Happy International Project Management Day!

T1FC - Happy International Project Management Day!

On November, 4 2004, Frank P. Saladis founded The international Project Management Day (IPM day). The intention of this day, says Frank Saladis is: to encourage project based organizations worldwide or organizations who utilize project management methodologies to schedule some type of recognition event within their organizations or coordinated locally with others to truly demonstrate appreciation for the achievements of project managers and their teams.

IPM Day is always the first Thursday in November, and this year we decided to celebrate it by giving a special gift to the team who is in the 1st position of “The 1st Floor Challenge” workshop. We prepared this postcards and sent them to commemorate.

Celebrate this wonderful day by submitting one of your successful projects.

Happy IPM’s Day!
The Emeteclass & The 1st Floor Challenge Team

Take Part Of Our Growth! You Ask, We Answer!

T1FC-Take Part Of Our Growth! You Ask, We Answer!


We are excited for the upcoming new year opportunities and growth.

As we bethink on a this year work, we are preparing our website to better communicate with all of you. We are thinking to create a place where readers find handy information about their needs.

The challenge is to create a FAQ page that readers will find useful.

In order to find out what questions our readers are “really” asking, we want to encourage everyone to participate in the construction of T1FC´s FAQs in an open way.

How to do it?

  • Send your questions to t1fc@the1stfloorchallenge.com. You can write it in your native language.
  • The T1FC team selects the top 10 questions, and prepare an answer.
  • We verify the answer accuracy in order to ensure the answer addresses the question accurately.
  • We create a FAQ page in T1FC website.

And now is our time to ask you some questions.

Do you think it is important to create opportunities for readers to add topics, add questions or rate an answers?

We are thankful for your contributions to our perspectives on learning. We appreciate if you share “You Ask, We Answer!” initiative with your friends. We our excited to answer all your questions!

You’re Not Hired to Lecture. You’re Hired to Facilitate Learning Through Storytelling

Emeteclass - You're not hired to lecture. You're hired to facilitate learning through storytelling

Why storytelling? Storytelling is part of the learning process. When teaching, we add memorable stories that the group will remember, in order for them to learn through other people’s experiences. Storytelling makes people understand through emotion.

Storytelling is memorable and uplifting, even when we are talking to ourselves.

“Maybe stories are just data with a soul.” – Brené Brown

What about you?

When you participate in a workshop, course or seminar do you expect a storytelling event?
What percentage of courses where you participated contained memorable moments and experiences in the form of stories that you will never forget?


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We Moved Our Office For Five Days to Helsinki

Emeteclass in Helsinki

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Last year we had the experience to move the office to the Algarve for two days, it was a fantastic experience! This year we decided to repeat, and increase our challenge, we moved the office to Helsinki for five days.

Helsinki is a beautiful city, it’s located in southern Finland, near the Baltic Sea and has 1.4 million of people and 3,697 km² in its metropolitan area.

The challenge
Changing the office without impacting customer service is a big challenge. This year we decided to increase the level of complexity and added two new elements:

  • increasing the time period of 2 days to 5 days, and
  • moving to a city with a different timezone.

This made Helsinki an excellent choice: five days in a Nordic city with +2 hours of our usual schedule of work made our challenge most interesting.

Emeteclass in Helsinki

The office
We rented an apartment with Internet access in the metropolitan area, near the train station. The fact that we were near the train station allowed us not only to dedicate time to work, but also to take time to discover the city, go to museums, and visit the beach.

What would be the ideal number of days to move the office?
This year we created an internal survey to know what would be the amount of days our people consider ideal for this initiative. These were the results:

Emeteclass em Helsínquia

5 days 20%
15 days 80%
1 month 0%

This was some of the feedback:
“One week it’s not enough, you’re only beginning to adapt to the new location. Two weeks would be great.”
“It’s a more intense experience if it takes longer”

Why did we create this challenge?
Moving the office to a different place different from the usual is a great team building activity. In this short amount of time we can be quite productive and have excellent ideas.

What’s next?
The choice for the next destination is still open for discussion. The requirements are: to be a safe destination, to have internet connection, and good places to eat.

What are your suggestions?

About ‘Project Management Communication Tools’ Book. Expert Interview With Bill Dow

Bill Dow

BILL DOW is a result-oriented, industry recognized, passionate professional who has a strong background in PMO management, development methodologies, and tactical project execution.

Why you should listen to him:

Bill has successfully built several PMO’s, as well as having ran large industry impacting projects. His IT industry background spans government, health care, real estate, software, and wireless. He has strong organizational and planning skills, and focus on building customer partnerships. He has a proven track record on being able to drive strategy, vision, and be forward looking. He is also focused on staying on top of the latest project management industry trends. Through the books that he has published, he has created PMO and Project Communication tools that are used in companies all around the world.

He is the co-author of the Project Management Communication Bible. This is an 801 page reference manual, published in 2008 for Wiley publishing. It can be found on Amazon.com and consistently in the Top 100 for Project Management books.

The second book he wrote is called “The Tactical Guide for Building a PMO” . The book takes his personal experience in building and implementing PMO’s over a 10 year period and puts it into a format that is easy to read and use for any PMO Manager. This book can also be found on Amazon.com.

His third book “Project Management Communications Tools” will be release in the June 2015 timeframe. More information on this book can be found on his www.dowpublishingllc.com website in the coming weeks.

Bill is, also a part time Adjunct Professor at Bellevue College where he teaches several project management classes in the certification program. “I have a deep passion and enthusiasm for teaching and mentoring, so my work at Bellevue College is one of my great accomplishments.” – he says.

Interview:

Bill Dow has written a new book: ” Project Management Communication Tools“, that is the authoritative reference on one of the most important aspects of managing projects–project communications. You can buy his book on Amazon.

We decided to interview him about his wonderful work.

Mirla Ferreira: Hi Bill, I see in your new book, that you have mapped social media tools to project communication tools. What a great concept. Why, did you do that? What motivates you to connect those two worlds?

Bill Dow: Thanks Mirla, yes, I thought it was important to get the word out on social media from a project management communications perspective. So many times, project managers are rushing to use social media, my chapter walks project managers who the process.

Mirla Ferreira: How do you do that? How do you walk project managers though using social media on their projects?

Bill Dow: It is really easy, actually, I get the project manager thinking about why they are communicating the project information. For example, I have a chart where I map, communication tools to the 5 communication purpose for communication. They are Inform, Persuade, Motivate, Interact and Inspire. When project managers see that mapping table from social media tools, communication tools, and the purposes of communicating it ties it all together.

Mirla Ferreira: I also see a topic on Project Management BI in your new book? What is that?

Bill Dow: Great question, Project BI is a process of combining various project data sources into a single dashboard or report. The goals of the Project Management BI process is to allow executives, customers, team members to quickly interpret, understand, and act on this project information to improve the project’s chance of success. I have included a 8 step process for project managers to follow to compile their project information into dashboard reports.

Mirla Ferreira: Thanks Bill, I’m very grateful for your time “.

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