The Art of Project Management: Expert advice from experienced project managers in Silicon Valley, and around the world
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Kimberly Wiefling, Author at UCSC Extension in Silicon Valley

Kimberly Wiefling is the author of one of the top project management books in the US, "Scrappy Project Management - The 12 Predictable and Avoidable Pitfalls Every Project Faces", and the founder of Wiefling Consulting, LLC, a scrappy global consulting enterprise committed to enabling her clients to achieve highly unlikely or darn near impossible results, predictably and repeatedly. Her work focuses on keynote speaking and workshops on practical and sensible business leadership and project/program management scaled for the size of the company and the project. She has worked with companies of all sizes, including one-person ventures and those in the Fortune 500, and she has helped to launch and grow more than half a dozen startups, a few of which are reaping excellent profits at this very moment. She spends about half of her time working with Japan-based companies that are committed to developing truly global leaders. Kimberly holds a B.S. in Chemistry and Physics from Wright State University and a M.S. in Physics from Case Institute. She spent 10 years at HP working in product development project management and engineering leadership. She worked with several startups, including a Xerox Parc spinoff where she was the VP of Program Management. In 2001 she launched her consulting practice and never looked back. She holds a certificate in project management through UC Santa Cruz Extension, where she is an instructor in the Project and Program Management Certificate Program. Kimberly spends about half of her time facilitating leadership, communication and execution excellence workshops for leaders of Japanese companies committed to becoming truly global. Thousands of people have viewed the hysterical video documenting the final phase of completing her book at www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDCJBu3rdvk. You can reach her via email at kimberly@wiefling.com

Similarities Between Parenting a Newborn and Project Management

Similarities Between Parenting a Newborn and Project Management

(Posted anonymously on behalf of a program engineering manager at a fine, upstanding organization where it would be best if his name was not used.) Things are going well on the home front. I am beginning to draw a lot of correlations between parenting a newborn and succeeding at work. A few examples: 1) Works […]

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The Importance of Taking Risks. Video Blog 7

Thinking of playing it safe in your career and your life? Don’t! Kimberly shares the importance of taking risks in this 1 minute video. * Thanks to Japjot Sethi of Gloopt for making this professional video!

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How to Collaborate with Peers. Video Blog 6

Do you sometimes think doing all the work yourself would be easier than collaborating with your peers? Although it’s frustrating at times to work with other people, collaboration is an essential survival skill in today’s business world. Kimberly shares her 1 minute view on this in this video. * Thanks to Japjot Sethi of Gloopt for making […]

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Working Effectively with People From Around the World. Video Blog 5

How can you work effectively with people from different countries and cultures, and people who speak different languages? Kimberly has worked with people from over 50 different countries, and finds that what we share far outweighs our differences. * Thanks to Japjot Sethi of Gloopt for making this professional video!

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What Does it Mean to be Global Minded? Video Blog 4

Being global-minded means being a citizen of the World as well as a citizen of your home country. Based on her experience working with people from 50 different countries, Kimberly shares her advice in this 1 minute video. * Thanks to Japjot Sethi of Gloopt for making this professional video!

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How to Lead Effectively. Video Blog 3

How can you lead effectively when you’re promoted? You have 2 ears and 1 mouth, so use them in that ratio! Start by listening, collaboratively set clear goals, and work together as a real team, not just a group of people jockeying for position, power and status. Check out Kimberly’s 1 minute view on this. […]

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The Difference Between Leadership and Management. Video Blog 2

How is leadership different from management? The cynical answer is “Lead people, manage cows.” People don’t want to be managed. Kimberly shares her scrappy view in this 1 minute video. * Thanks to Japjot Sethi of Gloopt for making this professional video!

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What is Leadership? Video Blog 1

What is leadership? It’s NOT position in an organization chart, and it’s NOT a title on your business card. Kimberly shares her take on this topic in this 1 minute video. * Thanks to Japjot Sethi of Gloopt for making this professional video!

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Pirates Fighting Among Themselves While the Spanish Galleon Sails On Up

Pirates Fighting Among Themselves While the Spanish Galleon Sails On Up

This past summer I went to a baseball game. It wasn’t completely without benefit. I enjoyed indulging in the traditional stadium food and libations, the $1 hot dogs formed from some unrecognizable substance and the “it shall offend no one” stadium beer (nor shall it please anyone, but let’s not be sticklers). While being herded […]

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Becoming Global-minded

Becoming Global-minded

(This article is part of a series originally published in Japan by ALC Press English Journal, and is written in “Global English”. CLICK HERE to see the accompanying video, spoken in “Global English”.) QUESTION:  “My subordinates are younger than me, but they seem much more global-minded. I know I need to change, but I’ve never worked abroad, and I’m […]

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The Confidence to Go For It!

The Confidence to Go For It!

(This article is part of a series originally published in Japan by ALC Press English Journal, and is written in “Global English”. CLICK HERE to see the accompanying video, spoken in “Global English”.) QUESTION:  “My biggest problem is I lack the confidence to take on more responsibility at work. Now I’m watching less qualified people get promoted, and […]

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Meaningless Meetings

Meaningless Meetings

(This article is part of a series originally published in Japan by ALC Press English Journal, and is written in “Global English”. CLICK HERE to see the accompanying video, spoken in “Global English”.) QUESTION:  “My whole day is an endless string of attending meaningless meetings, which are a complete waste of time. Help!” ANSWER: Unfortunately every day millions […]

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The Power of Positive Comments

The Power of Positive Comments

(This article is part of a series originally published in Japan by ALC Press English Journal, and is written in “Global English”. CLICK HERE to see the accompanying video, spoken in “Global English”.) QUESTION:  “I have trouble making positive comments to my subordinates. All of them are so lazy and slow, and don’t achieve the results we need, […]

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Communicating with More Experienced Team Members

Communicating with More Experienced Team Members

(This article is part of a series originally published in Japan by ALC Press English Journal, and is written in “Global English”. CLICK HERE to see the accompanying video, spoken in “Global English”.) QUESTION:  “I’ve just started to manage a new department and I don’t know how to communicate with my more experienced subordinates. Some of them have […]

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One of the Few Women at Work

One of the Few Women at Work

(This article is part of a series originally published in Japan by ALC Press English Journal, and is written in “Global English”. CLICK HERE to see the accompanying video, spoken in “Global English”.) QUESTION:  “I’m one of the few women in a leadership position in my company, and often I’m the only woman at meetings. Sometimes I feel […]

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Changing Jobs or Your Career

Changing Jobs or Your Career

(This article is part of a series originally published in Japan by ALC Press English Journal, and is written in “Global English”. CLICK HERE to see the accompanying video, spoken in “Global English”.) QUESTION: “After working for 20 years in the same kinds of jobs I realize that I don’t enjoy my work, but it’s all I know. How […]

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Too Much Work!

Too Much Work!

(This article is part of a series originally published in Japan by ALC Press English Journal, and is written in “Global English”. CLICK HERE to see the accompanying video, spoken in “Global English”.) QUESTION: “I have twice as much work as I have hours in the day. No matter how hard I work I’m always behind. Help!” ANSWER: […]

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How to Be a Successful New Leader

How to Be a Successful New Leader

(This article is part of a series originally published in Japan by ALC Press English Journal, and is written in “Global English”. CLICK HERE to see the accompanying video, spoken in “Global English”.) QUESTION: “I’ve just been promoted to leading a new team and don’t know where to start. What should I do first?” ANSWER: Congratulations on […]

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From Mentor to Colleague

From Mentor to Colleague

Some mentoring relationships last a single meeting, but others last a lifetime. Sometimes a mentoring relationship will turn into a long term relationship. (No, I don’t mean that you sleep with your mentor, or marry them.) I mean that they will come to value and enjoy the mentoring relationship as much as you do. This has happened in several of my mentoring relationships. Because we enjoyed our mentoring sessions so much we continued them beyond the point where I was seeking advice and guidance from them. Eventually they started to ask me for advice.

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Mentoring Circles – Better Leveraging a Mentor’s Time

Mentoring Circles - Better Leveraging a Mentor's Time

If you’d like to benefit from mentoring from an expert who’s truly extraordinary, but you feel a bit daunted by their presence, consider gathering two or three people who’d like to share the journey with you. While you might like to keep them all to yourself, having a bigger audience could increase your chances of landing a highly skillful mentor, make the experience less awkward, and you might also learn a lot from the other people in your mentoring circle.

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It’s Just Lunch – Asking an Executive to Mentor You

It's Just Lunch - Asking an Executive to Mentor You

Some of the best mentoring I’ve ever received is from executives. Ask your executives to spend some time sharing their vision with you. Here’s how: “Jared, I’ve been working here for just about 6 months, and I really like the way you’re leading this division. My manager has shared your strategic plan with our team, and I’ve read all of your messages about our direction, but I’d love to hear your vision from you directly. Would you be willing to spend 15 minutes or so over a cup of coffee sharing your view of our future with me? I promised I’ll make it worth your while by making sure my work is aligned with the direction you’re setting.”

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