The Art of Project Management: Expert advice from experienced project managers in Silicon Valley, and around the world
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Lisa DiTullio, Author at Project Management Wisdom

Lisa is a leading force in project and business management. She is the founder of Your Project Office, a PMI©Registered Education Provider, and consulting practice dedicated to introducing project management as a business competency. She is the editor of ProjectBestPractices, a quarterly newsletter from ProjectWorld, and a contributor to PM Network Magazine. She's also the author of Simple Solutions: How "Enterprise Project Management" Supported Harvard Pilgrim Health Care's Journey from Near Collapse to #1 and Project Team Dynamics: Enhancing Performance, Improving Results. Scores of organizations – from college campuses to governmental agencies to Fortune 100 companies have gained from Lisa's insights and tell-it-like-it-is keynotes and programs. She offers a variety of topics, ranging from technical project management practices to teambuilding and business leadership. Audience members and workshop participants leave educated, engaged, and energized – armed with actionable practices for immediate success. www.yourprojectoffice.com, e-mail LisaD@yourprojectoffice.com

Imagine This!

Imagine This!

How often do you daydream?

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Who’s Your Imaginary Friend?

Who's Your Imaginary Friend?

Did you have an imaginary friend as a child?  Perhaps it’s time to reunite!

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Agile Leadership

Agile Leadership

As with everything in life, there is never a one-size fits-all solution.  When it comes time to apply the ‘right” leadership style, simply remember this – there are advantages and disadvantages to each of the three styles previously introduced:  Transactional, Transformational and Quiet.

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What’s Your Style?

What's Your Style?

Over the past 70 years there has been extensive research into leadership and what makes an effective leader.  This has given rise to a whole category or leadership styles.  Which one is yours?

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Lead the Way

Lead the Way

How do they do it?

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Can You Feel It?

Can You Feel It?

Often we are told what to do during a change event. When we use a “tell” approach, however, communication is unlikely to be open and effective.

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Is That Really Necessary?

Is That Really Necessary?

It’s difficult to feel excited about change if we can’t see the point of it. Change that appears to be happening simply for change’s sake does not motivate. And if we want people to engage in a change program, we need to make sure they understand why the change is necessary—So how can you make […]

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Creative or Uncreative?

Creative or Uncreative?

I am the oldest of three, by two minutes.  My twin brother, my sister and I could not be more different.  My brother is a Blues musician; he lives in New Orleans and travels the world playing the harmonica with The Little Freddie King Band.  My younger sister started her career as a stand-up comic, […]

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Can You Color?

Can You Color?

Today, it’s all about doing things differently and doing different things. Did you know Google runs 50 to 200 search experiments at any given time? Innovation and creativity is the lifeblood of growth – organizations who think differently and act quickly are the ones who will break from the pack.

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It’s Tradition

It's Tradition

The Pilgrims held their second Thanksgiving celebration in 1623 to mark the end of a long drought that had threatened the year’s harvest and prompted Governor Bradford to call for a religious fast.  George Washington issued the first Thanksgiving proclamation by the national government of the United States; in it, he called upon Americans to […]

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Be Pilgrim-like

Be Pilgrim-like

The Pilgrims, who set sail from Plymouth, England on a ship called the Mayflower on September 6, 1620, were bound for the resourceful ‘New World’.  Aboard were passengers comprising of the ‘separatists’, who called themselves the “Saints”, and the others, whom the separatists called “Strangers”. After land was sighted in November following 66 days of […]

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Be Thankful

Be Thankful

In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. The celebratory feast acknowledged the power of collaboration and partnerships between the Abenaki and Pawtuxet tribes, and the Pilgrims.  Do you have collaborative partnerships across your projects worthy […]

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How to Fish, Part 3

I had the great fortune of growing up in a small coastal town located in New England.  In the summer, we would fish on the ocean, in the spring and fall we would head to the pond.  In winter, we would dress in layers and test our luck on the ice.

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Gone Fishing, Part 2

Is your PMO no longer attracting fish?  The other day, we talked about changing things up to attract more or bigger fish.  Easier said than done.

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The Fish That Got Away

The Fish That Got Away

The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope.  ~John Buchan Probably the biggest challenge associated with launching and maintaining a successful PMO is having the fortitude and spirit to keep on fishing.  PMO’s must evolve to survive.   PMO’s must also […]

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Be Heard

Be Heard

According to Marshall Goldsmith, leadership expert and best-selling author, “80 percent of our success in learning from other people is based upon how well we listen”.  We know it’s the “right” thing to do, yet we are continually challenged to do it well.  What gets in our way of listening? Too many distractions.  It’s hard […]

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Public Consumption

Public Consumption

Earlier today I headed to the airport to catch a flight.  While navigating the Southeast Expressway to reach Boston’s Logan International Airport, I narrowly averted a car accident when the car traveling in the high-speed lane came within millimeters of my car.  The young female driver barely glimpsed my way—she was much too engaged on […]

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The Myth About Project Managers

The Myth About Project Managers

Let’s get out of the dark ages and admit what we know. Project manager is a misnomer. We don’t manage projects, we drive change. Set aside the process and tactics associated with projects and you will easily separate those who manage projects versus those who lead. Leadership is not about your credentials or accomplishments; it’s […]

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Pay it Forward

Pay it Forward

I recently had the opportunity to speak to an audience of PMO leaders. The event is designed to support PMO leaders through the exchange of best practices and expert advice. Interestingly, the majority of attendees this year were quite novice – over 55% of workshop participants had less than one year experience establishing or managing […]

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What If We Can’t Get Along?

What If We Can't Get Along?

Most of us dislike conflict and prefer to avoid it than confront it.  If we don’t learn how to deal with conflict, the danger is when conflict arises, the situation will soon escalate into something destructive that causes long-term damage to relationships and teamwork.

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Are You the Right One?

Are You the Right One?

Screening project team members requires project managers to see beyond accomplishments and credentials.

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