The Art of Project Management: Expert advice from experienced project managers in Silicon Valley, and around the world
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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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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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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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Taking Responsibility: what dog training can teach us about management

Taking Responsibility: what dog training can teach us about management

  After many years of traversing the globe as a strategy consultant, family and health issues dictated a travel respite for a few years. During part of that interim period, I turned a hobby into a business and became the owner of a very active full service dog training and behavior modification business. Several hundred […]

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The most convincing reason to change from waterfall to agile

The most convincing reason to change from waterfall to agile

Given virtually no one on product teams believes in waterfall – even those using waterfall (see my last post on The 2013 Study of Product Team Performance) – what to do about managers who insist upon seeing a waterfall project plan so they can “guarantee that a project will come in on time”? There is, […]

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The 2013 Study of Product Team Performance

The 2013 Study of Product Team Performance

The 2013 Study of Product Team Performance is out! The results are not quite as across-the-board extraordinary as last year’s study – that would have been hard to match – but it offers individual results that are every bit as eye-opening – and overall it’s quite revealing. What startled me in last year’s study was […]

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LEADING GEEK-STYLE: When Being a Genius Isn’t Enough

When a colleague recently asked me what it was like to work with an IT giant client of ours on a big project, I quipped, “Remember the smartest kid in class? The one who was always first to raise her hand? It’s like working with a room full of those people”. “Oh,” he sighed (as […]

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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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What if two product managers disagree on something and can only agree to disagree?

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. What if two product manager colleagues disagree on something and can only agree to disagree and cannot come to a resolution, what do you […]

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How to do things that scare us.

There are things in our professional careers that naturally scare us, but are required for advancement and continued growth. We are normally afraid of places we haven’t been before, things we haven’t tried before or subject matter that we know nothing about. If fear is a sign that we are pushing our envelop, then conquering that fear is a sign of real personal and professional growth.
So, how do we gather enough courage to take that next step?

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Do one scary thing a day.

This week we will take a short-cut into slapping ourselves back on the path. We won’t spend time investigating why and what took us off our course. Instead, we will jump into action with the idea of “doing one scary thing a day” to help keep up moving forward at a faster pace.

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Keep Your Culture Positive!

Keep Your Culture Positive!

Which is more effective to improve team performance: positive feedback or constructive criticism? a positive culture or a negative one? The answer: both. The real question: in what proportion? The answer to the proportion question, from new research by Michigan doctoral student Emily Heaphy and team productivity consultant Marcial Losada: The ratio of positive-to-negative statements […]

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OPM and Agile; Conflicting Frameworks or Complementary Approaches?

 OPM and Agile; Conflicting Frameworks or Complementary Approaches?

Everyone in development knows about Agile. However, Organizational Project Management (OPM) is still relatively unheard of. Simply stated; OPM focuses on linking strategy with project work.  This is the ultimate framework to make sure that your project  creates the right enterprise outcomes and not just outputs.   Today I am heading to the Project Management […]

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Relationships? Who needs them?

Relationships?  Who needs them?

Sticking with my basics theme, how do you feel about building relationships?  Does it scare you or does it excite you?  Do you feel like its unnecessary or extremely important?  Maybe the better question is…HOW? Well if you ask me, I would say it excites me and I think its extremely important!  Then again, I […]

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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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Think Failure to Succeed

“Most success springs from an obstacle or failure. I became a cartoonist largely because I failed in my goal of becoming a successful executive.” Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” Winston Churchill “Notice the difference between what happens when a man says to himself, […]

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Do you Dump or Delegate?

Dumping-off.  We ask others to do stuff for us all the time – stuff we don’t want to do, don’t have the time to do, and couldn’t do even if we had the time.  We drop our suits off for pressing (a task we can’t do), our car for an oil change (a task we […]

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Introverts Unite! (oh, wait, that’s going to be tough…)

Hi, I’m Camille and I’m an extrovert. (Hi, Camille.) I confess that from time to time I’ve overlooked the talents that introverts have to offer. I’m reforming. On a recent flight, I read Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. I picked it up because in my […]

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Managing Projects Overseas – Part III – Simplify the Process

Managing Projects Overseas – Part III – Simplify the Process We just spoke of global perspective of managing projects overseas, followed with how PMs can minimize culture gaps in these situations. We now conclude with a value-based sequel relating to simplifying the process as we successfully manage our project (s) overseas. Meeting Your Timeline Objective: […]

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Managing Overseas Projects – Part I A Global Perspective

Managing Overseas Projects – Part I – A Global Perspective All of us have had a fair share of success in managing projects either in our own cities and/or across our country. While some of us on a few occasions have had the fortune of also engaging in projects that are overseas (the meaning of […]

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The Wellspring of Teamwork

The Wellspring of Teamwork

“Reason has not come to repeat the universe but to fulfill it.” -Santayana One of the great joys in life is when I get to work with clients around organizational, cultural, and community issues, sometimes we work in the woods, sometimes in the field, sometimes in a classroom, and sometime in an office environment. No […]

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