Sunday, June 26, 2005

The Art of Project Management

Scott Berkun’s The Art of Project Management is an essential book for those who manage projects. You can read it straight through and it serves as a comprehensive course in how to make things happen, keep them going and deal with people and political situations in almost any organization. You can also just keep the book next to you desk and dip into it from time to time for some solid advice on what to do in almost any situation that will come up. Written with a sense of humour and drawing on years of experience, it doesn’t provide an overarching philosophy or elaborate system, but practical and honest guidelines for getting your project completed and learning lessons from your team and the processes that you follow. I loved it and will probably use it every day.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Goodbye to Bell Road

Today was the last day of work for me before the Summer break. We're all moved in to the new location for the Applied Arts above Mountain Equipment Co-op in downtown Halifax now. I stopped by the old building on Bell Road today to pick up a couple of maps that were on the walls inside. It was strange to go in as the building is being stripped and it was dark inside, with all sorts things missing. It was an odd experience. Outside they had begun to put the poles in the ground to build a fence around the building to prepare for the demolition. See the two bas reliefs at the front of the building missing made the fact that this will be gone soon hit home.
I started working at the location on Bell Road three years ago and I'll miss the old building.

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Thursday, June 16, 2005


Happy Bloomsday everyone! I have to read Ulysses again...and I seem to have that thought every year on this day. James Joyce created an amazing novel that creates a vivid portrait of Dublin. Someday I want to visit Dublin, but I suspect that the version that is there does not completely correspond to the one that Joyce created.
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Monday, June 06, 2005

24 Season 4

I watched every episode of the most recent season of “24”. It’s a guilty pleasure, but I love Kiefer Sutherland’s character and performance and the constant cliffhangers are funny in their absurdity. What makes the show work is that it combines soap-opera-style personal relationships with an action-filled thriller. With dozens of separate plot strands, it’s tv that you have to watch closely as it doesn’t give you a chance to lose interest as it switches to a different plot.
It was fun and I’m surprised that I was able to actually watch every single episode as it was on. Nothing on tape. I haven’t done something like that for a long time and I think that it says a lot about that show that it kept me tuning in for so long.

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