The Art of Project Management: Expert advice from experienced project managers in Silicon Valley, and around the world
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How do I get things back on track on a very important project that is falling apart?

Hello, this is Laura Lee Rose – author of TimePeace: Making peace with time – and I am a business and efficiency coach that specializes in time management, project management and work-life balance strategies. I help busy professionals and entrepreneurs create effective systems so that they can comfortably delegate to others, be more profitable and […]

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3 Ways Project Managers Can Anticipate, Avoid and Mitigate Problems

3 Ways Project Managers Can Anticipate, Avoid and Mitigate Problems

Hello, this is Laura Lee Rose.  I am a speaker and author. I am an expert in time and project management. I help busy professionals and entrepreneurs create effective systems so that they can comfortably delegate to others, be more profitable and have time to enjoy life even if they don’t have time to learn […]

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Are there any career risks that a person should never take?

Hello, this is Laura Lee Rose.  I am a speaker and author. I am an expert in time and project management. I help busy professionals and entrepreneurs create effective systems so that they can comfortably delegate to others, be more profitable and have time to enjoy life even if they don’t have time to learn […]

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How to get someone to do something that isn’t important to them

Hello, this is Laura Lee Rose.  I am a speaker and author.  My background is in time and project management. I help busy professionals and entrepreneurs create effective systems so that they can comfortably delegate to others, be more profitable and have time to enjoy life even if they don’t have time to learn new […]

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Overcoming Your First Mistake At A New Job

Overcoming Your First Mistake At A New Job

What advice do you have for new hires having to own up to their first big mistake on the job? Is there a professional way to apologize? What is the best way to bounce back after making a mistake?

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Signs that you are a micro-manager

This client’s issue was that she continually put in over 10 hours a day in a draining work environment. Although she had desires to do other hobbies and side businesses, she was too exhausted to do anything about those other dreams. She self-diagnosed herself as having no follow-through, although at the office – she had lots of follow-through.

After hearing her story, I suggested that she was actually micromanaging her people too much. This was taking her time away from the items she really wanted to accomplish as well as zapping all her energy. Her knee-jerk reaction was that she was not a micro-manager.

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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 navigate office politics.

How to navigate office politics.

How can women navigate office politics while staying professional?

Regardless of whether you are male or female, the most effective way to get ahead in an office environment is to do the following:

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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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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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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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You can’t get your money, unless you ask for it

4 weeks after I had completed his taxes for him, I asked this friend-first-removed if he had received his refund yet. He confessed that he has the forms signed, but he has not mailed them in yet.

“Well — you know you can’t get your money, until you mail the forms in….”

It’s the same in life and work. It’s more difficult to get what you really want if you don’t explicitly ask for it and then follow-through with your plan.

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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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Keeping an internal job offer alive

Keeping an internal 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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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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Project Management at 30 Below — the AGO project cycle, Part 3

Project Management at 30 Below -- the AGO project cycle, Part 3

So what are the lessons learned that project managers can take for a project like this? When I asked Andy this question, he had a list of lessons right at hand, learned through hard, cold, exhausting experience. I had expected to hear a list of unique planning and management practices to accommodate the unique conditions […]

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Project Management at 30 Below — the AGO project cycle, Part 2

Project Management at 30 Below -- the AGO project cycle, Part 2

Once the planning and preparation are complete, getting to an Automatic Geophysical Observatory (AGO) site can seem like a project in itself. Every year Andy, Bob and the rest of the team are required to pass a complete physical, update their dental records (in case body identification is required), and complete emergency and survival training. […]

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Project Management at 30 Below — the AGO project cycle, Part 1

Project Management at 30 Below -- the AGO project cycle, Part 1

Early December. Andy woke to bright sunshine and a light snowfall… inside his tent. The sun had been up already for about 1,680 hours (that’s 70 days) and it was so dry and cold out (-30 F) that moisture would condense on the inside of the tent and freeze, whereupon a breeze or a touch […]

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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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