Welcome to Issue #4 of my Project Skills Newsletter.
We're coming to the close of 2013 and I must wish everyone a very Happy New Year! May 2014 bring you more joy and success!
Looking back over 2013 at Project-Skills.com, I've added many more articles beyond traditional project management.
I've looked at the roles business analysts and test managers, and how they contribute to projects. I've looked more at career planning for various project roles, resume writing and also tips on executing projects.
In 2014, I want to do even more in this site - from more interesting articles, to perhaps an eBook or two.
As always, I'd love to hear your input on what topics I should write about. Drop me an email and give me your suggestions over here .
1. Featured Article
Hi there - are you interested in banking projects? Perhaps you want to be a banking project manager, business analyst or tester. Perhaps you want to brush up your knowlwedge of how banking operations.
Well, then I'll let you in on a secret - one of the best ways to pick up banking knowledge is to do it through banking software.
Banking software applications - be they core banking, treasury, reconciliation, trading, collateral monitoring, etc. all teach you a lot about banking. Knowing one or more of these banking suites will greatly enhance your career prospects ...
Click here to read more.
2. Tip of the Week
My tip of the week is "eat the big frogs first".
This is a tip borrowed from from Brian Tracy's book "Eat That Frog!". Brian advises us to do the hardest task first in our schedules.
So that by the end of the day, if nothing gets done, we'd at least have done that one most critical thing with our day.
As a project manager, I think this is especially important. We're saddled with so many project tasks that we often forget what is the big frog.
Each night, we'd do well to identify the ONE BIG THING that must be done the next day. Then when you wake up the next day, immediately set off to get that thing done.
It can be difficult, but I've tried this over a couple of weeks - and it makes a huge difference to my productivity.
So eat that frog and start doing the most important thing first when you next plan your day. Good luck!
3. Book of the Week
Each week, I pick out one book related to project management, business analysis or project delivery.
My book of the week this week is "Tools for Success" by Suzanne Turner.
Whether you're a project manager or business analyst, you often want a handy reference book that contains all the tools you need to craft business strategy, analyze business problems.
You need a set of frameworks, tried and tested toolkits, as such.
Well, "Tools for Success" is a great little reference book that fulfills that need.
What the author has done here is to compile a huge knowledge base of the most common business tools out there, e.g.
- Breakeven Analysis
- Cause and Effect Analysis
- Competitive Product Placement
- Just In Time (JIT)
- Process Mapping
- Run Chart
- Scatter Diagram
- Six Sigma
- SWOT Analysis
... just to name a few.
Each tool is described in sufficient detail for you to implement, with specifics on when to use it, what's the output and a step-by-step explanation of the methodology. There's also an example accompanying each tool to illustrate its usage.
I've found this little book to be a tremendously useful resources over the many years I've been a project manager and business analyst.
So pick up this book and check it out for yourself. I highly recommend it!
To all my subscribers - I hope you have happy New Year week ahead! If you have any questions, send feel free to send me an email. We'll speak soon in 2014!
Author, Project Manager & Business Analyst
P.S. Check out my tips and resources for the PM and BA.