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So many complex projects. So much information. How do I process it all?

I'm being crushed under the weight of all the information I need to process. Most of it revolves around my job. I've thought about it ad nauseum, and I sincerely don't think there's the option to just back off from certain responsibilities to lighten my load. Delegation to others is also not an option, at least at the moment. I just have to be able to absorb all the information coming into me, sort it, process it in my mind, generate new thoughts based on it, and then ACT on it. I need some way of keeping this all organized, and it should be malleable and adaptable since things change all the time around here. [more inside]
posted by KinoAndHermes on Sep 26, 2014 - 12 answers

What is a good standard set of IT Infrastructure Project Milestones?

I've been tasked with developing a set of standard IT Infrastructure Project Milestones and I'm kind of at a loss on coming up with a standard. Basically we have weekly status slides (PPTs) that we fill out for EVERY project that's in flight at our company. I'm the PM for Infrastructure. I was using something pretty generic like: 1. Project Kick-Off 2. Requirements Review/Sign Off 3. Design 4. Development or Set Up/Configuration 5. Test Unit & UAT (Regression & System If Applicable) 6. Deploy (Pilot * Deploy Where Applicable) 7. Warranty All you IT gurus out there (and PMs!) can you help me develop something better that can be used as a standard?
posted by PetiePal on Aug 11, 2014 - 6 answers

Indie Girls, Indie Boys, Indie Everyone

Are there versions of this book teaching kids to run a play/gallery/poetry slam/etc that are (a) non-gendered (b) geared towards adults? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jul 13, 2014 - 0 answers

Big but simple beginner sewing machine projects?

I just got my sewing machine. Yay! Help me figure out what to make with her. [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl on Feb 4, 2014 - 26 answers

What kind of Resource Management Tool would help my company?

I'm a Project Manager at a web company that makes websites, apps, etc. We are pretty small so any solution needs to be affordable and easy to use. There are so many project management tools out there and we have evaluated many. I have a short list of things I'm looking for which I'll outline inside but mainly there seems to be a lack of resource management at an hourly level. So, either that is too high level for the price/ease of the tools we are looking at, or people are managing that some other way. Data and management geeks, please help!! [more inside]
posted by amanda on Jan 24, 2014 - 8 answers

How to tackle multiple large personal projects?

I need some advice on getting things done. I have several large personal projects I've been trying to work on for a long time, but I am having trouble making even the smallest dent in each. [more inside]
posted by Brittanie on Dec 4, 2013 - 17 answers

How to ask for more work at a new, mid-level position?

First mid level position, due to some turnover and changes, my boss has no idea what my team does and I need work since mentoring/shadowing isn't providing enough. [more inside]
posted by lpcxa0 on Oct 19, 2013 - 3 answers

ART

What are some easy, fun art projects or DIY decorations I can do for zero dollars? [more inside]
posted by goosechasing on Sep 29, 2013 - 23 answers

Best system for tracking questions and clarifications on project tasks?

When tracking tasks on a project, what's the best tool you've found for logging the follow-up questions and answers? Trac? Jira? Something else? [more inside]
posted by kristi on Sep 17, 2013 - 7 answers

What would YOU make?

A small computation of geeks are gathering in a month or so. We have access to a Replicator2 and want to make three cool door prizes. They can be the same or different. [more inside]
posted by TangerineGurl on Aug 22, 2013 - 7 answers

Getting work done in short periods of time

I have a difficult time starting or working on something when I only have a short period of time. What tips do you have to overcome this? [more inside]
posted by Silvertree on Jul 19, 2013 - 11 answers

How do you triage unfinished projects?

I have hundreds of projects that are in some state of being unfinished: papers anywhere between brilliant idea and 3/4 finished draft; beats and melodies and half-written tracks; short story ideas and fully-developed scenes; tons of photos that could use retouching and printing. How do I figure out what is worth doing, prioritize, finish some projects, and let go of the rest? [more inside]
posted by googly on Jul 3, 2013 - 18 answers

Afternoon projects

I'm looking for afternoon projects that: a) can be done with a friend b) require no skill in advance c) produce something worthwhile, whether it's useful or merely impressive d) cost under $100 for parts e) are something I wouldn't consider on my own Suggestions?
posted by LSK on Apr 24, 2013 - 20 answers

What are the benefits of the tenements?

I've noticed in some of my neighborhood blogs and list serves there is a lot of bias against publicly assisted multifamily housing. You know, "the projects." What are some of the arguments, evidence and research in favor of keeping this kind of housing? What happens to families that are displaced when projects are torn down or converted? [more inside]
posted by Skwirl on Apr 3, 2013 - 18 answers

How can I use reference class forecasting at work?

My office delivers projects - about thirty a year, about four months each, give or take a few weeks if they go well. They're always late, but when planning the next project, we use the same optimistic assumptions. I think reference class forecasting (RCF) could help. Any pointers for (or links to a crash course in) using RCF to turn a spreadsheet full of historical start / end dates and milestones into more accurate forecasts? Or is this something best left to a math geek?
posted by obiwanwasabi on Jan 26, 2013 - 1 answer

traveling and making things

Please help me find creative outlets that don't require living in one place or computer screen time, that aren't repetitive, and that pack small. [more inside]
posted by aniola on Dec 16, 2012 - 22 answers

Skeptical of my own abilities.

The time is drawing near when I have to make a name for myself, put myself out there, promote myself as a capable, dependable, charming, motivated, talented, creative, expressive, innovative, hirable grownup. But I'm having a bit more difficulty with this than I'd anticipated. I can't remember the last time I felt proud of anything I've done. [more inside]
posted by The Biggest Dreamer on Nov 12, 2012 - 3 answers

Looking for fun day plans for home-schooled kids.

Looking for fun day plans for home-schooled kids. [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear on Oct 28, 2012 - 7 answers

should I tell someone who is going to get penalized

If you know someone is going to be penalized for something they rightly deserve, but you are friends/business partners with them, should you let them know? [more inside]
posted by cyml on Oct 23, 2012 - 14 answers

Project management / shared to-do list software for families?

Project management / shared to-do list software for families? [more inside]
posted by Mwongozi on Aug 12, 2012 - 9 answers

Name of Designer + Developer collaboration site?

Help me remember the name of a site that was setup for designers and developers to share project opportunities to work together. [more inside]
posted by quadog on Aug 3, 2012 - 4 answers

7.5 year pitch?

Tomorrow marks the beginning of a new 7.5 year cycle of Talmud study known as daf yomi. I'm planning to jump right in and begin the new cycle, but I thought in addition to studying Talmud, it might be fun to tackle an additional long-term project at the same time. Any suggestions for something (book/film/tv series? lego models? new language or skill? physical challenge?) that would keep someone busy for the next 7.5 years?
posted by ericbop on Aug 2, 2012 - 9 answers

What are some great resources on learning PMP and Project Management ?

What are some great books/resources for really learning and getting a master on Project Management? [more inside]
posted by PetiePal on Jun 29, 2012 - 5 answers

How to disperse the fog of comfort.

How do you fight the "fog of comfort" in a long term relationship? [more inside]
posted by itesser on Jun 23, 2012 - 12 answers

Is There a Quick and Easy Fix for My Paint-Chipped Porch?

I need to paint my previously painted cement block porch while putting in the least money, time, and effort. What can be painted over a chipped paint job without it chipping again? [more inside]
posted by paperclip2000 on Jun 11, 2012 - 5 answers

Focus and creativity help, please.

Please help me focus when I have multiple projects I'm excited about. [more inside]
posted by caoimhe on Jun 10, 2012 - 5 answers

Places to find "this will knock your socks off" type of projects

Where do I find information about cutting edge, uber creative "this will blow your mind" kind of projects? [more inside]
posted by raghuram on May 20, 2012 - 2 answers

Solid Gold

Radio, radio filter. I want to learn about the history of radio programming formats. [more inside]
posted by Buffaload on Apr 30, 2012 - 4 answers

Remote Management

How do I win friends and influence people when I don't know what they look like? My new job requires me to manage client projects remotely. Most of my time with clients is spent either in conference calls, one-on-one phone calls, or communicating through email and Basecamp. I usually have no idea what these people look like. As a project manager I need to keep the client moving towards the finish line by making decisions quickly and getting things done on time. My question is two fold: 1) How do I motivate and influence a team that works for another organization?, and 2) How do I best do this being remote? I am looking for techniques and tools that will help me be an effective, remote, 3rd party project manager. If it matters I work for a Software as a Service company. My clients are implementing our software on their websites. The client may or may not have a dedicated project manager. Help me drive things forward!
posted by jasondigitized on Apr 20, 2012 - 15 answers

Artsy Nomad Weirdo Seeks Expression of Purpose

In transition, need some ideas of what to do with my life. As a job, as a business, whatever: what can this artsy nomadic person who can't fit a boundary do for love and profit? [longpost is looooong] [more inside]
posted by divabat on Mar 16, 2012 - 15 answers

New soldering iron! What should I make?

I am the proud new owner of a soldering iron. What are some good first projects? Must be cheap and at least marginally useful. Blinky lights are a plus! [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Mar 15, 2012 - 17 answers

How is one the magic number?

What are some things you wish you had done (or you are glad you did) before you got into a long-term relationship or had children? [more inside]
posted by andreapandrea on Mar 8, 2012 - 19 answers

Awesome Kick-Off

As part of my interview process, I have been asked to kick-off a project to a pretend client. This is for an interactive agency in LA. There will be 5 people acting as stakeholders. I really want this job and want to leave an awesome impression. What things can I do to set myself apart? What are your tips for awesome kick-off meetings? I need to demonstrate my skills as a meeting facilitator and project manager. I am looking for anything that will set me apart including handing out candy / fruit, using an awesome slide deck, or simply facilitating a awesome kick-off. Have you seen anyone do something awesome in a meeting that wasn't borderline cheesy? I need to demonstrate imagination but also an ability to drive and get things done. Links or videos appreciated as well. Help me get this job!
posted by kaizen on Feb 24, 2012 - 7 answers

What do I do with a moderately fast spare computer?

Ideas for what to do with a (moderately fast) spare PC in 2012? (Intel C2D 3ghz E8400, 8GB RAM, etc) HTPC comes to mind, but open to more creative suggestions. [more inside]
posted by petah on Feb 20, 2012 - 11 answers

Suggestions for reading about large scale projects?

What large scale, generally peaceful and non-space related projects would be as fun to read about as the Apollo space program? Specific details are below the fold. [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Feb 1, 2012 - 34 answers

Soliciting Quotations

My wife is starting a new blog to kick off the new year, and it's going to be based on an idea that revolves around inspirational quotes, one a week throughout 2012. My daughter and I are in charge of finding the quotes. Care to donate one? [more inside]
posted by Bobby Bittman on Dec 26, 2011 - 29 answers

Where do broadly-skilled maker-ish hobbyists hang out online?

What are the best forums for asking questions about electronic projects and related things? [more inside]
posted by primethyme on Dec 25, 2011 - 4 answers

What strange, creative websites/projects do you enjoy?

What quirky, totally creative, strange but enjoyable websites/projects that you enjoy? I like these: Jessica Hagy's thisisindexed.com, Andre Jordan's abeautifulrevolution.com, postcrossing.com (amazing project), xkcd.com. Just tired of reading negative, fluff stuff. Looking for more projects like the above, can you suggest some?
posted by raghuram on Nov 30, 2011 - 24 answers

How do I tackle long term projects?

How do you take a big, long term project and break it into reasonable chunks? What's your process? [more inside]
posted by SNWidget on Oct 11, 2011 - 11 answers

How to manage a business without really trying?

Suggestions for managing resources and schedules at a growing consulting firm? [more inside]
posted by ciocarlia on Jun 9, 2011 - 3 answers

Avoiding the "summer slide"

Primary school gets out tomorrow. I know it is common for kids to have a "summer slide" where they forget a lot of what they've learned over the year. Recommend some fun math and science sites/projects/activities for elementary school age kids that will keep them refreshed and interested. [more inside]
posted by dejah420 on Jun 2, 2011 - 20 answers

books on creativity for the creative person

Can you recommend great books on creativity that have inspired you greatly in your work? [more inside]
posted by pleasebekind on Mar 18, 2011 - 23 answers

My electrons are party poopers.

How do you stay with and build upon those "moments of realization/inspiration?" [more inside]
posted by thorny on Feb 23, 2011 - 5 answers

In search of a project note organization system for Windows

I'm looking for a Windows-based (or online/multi-platform) program to organize my various notes, with the ability to sort by contact name, contact phone number, project name, and date(s). More thoughts inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Feb 11, 2011 - 6 answers

What kinda work in the room?

My new house has a workroom. Sweet! Uh, except, I don't really know what kind of work I should be doing in the workroom. Please suggest some projects, hobbies or crafts to fill up my space (and time). [more inside]
posted by gnutron on Jan 11, 2011 - 22 answers

Where can I go for DIY inspiration and detailed tutorials?

I just built my workbench, and now I want to take on some fun DIY projects. Where can I find a good collection of fun projects for inspiration? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj on Dec 9, 2010 - 4 answers

Fulfilling projects.

Give me more websites with the same concept as Art House Coop, The Present Group, or The Thing Quarterly. [more inside]
posted by LittleMissItneg on Dec 4, 2010 - 1 answer

Winter trips?

WinterBreak filter: I am a student on the east coast. What awesome, cheap and educational things can I do this winter break? Big factor: must be somewhere warm down south. [more inside]
posted by pulled_levers on Oct 11, 2010 - 3 answers

What power tool projects could I make to complement my hand tools?

I signed up for a woodworking class. Suddenly, I have access to tools that I've never had access to before, and probably won't have much access to for the next few years. I'd like to find a project I can do that will complement my home workshop. [more inside]
posted by chndrcks on Sep 15, 2010 - 9 answers

Do THING for TIME

What are some other examples of "X things in Y time"? e.g. The Show with Ze Frank - a video a day for a year; Julie and Julia blog - all of Julia Child's recipes in a year.
posted by djgh on Aug 13, 2010 - 22 answers

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