The Scrum Primer: A Lightweight Guide to the Theory & Practice of Scrum

The Scrum Primer: A Lightweight Guide to the Theory & Practice of Scrum

Description : This is a concise,  20-page eBook (PDF-format*).  From the website listing: There are many concise descriptions of Scrum available online, and this primer aims to provide the next level of detail on the practices.” NOTE:  ”[Primary author]  Pete Deemer is a founder of the Scrum Foundation , which is headed by Dr. Jeff Sutherland, the co-creator of Scrum.” Link to free eBook:   http://www.infoq.com/minibooks/Scrum_Primer Publisher: Infoq.com   —  http://www.infoq.com What Publisher is Selling :  Advertisements throughout the website as well as professional conferences & other services * Note:   This book is in  PDF format . To learn  how you can convert and/or transfer any eBook  in any format to your Kindle, iPad, iPhone, NOOK, or other e-reader, check out this blog post: 5 Simple Steps: Use Any Format E-Book On Your iPad, NOOK, Kindle, or Other E-Reader with Free Calibre Software!    

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The 3 Pillars of Personal Effectiveness: A Step by Step Guide to a Fulfilling Lifestyle

The 3 Pillars of Personal Effectiveness: A Step by Step Guide to a Fulfilling Lifestyle

  Description : This is a concise,  43-page eBook (PDF-format*).  This short work, describes some easy methods to visualize, prioritize, and calm our workloads. As we take steps to visualize our real tasks, which could be life tasks (home, office, etc.), we get a sense for the actual zero-sum games we are creating for ourselves. We are pitting our family against our jobs. Our friends against our professions. And it does not have to be that way.” – from the book’s  Foreward by Jim Benson, author of ‘Personal Kanban – Mapping Work, Navigating Life’” Link to free eBook:   http://freecomputerbooks.com/The-3-Pillars-of-Personal-Effectiveness.html Publisher:   Trifork -  http://www.trifork.com/ What Publisher is Selling :  ”At the heart of our business we have our worldwide software development conferences , training courses and technological networks.” What author Troels Richter is Selling: The Kanbana app — For more info, go to   http://troelsrichter.com/kanbana/ * Note:   This book is in  PDF format . To learn  how you can convert and/or transfer any eBook  in any format to your Kindle, iPad, iPhone, NOOK, or other e-reader, check out this blog post: 5 Simple Steps: Use Any Format E-Book On Your iPad, NOOK, Kindle, or Other E-Reader with Free Calibre Software!

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Stuck Pursuing PMP Certification? Take Firebrand Training for Free! [A Video Tour]

Stuck Pursuing PMP Certification? Take Firebrand Training for Free! [A Video Tour]

As regular readers of this blog know, I don’t exactly push PM newbies toward PMP (or any other commercially available) certification. In fact, in several extended essays and PDFs, I’ve tried mightily to make the case for local, do-it-yourself PM certification while providing specific, step-by-step instructions in how to do so: Do-It-Yourself PM Certification: How to Document Your Skills & Get the Credibility You’ve Earned without Jumping Through Someone Else’s Hoops Seven Benefits of Local PM Certification:  Why Pursuing Locally-Relevant PM Skills Makes More Sense Than Buying Generic, External PM Certifications Beyond PM Certification: Achieving PM Performance Improvement How to Create a Locally-Relevant Set of PM Job Tasks & Competencies Based on Job Level Project Management is a Broad Human Practice, not Merely a Profession Still, if your employer or clients have drunk the PMI Kool-Aid and are absolutely, positively convinced that you need their PMP stamp of approval to do your job, then you should know about Firebrand’s amazing collection of powerful, “accelerated” PMP study tools, exercises and answers. The Firebrand collection can do two important things for you: If you are undecided about pursuing PMP certification, it can help you take a very fast, efficient “deep dive” into the conceptual database that makes up the PMP certification body of content. This way you can quickly decide for yourself whether this stuff is going to be helpful to your unique PM career. If you are committed to the PMP certification path, it can serve as a well-designed set of “crib notes,” reference tools and practice exercises to speed you on your way to the certification exam. Video Tour: Firebrand’s Free PMP Training Below is my quick video tour of the free  online training materials available at the Firebrand website to help you qualify for your PMP certification.   Enjoy! ======= Related Articles ========= The Origins of My PM Minimalism: It’s Not Merely Simple-Minded… It’s About PM Essences My Incredible Shrinking PM Recommendations My 10 Favorite PM Articles, Posts, or Videos from 2013

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Reflections on Sochi, the “Second Screen” & Half-Baked Decisions

Reflections on Sochi, the “Second Screen” & Half-Baked Decisions

A couple of weeks ago I tried to watch the Opening Ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Sochi. I say tried because I eventually became so frustrated by Matt Lauer’s and Meredith Vieira’s endless stream of intrusive babble that I switched the whole thing off. From what I saw, the ceremony had been painstakingly designed by its Olympic hosts to tell a story. The producers of the event had obviously worked hard to weave together a collection of objects, images, performers and music to create a spectacular narrative that highlighted Russia’s history. Was it mere propaganda? Was it an idealized rewriting of history? Frankly, I can’t say because every time I started to become absorbed by the narrative and allow its images and music to carry me along with it, Lauer or Vieira would yank me out of the story line with their own narrative

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The Project Manager as Plate-Spinning Juggler

The Project Manager as Plate-Spinning Juggler

If you’re a project manager then you know what it’s like to feel frazzled, distracted and jerked in a thousand different directions. And you also know what it’s like to watch other people doing the work of your project (creating the code, writing the scripts, building the prototypes, etc.) while you bounce back and forth among these folks looking for problems and figuring out how to remove obstacles. And you might be thinking that such a thankless existence is a bad thing that should be remedied. But before you spend a lot of time searching for the latest “5-Step Plan for Controlling Chaos” let me suggest this alternative: Simply relax into the blur that is your PM existence. Embrace it. After all, it’s completely normal… necessary… even desirable that someone with your judgment and experience play this part. This story from my first book,  ID Project Management , explains: “In the early ’60s, when TV variety shows flourished, a strange little man would sometimes appear on Ed Sullivan’s stage and fill it with plates rapidly spinning high atop long, slender poles. You may have seen him

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