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How do I avoid runaway, deadend projects?

Yay - I'm starting a new job! Boo, I don't want it to turn out like my previous ones! I'm happy about the new position, but there's a definite pattern in my career that I want to avoid this time. Basically, I have a tendency to get stuck with under-resourced projects that sprawl badly out of control until they consume my life and I have to quit to get away from them. Obviously you are not me and can at best guess what might be happening, but has anyone else experienced this pattern? What were the root causes? How did you improve things? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 12, 2016 - 10 answers

It's a Marathon, not a Sprint

How do I maintain energy, steam, inspiration, and enthusiasm while undertaking a LONG project-- writing a nonfiction book? I've been at it for 4 months already, and I've got at least another month of proposal writing, and then will have many months of book writing. It's a marathon, and I've never done a marathon. [more inside]
posted by enzymatic on Aug 10, 2016 - 12 answers

Project Fi Users, Are you happy with the service?

I am in need of a new phone and interested in switching to Google's Project Fi. Would love to hear from anyone currently using the service. Is it reliable? Do you like the Nexus phone? Is the billing as straightforward and simple to understand as they claim? [more inside]
posted by pjsky on Aug 3, 2016 - 16 answers

Project Tracking Software for a Beginner

What's a good piece of non-cloud software to track project completion for a small office? [more inside]
posted by Ndwright on Jun 26, 2016 - 9 answers

How to track data when it changes rapidly and unpredictably?

When you are receiving updates to data or a project in rapid and unpredictable fashion, how do you keep track of these changes? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jun 7, 2016 - 8 answers

Weekend Project Ideas

I have 3 days on my own this weekend – what projects can I get stuck into that will take about that long? [more inside]
posted by Law of Demeter on May 25, 2016 - 16 answers

Help me be a better festival coordinator?

I'm looking for (a book? an app? an instructional video? tips & tricks?) to help me better manage priorities for my crew, artists, and volunteers during the hectic installation week for an arts festival. Am I looking for project management material? Or is there a different name for what I am seeking? [more inside]
posted by Rage-chel on Feb 25, 2016 - 4 answers

Imaginative and fair ways to value people's time and effort on project

Several friends and I have clubbed together and purchased a fixer-upper house. We intend to work on it as best we can ourselves, use contractors when we have to, sell it when done, make profit, etc etc. The issue is going to be, how do to count and 'value' the contribution each person has made? [more inside]
posted by Xhris on Feb 10, 2016 - 27 answers

One month paid sabbatical. What to do with my time?

I recently got a great offer from my company for a paid sabbatical of one month. Their conditions are to use it on a personal project of some sort and give a presentation afterwards. I. E. "Don't stay at home and watch TV." [more inside]
posted by ts;dr on Feb 7, 2016 - 14 answers

Name my project! Podcast feed delayer edition.

Please help me name my "podcast feed delayer" project. I'm working on a small spare-time project that proxies a podcast feed (or any RSS/Atom) but delays it by some amount of time, and can also reduce the interval between episodes. Use case: did you discover Welcome to Night Vale recently and want to start at the beginning, but don't want all old the episodes in your podcatcher right away, and instead want them to be doled out periodically (eventually catching up with the new episodes)? [more inside]
posted by Emanuel on Jan 3, 2016 - 14 answers

Gift for fixer-upper?

Looking for a practical gift for my boyfriend for the holidays. We bought a 1954 house and we (he) really enjoy fixing it up. What tools, items, etc. make home renovation projects easier and/or more fun? [more inside]
posted by brynna on Nov 19, 2015 - 31 answers

Getting started in robotics.

I have a 9 year old son. He's interested in making his own flying drone. How do we get started? Kits are fine, but I'd like to stick with simpler plans if possible.
posted by boo_radley on Oct 21, 2015 - 7 answers

Project management software for visual people with lots of deadlines?

I need help finding a great project management tool for visual people with too many deadlines. Overly-demanding list of criteria inside. [more inside]
posted by mjm101 on Sep 30, 2015 - 11 answers

Help me be an adult in a bad work situation

I work at country level in a global organisation. I identified a key regional growth initiative and built an action plan for it. It has had strong support from the country managers and lukewarm support from the dedicated regional team. The project recently came to the attention of the global board in a positive way. As a result, the regional manager (my boss's boss) has publicly stripped me of the leadership role and given it to one of his dedicated regional team. My manager has appealed on my behalf, but to no avail. Besides finding a new job (working on it!) how can I be an adult about this and salvage my reputation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 12, 2015 - 13 answers

Tell me all about analog organization systems

How did people organize tasks, reference materials, records, and projects before the widespread advent of computers? And how did they learn these techniques? [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Aug 24, 2015 - 14 answers

Name that organization!

I'm starting a group that will be pursuing Freedom of Information requests (mostly under state laws, not federal FOIA) to have genealogically and archivally relevant materials released from local and state archives and governments and put online for free access. But we need a name for this new group! [more inside]
posted by Asparagirl on Jul 1, 2015 - 8 answers

How much to charge for a design project that isn't being used?

I worked long and hard on a design project that ended up not being used after all. I'm being asked for an invoice for my work and I need a little help figuring it out... [more inside]
posted by sucre on Jun 27, 2015 - 8 answers

Accused by former friend, how to deal?

Friendship dissolved, unclear how to proceed with friends we had in common. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 2, 2015 - 12 answers

Pocket Projectors: latest and greatest

I've had no luck finding a pocket projector with 1200 ANSI lumens and Bluetooth. Does it exist? If not, what do you love to use when you travel that comes close?
posted by Ik ben afgesneden on May 19, 2015 - 1 answer

Gantt charts on a Mac?

All I need is to make, then frequently modify, one long Gantt chart — on a Mac, with a local app rather than a web service. [more inside]
posted by kalapierson on Apr 27, 2015 - 10 answers

Flipping the verge? Pitching the peat?

We're embarking on the start of a significant earthworks project, and will be having an official "sod turning" ceremony for dignitaries and the like. The problem is, we hate the term "sod turning." Is there another, grander, more dignified term (groundbreaking is one, but still doesn't seem quite right) that the collective genius of the green can suggest? Google-fu is failing me.
posted by liquado on Apr 16, 2015 - 9 answers

Digital solutions for planning out complicated logistics?

I work as a project coordinator for a research study. Managing the movement of staff and equipment has turned into a logic puzzle that is increasingly hurting my brain. I am looking to find software that could help me manage who and what goes where. [more inside]
posted by bowbeacon on Apr 10, 2015 - 4 answers

It's an illusion, Michael.

At our next scout meeting I want to have my girls earn the Brownie Senses badge (omg it is the cutest!) by playing with some illusions, and I need some more ideas to round it out. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Apr 9, 2015 - 18 answers

How much do YOU wanna give me? (And what can I do while I'm there?)

A company is wanting to commission me for a project at a major sporting event. Obviously I want to make some money doing it, but I don't want to ask for too much and thereby lose my chances, as hopefully this would be something ongoing. Help me figure out how much I should ask for...and what I can do while I'm there. Deets within! [more inside]
posted by ditto75 on Mar 31, 2015 - 7 answers

Good online free or cheap courses in project management and Excel?

I recently started a new job as a Project Manager for an educational travel company and would like to beef up my Excel and project management skills. I was previously managing academic research studies. While a lot of that experience is relevant, my new responsibilities are more in line with those of a formally trained/certified Project Manager and so I’d like to do some self-study outside of work. Any recommendations out there for good online coursework? [more inside]
posted by AlmondEyes on Mar 29, 2015 - 3 answers

Looking for great, intense scenes of hopefully slo-motion car crashes.

Doing a visual project for work. I'm looking for movies (or ads) that have great, highly visual car crashes. Slow motion glass shattering etc. Hopefully less action movie and more real life cars and actors. Fast and the Furious vehicles might be a bit over the top for what I am trying to do. But I'll take any and all suggestions. Anyone who has any favourite car crash scenes they want to mention, I'd love any and all advice which movies or commercials to look for.
posted by cascando on Mar 6, 2015 - 12 answers

Stuck at work

I'm so far behind on a project that I feel like I'm lying to my employer and I'm deeply pissed at myself. How can I move forward? [more inside]
posted by R a c h e l on Jan 28, 2015 - 14 answers

creative, non-invasive solutions for turning a space into a wall?

Architects, craftspeople, interior designers, anyone else...help me with ideas for closing off my open bedroom in a heavily eaved, converted attic! Cross-section of the entryway space here. More after the fold. [more inside]
posted by threeants on Dec 10, 2014 - 15 answers

There's marketing consultant in my career coach!

Finally able to describe what I do in a way; now I need to sell it. What person do I hire in order to create a message that makes sense to people who hire people with weird yet valuable talent? [more inside]
posted by jet_silver on Nov 21, 2014 - 6 answers

Reduce heat and simmer for 6 months

I'm looking for a "project" that takes 5 to 6 months to complete, ideally with most of the time being waiting. This could be anything - plants, food, art, etc - but should not be something that I simply send away for and have to wait 6 months for a package. [more inside]
posted by Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug on Nov 10, 2014 - 30 answers

Newly minted e-Learning professional, now what?

I'm a project manager and I'm completing my e-Learning Design and Development certificate. A lot of my projects have included a training component and I want to expand my skills in that area. I'm reaching out to see if any Mefi e-Learning professionals have any advice for a newbie or experiences, good or bad, they'd like share. [more inside]
posted by shoesietart on Oct 29, 2014 - 3 answers

Fun coding projects for (re)learning programming?

I'm looking for interesting coding-project suggestions, preferably, but not necessarily, for execution in Python, ObjectiveC, or Unity. [more inside]
posted by vaguelyweird on Oct 23, 2014 - 13 answers

Is it possible to do a Gantt chart with a 3rd (or more) dimension?

I'm working on project planning a multi-year, multi-department initiative. Each department will complete identical tasks but on staggered schedules. I'm hoping to find a way where I can create a single dataset that will then display task schedules across department, and department schedules across tasks. I am using microsoft project and microsoft excel. content sample inside [more inside]
posted by rebent on Oct 8, 2014 - 3 answers

Tools and things for managing development of 64 products!

I'm currently developing 32 ebooks and 32 apps for a Kickstarter, and I'm having a bit of trouble keeping track of all 64 threads. I'm starting to get a better feel for all of the steps involved in developing each of these products, and so I'm wondering if there are tools that might help me keep track of progress on all fronts, keep everyone on task, etc. Alternatively, are there people or services that specialize in this sort of thing and can monitor all the threads of the project and make sure everything is always progressing in some way? [more inside]
posted by sdis on Sep 24, 2014 - 4 answers

How do I manage my dream project when I'm sad and anxious?

I am faced with a hugely exciting, complex, challenging project of my own devising. It's a chance for me to build my dream and ... I'm sitting here crying instead of working. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 24, 2014 - 6 answers

Social Media etiquette for promoting a hobby project

I've been online for a long while, but I'm a novice in social media as a venue for promoting my hobby project. I've dismissed twitter and tumblr as things I don't understand or aren't for me, but I'd like to promote my hobby site and interact with people who like similar things. How do I go about balancing promotion with reception? Tell me about following, re-tweeting and re-tumbling things. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Aug 26, 2014 - 11 answers

Hiring a programmer for a clinical project?

I'm working with a professor of medicine, and she has a clinical decision algorithm that needs to be turned into a website with a database backend. We need to find a person. [more inside]
posted by raspberry jam and clothes iron on Aug 17, 2014 - 17 answers

Help with circuit building, please!

I'm interested in adapting this tutorial and this tutorial into a dress design. Basically, I want to keep the accelerometer as part of the design, but have lower profile lights and reduce the number of lines to two or three, somehow... I could solder two extra beads (right?) on but it would look better with just two or three beads/lines. What can I do? The accelerometer isn't super-required since I can just program sparkles, so losing that isn't completely off the table. [more inside]
posted by ancient star on Jun 11, 2014 - 6 answers

PMP management

I am looking for classes/training on project management (PMP). [more inside]
posted by jbean on Jun 9, 2014 - 9 answers

Should I turn my old travel diary into a project and if so, how?

In 2003 I backpacked alone around Australia for a few months. This was a pivotal trip for me, and I kept a detailed diary and took a ton of photos. I'm thinking about doing something with all this content instead of letting it just sit there. Should I publish it somehow, or is this a ridiculous idea? [more inside]
posted by scrm on Jun 4, 2014 - 9 answers

Random webpage loaded from a list every 10 mins?

Clever web coding ninjas: I require an html webpage to be loaded from a list / directory at random every ten minutes. This cycle repeats indefinitely, with the next random page being pulled up automatically for as long as the browser is open. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on May 8, 2014 - 21 answers

The possibilities of 52 weeks

What kind of projects have you followed where the author's goal is to teach someone something every week for 52 weeks? I'm particularly looking for the once a week format for a fixed amount of time. [more inside]
posted by jermspeaks on May 1, 2014 - 5 answers

Help us with a good title and decor for 4th grade science fair project

We can't figure out a good title for my daughter's Science Fair Project. The school wants the 4th grade children to basically do the whole project at home with guidance from the parents. My daughter's experiment is on why apples turn brown and she is learning about why the lemon juice worked (learning about acids and bases, etc.) The poster board we will use will have a title on it. The teacher wants us to think of a good title, and it does not necessarily have to be the question, "Why do apples turn brown". It can be a clever, or interesting title that goes with the experiment. At first we thought about, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." But then we thought it was too long, and it also might be presumed that her project is about apples and how they are healthy. [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Apr 24, 2014 - 20 answers

This hollowed out volcano is not going to decorate itself

I am trying to get my act together. I have an average sized apartment room wall. I want to use it to plan world domination! Well really the domination of my next few years of goals and tasks. Please give me cool or creative ideas for a way to have a huge display of multiple years of calendar, lists and reminders, and events and goals. The only catch is that I cannot repaint or damage the wall in a major way. Long-winded details inside. [more inside]
posted by cashman on Mar 11, 2014 - 14 answers

How to accept submissions and present photography online for an event

A family member is involved in a "48 hours in the Life of [town name]" project through a photography club and the local historical society. They would like to have a good way to receive photos during those two days, screen them for content and other requirements and simply and easily publish them and display them. [more inside]
posted by sciencegeek on Mar 9, 2014 - 5 answers

If I could turn back time

What are the most awesome ideas for marking or celebrating time that you have either done or heard of? There are some criteria… [more inside]
posted by NoraCharles on Mar 3, 2014 - 10 answers

Need to back out without burning a bridge!

I need to back out of a project that (thankfully) hasn't started yet--how do I write an email that doesn't sound flaky or weasel-y, and ideally lets me keep my client? [more inside]
posted by like_a_friend on Feb 26, 2014 - 6 answers

Conditional Excel formula to identify right-most column with a value?

I'm grappling with an Excel formula. Given a bunch of columns, I'd like to to (a) identify the right-most column that contains a value, then (b) fill a cell with that value and the value in the column heading. [more inside]
posted by obiwanwasabi on Feb 25, 2014 - 10 answers

What does simple project management look like?

What does "Project Management Light" look like? Are there good resources out there team members can read/watch/etc? Background and requirements inside. [more inside]
posted by advicepig on Feb 19, 2014 - 11 answers

Help me focus on the hourly details of agency work

My company is becoming more focused on billable hours and resource allocation and I an sinking. Please help me stay afloat. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 9, 2014 - 8 answers

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