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  • Blog Post: Trip Report : Day Two of Gartner BPM Conference

    Hi Marius here again with highlights from day 2 of the Gartner BPM conference. Back of the Napkin You may have heard of the book called The Back of the Napkin : Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures. It’s one of the latest books creating a buzz in business community. Dan Roam, the author...
  • Blog Post: Trip Report : Day One of Gartner BPM Conference

    Marius Grigoriu here.... I am a Program manager with CISG and in keeping with good program management its straight down to business. Today was the first official day of the Gartner BPM Conference at Washington DC and I am posting daily trip reports. In the Connected Information Security Group we believe...
  • Blog Post: Checklists and Mnemonics

    Dennis Groves here.... The most common list is the to-do list , and it is the one we are all most familiar with and so the real value of a checklist is often very misunderstood . Aviation and medicine make heavy use of them. Computer programs are basically a sequential list of operations to for the computer...
  • Blog Post: Books on Project Management

    I have been asked to suggest books on Project Management. As I pulled together the list, I thought should publish it here also because someone else may find it useful. Good books to start with are: Absolute Beginner's Guide to Project Management by Greg Horine, Applied Software...
  • Blog Post: How would you design a kitchen? - cuatro (final)

    Continued from tres ... After spending the first 12 minutes of a design interview for a program/product manager role in learning more about the user, requirements, constraints and scenarios, as per the design template , you could spend the next 30 mintues in actually designing the prodcut/feature...
  • Blog Post: How would you design a kitchen? - tres

    continued from dos .. Once the requirements are gathered, constraints are taken into account and the mental model of the user is understood, you would have laid a solid foundation to start talking about key user-types and the scenarios in which the product/object is likely to be used the most. ...
  • Blog Post: How would you design a kitchen? - dos

    Continued from uno .. I'll attempt to describe the notions of "mental model" and "affordances" in this quick post. Our mind constantly picks up pre-conceived notions and expectations about certain things. Mind assumes certain object to have a particular set of characteristics and if it finds out otherwise...
  • Blog Post: How would you design a kitchen? - uno

    I've received a few notes from friends to explain the my template for answering a design question in further detail, so let's use one of the cliche interview questions to walk through my approach of answering design questions in Product/Program manager interviews. "How would you design a kitchen?...
  • Blog Post: How to become a Program Manager (interview tips, resources, etc.)

    Three years ago, I asked myself and several of my mentors within and outside of Microsoft - "What's the closest thing to entrepreneurship at Microsoft?" The unanimous answer was - "Become a Program Manager on a product that's about to grow/explode!!" I took the leap of faith and it worked. I've enjoyed...
  • Blog Post: Making quality screencast videos

    As a Program Manager at Microsoft you are frequently needing to demo your product or feature to various teams and customers. Since there are a lot of people that are always interested, in order to scale the effort, we end up producing videos that we can share so people can se the product in action without...
  • Blog Post: What Program Manager in Microsoft does and what I do as PM in Microsoft

    Recently several external people have asked me what Program Manager in Microsoft do and what I do. And I have decided to put one post on my blog with answers to both questions. Let's start with discussing what Program Manager within Microsoft actually is and what it does and then briefly talk about me...
  • Blog Post: Exchange team defines a Program Manager

    Regular readers * of this blog will know that I have a thing for definitions of program management (see mine , Chris Pratley's , and Steven Sinofsky's ). The Exchange team recently put up a recruiting site, called ExchangeYourCareer.com . On it, they have a typically irreverent, but insightful description...
  • Blog Post: Why do you go to a conference?

    In spirit of the ongoing TechEd conference, I thought this would be an interesting post.. I've been to six conferences in the past year and have organized a few mini-conferences here and there in the past. I've been always fascinated to learn about people's motivations for doing any particular activity...
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