2010 Refresh

March 11, 2010

2009 got busy with this-and-that, so this blog became stale.  It’s a new year, and though we have not yet finalized our departmental or individual goals, there’s a lot going on this year at work.

In 2010, at work, plans include:

  • Server refresh (hopefully with a lot of virtualization)
    • New Citrix environment / upgrade
    • Re-vamp intranet/website test server configuration
    • Symantec upgrade
  • SharePoint 2007 or 2010 deployment
  • Altiris Management Suite deployment / configuration
  • Disaster recovery project
  • Information security project
  • User training project
  • SOX compliance process review

Those are the main things, composed of many many little things.

I hope to have more to post soon.

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Smile for Excel 2010

March 11, 2010

I’m testing out Office 2010, and thought that Microsoft’s new way of showing files that were autosaved was cute:

It shows “when I closed without saving” – a gentle, user-friendly reminder to save.


VMWare Day 0

August 30, 2009

San Francisco is a beautiful, foggy 59 degrees, and the Moscone Center / South of Market neighborhood seems to be a perfect place to hold a conference.

schwag

Checked in at the hotel, registered for the conference, and picked up materials from the Moscone Center.  The schwag so far includes an awesome backpack, a pen, and two t-shirts (the green one you get if you are registered as a VMUG member).

Heading out later for the VMWorld Extravanganza at the Thirsty Bear.

Meanwhile, posting photos of interesting on Flickr.


Six Stages of the Project Management Process

July 27, 2009

As defined in my project management fundamentals course, the six stages of the project management process (aka the project management lifecycle) are:

  1. DEFINE
  2. PLAN
  3. EXECUTE –> MONITOR –> ADJUST     (loop)
  4. COMPLETE
  5. EVALUATE
  6. CELEBRATE

It seems that most project stages / lifecycles are very close to this definition.

One bit of wisdom from the instructor:  Plans are worthless – planning is essential.


SMART Goal Setting

July 27, 2009

Another list from my project management fundamentals course, day one, outlines the SMART approach to setting clear goals:

S – SPECIFIC

M – MEASURABLE

A – AGREED-UPON

R – REALISTIC

T – TIME-FRAMED

Looks like this meme is pretty common in the project management world.   I doubt I can add much to it that you couldn’t google yourself.    I did like the instructor’s definition of realistic:  gently challenging.

I did also run across an article which questioned whether the SMART goal theory was the best, compared to Locke’s goal setting theory, and another article extending the concept of SMART goal setting.

These lists are really starting to remind me of the infamous Alec Baldwin “Always Be Closing” speech from Glengarry Glen Ross (it’s 7 minutes and filled with F-bombs, but well worth it)…




Ten Commandments for Successful Project Management

July 27, 2009

Another list from my first day at my project management fundamentals course:  The Ten Commandments for Successful Project Management.  These are basic tenets to control and manage a project.

  1. Set a goal.
  2. Determine the project objectives.
  3. Establish checkpoints, activities, relationships, and time estimates.
  4. Draw a picture of the project schedule.
  5. Direct people individually and as a project team.
  6. Reinforce the commitment and excitement of the project team.
  7. Keep everyone connected with the project informed.
  8. Build agreements that vitalize team members.
  9. Empower yourself and others on the project team.
  10. Encourage risk taking and creativity.

TechRepublic has a handy printable poster and worksheet of this list, if you happen to be a member.

It looks like this list may originally come from a book called Checkered Flag Projects by W. Alan Randolph and Barry Z. Posner, which is preview-able partially at Google Books.  The book goes into a chapter worth of detail for each point.

A ComputerWorld article has an alternative view of the Ten Commandments for Successful Project Management.  My favorite:  II: Thou Shalt Not Suffer a Fat Team.


Six Unique Characteristics of Project Management

July 27, 2009

Today was the first day of my project management fundamentals course.  It included these six unique characteristics which set project management apart from your normal day-to-day activities.  I’m not sure who the original author of this particular list was, but I also found it as required reading for another project management course and a paper about information technology project management.

  1. Something must be done which has not been done before.
  2. The undertaking ends with a specific accomplishment.
  3. The required activity has a beginning, an end, and a schedule for completion.
  4. Resources are limited.
  5. Other people are involved on an ad hoc basis.
  6. Phases and activities are sequenced.

More details on each point are listed at the above linked sites.

“Before I built a wall I’d ask to know what I was walling in or walling out.”
–Robert Frost