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  1. The Project Management Drumbeat Meeting - Part 2 | Manager Tools

    This guidance describes how to manage work and decisions being done on a project.

    Projects are generally governed by Horstman’s Law of Project Management: Who does What by When. Sometimes it’s a five year project, and sometimes it’s 3 weeks. But it boils down to a string of tasks and deadlines, done by humans. And often we humans end up straggling after ripe blackberries when we should be meeting deadlines.

    One thing all of us Project Managers can do to keep things on track is to run our project meetings as a Drumbeat Meeting.

    https://www.manager-tools.com/2011/11/project-management-drumbeat-meeting-part-2

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  2. The Project Management Drumbeat Meeting - Part 1 | Manager Tools

    This guidance describes how to manage work and decisions being done on a project.

    Projects are generally governed by Horstman’s Law of Project Management: Who does What by When. Sometimes it’s a five year project, and sometimes it’s 3 weeks. But it boils down to a string of tasks and deadlines, done by humans. And often we humans end up straggling after ripe blackberries when we should be meeting deadlines.

    One thing all of us Project Managers can do to keep things on track is to run our project meetings as a Drumbeat Meeting.

    https://www.manager-tools.com/2011/11/project-management-drumbeat-meeting-part-1

    —Huffduffed by jaywest

  3. 227: Automating Everything with Rosemary Orchard

    Rosemary Orchard is a web developer and automation expert who co-hosts a

    new podcast called Automators along with David Sparks. She joins Brett to

    talk about being a woman in tech and how she got started in automation and

    coding.

    http://tracking.feedpress.it/link/9171/9915698

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  4. Project Status is Never “Fine” | Manager Tools

    Never ask how a project is going. You’ll get information that isn’t helpful…and it’s your fault. Ask for status, and define what status is.

    The average reported status of all projects all the world over is always "fine". That’s not to say the projects are actually fine - they’re all mostly crap. But we managers have a bad habit of asking the wrong questions of project team members of directs. And directs are smart enough to obfuscate.

    Let’s get better at asking.

    https://www.manager-tools.com/2014/02/project-status-never-fine

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  5. Feedback on Status Reporting - Nothing is “Fine” | Manager Tools

    The common response to questions about status is, "Fine." This isn’t acceptable or effective.

    As a manager, ‘how things are going’ is never far from your mind. In addition to project tracking reports, weekly meetings, intranet sites with Gantt charts and resource tabs, you want to be able to ask your directs how things are going. But when they say "fine," that’s not really an answer. Here’s how to change that.

    https://www.manager-tools.com/2016/08/feedback-status-reporting-nothing-fine

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  6. Status On Demand | Manager Tools

    Our guidance on being able to give a Status on Demand (SoD) and the content of an SoD briefing.

    As a professional, you’re responsible for knowing the status of any your projects at any one time. Your manager can expect that she can ask about any of your projects, or tasks on your task list, and you’ll know what’s happening with it, and when it’s going to get done. In this guidance we’ll tell you how to give that briefing.

    https://www.manager-tools.com/2016/12/status-demand

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  7. Simple Project Reporting Guidance | Manager Tools

    This guidance describes how to assign a project to a direct and set up some simple reporting that will greatly increase early (and overall) success.

    Mark’s favorite story about managers struggling with simple day to day things is the one where the CEO asks for help with his admin. Mark has been facilitating the strategy session of a billion dollar firm, and during one of the breaks, the CEO asks for time alone. Mark assumes he wants to discuss the topic of the moment, where to invest capital in the next 1-3 years. But no. The CEO says: I’ve got a problem with my admin, she’s not doing some stuff right, how do I handle it?

    Even CEOs have managerial challenges, and sometimes managerial challenges are simple, or small, or basic, or whatever word you want to use that isn’t &’strategic’;, or, ‘fundamental.’ For instance, what’s the best way to assign some work to a direct and make sure they get off to a good start?

    Sharp managers know to definitely worry about the beginning, and NOT to worry about asking for regular reporting.

    https://www.manager-tools.com/2010/11/simple-project-reporting-guidance

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  8. Project Status Reporting Simple Feedback - Part 2 | Manager Tools

    This cast concludes our guidance on how to give feedback on how you want projects reported on.

    Projects are generally governed by Horstman’s Law of Project Management: Who does What by When. Sometimes it’s a five year project, and sometimes it’s 3 weeks. But it boils down to a string of tasks and deadlines, done by humans. And often we humans end up straggling after ripe blackberries when we should be meeting deadlines.

    One thing all of us Project Managers can do is to ask for what we want, and then give feedback when we get it, and when we don’t. Easy!

    https://www.manager-tools.com/2011/11/project-status-reporting-simple-feedback-part-2

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  9. Project Status Reporting Simple Feedback - Part 1 | Manager Tools

    This guidance describes how to give feedback on how you want projects reported on.

    Projects are generally governed by Horstman’s Law of Project Management: Who does What by When. Sometimes it’s a five year project, and sometimes it’s 3 weeks. But it boils down to a string of tasks and deadlines, done by humans. And often we humans end up straggling after ripe blackberries when we should be meeting deadlines.

    One thing all of us Project Managers can do is to ask for what we want, and then give feedback when we get it, and when we don’t. Easy!

    https://www.manager-tools.com/2011/11/project-status-reporting-simple-feedback-part-1

    —Huffduffed by jaywest

  10. Whims That Work: Back to a Digital Task Manager

    An episode dedicated to a singular topic: Joe is back to using OmniFocus.

    http://whimsthatwork.fm/29?ck_subscriber_id=137356173

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