Many expressed PMBOK Guide as a boring book to read. Did you check out PMBOK 6th Edition? If not, do so. You will change your opinion.
I reviewed the PMBOK Guide from 2003 edition & I see lot of new, interesting and engaging content added in PMBOK 6th Edition compared to its predecessors. PMI Team worked so well to provide more information on each topics which were bit ambiguous earlier. There are couple of topics added to every knowledge area which recognizes the new trends in project management, tailoring needs and Agile. Overall I am excited to see the new version. What is your thoughts?
“Change Management is hard.”
“It is error prone.”
“Difficult to predict outcome”.
If you say “Yes” to all above statement, then I recommend you to read “Leading Change” by John. P. Kotter at least once. It provides valuable input to do successful change management in your organization.
Here is his list of 8 common errors in change management.
8 Errors in Change Management
I have the habit of analyzing & collecting the interesting facts about Processes and ITTO items in PMBOK. I did this for past couple of editions. Here are some interesting facts related to ITTO in PMBOK 6th Edition:
3 Most Frequently Occurred ITTO item:
- Project Management Plan – 48 Times (47 times as Inputs, 1 time as Output). Fun Question: Find out the one process that is not having Project Management Plan as ITTO.
- Organizational Process Assets – 47 Times (47 times as Inputs)
- Project Documents – 43 Times (43 times as Inputs)
Total Number of Unique ITTO items: 147
Knowledge Areas with Highest Number of Processes:
- Integration (7 Processes)
- Risk (7 Processes)
Process Group with Highest Number of Processes: Planning (24 Processes)
EEF and OPA are used as acronyms for Enterprise Environmental Factors and Organizational Process Assets respectively. Though these acronyms appeared in 5th Edition Appendix, it is more prominently spelled out in 6th Edition.
Did you notice any interesting facts? Share it with us.
Book readers follow different technique to navigate a Self-Help books. Out of different techniques I followed in past 8 years, I found one easy and powerful technique to get maximum benefit out of a book in shorter span of time. It is called – “SHIFT” technique. I came across this technique in “Leading with GRIT” by Laurie Sudbrink.
Here are the 5 SHIFT steps you need to remember when you read your next book:
- Scan the chapter
- List the topics that resonated with you. I use Mind Maps to list down the topics.
- Hone in on one or two areas that will make the biggest impact for you
- Extend the mind map with area name
- Imagine the impact. Why is this important? How will you feel when you’ve accomplished this?
- Capture these information in the mind map branches
- Figure out your plan and how you will stay on track
- Planning is needed to get the maximum benefit
- Take action
- Start now. Schedule it now and include your follow-up
Try it. Adapt it.
Failure.. Yeah. you heard it right. Failure creates a deep negative impact in our minds, but.. it is possible to change the way how we see a failure. Here are 20 self-statements challenge you to think in a different way about failure. Instead of using the old passive, complaining statements that portrays you as a victim, when you try these statements it will give empowerment to take control in life when facing hardship.
Cognitive distortions are “true like” thoughts that mind generates to support existing behaviors & actions which are actually otherwise bad. As these distortions affects decision making, judgment and creates worry, it is important to understand them and avoid them as much as possible.
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Productivity = To-Do List
“Super” Productivity = Not To-Do List
Yes. It is important to have a clear, long “Not To-Do List” saves hell lot of time which you can use for productive tasks. Here is simple list inspired by Four Hour Work Week Blog by Tim Ferris.
Increase Your Productivity by Not To-Do List
Lot more great ideas by blog readers are available in comments section of this blog post – http://fourhourworkweek.com/2007/08/16/the-not-to-do-list-9-habits-to-stop-now/