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...
Ron Friedmann recently posted 60 Tips in 60 Minutes from the 2010 Futures Conference about more efficient practice.
If you're a regular here or at my classes, some of these will sound familiar, such as the following (with my comments below each...
Driver: Bug or Feature?
"The fact that you're still driving is a bug," [Google's Anthony] Levandowski says, "not a feature."
I'm sure there'll be the inevitable responses about computer crashes vs. auto...
Yesterday I wrote about multiple monitors, calling them the third-least-expensive productivity tool you can get for your team.
I suspect that raises an obvious question. If multiple monitors are #3, what are #2 and #1?
This week, I've written a series of articles pointing out that Legal Project Management is not dependent on project-management technology.
So what's the most important thing a project manager can do to improve her use of technology, to use...
Most of the training I do is for individual firms and departments. Thus it's not open to outside attendees.
Occasionally, I teach what's called a Master Class. I have a public Master Class next Tuesday in Chicago for which I believe a couple...
Yesterday I noted in passing the client objection to paying for meetings . This is also a question that has come up repeatedly at recent training courses I've done.
In all my years on the client side, I usually pushed against paying for meetings...
There is a wonderful old Gary Larson cartoon titled "When potato salad goes bad." It shows a bowl of potato salad in a refrigerator holding up various other foods at gunpoint.
Projects don't go bad in quite the same way. But they smell...
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...