QOTD: The rule of Pi


The actual duration (costs) of an activity will be about pi (3.1415...) bigger than the original estimate, even if the estimator was aware of this rule.

~Lev Virine

I like this one because... Hmmmm well, it's often true !

This rule highlights one of the numerous cognitive and motivational biases which inherently pertain to estimating and decision processes within projects lives.

If you want to know more, take some time to have a look to Lev Virine's book "Project Decisions, the art and science".

The magic of burndown chart

What is the ultimate goal of a project manager ?

It's a very hard one : somehow, it consists in predicting the future and ensure that projects are completed on time and within budget without sacrificing quality. Various feedback from different industries all show the same trend : overcosts and costly delays are more than common and the more complex the project the worst the situation.

I'd like to share my experiment with a tool borrowed to agile project management techniques on a fixed price contract : the burndown chart. It helped me to get more insights on how things went on and to fix the issue. In order to maximize the value, I'll illustrate the experiment with 2 case studies, and provide the data within an Excel spreadsheet.

Regaining focus

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the amount of tasks to be performed ? Have you ever felt having lost the meaning / the big picture from which all that work stem ? I can feel that the answer is undoubtedly "Yes".

Pavlina's point of view on not getting a job

Browsing Amazon's suggestions (By the bye, Amazon's BI system is very accute and always push me to buy and read new books... Cheers, guys !), I came to Steve Pavlina's Book Personal Development for Smart People: The Conscious Pursuit of Personal Growth and reading readers comments l wanted to have a look to his blog http://www.stevepavlina.com.