Designed, developed, and published another project management learning game on my The Crowd Training Games pack. This game is based on travelling to different locations and answering questions at each stop. The questions for the first set are all based on the Project Quality Management knowledge area of the 5th edition of the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK). Now that I have the base structure and all the gameplay figured out, I can create multiple versions of the game for the other nine knowledge areas, as well as create updated versions of the game for the 6th edition of the PMBOK once that is formally released.
Currently, the 30 day access to The Crowd Training Games pack for $30. This newest game release brings the number of games in the pack to 17 games. Since I am working on a full 6th edition project management professional PMP certification exam prep course in addition to more games to include in The Crowd Training Game pack, I am offering a 90 day access and a lifetime access for less than the 30 day access so you may get more games over time. The 90 day access is offered for a limited time for $23 and the lifetime is $25. Obviously, these won’t remain at that price for too long. But since I am just rolling out the new website and the new games, I thought I would extent generous pricing to my early adopters. Thanks and enjoy! Visit: https://www.thecrowdtraining.com/games to start playing!
I have been using Microsoft To-Do for about 2 months now. I migrated my Wunderlist content over to To-Do. Microsoft stated that the plan is to take what worked in Wunderlist and make it a part of To-Do. With Wunderlist sunsetting, I thought I would test the waters with To-Do.
So far, I have liked most of it. I do miss some of the features of Wunderlist – for example being able to share a list with others and enable them to view/edit/add to that list. Also miss having subtasks for a task like a checklist. (MSFT has stated that these features are in the works to be released soon – not sure what ‘soon’ is, but I am anxious :))
I do like a new feature that was not in Wunderlist – My Day Review. Wunderlist has an “inbox”, but the “My Day” is better. I use the “To-Do” list as the equivalent to the Wunderlist Inbox. Then try to move just a handful of items at the start of the day to the My Day list (if I get those done, I will move more onto the list). What also is nice is at the start of the day, the My Day section lets you review what was and was not done yesterday. In the review, you can hit a button to add it to today’s My Day. Or check it off as done, in case you did not check it off when it was done. You can obviously also change/update the item details and due dates, as needed. But beyond that, My Day then pulls from your lists to suggest what you might want to work on today! Clicking the + icon adds it to today’s My Day, in addition to being able to manually add new To Do items.
When you add tasks in Outlook, they are also added to To-Do. This is helpful when you flag an email for follow up.
This product will get better as they put more resources into it. For now, it is still worth relying on it for daily organization and productivity tracking. I would love to see Kanban type boards or ability to sort the items by weight – either priority or effort. And as a visual person, it would be mighty cool to see graphical representation of what I have completed or my history or what ‘piles’ of work still await me. I will also need to update my Windows Phone 8 to a 10 phone or some other OS to take advantage of the mobility of the tool.
That is a 2 month view. I shall loop back in another 6 months to let you know if I feel any different or if I have learned anything else to make myself more productive. And if there if no post in 6 months, that means I am NOT any more productive or organized!
The ITIL Crowd unveiled its new logo this weekend. Drawing from the 50’s lounge style, the ITIL Crowd was tapping into a more relaxed, fun approach to IT and Project Management training.
Seeking to breakaway from the dull, mundane technical training that encompasses much of the training options out there, the ITIL Crowd is a training company with a better approach.
Why do some trainers simply slap their black text on a white background powerpoint and call it a training? Seriously. Too many call this ‘training’. Remember ‘Telling ain’t Training”. And “Death by Powerpoint” is a well known cliché for a reason.
What is most sad: many trainer take their powerpoint slides, put them on handouts, and call this a “Study guide”. How original. And drawing lines under your powerpoint does not make it “interactive”. This is no way to force million of people to learn – and often with this technique forget. The ITIL Crowd has better solutions.
The ITIL Crowd has decided it is about time to get the IT, project management, and other technical and management learning endeavors up to the 21st century. Participants should be demanding this. Training should ingrain the leading cognitive and pedagogical research. Most technical trainers don’t care knowing the multitude of learning best practices. They are more concentrated on knowing their subject area and spitting it back to you. The ITIL Crowd loves wading thru the piles of educational and scientific research to bring the subject matter expertise to life. After all, it is no good if you can’t remember it. You can’t remember it if you are bored, or worse, asleep! The ITIL Crowd training courses are more dynamic; and consequently more effective.
The ITIL Crowd does not didactically give you the information you seek to learn. Why waste your time? No reason for us to just talk “at” you for hours on end. It may fill your brain like a cup. But much will spill. Less will be absorb. And the whole wasteful cycle would need to begin again. Whereas, The ITIL Crowd training classes incorporate true learning research and best practice. The classes are truly “instructionally designed”. The audience is considered. Lessons built around you. Multiple learning styles infused. Most importantly, the end goals are layout and targeted – but equal attention and care is spent on the means.
In learning, your path to success is as important as hitting the goal. Learning is about the long term goals as much as the short term goals. You can only achieve that with good, strong instructionally designed curricula. The ITIL Crowd is forming classes now. See what we mean. You will not be disappointed.
The full ITIL Crowd website is currently under development. In the meantime, you can visit our temporary site at http://www.theITILcrowd.com
If you would like to see the ITIL Crowd in action, bring us to you. Onsite courses available at extremely reasonable and economic pricing.