Thursday, March 31, 2011

2011 PMF Finalists Update

[Also posted here]

[Update 1: There were 850 finalists this year. Last year there were 869.]

[Update 2: The list is now posted at, so if you haven't gotten your email yet, go check the list out.]

The finalists for the 2011 Presidential Management Fellows program have begun to receive their notifications. At present, the list has not been posted. Also, it looks like rejections may be going out first.

Join in the conversation on the Open Thread (well, the second one).

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

2011 PMF Finalists: Open Thread 2

Would you look at that? One of you (or all of you) must have broken the last thread, because it stopped paginating properly at around 800 comments. So I'm opening a new thread to catch the overflow. Comment here instead of the old one.

Just for Fun: One Month of Site Stats

I saw a few comments in the monstrously active Finalists Open Thread requesting some sort of informational post about the site statistics I am seeing. Well, here are some numbers for the past month. You can see a very sharp up-tick in visits as people began anticipating the finalist results. From these graphs, you can see that there appear to be far more than the 10 people using this site than someone jokingly suggested might be the case. I can explain a little bit about what these statistics mean, but I don't really want to bore anyone, so I will try to keep the explanation high level. Click on the images to make them bigger.

The first graph shows a breakdown of total visits vs. new visitors. This is Google's best guess as to what percentage of traffic is new. I am averaging 660 visits per day, and Google estimates that 85 of them are new. Of course it's not as simple as that, but I am not going to delve into the mechanics of Google Analytics. Others do that far more effectively.

The second graph is Google's estimation of the absolute unique visitors to the blog over the past month. Again, how it determines this is not straightforward enough to delve into here, so the number I am showing may seem a bit puzzling. The answer to the question, "How many people visit the blog?" seems to be AT MOST 3500 in the last month, which is obviously a lot larger than the number of semifinalists. It is conceivable, though highly unlikely, that every 2011 semifinalist has visited this blog in the last month. The most plausible explanation is that some of you have cleared your browser cache or space out your visits to the blog such that Google's tracking mechanism no longer recognizes you as a returning visitor, instead counting you as a unique visitor. My guess is that there are some several hundred of you lurking, with at most a hundred actively commenting. I have no way of confirming this, however, since I've limited my ability to collect that sort of information.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

2011 PMF Finalists: Open Thread

[Also posted here]

I've been waiting to post this until the PMF Program Office offered up any news. The 2011 PMF finalist list is due out sometime in late March, according to the latest news on the PMF web site. While this is still vague, it's nevertheless right around the corner. Historically, the PMF Program Office has provided roughly a 2 week news lead on the results, so my prediction is that we may hear something around March 29. As I have done in the past, I am opening this thread to collect your stories of acceptance or rejection. Did you make it? If so, congratulations to you. Is this the end of the PMF road for you? I know it may be disappointing, but consider what you've learned along the way, and remember how fierce the competition was; the semifinalists were already a stellar group, so you are in good company, just unfortunately on the wrong side of a line. Why not sit among peers and share your triumphs and frustrations?

Note: I would link to the news blurb on the PMF site, but since they still don't really get how everyone else does news, there won't be a permanent link to it, and it will die as soon as some new bit of fluff comes floating by. ;)

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Calling for PMF Experiences

[Also posted here]

A number of current PMFs are working with GovLoop to put together a guide to the PMF Program, including what it's like to BE a PMF. While the audience on this blog to date has been applicants working their way through the PMF process, the fact is that many of you will become finalists and eventually successful PMFs. We would like to collect vignettes describing your experiences with the program, including any of the following: why you wanted to be a PMF; what you hope to accomplish in the program; what you think of any portion of the application process; your views on and experiences with training, rotations, and conversion; and anything else you want to share. As we get closer to publishing such a guide, we will solidify the list of topics. Expect it to cover the major areas, of course, but feel free to suggest things we may not have considered.

If you want to contribute anything, you can leave comments here; an email address is forthcoming, as are further details.