy."
That doesn't mean that you shouldn't plan, however.
One of the greatest planners in history was the guy...
Yesterday I noted some highly successful large-scale projects that succeeded without the use of project management technology.
I make this point - which I also make in my book Legal Project Management and my classes - because I continue to encounter...
Here's a picture of the field from
Sunday's Jaguars-Saints football game, from NFL.com:
Look at the directional arrows
painted on the field next to the yard markers. Compare the arrow on the 10-yard
line at the top of the picture with...
The Three Geeks and a Law Blog guys (I think it's Tony Brown writing) have an interesting post on the limits of efficiency .
It leads me to ask (rhetorically), What's the difference between effectiveness and efficiency?
You know the old...
A client asked recently, "How would you determine whether someone's a good trainer in this field [Legal Project Management]?"
I came up with a brief list of traits to look for - requirements, in a sense:
Passion for the subject...
Rees Morrison has an interesting post this morning bridling at a vendor comment reported in KM World that "We trust our legal department to be risk-averse and process-oriented...."
He takes on the process-oriented trope; I'm more interested...
People have sometimes asked me for a simple definition of project management.
The PMI (Project Management Institute) definition pretty much requires you to be a project manager before you can understand it. That's fine; PMI caters to actual and...
I've hear a lot about artifacts in the past two days.
I saw an interesting list of questions about Legal Project Management from a firm partner. We discussed artifacts more than I anticipated in my most recent Master Class. And I responded to a...
Jonah Lehrer writes in Wired and
The New Yorker about Steve Jobs using architecture to inculcate teamwork when he
took over Pixar.
He insisted that Pixar's headquarters
be designed so that disparate groups of employees were forced to come together...
I saw an interesting quote from
golfer Phil Mickelson today.
If I ask anybody to think of their
favorite golf course and favorite hole, it's either a par 3 under 150 yards or
a driveable par 4. 1
In other words, people want to
In a column I write that deals with business and people-management questions, I described a very effective demo where the demoer showed up his product without appearing to demo it at all.
In response, someone from Planbox, a company that makes project...
Larry Downes in Forbes has an article on the decline and (they presume) fall of Best Buy . Other than the hagiography of Amazon.com, 1 there are some very interesting points in the article.
Before you read it, though, consider what you think intuitively...
Scott Adams and Dilbert regularly
ridicule management, usually represented by the pointy-haired boss, or PHB.
Over the many years Adams has been
drawing the strip, he's certainly found plenty of targets for ridicule. Many of
them have struck...
There are some recent posts going around about certifying project managers, particularly one from the always interesting Paul Easton.
I continue to be the contrarian in this debate, based on almost two decades of working with other professional project...
My estimable colleague Rees Morrison this morning has a brief roundup of statistics regarding productivity and multiple monitors .
Project management is tightly tied to productivity, which is why this subject matters so much to me.