The Art of Project Management: Expert advice from experienced project managers in Silicon Valley, and around the world
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How to capture that manager’s attention

Your work history is solid. Your experience is exceptional. Yet you are not getting the job offers that you want. How can you get your work and resume out in front?

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How to steal a client or position from a competitor

How to steal a client or position from a competitor

How do you steal a client or project away from a competitor? I find the best way to gain customers or projects from competitors is to collaborate and affiliate with them.

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How a small business build positive work culture.

I recently was asked for advice for small business owners on ways to build a strong, positive culture at work. Read some tips.

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10 Hidden Time Wasters

We often inadvertently waste time because we don’t recognize the symptoms. Check out the video list of the video’s 10 hidden time wasters and tell me which ones were a surprise to you.

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Advocating For Your Team

Advocating For Your Team

When was the last time you could select all the members on your team? Chances are as a Project Manager or ScrumMaster, our teams are already up and running or “resources” have been allocated by the organization. What happens when performance doesn’t quite meet expectations? This is where advocacy come in. As a ScrumMaster, I […]

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Project Managers wear PRADA

Project Managers wear PRADA

And who says Project Managers do not know fashion couture? How does this tie to what we do daily you ask? PRADA is actually an acronym for a set of characteristics or values that I believe should be inherent in any successful project managers and I have encouraged my project managers to think and use […]

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Narrowing your career choices to your advantage

Recently I was approached by a professional struggling with what her next career position should be. Her background was in project management, but she could go back to school and get her MBA. She should start something on her own, or she could stay exactly where she is and focus on her PMP certification. She could take her transferable skills and move into operational management for the executive level. She could do this or that or the other. She was continually flip-flopping among all these options that she was stalled.

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Constantly Re-inventing oneself is one way to way to stay relevant.

Constantly Re-inventing oneself is one way to way to stay relevant.

Recently Justine Timberlake toured the talk-show circuit to promote his new 20/20 Experience (part 1) CD. I don’t know much about Justine Timberlake, but have learned a few things since he started his promotion tour that should be incorporated in everyone’s professional plans.

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How to speed up operations and deliveries.

With clients expecting orders to be turned around faster than in the past, how can a small business speed up their operations?

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How do companies prevent remote workers from feeling “left out”?

How do companies prevent remote workers from feeling

I recently received the following question: How do companies prevent remote workers from feeling “left out”? I’m not a fan of handing off the responsibility of our own career and growth to someone else. It is not the companies’ responsibility to make their telecommuters to ‘feel included’. It is not the companies’ responsibility to make […]

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5 Ways to Get That Raise

Have this ever happened to you? You get a great performance review; they are very pleased with your work; they say they would like to give you a raise — BUT, due to budget problems, it is not possible at that time. What do you do to succeed?

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Good Product Management Matters!

Good Product Management Matters!

As a consulting CTO, I’m on the lookout for the knots in clients’ software development; untangling them has been the key to transforming chaos to clarity and making product delivery hum. As an advocate for best practices, amplified by publication of our book Managing the Unmanageable: Rules, Tools, and Insights for Managing Software People and […]

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Agile: Not a Magic Pill

No one on software teams believes in waterfall any longer. That’s what The 2013 Study of Product Team Performance revealed. As the correlation chart shows at a glance, agile, blended and lean teams each correlate their own method with increased profitability, but waterfall teams believe that any method other than waterfall would make their product […]

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Thumbs Up for Feedback!

Thumbs Up for Feedback!

Bob is consistently late to meetings. Sara’s tasks are always doing “just fine” up until the last minute: then suddenly there is a crisis and it can’t be done on time. Your overall team effort seems to be losing momentum compared to your pace at the beginning of the project. Michael and Susan are strong […]

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In Praise of MBWA (Management By Walking Around)

I am, at heart, an analyst. There is nothing that would please me more than being able to shut my door and do some thinking and come up with plans and processes — then wait for the good results to come in. Of course, there is a major flaw: people. No, the people aren’t flawed […]

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Mid-Air Disaster Avoided: Values win over Litigation!

Mid-Air Disaster Avoided: Values win over Litigation!

In an emergency, would do what’s right to help someone or would you do what’s legally acceptable?  I hear you saying, “It depends.”  Well, yes it does. But on what does your choice depend?  What influences your choice? Here’s a client’s story about that kind of dilemma that had him up-in-the-air, literally, and how his […]

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Been nudged lately? (Are you sure???)

I got a D in English when I was a sophomore in high school.  I don’t remember who my teacher was or if I liked him or her. I don’t remember who I sat next to in class.  I don’t remember being yelled at by mom or dad; it’s likely they expressed their deep, deep […]

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Got POWER? (what kind?)

Dictionary.com defines power as a person or thing that possesses or exercises authority or influence. To this, I’m adding to get something done.  Sounds like a basic definition of business. As such, I think it’s worth exploring what kind of power is being used to get what kind of work done. While a conversation about […]

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She took the concern right out of my mouth

I learned 2 communication tips from my dentist last week. (Just by seeing the word “dentist”, you got the shivers, right?  So much for being in control.)  I was having a crack in a tooth filled. When my dentist removed the Q-tip that had the pre- numbing agent on it, I closed my eyes.  Why? […]

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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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