The Critical Path Week Ending February 28

January 28 through February 5Due to working crazy off hours in preparation for my v1.0 launch, I not only forgot to do a week in review on the 20th, I also missed meeting my writing commitment on the 24th and 25th.  Whatever the excuses, I was feeling a little burned out.  I have to remember this is a marathon and not a sprint.  Writing a daily blog takes a lot of discipline.  Though I have so much to say, it can escape me if I don't get the idea captured quickly.  Wow, it's hard to believe it's almost March.  At least there should be viewer posts about snow removal.


Putting Things In Perspective

I had mild chest and shoulder pains this morning. I am in the ER waiting to see the doctor. I’ll let you know the outcome and my status shortly...


Satisfying Needed Scope Versus Wants

There are many templates and means to ensure your project meets the requirements.  But I can’t stress enough how important it is to ensure you’re working to satisfy the requirements (or scope) first...


The Hateful Cycle of Apathy Hits a Nerve

Have you ever stuck your neck out and get no support?  Did the trust among that team start to break down? I’ve seen it happen first hand and Geoff Crane wrote an awesome post over at Papercut Edge about it...


How To Prevent Your Project From Hemorrhaging

This post is in response to a post written by Jennifer Bedell on the PMStudent blog about goldplating. Goldplating is very common in application development and can be very expensive...


How Owners Managers and Leaders Differ

I was asked a very interesting question today, requiring me to stop and think. How do I believe being an entrepreneur and a business owner differ? It’s a very good question because...


What You Need Is Some Kaizen

While sitting in a governance meeting the other day, I heard how (before I joined the team) a vendor brought in some high paid six sigma black belts to...


How to Thank a Managed Camel

I was informed I am the winner of the very first Freedom of Speech February (FOSF) giveaway from How to Manage a Camel.  My comments last week on a blog post by Gary Holmes earned me a free copy of the Method123 Project Management Methodology (MPMM™) Professional from their partners at Method123...


Creeping Ever So Closer To Closure

As my startup project is creeping ever so closer to its closure and the actual launch of the product happens, I’m feverishly completing activities late into the night.  It’s not easy working crazy hours to get this done.  My family goes to bed, I drink a pot of coffee, and get to work...


Interesting PMI Perspective On Claiming PDUs

...Based on the telephone conversation I had, if you’ve worked as a PM for at least 6 months, you can claim 5 PDUs.  Otherwise, if you are able to say you spend more than 1,500 hours per calendar year in that roll, you also qualify to claim the 5 PDUs...


Getting Exactly What You Want

I just wrapped up a week long logo design project at 99Designs, with an intellectual property transfer agreement.  Flash back to August 2009, when I was watching Episode 13 of This Week in Startups...

Putting Things In Perspective

The last few weeks I've been focusing on numerous things.  I've been working 3-4 hours a night, preparing to launch a product to the Project Management community.  I've been writing at least one blog post every day.  I engage my client for at least 8 hours a day.  Lastly, I've been reading a lot more blogs, in the hope to understand the perspective of others.  That's just the work list!  Time I get to spend with family is limited to a brief few hours a night and on the weekends.  I thought I had figured it out.  Sleep less, drink more coffee, work harder, engage more. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining.  I love this roller-coaster I'm currently on.  Yesterday the roller-coaster stopped, at least momentarily.  I received an email from my work counterpart yesterday morning.

I had mild chest and shoulder pains this morning. I am in the ER waiting to see the doctor. I'll let you know the outcome and my status shortly.

I can't remember a time when I stopped and just thought what would happen if we lost her.  I'm not saying that in a selfish way, in relation to the program.  She's what Seth Godin would define as a linchpin.  Though yes, she is a very passionate and intelligent leader. I mean personally.  This is someone's daughter,  someone's wife, and many a someone's friend.

I don't think my vantage point has changed.  I'm still as stubborn as I was 2 days ago.  I'm just as determined to sleep less, drink more coffee, work harder and engage more.  But, it really did make me take pause, put things in perspective, and appreciate the people I interact with.

Your life is like a project.  It is a temporary endeavor.