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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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How would you handle an employee resigning during a critical time period?

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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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 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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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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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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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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How to manage a project

The essentials of project management in under 500 words What’s a project? A project is any endeavor that takes time and involves more than one person. Typically, we don’t call it a project unless it involves at least 3 to 5 people, and then we call them a team. A project requires communication, collaboration and […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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