Posts by Larry Short

Predecessor Activities in Vegas

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Predecessor Activities in Vegas

The three main kinds of predecessors are finish-to-start (FS), start-to-start (SS) and finish-to-finish (FF). There is a fourth type of relationship called start-to-finish (SF), but it is akin to my cousin Vinnie who we don’t talk about. For more information check out “the book,” page 138. It’ll tell you all you need to know.       The most common kind of predecessor is the finish-to-start. It’s called finish-to-start because the first activity finish leads into the second activity’s start. For example, when I entered the casino I had to first gamble before I could win money. (I like to think...

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Larry’s Short List of Free Sample Questions

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The new Project Management Body of Knowledge 4th Edition (PMBOK® Guide) was published in 2008, and it is available to all Project Management Institute® members.  In addition to the guide, be sure to download the institute’s Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. (During the download process you will be asked to provide your username and password before you can download your copy.) Both these documents are the basis for most of the exam questions you will find on the Internet. When looking using sample questions (free or purchased) it is important to know that it will not help you on the exam to memorize the answers you encounter. The aim of doing practice...

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Amazon Kindle my ultimate study tool

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Amazon truly has created the best reading experience on your Web browser, PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, Android, and Windows Phone.  And with Amazon’s Free Reading Apps you don’t even need to own a Kindle to use their service! I like the Kindle DX.  I know what you’re thinking, me and couple other people bought the device. For the record, some estimates state DX sales amount to about 11% of Kindle sales figures.  In any case BIG is better because the DX’s 9.7″ E Ink display makes it the best form factor to view PDF files.  And my favorite way to use that cool display is to create flash cards using Microsoft...

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Google Sponsored Project Makes The Dead Sea Scrolls Accessible

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Google Sponsored Project Makes The Dead Sea Scrolls Accessible

The Dead Sea Scrolls are now online thanks to a project of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, powered by Google technology. The Israel Museum is the largest cultural institution in the State of Israel and is ranked among the world’s leading art and archaeology museums.  The Museum houses encyclopedic collections, including works dating from prehistory to the present day, in its Archaeology, Fine Arts, and Jewish Art and Life Wings, and features the most extensive holdings of biblical and Holy Land archaeology in the world. According to a recent article in USA Today, “Some of these images are appearing for the first time in Google — what no one has seen for 2,000...

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California DOT Project Management Resources

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According to the California Department of Transportation (DOT) web site, Caltrans manages more than 50,000 miles of highway, provides inter-city rail services, permits more than 400 public-use airports and special-use hospital heliports, and works with local agencies. Since 2007, the department has published several project management documents online that will interest the Project Management Professional (PMP) student. Their Bidders Library is a treasure chest of real-life examples of project management at work.  It includes examples of a project charter, work breakdown structures, risk management, and communication plans, and much more. Other highlights that I...

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