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Free Webcast: Myths and Reality of Iterative Testing – Laura Rose

Friday, October 24th, 2014, 12:00 PM Eastern Free Webcast: Myths and Reality of Iterative Testing – Laura Rose This presentation is specifically for professionals who are ready to succeed. Myths arise from a lack of direct experience. In the absence of information, we form beliefs based on what we think we know, often with a […]

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How to handle a problem business partner

I’ve been having major difficulties with my business partner for a new venture we’re trying to grow. Any tips/advice for remedying the situation?

Most problems between partners occur because there isn’t a clear definition of roles, expectations and responsibilities. One person often sees themselves as the big thinker but needs someone that can follow-through on those items. The other person that is great at execution needs someone that can sit down long enough to clearly articulate the path. Neither role is sufficient for a successful business. If each one doesn’t understand what needs to be accomplished for a successful business, it will be a difficult road.

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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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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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Keeping an external job offer alive

It’s usually bad news when your job offer is put on hold. Sometimes the offer disappears. So what strategies can you employ to make sure you keep that offer alive even if the employer has to suspend plans for bringing you on board?

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What’s going on inside my computer?

What’s going on inside my computer?

We all ask this question now and then, particularly when the computer or its application software is not working as it should. Or at least when it’s doing things we don’t understand. Our smartphones are no different – they are primarily computers, with some radio communications thrown in to connect them with the world. Of […]

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How can a career vision help me with my career

How can a career vision help me with my career

Steve Wynkoop and I were talking a lot about designing and managing our professional careers on a weekly interview on SSWUG.org. This episode was about what steps to change your position in the your current company.

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Are You Ready?

I have been writing and speaking for a number of years about the need to create an environment for successful projects. It’s heartwarming to find a “student” who personifies this approach. Here is a summary of postings by Vickie M in a UC Extension course on management, leadership, and team building in the project environment: […]

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How a diet tip helped me get a work-related request accomplished.

I know this sounds strange, but I used a diet tip that I read from Micheal Thurmond’s “6 Day Body Makeover” – to accomplish career critical tasks.

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How to handle jealousy in the office.

I received the below great question a few days after my Art of War for Product Managers and High-Performing Professionals.  I thought you might be interested in the answer as well. Q: Many senior employees work under my lead. In this case, many other senior employees think that what a lucky me. Jealousy is coming […]

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If you can drive, you can understand project managing.

If you know how to drive, you already understand project management. You may still not want to be a project manager, but at least you understand better their function and value. In fact, project management and defensive driving have much in common.

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What Yoga is Teaching Me About Leadership

What Yoga is Teaching Me About Leadership

One of my core beliefs is that we are most happy when we feel we’re making progress in our lives. It’s painful for us to remain stagnant in life. In fact, growth is not an option; it’s a necessity. Grow or die. That is the biological imperative that all living organisms experience. “Without continual growth […]

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How to Build Relationships with Stakeholders

How to Build Relationships with Stakeholders

Projects involve more than just objectives, outcomes and plans. They also involve people – most importantly, the project stakeholders. Stakeholders can be strong advocates for a project, or they can turn around and kill it. They can help project managers become better at their jobs, or frustrate them into failure. Because of their influence on […]

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Electrical Audit Excellence – An Integration with Business Process Excellence – Project Manager’s Point of Convergence – Part III

Project Manager’s Point of Convergence – Part III Co-Authors: Dr. Shree Nanguneri and Mr. Rao, G In this final “Part III” of our series, we close by integrating the electrical audit process with the principles of business process excellence. As project managers, the approach using the principles of business process excellence (BPEx) helps organizations gain credibility […]

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Electrical Audit Excellence – Project Manager’s Gold Mine to Business Opportunity – PART II

Electrical Audit Excellence – Project Manager’s Gold Mine to Business Opportunity – PART II Co-Authors: Dr. Shree Nanguneri and Mr. Rao, G This sequel to Part – I deals with solving problems and leveraging opportunities in the field of electrical audits, where project managers working within or outside their project scope in their organizations, can make a […]

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Electrical Audit Compliance for This Millennium – Organizational Approach – Part I

The Electrical Audit Process – PART I Co-Authors: Dr. Shree Nanguneri and Mr. Rao. G Electrical Equipment Audit Abstract Organizations throughout the world invest time, energy, and efforts to comply with standards in different areas such as ISO, OSHA, and other areas. One of the critical areas for any infrastructure or business operating unit is being in […]

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Software development – not by PERT alone

I have great respect for software developers. Because software is abstract, invisible and runs at extreme speeds, the people who are good at building it have to possess a particular talent at visualization and a willingness to use complex tools. When software developers become project managers (PMs), they tend to rely on software tools to […]

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Using Game Theory to Traverse Obstacles

Many of the strategies used in games can be effectively translated to business and professional navigation. Find out how….

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Top 3 Office Game Changers

As a Business Process Consultant and Efficiency Coach, I am a subject matter expert in the field of Process Improvement. I work closely with the client to analyze both operational processes and financial metrics to assess project opportunities that positively impact the financial performance of the client business. In that role, I see a few misconceptions in how to make office changes (or any change for that matter). The most prevalent false premise is to “start where you are and take small steps”. That may be the resulting action – but I don’t recommend we start there.

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If you can drive, you can understand project managing.

This is Laura Lee Rose, a business and life coach that specializes in professional development, time management, project management and work-life balance strategies. In my GoTo Academy: Soft Skill Tools for the GoTo Professional continuous online coaching series, I go into office etiquette on various real-world IT topics in detail. If you are interested in […]

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Red flags indicating possible project failure

Designing, implementing and integrating major IT systems has numerous pitfalls that don’t appear, for example, in building construction. People who are responsible for delivering major IT projects – or are paying for one – need to be aware of what indicators are red flags for possible failure of the project. Classical project management tools were […]

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