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What Are We Trying to Accomplish?

What Are We Trying to Accomplish Have you ever read an email and gotten upset, thinking the person was being offensive and rude? Then, when you bring it up to a coworker, expecting them to agree, they took the email in a whole different meaning. Communication is hard. We don’t always say what we mean. […]
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Managing Projects with Respect

Over the years I’ve written about many project management skills, techniques, and approaches. Project managers need to be organized. They need to be able to plan efficiently. Project managers need to be able to communicate and customize their communication for their specific audience. The project manager needs to have many tools in her toolbox. One … Continue reading Managing Projects with Respect

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Including all Stakeholders

In our project based organizations, we serve in uber-diverse workgroups. Not only are our team members from many different parts of the globe, they rarely all work for the same team. An organization my start a project with a small group of internal staff members. That internal team may consist of a contractor or two … Continue reading Including all Stakeholders

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Respect in the Workplace

I once knew a woman who was in a bad relationship. I never met her significant other, but she made random comments about how he treated her. The interesting – and significant – thing was that she didn’t make these comments to complain about his behavior. They were stated in a matter-of-fact manner that indicated […]
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Process and Consistency – Not Always the Same

I once worked for a man that had a defined process for everything. He tracked everything with a spreadsheet. Everyone was expected to follow all of his processes to the letter. People became so bogged down following process that they got little else done. It was also a drain on morale. They did so much … Continue reading Process and Consistency – Not Always the Same

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Are You a Driver of Your Career or a Passenger?

We’ve all heard of back seat drivers. They sit in the car and criticize the driver. They tell the driver when to turn, when to slow down, and when to speed up. Not all passengers are like that. Some just sit back, close their eyes and nap through the ride. It is indicative of how … Continue reading Are You a Driver of Your Career or a Passenger?

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Failure to Execute – I’ve Got it All in My Head

I have a friend who is a really good sales person. He is also very entrepreneurial. He has worked for other people for a number of years, but I’ve always been impressed by how he approaches his work like it is his own business. It shows commitment. He has been talking for a long time … Continue reading Failure to Execute – I’ve Got it All in My Head

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6 Steps for Effective Project Communication

How could he not understand what we’re doing? I couldn’t have made it more clearly to him. That feeling has probably gone through every project manager’s mind at one time or another. You have developed what seems like an easy concept in your mind. You quickly relay that information to someone else. Maybe they didn’t … Continue reading 6 Steps for Effective Project Communication

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5 Ways to Align IT with the Business

Looking back at every project in which I’ve been involved, I’ve seen successes and failures. There are many reasons for each outcome. But I believe the reason with the most correlation is business alignment. To align IT with the business is one of the most critical aspects of a project, and perhaps the most difficult … Continue reading 5 Ways to Align IT with the Business

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How to Create a Project Communication Plan

Communication is one of the most difficult things a project manager has to manage within an organization. Meaningful information must be gathered and distributed among the many stakeholders on a project. Because of this, it is important to create a project communication plan at the beginning of a project. It should be updated as stakeholders … Continue reading How to Create a Project Communication Plan

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6 Ways to Turn Your Job into a Career

Whether you went to college, trade school or jumped right into the work place. Your initial goal was probably to get a job. It may have been in your area of study. You may have gone in a different direction depending on the job market. Once someone gets into their job, they get comfortable, complacent … Continue reading 6 Ways to Turn Your Job into a Career

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How a Project Manager Can Be a Good Team Player

I occasionally talk to fellow project managers. I’ve found that one of the most common things that PMs complain about is getting people on our teams to be team players. I’ll admit that it is important. I often wonder whether the project managers that I talk to are good team players themselves. I believe that … Continue reading How a Project Manager Can Be a Good Team Player

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5 Ways a Project Manager Can Remove Obstacles

One of the project manager’s key responsibilities is to remove obstacles. Many see management and leadership as an oversight task. Instead, a project manager should strive to balance being informed with getting involved when necessary. The role requires more leadership than management. This means not only knowing when to get involved, but how to get … Continue reading 5 Ways a Project Manager Can Remove Obstacles

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Applying the 80-20 Rule Every Day

I recently met a college student who was studying psychology. He was one of the brightest and most ambitious young men I’ve met. He had dreams. He wanted to own his own business. “Not just a little sole proprietorship,” he told me. “I’m willing to start small. But I want to grow this business and … Continue reading Applying the 80-20 Rule Every Day

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4 Components of Business Alignment

If you’ve ever been to an air show in a major city, chances are that you’ve seen the Blue Angels perform. The Blue Angels are a flying aerobatic team. They fly six F/A-18 Hornet aircraft and perform maneuvers such as formation loops and barrel rolls. It amazes me that six jet airplanes can fly in formation … Continue reading 4 Components of Business Alignment

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