I was recently able to attend a David Allen Getting Things Done (GTD) Roadmap seminar during one of my regular trips to Washington DC.
It was a fabulous one-day conference.
As someone who has been practicing some form of GTD since 2004, it was great to finally get to learn from David Allen in-person. The Roadmap material was, frankly, excellent for someone in my situation who tries to practice GTD on a daily basis and is maturing in the model. For instance for me, my Runway is pretty well managed, as is my Horizon's of focus above 20,000 feet. But I do struggle with Projects (10,000 feet) and consistent Weekly Reviews. This year (2008) could be considered the year of getting a handle on both Projects & Weekly Reviews. After this seminar, I definitely think I have some good best practices to move forward with.
There are three other conferences that have my attention right now:
I will be at the upcoming New Media Expo (NME) 2008 speaking on "Getting Started With Audio Editing - Hands-on With Audacity." More information about my Audacity related resources over at AztecMedia.net/Audacity. Christy is going to go with me this year, and we hope to get some Jersey Boys Las Vegas interviews completed for the Jersey Boys Podcast. And yes, we will be seeing the show again while we are there. ;-)
I am also planning to attend the Manager-Tools.com Effective Communications conference in San Antonio, TX on September 9-10, 2008. This should be a great conference and if you are a manager, you should really consider attending. Or at the very least, go over to Manager-Tools.com Getting Started page and get started.
The other conference that is on my radar but I don't think I'm going to be able to attend is Ismael Ghalimi's Office 2.0 Conference. David Allen is going to be giving the keynote which is great, but the line-up of other speakers is impressive, and the content seems right up my alley. If you are interested in attending, you can save $100 off the conference fee by using this link that Ismael gave me. For those who are GTD Connect members, David recently interviewed Ismael for the In Conversation podcast. It is a very good podcast that examines what Ismael is up to with regards to Office 2.0, and gets deep into the personal GTD systems Ismael is deploying. He is definitely an impressive 'cloud/virtual systems' guy.