Time Management : Randy Pausch – The Last Lecture

In my opinion this is the best lecture about Time Management. It is given by Randy Pausch at the Carnegie Mellon University and it is called « Achieving your childhood dreams.

This lecture is also known as The Last Lecture of Randy Pausch. It gives an excellent insight into his quest for making the best use of time and I must it is powerful.

If you would like to know more about Randy Pausch, visit his website (http://download.srv.cs.cmu.edu/~pausch/) or the following wikipedia page : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Randy_Pausch.

Time Management : Covey Matrix

 

You are most probably familiar with the Covey Matrix (or Time Management Matrix). In my opinion this is a powerful tool to be used for all aspects of our lives including complex projects and their management.

Covey initiated this concept in his best seller book « The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People ». The idea behind is to divide your tasks according to 2 parameters : Importance and Urgency.

The challenge is then stay « above the line » (see the below table). In other words to stay mainly  in the boxes I and II (Important Tasks whether they urgent or not) and eliminate or drastically reduce activities related to the boxes III and IV (Not Important Tasks).

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(Book Review) Lean Six Sigma Toolbook

The Lean Six Sigma Pocket Toolbook blends Lean and Six Sigma tools and concepts, providing expert advice on how to determine which tool within a « family » is best for different purposes. Packed with detailed examples and step-bystep instructions, it’s the ideal handy reference guide to help Green and Black Belts make the transition from the classroom to the field.

  • Features brief summaries and examples of the 70 most important tools in Lean Six Sigma, such as « Pull, » « Heijunka, » and « Control Charts »
  • Groups tools by purpose and usage
  • Offers a quick, easy reference on using the DMAIC improvement cycle
  • Provides comprehensive coverage in a compact, portable format

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Book Review : The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (Stephen R. Covey)

7 habits coveyThe 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change was a groundbreaker when it was first published in 1990, and it continues to be a business bestseller with more than 10 million copies sold.

Stephen Covey, an internationally respected leadership authority, realizes that true success encompasses a balance of personal and professional effectiveness, so this book is a manual for performing better in both arenas.

His anecdotes are as frequently from family situations as from business challenges. Before you can adopt the seven habits, you’ll need to accomplish what Covey calls a « paradigm shift »–a change in perception and interpretation of how the world works. Continue reading

(Book Review) The One Minute Entrepreneur

In THE ONE MINUTE ENTREPRENEUR, Ken Blanchard (coauthor of the #1 bestselling business classic The One Minute Manager), Don Hutson, CEO of U.S. Learning, and Ethan Willis, CEO of Prosper Learning, tell the inspiring story of one man’s challenges in creating his own business.

Through a powerful and engaging narrative, we confront many of the typical problems all entrepreneurs face in starting up their business, from finding new sources of revenue to securing the commitment of their people and the loyalty of their customers.

More important, we learn the secrets to becoming a successful entrepreneur, including how to build a firm foundation, how to ensure a steady cash flow, and how to create legendary service. In addition, the book offers invaluable advice, delivered through One Minute Insights, from such entrepreneurs and thinkers as Sheldon Bowles, Peter Drucker, Michael Gerber, and Charlie “Tremendous” Jones. Continue reading

[Download] Map Chart With Excel : Visualize any data on any map !

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This excel document is a template for a Map Chart.  It has few Visual Basic macros and it is 100% spyware/maleware free.  It is also user-friendly, totally flexible for any map and free for personal use.

Usage of such map chart might be useful to visualize:

  • Performance of a set of shops / plant / workshops / schools / supermarkets or whatsoever by geographical location
  • Sales per city / street / country
  • Highlight locations requiring additional focus

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[Download] Waterfall Chart In Excel

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This excel document is a template for waterfall chart.  It is free from Visual Basic macros , user-friendly and totally free for personnal use.

Usage of such waterfall chart might be useful to visualize:

  • reasons behind an increase/decrease of a set value (cost, price, duration, score, percentage, …)
  • breakdown of involved factors to which the increase/decrease is related
  • positive/negative factors can be easily spotted based on colour-code red / green.

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[Download] Excel Gantt Chart Maker

Project Managers are some of the most efficient people in the world. They invest time and energy to establish the best working environment and obtain the best enablers.

To help you with project management, we offer the most competitive Gantt Chart Maker which unleashes the power  of Microsoft Excel.


What do we offer ?

While expensive project software programs are the absolute master-piece when leading high stakes endeavours, they may turn to be counter-productive and not cost-efficient for more simple projects.

The Gantt Chart Maker is the cost-conscious alternative which suits most medium-scale projects. This tool will :

  • Saves you time and energy trough an user-friendly and intuitive interface
  • Eliminates the learning curve as it uses the industry standard Microsoft Excel
  • Gives an accurate status of key project metrics and helps you achieve more with your team
  • Puts you in control of your know-how as all data are stored locally, in a shared drive or a cloud service

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