Good ideas… on paper

Not too long ago I switched over the project management system I was using with my vendors and staff. The process was slightly painful, time-consuming, and had some costs associated with it. As you can imagine, I approached the change with no small amount of forethought to make sure that it was worthwhile to make […]

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Project management best practice: The report

When you’re putting together a project there will come a time when you need to file a report. But how do you do it… and how do you do it well? I’m reminded of a story once where I worked on a project (as an employee who participated, not as the project manager). The project […]

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Focus on what matters

Posted by on August 21, 2009 in: Project Management

Long before I started my own business I worked at a company in the typical just-out-of-college job. I worked hard and gave my best, so my on-the-job performance earned me praise from my employers… most of the time. But there is one time that stands out in mind as the exception to that experience. The […]

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Personality (dis)order

When you get a bunch of people in a room, there’s the potential that you might have conflict. When those people try to work on a project together, the likelihood of conflict increases dramatically. That’s because people have different styles of… Work Communication Conflict resolution … and they measure collaboration and success differently. (Yes, I’m […]

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Communication challenges

There was a time in project management history when the challenge was getting in touch with people and keeping the lines of communication open. Phone and fax were pretty much the only options. But now, with desk phones, cell phones, SMS, fax, email, IM, Twitter, webinars; plus the internal “quasi-email-like” systems of Facebook, LinkedIn, and […]

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Tales from the front lines: A project that is spinning out of control

Posted by on August 7, 2009 in: Project Management

This story didn’t happen to me (thank goodness) but it happened to a good friend of mine and he agreed to let me share it as long as I didn’t share the names of the guilty parties. There’s a corporation that is exploring their future as a company. It’s not a big corporation but it […]

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Can I have a show of hands?

Posted by on July 30, 2009 in: Project Management

“Can I have a show of hands?” is a project killer. There, I said it. If you’ve said this, you can be forgiven for saying it because few people realize just how poisonous it is to a project. Part of the reason is that most of us have grown up in a democratic society (whether […]

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