Archive for February, 2014

1Malaysia EnTrepreneur (1MET) Bootcamp

February 17th, 2014

What is 1MET?

Quoted from the website:

1Malaysia Entrepreneurship (1MeT) is one of the initiatives under the National Blue Ocean Strategy (NBOS) 9. NBOS is in fact an integral part of the Government’s drive in transforming Malaysia into a developed country focusing on social transformation agenda.

The National Strategic Unit (NSU) of Ministry of Finance (MoF) in partnership with selected training companies have embarked on another task of training aspiring entrepreneurs in 2014 with 1MET Bootcamp 2014.

1MET Bootcamp series has been running since 2013, to kickstart young entrepreneurs aged 18 to 40 around the country with the guidance on what makes an entrepreneur and good business models.

What is 1MET Bootcamp about?
How to develop the mindset of an entrepreneur.
How to identify opportunities.
How to describe, design, invent or change your business model.
Deadly mistakes everyone in business makes, yet often overlooks.

Who is the target audience?
Anyone Entrepreneurial-inclined

Before you start to wonder how much does it costs, let me tell you this is a free event provided by the government.
So if you think that the content suits you, quickly grab this chance to network with more entrepreneurs or aspiring ones or even find a cofounder for your next business/startup.
However, I do suggest that you keep in mind that you should be looking for partners instead of hires, because everyone attending would have wanted to be entrepreneurs themselves! 🙂

The 1MET Bootcamp for 2014 runs from Feb until early April in various locations nationwide, so check out the schedule and Register Now!

1MET Bootcamp 2014 by
Locations: Tawau, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, Miri, Dungun, Kuala Terengganu, Ipoh, Penang & Kota Bharu

Location Date Day Time
Tawau, Sabah: Dewan Raflessia, Institut Pendidikan Guru Tawau, KM 36, Jalan Balung, Beg Berkunci No. 27, 91009 Tawau Sabah 9-Feb Sun 8AM – 5PM
Kota Kinabalu, Sabah: Dewan Masyarakat Kota Kinabalu, Jalan Balai Polis, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. 11-Feb Tue 8AM – 5PM
12-Feb Wed 8AM – 5PM
Kuching, Sarawak: Auditorium Berlian, Aras 1, Lembaga Hasil Dalam Negeri, Akademi Percukaian Malaysia Kuching, Jalan Tabuan, 93200 Kuching, Sarawak. 15-Feb Sat 8AM – 5PM
16-Feb Sun 8AM – 5PM
Miri, Sarawak: Dewan Suarah Miri, Jalan Merdu, 98000 Miri, Sarawak 18-Feb Tue 8AM – 5PM
Dungun, Terengganu: Dewan Bidara, UiTM Dungun, 23000 Dungun, Terengganu Darul Iman 28-Feb Fri 8AM – 5PM
1-Mar Sat 8AM – 5PM
Kuala Terengganu: Dewan Tunku Abdul Rahman, Kuala Terengganu 3-Mar Mon 8AM – 5PM
Ipoh, Perak: Dewan Bandaran Ipoh, Majlis Bandaraya Ipoh, Jalan Panglima Bukit Gantang Wahab, 30000 Ipoh 6-Mar Thur 8AM – 5PM
Georgetown, Penang: Dewan Kuliah U, Bangunan G27, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11800 Pulau Pinang 8-Mar Sat 8AM – 5PM
9-Mar Sun 8AM – 5PM
Kelantan: Rural Transformation Centre (RTC), Kota Bharu, Pejabat Pengurusan RTC Kelantan Bangunan RTC Kelantan Lot 3309 Batu 4 Lebuhraya Pasir Mas-Salor 15150 Kota Bharu, Kelantan 14-Mar Fri 8AM – 5PM
15-Mar Sat 8AM – 5PM

1MET Bootcamp 2014 by iTrain
Locations: Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Perlis & Kedah

Location Date Day Time
Kuala Lumpur: INTAN Bukit Kiara 15-Feb Sat 8AM – 5PM
16-Feb Sun 8AM – 5PM
Selangor: Dewan Jubli Perak Sultan Abdul Aziz – Ballroom, SUK Selangor 22-Feb Sat 8AM – 5PM
23-Feb Sun 8AM – 5PM
Melaka: UTEM Kampus Industri (Bersebelahan MiTC), Ayer Keroh, Melaka 8-Mar Sat 8AM – 5PM
9-Mar Sun 8AM – 5PM
Negeri Sembilan: Pusat Latihan FAMA, Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan 22-Mar Sat 8AM – 5PM
23-Mar Sun 8AM – 5PM
Perlis: Dewan Warisan Negeri, Kangar, Perlis 29-Mar Sat 8AM – 5PM
Kedah: Dewan Besar Tingkat 7, MBAS, Alor Setar, Kedah 5-Apr Sat 8AM – 5PM

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The Project Management Tool Kit – Tom Kendrick

February 12th, 2014

The Project Management Tool Kit – 100 Tips and Techniques for Getting the Job Done Right by Tom Kendrick is a quick guide book to the concepts of Project Management. The book is essentially a summarized version of the PMP techniques extracted from the Project Management Institute (PMI) PMBOK®
Guide, Fifth Edition (2013).

About Author

TOM KENDRICK, PMP, is a program director for UC Berkeley Extension.
His experience includes almost four decades of directing projects for Hewlett-Packard, General Electric, DuPont, and Visa, Inc., and as an independent consultant. A regular speaker at conferences, associations, and universities, he is the author of Results Without Authority and Identifying and Managing Project Risk. He lives in San Carlos, California.

The 100 tips and techniques are arranged alphabetically in the book although I would have preferred them to be categorized in groups that relate them together.
If grouped into same categories, they would be like the following list:

1. General Processes

  • Organizing for Project Management
  • Project Life Cycle
  • Project Office
  • Project Objective and Priorities
  • Project Vision
  • Project Charter (PMBOK® 4.1)
  • Project Infrastructure
  • Software and Technical Tools for Project Management
  • Project Plan Development (PMBOK® 4.2)
  • Project Plan Execution (PMBOK® 4.3)
  • Inheriting a Project
  • Canceling Projects
  • Sponsorship

2. Leadership Processes

  • Transitioning to Project Leadership
  • Leadership
  • Start-Up Workshop
  • Delegating Responsibility
  • Influence Without Authority
  • Coaching and Mentoring
  • Motivation
  • Organizational Change
  • Rewards and Recognition

3. Teamwork Processes

  • Decision-Making
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Introduction to the Third Edition xii
  • Brainstorming
  • Creative Problem-Solving
  • Consensus-Building for Your Ideas
  • Delphi Technique
  • Global Teams
  • Matrix Teams (Cross-Functional Teams)

4. Control Processes

  • Project Initiation
  • Integrated Change Control (PMBOK® 4.5)
  • Project Metrics
  • Earned-Value Management
  • Negotiating Project Changes
  • Project Baseline Setting
  • Project Variance Analysis (PMBOK® 4.4)
  • Issue Management
  • Cause-and-Effect Analysis
  • Problem Escalation
  • Forecasting Project Completion
  • Project Reviews
  • Closing Projects (PMBOK® 4.6)

5. Scope Processes

  • Scope Planning (PMBOK® 5.1)
  • Requirements Collection (PMBOK® 5.2)
  • Customer Interviews
  • Market Research
  • Scope Definition (PMBOK® 5.3)
  • Work Breakdown Structure (PMBOK® 5.4)
  • Scope Change Control (PMBOK® 5.6)
  • Scope Verification (PMBOK® 5.5)

6. Time Processes

  • Schedule Planning (PMBOK® 6.1)
  • Activity Definition (PMBOK® 6.2)
  • Activity Duration Estimating (PMBOK® 6.5)
  • Activity Sequencing (PMBOK® 6.3)
  • Activity Resource Estimating (PMBOK® 6.4)
  • Constraint Management and Plan Optimization
  • Multiple Dependent Projects
  • Introduction to the Third Edition xiii
  • Schedule Development (PMBOK® 6.6)
  • Schedule Control (PMBOK® 6.7)

7. Cost Processes

  • Cost Planning (PMBOK® 7.1)
  • Cost Estimating (PMBOK® 7.2)
  • Cost Budgeting (PMBOK® 7.3)
  • Return on Investment Analysis
  • Multiple Independent Projects
  • Cost Control (PMBOK® 7.4)

8. Quality Processes

  • Quality Planning (PMBOK® 8.1)
  • Quality Assurance (PMBOK® 8.2)
  • Quality Control (PMBOK® 8.3)
  • Process Improvement

9. Human Resource Processes

  • Human Resource Planning (PMBOK® 9.1)
  • Required Skills Analysis
  • Team Acquisition (PMBOK® 9.2)
  • Responsibility Analysis
  • Resource Leveling
  • Team Development (PMBOK® 9.3)
  • Team Management (PMBOK® 9.4)
  • Performance Problem Resolution

10. Communication Processes

  • Communications Planning (PMBOK® 10.1)
  • Meetings
  • Communicating Informally
  • Communications Management (PMBOK® 10.2)
  • Status Collection
  • Presentations
  • Communications Control (PMBOK® 10.3)

11. Risk Processes

  • Risk-Management Planning (PMBOK® 11.1)
  • Risk Identification (PMBOK® 11.2)
  • Qualitative Risk Analysis (PMBOK® 11.3)
  • Introduction to the Third Edition xiv
  • Quantitative Risk Analysis (PMBOK® 11.4)
  • Risk Response Planning (PMBOK® 11.5)
  • Risk Monitoring and Control (PMBOK® 11.6)

12. Procurement Processes

  • Procurement Planning (PMBOK® 12.1)
  • Procurement Contracting (PMBOK® 12.2)
  • Negotiating Contracts
  • Procurement Control (PMBOK® 12.3)
  • Procurement Close-Out (PMBOK® 12.4)

13. Stakeholder Management Processes

  • Stakeholder Identification (PMBOK® 13.1)
  • Stakeholder Management Planning (PMBOK® 13.2)
  • Stakeholder Engagement Management (PMBOK® 13.3)
  • Stakeholder Engagement Control (PMBOK® 13.4)

For every technique or tips, there is description of what it means, when it is used in a project lifecycle as well as the results rendered from the execution of that process.

I think this book is well written as a quick reference for anyone with interest in project management (not really IT specific, but project management in general) concepts and techniques especially for software developers, architects and of course managers .
Besides technical and managerial concepts, I especially like those under the Leadership and Teamwork processes.

However, if you’re expecting something in detail about project management, you might find this book lacking, because it is never meant to be one, for it is what the title says – The Project Management Tool Kit, a quick and easy toolkit for reference.

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