Have you ever tried to find a good “how to” article or a good strategy overview written for professional website managers?

I did. And I could find plenty of good stuff aimed at the “I love thinking about the Internet” set or the “I love cutting edge web technology” set. But very little at the “I am running a website group at a real company” set.

Although techie articles and pie-in-the-sky articles have their place, when you need real answers for real problems they just don’t give you what you need. You want actionable answers not down-in-the-dirt details or information about macro trends on the Internet.

So I set out to make a website that provides actionable answers to the questions that website managers ask on the topics that matter. Topics like:

  • Project Management finding big problems, coming up with solutions and mobilizing the teams to get the problem solved
  • Content Management slicing and dicing through requests for new web pages, getting the pieces together and getting it live without hiring a legion of web producers
  • Internet Marketing getting the folks to the site, getting them on the list, and then getting them through the funnel to sales or a shopping cart
  • Web Development developing the technology that makes it all possible

And while those are pretty big topics, they are the topics you deal with every day when you run a big-ish website. And if you hang with me, I am going to spill the good stuff I learned from doing this stuff myself.

The next question you are thinking is… who is this guy?

The PDU-ACP Situation

After having the Project Management Professional (PMP)certification for a long while, I am once again faced with earning enough professional development units (PDU) to keep myself in good standing with the Project Management Institute. But this time around I have another something to tack on to “earn enough PDUs to keep current” goal; earn the newish PMI  Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) as well.

Getting this certification makes some sense. First off, I am attracted to the agile lifestyle. And I have spent my career running lighter weight projects that lend themselves to agile thinking and execution. Those facts alone beg me to engage and learn more and certify.

To that end, I am going to write a series of articles on the reference books, my ACP test preparation and hopefully some analysis and critiques of the thinking in the agile community as presented in the reference materials and blogosphere.