Monday, May 31, 2010

3 PMO Pitfalls that jeopardizes every project

The PMO office coordinates and advises on project activities, project schedule, and project changes etc. It is plays a huge part in the all phases of a project except for pre-establishment phase of a project. The PMO in my opinion serves the project which requires acute awareness on the soft issues as well which include the communication strategy. Communication is super important on all levels.

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

HowStuffWorks "Has Science Explained Life After Death?"

I believe that people do experience out of body experiences. Not every phenomonon need to be explained by science in order for it to be true.

HowStuffWorks "Has Science Explained Life After Death?"

Monday, May 24, 2010

How to Gain Stakeholder Engagement - stakeholder engagement, project management, leadership, business process management - CIO

How to Gain Stakeholder Engagement - stakeholder engagement, project management, leadership, business process management - CIO

Inspirational quotes to live by

“The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.” – Bill Copeland

“If what you’re doing is not your passion, you have nothing to lose.”

“The person who says something is impossible should not interrupt the person who is doing it.”

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot

“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that things are difficult.” – Seneca

“Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.” -Albert Einstein.

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” -Milton Berle

“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresea, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.” – Life’s Little Instruction Book, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

“First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.” – Albert Ellis

“Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living the result of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinion drowned your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs

Courtesy of, May 22nd, 2010 by Celestine Chua

Jim Richardson on Travel Photography and Camera Equipment Advice

This is an great article for beginner photograhers like me. It gives valuable information on lenses to use in different settings for eg. cultural travel, wildlife expedition, going creative and experimental etc. I was really exited when I read this aricle because it gave me a wider perspective on the use of the different lenses. Jim Richardson draws on real life experiences and gives great info. It's a must read.

Jim Richardson on Travel Photography and Camera Equipment Advice -- National Geographic

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Camera Test: Canon EOS Rebel T2i

The video recording capabilities of the Canon T2i is just unbelievable. I am just stunned with the clarity and detail captured in video. Needless to say that the pictures captured are just awesome as well.

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Monday, May 17, 2010

2010 Project Management Trends

2010 brings with it multiple trends for project management. It is not surprising that many of these trends will help mature the world of project management as we know it today. Just as businesses must be flexible with market conditions, project management professionals and organisations must also adapt accordingly.
In talking to industry leaders in project management, several trends stand out.
Economic conditions have changed. Companies are changing and project managers must understand these changes to be leaders.

More 2010 Project Management Trends

When to Give Customers What They Didn't Ask For

I appreciate the fact that to anticipate and be ahead of what customers may need is a humble idea. Salesforce.coms' Collins find the success of Apple's drive to bring about the iPad pretty impressive, and yes, it is very impressive indeed. Herein lies my concern. Steve Jobs' success with the iPad was a bold step which is capturing millions of users as we speak. The iPad, is a great product that came about because of a brilliant idea, backed up by superb market intelligence. But what if it went it went the other way for the iPad. To base your entire existence on building products that customers is not the way to go. Unless you are okay with the fact that many wasted hours of planning and development in all phases of a product will be flushed down the drain.

Richard Adhikari writes that over the years, has gradually transformed itself from being a CRM company to a cloud services provider. Along the way, it partnered with leading-edge Web 2.0 companies such as Google and Facebook, and most recently, it teamed up with virtualization giant VMware to offer VMforce, a new platform for application developers.

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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Getting the most out of LinkedIn

General-interest networks such as Facebook and Twitter take up so much of our attention that more focused sites sometimes take a back seat. It’s a shame, really, because LinkedIn combines many of the best features of the more popular networks with a practical focus on career advancement. If you’ve been neglecting to sign up for LinkedIn or you want to catch up on the latest best practices,here’s a roundup of LinkedIn stories that made it into our e-mail newsletter, SmartBrief on Social Media.

SmartBrief on: Getting the most out of LinkedIn

How to use LinkedIn with business savvy

LinkedIn can be an extremely powerful business networking tool with endless potential—but only when done right. Check out this great Smart Blog article on how to use LinkedIn with business savvy. See a few hints below:
  • Use it aggressively every day and tweak your profile to see what works for you.
  • Use keywords and searchable phrases in your profile.
  • Make sure your summary answers: who you are, how you want to help, and how you’re going to help.
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SMSS: How to use LinkedIn with business savvy

Monday, May 3, 2010

Project Management: 5 Steps for Onboarding New Resources

Jason Westland on Fri, April 30, 2010 writes, it's always painful to lose resources during a project. Just when the momentum is building and the entire project team seems to be operating as one unit, a more critical initiative comes up and management decides they need your technical lead and one of your key developers. Ouch! Talk about throwing a wrench in your finely-tuned project management machinery.

How do you deal with this problem? You really can't plan for it, other than to have some good processes in place for bringing new staff up to speed on your existing project. Here are five steps for onboarding new project resources quickly and smoothly.

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Wilkinson to add more silverware to the cupboard

Jonny Wilkinson has no shortage of silverware in his cupboard, including the Rugby World Cup(not exactly, but he is a Rugby World Cup winner). It's good to see that he has not lost his competitive edge to win. He is a great sportsperson that does the talking where he does it best, on the rugby field. Wishing him well to add the Euro Rugby Final silverware to his collection.

Wilkinson set for first euro final Rugby Union Global Rugby News

Apple’s Steve Jobs: We've sold 1 million "magical" iPads

Apple iPad sales taking of with a big bang. 1 Million in 28 days. 12 Million apps already downloaded. This is really getting me interested. The way things are going now it seems that iPad's sales internationally is postponed indefinitely until the big demand in the US is taken care off. Will give Amazon a try to see what is available. On the other hand the 3G version will have more capablities. Will follow the reviews closely. Good job Apple. You have my attention!

Apple’s Steve Jobs: We've sold 1 million "magical" iPads