The Art of Project Management: Expert advice from experienced project managers in Silicon Valley, and around the world
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Lisa Winter - UCSC Extension in Silicon Valley

Lisa Winter is a Product/Project Management consultant with over a decade of managing enterprise-wide, complex projects and online products. Traveling the world and growing up overseas in Japan, Lisa attended an intensive international school for foreigners, which she believes prepared her well for today's global environment of managing products and projects. Ms. Winter has consulted and worked for many of the Fortune 500, including Wells Fargo Bank, Visa Inc., AT&T, The Clorox Company, Fireman's Fund Insurance, American Express, Walmart, and Charles Schwab, as well as technology companies Autodesk and McAfee Security, helping them increase market share and improve efficiency. She also did some heavy-duty stints with multiple technology start-ups from the start of the dotcom era to boom and subsequent bust, forging lasting relationships all over the Bay Area from the North Bay to Silicon Valley. Lisa combines her practical experience in technology infrastructure, organizational development, strategic planning, and change management with a background in all facets of business from marketing and sales to finance and IT. Working to bridge differences between departments and individuals and to satisfy apparently competing goals, she helps companies achieve corporate objectives, always keeping the team foremost in mind. Lisa holds a BS in Information Systems Management from University of San Francisco, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. She is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and is an advocate of Agile as both a Certified Scrum Product Owner and a ScrumMaster. You can contact her via email at Lisaw1@gmail.com

Leadership is Managing Relationships

Leadership is Managing Relationships

I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce my father to you, but I can’t. In the past three years, people have asked me why I haven’t been writing or blogging. I have a simple answer – my father passed away. He was of  Jewish descent, one of only two survivors in his family who […]

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What makes for a successful Project Manager?

What makes for a successful Project Manager?

My esteemed colleague Natalie Udo’s post a few weeks ago, “What is a Project Manager?” started me thinking about what are the elements which make us successful in the business. And hopefully, I’m reinforcing Kimberly Wiefling’s recent posts on what are the keys to success as a project leader… and not being too redundant – Thanks, […]

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Diversity and Multi-Generations on Project Teams – Unifying or Divisive Forces?

Diversity and Multi-Generations on Project Teams - Unifying or Divisive Forces?

One of the reasons I got into Project Management in the first place is that I’ve always been interested in people – their personalities, where they are from, what makes them tick. Growing up overseas in Japan, I attended an international school for foreigners, and there were kids from all over the world – kids […]

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Creating a Culture of Appreciation – Thank you goes a long way

Creating a Culture of Appreciation - Thank you goes a long way

As I was wracking my brain trying to think of interesting topics to write about for this week’s blogs, it came to me, a subject which is a sore spot and a pet peeve of mine – the fact that people don’t say “thank you” very often on projects, or in everyday business situations much (except […]

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A Tale of Three Cities – London, Toronto, and Redwood Shores

A Tale of Three Cities - London, Toronto, and Redwood Shores

It had all the earmarks of a disaster, a real career-sinker of a project. And here was my old friend and former colleague calling me up enthusiastically, on the phone: “Hey Lisa, we need a Technical Project Manager for this start-up I’m working for, in Redwood Shores… you’ll love the project and the team. It’s […]

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Sorry is not the final word, just the beginning

Sorry is not the final word, just the beginning

After years of managing online products and projects, you’d think it would become old hat… but never, not for this gal. There’s always something new to learn, and a different twist on old scenarios, if you’re open to them. People and team dynamics are endlessly fascinating, and you never know how it’s going to go […]

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Lead by Fear and Intimidation or Lead by Positive Motivation… – Your Choice

Lead by Fear and Intimidation or Lead by Positive Motivation... - Your Choice

As Project Managers, I’m sure we’ve all seen the kind of scenario where there is a project team member who is generally uncooperative or can’t seem to get the tasks done on time – and the different approaches you can take in order to solve this problem. You can take the dictatorial “Do as I […]

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