Just-In-Time Project Management

Just-In-Time PM #2: The Fundamentals of Flow

In Part I, I introduced Return-on-Attention (ROA) as a way to evaluate how we invest our most precious resource – our attention. ROA is derived from the traditional metric of ROI (Return-on-Investment), but there is a key difference. The “units” of ROI are currency, which is always uniform and interchangeable. Units of attention, on the

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Just-In-Time PM #3: Flow Cycles

In Part II, I described the sublime and powerful experience of flow, which could be considered the “holy grail” of productivity. I argued that there is theoretically no minimum amount of time necessary to get into flow, contrary to popular belief. But in reality, as always, it’s a bit more complicated. Let’s look at what

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Just-In-Time PM #4: Intermediate Packets

In Part III, I argued that having a personal knowledge base is the linchpin of success in a creative economy. A knowledge base allows you to reuse past work, draw from past experiences, share your knowledge in concrete form, and eventually, build products and services out of that knowledge. This requires strategically structuring your work

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Just-In-Time PM #5: The Iron Triangle

In Part IV, I introduced the idea of “intermediate packets.” Instead of delivering value in a big project that spans huge amounts of time, we want to deliver it in smaller chunks at more frequent intervals. This follows a basic principle that has revolutionized many industries: small batch sizes. The Toyota Production System (from which

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Just-In-Time PM #6: Evolving Deliverables

In Part V, I introduced The Iron Triangle of Project Management and the idea that any given deliverable can be reduced or expanded in scope at any time. How should you use this newfound ability? You should use it to: Get started Maintain momentum Test assumptions To view this post, become a Praxis member. You

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