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What we can learn from Judge Judy

It’s impossible not to judge. Telling someone else “not to judge” — shows you have made the judgment that they are judging. Most opinions, descriptions, decisions, views, rulings, and critiques are judgments.

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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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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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Pro and Con list to make better decisions.

Pro and Con list to make better decisions.

Most everyone is familiar with Pro and Con lists to help make a decision. Often times the Pro and Con List does very little to clarify the decision – because – well – the reason you are creating the Pro/Con list is because it was a ‘close call’ to begin with. We don’t go to the trouble of making a Pro and Con list on ‘no-brainers’. Often times the pro and cons are pretty equal – making the decision still difficult. Our mistake is that we stop at this point. We don’t take the next step to reduce the impact of the “Cons”.

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Delivering Your 4th Dimension – Value Based Reporting

Delivering Your 4th Dimension – Value Based Reporting By Dr. Shree Nanguneri on March 20th, 2013 “Guys, our reports are due this Friday to our client!” This rings a loud bell in our ears as project managers. While you compile those reports, you might find some that are excessively detailed; others that are not written […]

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Delighting Your Customers – Taking Care Of Our 5 Ds a Day!

Delighting Your Customers! By Dr. Shree Nanguneri Ever thought about a time when a salesman, provider or a vendor asked you if you were delighted with their product and/or services?  Probably, much less often than you wished.  By the same token, do you recall your customer or manager complaining about a Defective product or a […]

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Unhappy workers staying on the job – Is this good or bad?

Unhappy workers staying on the job - Is this good or bad?

My name is Laura Rose (LauraRose@RoseCoaching.info), Business and Life Coach specializing in time management, project management and work life balance strategies. As a business coach, I recently received the following question: Unhappy workers staying on the job – Is this good or bad? What does this mean for employers and HR managers? On the other […]

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What makes product teams great?

What makes product teams great? What if you were able to name just five things that: if you don’t do them, you have just a 2% chance of high level team performance if you do all of them, you have a 67% likelihood of high level team performance Last year’s Study of Product Team Performance […]

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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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What’s wrong with complexity?

Technologists love intricate mechanisms. That’s why many of us, as kids, took things apart, and some of us even put them back together again. In my training as an engineer, I enjoyed learning how mechanical, electrical and chemical things worked. And the more elaborate the mechanisms, the better the challenge and the satisfaction of getting […]

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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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Better cross-functional collaboration, trust and communication

Better cross-functional collaboration, trust and communication

In 2012’s Study of Product Team Performance, respondents were asked what they would change about the core product team. “Better cross-functional collaboration, trust and communication” was their number-one response. (You can participate in this year’s study. See below.) I was struck by how closely that aspiration aligns with a step that management took 15 years […]

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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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25 Invigorating Project Management Quotes

25 Invigorating Project Management Quotes

About a year ago, I posted a project management blog called Do Affirmations and Quotes Work for You?.  It was based on my first-hand observations and shared how quotes and affirmations could be a useful and self-reflective tool in the work place. In the 5 Easy Tips for Using Quotes and Affirmations section, I encouraged […]

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Features Set vs Time to Market – the VPE Perspective

Introduction Features, Schedule, Quality — Pick any two” – so goes a popular saying among many engineers. And it indeed it does in many ways reflect the trade-offs that often get made. The less time there is to do a task, the more triage needs to be done as to the amount of functionality delivered, […]

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Requirements Management – The VPE Perspective

Problem Statement Requirements are a special issue for Engineering management because it is where their relationship with the Business teams really gets tested. The problem domain determines the nature and stability of the requirements, which in turn influences the relationship and the processes used by both business and technical groups. In heavily constrained problem domains, […]

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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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Building a greenhouse can highlight critical elements of a successful project in any discipline – part 2

Building a greenhouse can highlight critical elements of a successful project in any discipline - part 2

The process of procuring and building a greenhouse has given me some very concrete examples of some of the most important elements of a successful project.  In part 1, I covered these elements: start with a good plan, build a great foundation, assemble the right team, and solve problems creatively. Here in part 2, I’ll […]

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