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]
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?
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]
I just got my sewing machine. Yay! Help me figure out what to make with her. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
What are some easy, fun art projects or DIY decorations I can do for zero dollars? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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?
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]
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?
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]
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]
Looking for fun day plans for home-schooled kids. [more inside]
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]
Project management / shared to-do list software for families? [more inside]
Help me remember the name of a site that was setup for designers and developers to share project opportunities to work together. [more inside]
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?
What are some great books/resources for really learning and getting a master on Project Management? [more inside]
How do you fight the "fog of comfort" in a long term relationship? [more inside]
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]
Please help me focus when I have multiple projects I'm excited about. [more inside]
Where do I find information about cutting edge, uber creative "this will blow your mind" kind of projects? [more inside]
Radio, radio filter. I want to learn about the history of radio programming formats. [more inside]
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!
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]
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]
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]
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!
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]
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]
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]
What are the best forums for asking questions about electronic projects and related things? [more inside]
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?
How do you take a big, long term project and break it into reasonable chunks? What's your process? [more inside]
Suggestions for managing resources and schedules at a growing consulting firm? [more inside]
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]
Can you recommend great books on creativity that have inspired you greatly in your work? [more inside]
How do you stay with and build upon those "moments of realization/inspiration?" [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Give me more websites with the same concept as Art House Coop, The Present Group, or The Thing Quarterly. [more inside]
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]
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]
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.