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  • Thu 02 January 2020
  • Blog

The top 8 books I read in 2019

These are the books I liked the most in 2019: Weinberg on Writing: The Fieldstone Method by Gerald M. Weinberg Free Will by Sam Harris Fathers and Children by Ivan Turgenev Making Things Happen: Mastering Project Management by Scott Berkun Information Dashboard Design: Displaying Data for At-a-Glance Monitoring Hardcover by …

  • Mon 28 October 2019
  • Blog

Project Manager's Dashboard

When you manage several projects simultaneously, you have to switch context quite a lot. It's important to have a tool that helps update awareness of the current situation on a particular project. You need a dashboard. Information dashboard, when well designed, is a good means to update situational awareness at …

  • Wed 31 July 2019
  • Blog

Project Retrospective Data

When you face a problem in your project, don’t get frustrated. Take another perspective: It’s an opportunity to learn, an opportunity to improve yourself or your team. Failure, however painful and stressful, is a resource, so embrace it. Of course, in order for problems to benefit you, you …

  • Thu 13 June 2019
  • Blog

Schedules slip but are still helpful

As well known, human beings are bad at predicting the future. Having worked on different kinds of projects, I can say that engineers who are supposed to do the project work are reluctant to schedules. Their attitude is rather skeptical. Why trying to predict if the schedule will slip regardless …

  • Thu 13 September 2018
  • Blog

Reviewing interim project outcomes

We failed to review one piece of the project with a customer before proceeding to the next step, not believing it to be necessary since the project was just beginning and actual deliverables were yet to come. The customer took some time to inspect a deployment model we prepared, because …

  • Wed 05 September 2018
  • Books

How to Make Meetings Work!

UPDATED: 12 Oct 2020 Here's my mindmap on the very helpful book "How To Make Meetings Work!" by David Straus and Michael Doyle. Click the image to open a mind map hosted on the XMind website. Or save the image as a file on your local disk. Steps to a …

  • Tue 14 August 2018
  • Blog

Lisbon 2018

I had never been to Portugal before this travel. I knew little about the country, and had no clue what to expect. As a result, my expectations were easily exceeded. I really liked what I saw and experienced there: places, nature, local food, and people! In this post, I'll share …

  • Tue 20 February 2018
  • Blog

Avoid pie charts

Pie charts are overly popular and widely used in the business world. However, as Stephen Few puts it in his book “Show me the numbers”, this kind of graphs is not efficient communication tool. He jokes that the author of pie charts, William Playfair, was probably under the weather when …

  • Wed 27 December 2017
  • Blog

Publish Gantt chart from OmniPlan into Confluence

As many of us would agree, a project manager is responsible for a realistic project schedule. And Gantt chart is a tool that allows PMs to manage schedule in addition to coordinating a team's work. However, here's the challenge I encountered in my work: only PMs are the ones who …

PMP Exam Prep by Rita Mulcahy

Below is my summary on the "PMP Exam Prep - Eight Edition" book by Rita Mulcahy. I didn't read this book to pass the exam (still in my plans). I read it to understand the principles of the Project Management. And it helped a lot. Project Management Process Project life cycle …