Web logs--or blogs--on public domain allow the common man to become an instant author, publisher and critique in real time and (if lucky) attract a global fan following. But blogs are not for grassroots journalism or public activism alone. Part 1 of this three-part series will look at what roles blogs play in the context of online communities and collaboration.
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If communicating with your project peeps is becoming more of a challenge, help is on the way. The newsletter concept is widely used for commercial purposes. This article gives you some tips and tricks for incorporating the concept in your project.
Many IT projects completely ignore anything during the post-implementation period, whether disaster recovery or business-continuity planning. But if the project team has to consider a recovery/continuity plan early on in the project, it would probably shift the thinking through the design process. Just look at the Titanic as proof.
If you're building an online community, an intranet or just need to get people to use a new system, you face both technical and social challenges in building acceptance. gantthead recently spoke with Allen Blue, the V.P. of Product for one of the most successful social networking sites, LinkedIn. His perspective helps shine a light on what's important when trying to get people on board.
Post-mortems are valuable, but the reality is that no two projects are alike. Keep that important fact in mind before applying lessons learned to that next project.
When projects fail catastrophically, a post-mortem is essential to provide a better understanding of the reason behind the failure. Look no further than the Titanic for proof.
Lesson Learned #3: Know how to use Fixed Duration, Fixed Work and Fixed Unit Type Estimates.
Virtual workspaces, blogs, wikis and archives can become the lifeblood of larger self-organized project teams, for which all-inclusive, continuous information sharing is a founding principle. Meanwhile, the author recommends that email take a backseat on project communication.
People who demonstrate leadership abilities are often granted the title of "project manager" without any formal training on tools and technique. To help improve overall project technique, this series looks at the top 10 lessons learned using MS-Project. Lesson Learned #4: Use project and team resource calendars.
Part III: Xcel Energy’s post-project review process takes a hard look at what was expected and what was delivered, using value-based criteria defined in the business case. At the same time, lessons learned are captured to do better next time. Best of all, as 'keep-the-lights-on' projects are streamlined, more money is being spent on strategic, innovative initiatives.