We were engaged to provide Advanced Excel to a group of 25 pax fresh graduates. With the insight that universities do not provide in-depth training on Microsoft Excel, their understanding on Excel is either zero or minimal. The challenge of this training is to bridge these fundamental gaps and elevate them to Advanced Excel level, in 3 days!
After 3 days, all of them show impressive improvement and able to get results as show below. The one on the left is pre-course assessment; the one on the right is post-couse assessment. And the meaning of colours are:
Let's Take a Look on Their Mini Projects
Couple of my contacts went to some GST training, and they can't get much out of the training. After the training, they said:
As such, we would like to draw your attention to our GST training below, and greater details are available in Eventbrite.
After a presentation to a group of secretaries, they love this feature. Hope you can benefit from the awareness on this feature in our email clients.
Time is always not enough for project personnel. Many of us used calendar to schedule meeting, set reminder and etc. There is one simple function in any email clients that we have undermined - multiple calendar. This feature can be found in both Microsoft Outlook and Gmail.
Benefits of Multiple Calendar
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Signing-off, Tai Choo Tack
On 1st of April 2015 (exactly one year from today), Malaysia is going to implement GST (Goods and Service Tax). It is known as VAT (Value-added Tax) in some countries.
Many SMEs (Small, Medium Enterprises) are waiting for enactment of the act. This strategy could save the hassle at the beginning, and pay dearly price toward the end. For medium-sized companies, the recommended project duration is 12 to 18 months. Any duration shorter than this is inviting unnecessary chaos.
The potential issues SMEs could end up with when they do nothing now:-
The summarized effect is cash flow problem.
While waiting for the enactment of the act, SMEs can start the following:-
On the extreme end, what will happen when GST implementation get postpone (again). After the preparation steps above, SMEs are able to:
Ignorant is not a bliss now! It is better start the preparation now then later. Many large companies have started GST implementation projects. And big-4 audit firms are fully-booked with GST implementation projects for 2014. Large companies make informed decision from various sources. The GST is going to be here and this is an obvious sign that SMEs cannot ignore!
This video shows a simple 5-steps framework to learn new thing fast.
Watch the full video to find out more. Have fun learning the new learning approach.
Have you ever questioned why so many large software projects failed one over another?
The main reason is they are using SDLC/ waterfall, which is widely known as Software Development Life Cycle. SDLC dictates the sequential steps in gather requirements, design, develop, testing and implementation. Each step must be completed before commencement of next step. When something goes wrong, the particular step is reworked and wasted. Thus, it means Software Dooming Life Cycle.
Doom Grooming Ground
SDLC has been part of college education syllabus, and many has showed the success stories. Many happy students scored distinction in their final year project by using SDLC. It gives further assurance the usefulness of SDLC in software project. Therefore, many projects nowadays are wholeheartedly adopt SDLC without second question. When the project size is still small, they tasted the sweetness of SDLC success.
Dooming Life Cycle Started
The dooming life cycle starts when the complexity and uncertainties of a software project getting higher. The obvious complexities are stakeholder and communication. Human always struggle to express themselves 100%; and unable 100% decipher the message. Such situation contributes to misunderstanding. This is primarily due to individual perception, exposure, personalities and education. Such cycle is endless and many projects are trapped in there.
Many have noticed the risk of using SDLC in large project. Even the creator of SDLC, Dr. WInston W. Royce cited the usage of SDLC in large software project is inviting risk and failure. Such realization can comes from painful experience or learned from others. Some wise men have proposed two approaches in handling large software project:
After knowing the risk of SDLC in large software project, my recommendation is to Be Agile/ Scrum:
We wish your projects are successful since day-1 with the right foundation.
Preparing the Manual
PRINCE2 Practitioner certification examination is an open-book examiniation. Delegates are allowed to make annotation and tagging on the official manual ("Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2"). Using table of content is the worst approach in searching for right information
The key strategy is to reduce the lead time in searching.
With the key strategy in mind, the following approach has helped me passed with a very satisfactory score. All thanks to the every second I saved from searching (on top of revision & rehearsal),
Tag the Processes
On top-side of the manual, tag all the processes with their respective abbreviation to save space with stickies. For example, "IP" for "Initiating a Project." You can get list of process abbreviations from the manual or internet.
On the first page of each process, write their respective page number for each key activity.
Tag the Key Topics, Appendix A, Appendix C
On the right-side of the manual, three areas we need to tag with stickies:
Annotate the Page Numbers on Appendixes
Similar to approach above, write down the page number of each products on their side.
Use the empty page on the left to list all roles with their respective page number.
When the manual is ready, it is always wiser to practice on this newly "upgraded" manual. Going through sample questions is very effective approach even though you have done it.
The Search Strategy
All the Best
After few rounds, you will shorten the time spent on searching. And all the best to your PRINCE2 certification examination!
Congratulations - you made it through the dark hours. You have accustomed with the new role. Many of you have started or completed a project. It is just the beginning and more to go...
We are going to discuss on how to sustain the momentum, and bring your career to greater height.
1. Fabricate Pain Points
2. Get a Mentor
3. Find a Devil's Advocate
4. Write Own Diary/ Journal
5. Reflect Regularly
Project Management roles are filled with excitements and surprises. Every project is unique by its own. By repeating the steps above, you will find yourselves immersed with abundant of wisdom to share with others.
Wish you have a successful Project Management profession.
After you have landed on a new role in project management, it is too early to celebrate the victory. There are dark hours that may pull you back to former role.
Mind: Argh... So many things I am not used to it. If I was in previous role, I am the man/ woman.
Mind: Others have no confidence in me to run a project. My performance is handicapped, and it may impact my career advancement.
Mind: There are so many uncertainties, I cannot see where the project is heading. Oh man.... I wish someone could tell me what to do expect next.
The Small Candle
Despite of degree of the darkness, a small candle can dispel it away. Here are three small candles that may come in handy.
One thing to take home - struggles are necessary to have breakthrough. When you are in the darkness, remember use the three small candles stated above. The duration of struggle is highly depending on individuals. Such duration can be shorten when you:- Accept it - Face it - Breakthrough it.
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