16 Sep

Creating Project Plan in MS Project

Every time I create a new MPP, I ask this question to myself “How and where to start?”. I very well remember the first time I created a Microsoft project plan and I was struggling on strategy to put a plan in place. There was nobody to mentor me. It is very essential that we start right. Here is what I found very useful for me:

  1. Identify tasks and Create task list
  2. Create a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
  3. Group the tasks based on functional or criteria in WBS
  4. Estimate every task in the WBS
  5. Then move all this information to Microsoft Project Plan or any other project management tool or you can even do step 1-4 inside the tool. I personally love to do with paper and pencil and then move it to software.

There is a very good tutorial on creating Microsoft Project Plan with the similar approach at http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/project-help/create-a-project-plan-in-5-easy-steps-HA001136153.aspx

Thanks

Rohit Prabhakar, PMP

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16 Sep

Difference between Leadership and Management

Management: Set of processes that aim to take an organization and make it functional as it was designed for.The processes like planning, budgeting, organizing, customer relationship, sales, automation, staffing, problem solving etc. Leadership: The ultimate aim of leadership is to visualize and effectively lead the organization to the next level. Processes like creating the vision of future, strategy to get there, communicate to people in a way that they buy into it and motivate those people to implement it, create and update the systems that managers use to manage. Hopefully you will not confuse the both with each other now and be sure that when recruiting for senior executive positions you are just not hiring managers but more importantly Leaders too!

15 Sep

Success Plan: Tuesday Morning Coaching

“In just 2 days of reading the chapter “Focus inside the boat” I have seen a big change in myself as I always thought the time management is a skill that I need to work on. But the reality was I need to learn attention management!”

This book is among the top ten books in my reading list. Every chapter is worth reading and especially the one which asks to focus inside the boat. This book is must read for anyone who looks forward to improve in all domains of life. Anyone who is going through some professional or personal challenges must read it right now!

Here are the eight lessons that the books shares as a Sucess Plan:

  1. No matter what – I accept responsibility and move forward.
  2. And then some – I give what is expected and then some.
  3. Consider it done- I am consistent and dependable
  4. Above all else- I adhere to my values
  5. From now on- I learn from my mistakes and welcome change
  6. See it, feel it, trust it, do it – I am a champion goal setter
  7. Focus inside the boat- I manage my attention and defeat procrastination
  8. Knowledge is power – I am a lifelong learner

All Thanks to

15 Sep

It is not about me, It is about Them

Go-Giver Sell More

Go-Giver Sell More

After reading a book titled “Go-Giver Sell More” by Bob Burg and John David Mann I learned that every action should remind me that “It is not about me, It is about Them”

Awesome, Fantastic, Life Changing, thought changing……………..book! I am totally moved by each and every line and each and every chapter.

What a great thought process Bob Burg has that he has captured every single thing that every person (in sales or not) should know. And it is not about knowing but it is about what we should implement.

Thanks to this book, both my professional and personal life has seen a huge positive change in last 5 days.

Thanks a lot to the author for writing this book and to my mentor for giving me this book. Thanks a lot!”

“Go-Giver Sell More” by Bob Burg and John David Mann

  • Publisher: Portfolio Hardcover (February 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591843081
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591843085