Reference Info Only – Hours Available by Month

Because I am building so many cost estimation templates, I need a quick reference table that I can easily copy and paste.

Possible Working Days Canadian Stat Holidays Available Days Hours
Jan-15 22 1 21 168
Feb-15 20 20 160
Mar-15 22 22 176
Apr-15 22 1 21 168
May-15 21 1 20 160
Jun-15 22 22 176
Jul-15 23 1 22 176
Aug-15 21 1 20 160
Sep-15 22 1 21 168
Oct-15 22 1 21 168
Nov-15 21 1 20 160
Dec-15 23 2 21 168
2015 total 261 10 251 2008
Jan-16 21 1 20 160
Feb-16 21 21 168
Mar-16 23 23 184
Apr-16 21 1 20 160
May-16 22 1 21 168
Jun-16 22 22 176
Jul-16 21 1 20 160
Aug-16 23 1 22 176
Sep-16 22 1 21 168
Oct-16 21 1 20 160
Nov-16 22 1 21 168
Dec-16 22 2 20 160
2016 total 261 10 251 2008
Jan-17 22 1 21 168
Feb-17 20 20 160
Mar-17 23 23 184
Apr-17 20 1 19 152
May-17 23 1 22 176
Jun-17 22 22 176
Jul-17 21 1 20 160
Aug-17 23 1 22 176
Sep-17 21 1 20 160
Oct-17 22 1 21 168
Nov-17 22 1 21 168
Dec-17 21 2 19 152
2017 total 260 10 250 2000

Personal Productivity

As part of this month’s Ideaca Blogging Challenge, we were asked to discuss personal productivity tools.

As a Project Manager, I’m sure you are often asked to, or just do, take care of planning and managing multiple things – not just official work projects. It could be helping coordinate meals with friends, working on home renovations, ensuring that your family make it to various activities, or developing a training plan to achieve a fitness goal.

While some may be quick to lean on Eisenhower’s priority matrix, you know that you should never drop the ball you’ve been handed – even if something is not urgent or important.

So here’s how I get stuff done – think in lists and be deliberate.

Think in Lists

Reboot, work, recharge, work, walk home, recharge, shutdown, reboot, repeat – Optimus Rhyme

It’s really easy to get overwhelmed with having sticky notes, e-mail reminders, tasks, text messages, and all the other myriad of ways to collect what needs to be done.  As a result, I break things down into lists of things that need to be done.   Specifically, I keep a centralized and rolling list of everything that I need to get done for home and work (yes, I am a High D).

Be Deliberate
One of the best things about the PMBOK is that it reinforces that everything needs to be planned, executed, managed, and controlled. Getting your own stuff done is no different. When you are asked to do something, or when you state that you are going to do something, be deliberate in getting it done.  Identify what needs to be done, figure out how you will get it done, and then do it.

You should never be too far away from a method to record what needs to be done.  If you offer to do something via an e-mail, get it into your list; if someone asks you to take care of something in a meeting, get it into your list; if you wake up with the night sweats because you forgot to do something, get it into a list. So, whether you manage your list in a pad of stickies in your pocket, a nice folio, or a great app on your smart phone, getting the to-do recorded is the first step to ensuring that you do not forget to do it.

On Paper

During my first work term during university, I went out and bought a nice leather folio with room for business cards, a couple of pens, a calendar, and a space to write notes.  I immediately took out the calendar section and replaced it with regular ruled paper.  This became my to-do section. I ended up using this method for about 8 years, but retired it after getting my first decent smartphone (I’m not going to tell you which one, lest I start a flame war).


Lifehacker has a great comparison of the most popular to-do list managers.  It was here that I learned about Any.Do – the one that I have installed on my phone and in my browser.  I have used Any.Do for about a year now as a replacement for my former paper list, as my phone is always with me (and I am always with my phone).

However, lately I have found that sitting and trying to add multiple items to this digital list without a physical keyboard (yes, I was a BlackBerry fanboi for a long time) is getting to be either too time consuming or too rude.  As a result, I have started using Any.Do as an interim step before transferring the to do to a new paper list.


So how do you get things done?  Are you part of the cult of GTD?  Do you carry around a hipster PDA? I’d love to hear about it in comments.

Guest Lecture on Project Risk Management

I was invited earlier this year to deliver a guest lecture to the MBA and MEng combined Project Risk Management class at the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary.

This guest lecture was a bit of a trial run for me to see if I could take the written word from blogging and make it useful and usable for a broader audience.

The slideshare is here:



The Practical Application of Big Data for the PMO

As part of this month’s Ideaca blogging network challenge, we were tasked with discussing our thoughts on Big Data.

This is the second post of a 2 part post:

  • The first part covered how you, as a project manager, should approach a project that carries the mantle of “Big Data.”
  • The second part will cover how you, as someone in a Project/Program Management Office, can use Big Data without getting snookered by the hype.

Part 2 – I’m a PMO Manager. Why do I care about Big Data?

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Project Management and Big Data – as a project

As part of this month’s Ideaca blogging network challenge, we were tasked with discussing our thoughts on Big Data.

This is going to be a 2 part post:

  • The first part will cover how you, as a project manager, should approach a project that carries the mantle of “Big Data.”
  • The second part will cover how you, as someone in a Project/Program Management Office, can use Big Data without getting snookered by the hype.

Part 1 – So you’ve been asked to “implement Big Data”… what now?

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In 10 years, relationships will be stronger

As part of the Ideaca Blogging Network, our theme for the month of August is “How technology changes us: Canada in 10 years”.  While it’s fun to be a futurist, I am still waiting for my flying cars and other sci-fi touchstones that showcase how awesome/not-awesome the future will be.  I have a robot vacuum , but I do not have a fusion reactor in my car.  My phone has more computing power than NASA in 1969, but it has to be charged every night.

In 10 years, I am certain that I’ll want to swap the USB port for a new hardware protocol.

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Why am I doing this (again)?

Like most that have grown up online, this is not my first time blogging (a term that I loathe (thanks Robot Chicken), and shall henceforth be known as Journaling in Public).  I have previously Journaled in Public on topics such as food, music reviews, and triathlon race recaps… but the content hasn’t exactly been the stickiest.

Plan Do Stop

Over the past few years through my MBA course work, I have had to keep analytic learning journals to reflect on course learnings.  These journals have helped me reflect on situations, analyze why I did something / why something happened, and articulate the lesson that I personally learned.

I valued the opportunity and experience to journal during my course work, and as a result I am intending to use this public journal as a career applicable learning journal.  The topics that I intended to cover will be focused on Leadership and Project Management, based on situations that I have encountered.  Ultimately, I am using this a public method to help with my personal career growth.

Maybe this public journal will be with me for many years to come; maybe it will end up as part of the digital waste; or maybe it will just become an annoying talking point.  Stay tuned…