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''' Edited by RMH on Sept 30th, 2008 at 11 pm'''
This is the (provisional) home page for developing ''97 Things Every Software Project Manager Should Know''.
This is the (provisional) home page for developing ''97 Things Every Software Project Manager Should Know''.

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Create an Account by clicking create_account. You don't need an email invite to create an account.

Edited by RMH on Sept 30th, 2008 at 11 pm

This is the (provisional) home page for developing 97 Things Every Software Project Manager Should Know.

Note: Before the site is made public we will be moving it from a wiki to a much more polished presentation created by professional web designers - this wiki is only an interim solution.

97 Things is a book of wisdom collected from leading project managers. When we have a suitable number of things, we'll open it to the public for comment. When we've reached some still-undetermined magic number, we'll publish it as a book taking the best 97 contributions.

Rules of Engagement

  • Nominate Others. Contribution is by invitation only, but you can nominate others for inclusion by adding them to the 97 PM Nominations page; please make sure to include an email address. Assume that each author may write one or more contributions.
  • Create an account. You can set yourself up with an account (just click create_account) and begin writing your first contribution immediately. Use the Back button in the upper left corner of your browser to return to the Home Page.
  • Each contributor is asked to provide an axiom (a tip or bit of wisdom) and a brief discussion. The axiom (tip) should only be a 2 to 10 words long if possible. In print, we want each axiom and discussion to fit on a two-page spread. Keep your discussion between 250 and 500 words. Discussions shorter than 250 words are fine, but only ones that are 250 or more are likely to make it into the final book. Instructions for adding your tip are found in the Contributions section below.
  • Create an author page. Content on your author pages certainly doesn't count towards your 500 words. We'll want (minimally) a bio and a head shot. Only contributions with associated bios (including head shot, and description of background) will be considered for contributions to the book. We may include the bios and head shots in the print version of the book. You may use an icon that's associated with you instead of a picture. Please keep your author page up to date.
After adding your tip in the list in the Contributions sections (instructions provided in that section), clicking on your own name will take you to the author page. Choose the Edit tab to enter in your own bio.
  • Add a head shot. Go to the Toolbox along the left hand side of the page. (You may need to scroll up) Click on Upload file, the third item on the toolbox list.
In the Upload file window, next to the Source filename: entry box, click on the Browse button. Choose the folder on your own computer in which you have stored your photo. Locate the photo you want to use and double click on it. The information will automatically fill in. Click the Upload file button at the bottom on the window. You have now uploaded your photo to the O’Reilly server. Use the Back button in the upper left corner of your browser to return to the Home Page.
Use the Back button in the upper left corner of your browser to return to the Home Page. Copy this tag
[[Image:filename.jpg]]
Scroll down to the Contributions section and click on your own name. Choose the Edit tab if it is not already selected.
Go to a blank line at the bottom of your bio. Paste in the tag.
Change the word “filename” to the name of the file with your photo. For example, if your photo was named Barbee.jpg you would type the word Barbee in place of “filename”. Your tag will now read [[Image:Barbee.jpg]] If you have a different type of file extension, such as .gif, change .jpg to .gif. Click the Save Page button at the bottom left of the window.
  • Add your address and e-mail. Please also add your postal service address and email address to the 97 PM Addresses page. This information will not be released when the site goes public. We need to keep track of it so that we can send you a free copy of the print book when it's available, and in case in the future O'Reilly's legal department decides we need to get explicit releases from all the contributors prior to publication. If you still don't want to disclose your contact info (and I cannot promise that this site won't "leak" out to the rest of the world), please still add your name to 97 PM Addresses, and write "I'd prefer not to" or something like that. Then send me your contact info at barbeeonline.cox.net.
  • No graphics. Please, no illustrations, graphs, cartoons, or code. We want principles of software project management to be text only. 250 - 500 well-chosen words can say a lot more than a picture.
  • Commercial Free. Please keep contributions free from references to specific products or technologies that compare their worth, or paint them in a positive or negative light. For example, don't talk about why you should use Microsoft Project over Primavera; just talk about principles that are valid for any project manager dealing with a software project.
  • Editing Ethics. You have the ability to add or change your tip contribution at any time. To be a good participant, please edit your own contribution only. Be very careful that you don't accidentally alter someone else's work.
  • Protect the privacy of our site. Please keep this URL private sharing it only with people you invite personally to contribute. Don't link to it, digg it, put it on your web pages, send it out to a mailing list, etc. First, it's only temporary. This book will not live within O'Reilly commons indefinitely. Second, we'd like to keep this under wraps until we have a decent block of material to release.
  • Legal Stuff. All contributions made to this site are required to be made under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license. This means that by making a content contribution, you are agreeing that it is licensed to us and to others under this license. If you do not want your content to be available under this license, you should not contribute it.
  • Volunteers Only. Contributions are made on a volunteer bases - in other words, contributors are not paid for their contributions. The contributions will be made easily available to everyone on the world wide web for free. However, remember that those of you whose tips are chosen for publication will get your name attached to your work, you picture published next to it, and a free copy of the published book.
  • Submit Only Original Work. You warrant that all work that you contribute to this site is your original work, except for material that is in the public domain or for which you have obtained permission.

The Good Stuff

I've added a Sample Contribution Page "Title of an axiom or tip" in the Contributions area to show you an example of the type of screen you will see when your are ready to add your own tip or axiom.

Contributions

Please add your contributions here. Click the [edit] link on the upper right of this section to add a new contribution. (Do it now.) You can read the rest of these instructions in that window.

A new window will appear with colored icons at the upper left.

Once in the new window, to add your own contribution, click next to an open item number. You may need to scroll down. Click the Ab icon at the top of this page (third from the left). Just start typing the tip you want to add in the highlighted blue area, replacing the words "Link title" which appear inside double brackets. Add - space "by" space - and click the Ab icon again. Type your name to replace the words "Link title" within the brackets.

At the bottom of the page, click the Save page button. You'll be taken back to the Home Page. Click on the red link showing your own tip to be taken to a window where you can either create or cut and paste your 250 to 500 word tip. Remember to click the Save page button at the lower left after you have added your short article.

Be sure you have created a user account create_account) , entered a 250-500 word tip AND PRESSED SAVE PAGE, clicked on your own name to create an Author Page with your bio, added your head shot or photo to the Author Page, and added your contact information at 97 PM Addresses, if you want to be considered for publication.

Sample Contribution Page 0. Title of an axiom or tip by John Doe

Contribution 1. Get users involved as early as possible by Barbee Davis, PMP

Contribution 2. Success is always measured in business value by Barbee Davis, PMP

Contribution 3. Start with the End in Mind by Luis E. Torres

Contribution 4. The Fallacy of Perfect Knowledge by David Wood

Contribution 5. The Fallacy of the Big Round Ball by David Wood

Contribution 6. The Fallacy of Perfect Execution by David Wood

Contribution 7. The 60/60 Rule by David Wood

Contribution 8. Clever code is Hard to Maintain... and Maintenance is Everything by David Wood

Contribution 9. The Web Points the Way (For Now) by David Wood

Contribution 10. Passing the PMP exam does not make you a project manager by Joe Zenevitch

Contribution 11. Aggressively promote COMMUNICATION channels while managing distributed projects by Anupam Kundu

Contribution 12. Adding people to a project doesn't necessarily make it go faster by Joe Zenevitch

Contribution 13. It's the people, stupid by Adrian Wible

Contribution 14. Every project manager is a contract administrator by Fabio Teixeira de Melo, PMP

Contribution 15. Engage stakeholders all through Project Life by Lukeman Lawal

Be sure you have created a user account create_account) , entered a 250-500 word tip AND PRESSED SAVE PAGE, clicked on your own name to create an Author Page with your bio, added your head shot or photo to the Author Page, and added your contact information at 97 PM Addresses, if you want to be considered for publication.

Contribution 16. You can't do it all yourself by Joe Zenevitch

Contribution 17. Don't skip vacations for the sake of the project - in 10 years it won't matter anyway by Joe Zenevitch

Contribution 18. Size Matters by Anupam Kundu

Contribution 19. Align Vision and Outcome Expected by David Díaz Castillo, PMP

Contribution 20. Important Not Urgent by Alex Miller

Contribution 21. Choose the Right Project Sponsor by Kathy MacDougall

Contribution 22. Chart a Course for Change by Kathy MacDougall

Contribution 23. Roadmaps: What Have We Done For You Lately? by Kathy MacDougall

Contribution 24. Documents as a Means, Not an End by Patrick Kua

Contribution 25. You Are Not In Control by Patrick Kua

Contribution 26. Pay Your Debts by Brian Sletten

Contribution 27. Software Failure is Organizational Failure by Brian Sletten

Contribution 28.Project Management Is Problem Management by Lorin Unger

Contribution 29. Under-promise, over-deliver by Joe Zenevitch

Contribution 30. Use a Wiki by Adrian Wible

Be sure you have created a user account create_account) , entered a 250-500 word tip AND PRESSED SAVE PAGE, clicked on your own name to create an Author Page with your bio, added your head shot or photo to the Author Page, and added your contact information at 97 PM Addresses, if you want to be considered for publication.

Contribution 31.The PMBOK® Guide is not the Holy Bible by Fabio Teixeira de Melo, PMP

Contribution 32.Favor the Now over the Soon by ScottDavis

Contribution 33.Favor the Simple over the Complex by ScottDavis

Contribution 34. Developer Productivity Mean vs. Median by NealFord

Contribution 35. Savor Sustainable Progress, not Speed by Venkat Subramaniam

Contribution 36. Value Results, not Only Efforts—Work efficiently, not longer by Venkat Subramaniam

Contribution 37. Don't throw spreadsheets at people issues by Anupam Kundu

Contribution 38. Build teams to run Marathons not Sprints by Naresh Jain

Contribution 39. Go ahead, throw that practice out by Naresh Jain

Contribution 40. You get what you ask for by Naresh Jain

Contribution 41. The Importance of the Project Scope Statement by Kim Heldman, PMP

Contribution 42. Define success early by Brian Sam-Bodden

Contribution 43. Tips for keeping the developer-manager feedback loop alive by Brian Sam-Bodden

Contribution 44. The best people to create the estimates are the ones who do the work by Joe Zenevitch

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