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A blog that looks at all aspects of project and program finances from budgets and accounting to getting a pay rise and managing contracts.

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Making project management fun
Categories: competition

Inspired by this blog post about fun ways of doing day to day things, several bloggers have come together to run a competition to capture the best ideas for having more fun in project management. 

They need your ideas to for having more fun in project management. There are prizes on offer including

  1. A copy of the Lazy Project Manager from Peter Taylor, @thelazypm
  2. A free project management distance learnng course from @paralleprojecttraining
  3. €10 from Jacques Dunselman, @pmflying

Submit your ideas here.  The best idea will be judged in the best traditions of TV dance competition, as they say, by:

  • The Public Vote (50%)
  • Jury of @paralleprojecttraining, @pmflying and @thelazypm

The closing date is the end of December 2010 and the prizes will be awarded early in the new year.  Why is this relevant to The Money Files?  Well, it's always nice to have the opportunity for free things!

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Posted on: November 29, 2010 12:25 PM | Permalink | Comments (6)

Read and win!
Categories: books, competition, financial management, news

Picture of hat on a pile of books

Want some help brushing up your project financial management skills?  Then take the Learn Something New Team Challenge from Safari Books Online.

All you have to do is use one of their books to help you deliver a project of your choice.  Send them the details of your project, the challenges you are facing and some information about the skills you need to do the project - project accounting, help with budgets or whatever.  Then look up what you need to learn on Safari and do it!  There are over 140 financial management books, and a load more on other topics.

The prize is an e-reader or a Starbucks espresso machine (I know which one I would rather have).  The downside is that the e-reader prize is only for a maximum of a team of four, so don't get too excited about being able to dish out iPads to your entire department if you win.

I have used Safari online through a corporate subscription and it is very useful.  In particular, when we needed to assess different software products in order to select the best fit for us, I found A Guide to Software Package Evaluation & Selection: The R2ISC Method by Nathan Hollander which was perfect for the job and a great help.

Essentially, Safari Books Online is an on-demand digital library that delivers thousands of books (and videos) from a variety of technology and business authors from massive publishing houses like O'Reilly and Microsoft.  It's not the easiest thing to read management and technical books on a computer screen, but if you are scanning a contents page for the section that might just save your project, it's certainly worth a look.

I'm not affiliated with Safari in anyway, but I thought this competition was something useful to share - the closing date is 9 August, so get your skates on!

Posted on: July 21, 2010 05:21 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
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