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Lead by Fear and Intimidation or Lead by Positive Motivation… – Your Choice

Lead by Fear and Intimidation or Lead by Positive Motivation... - Your Choice

As Project Managers, I’m sure we’ve all seen the kind of scenario where there is a project team member who is generally uncooperative or can’t seem to get the tasks done on time – and the different approaches you can take in order to solve this problem. You can take the dictatorial “Do as I […]

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Change Leadership?

Change Leadership?

We’ve all experienced change.  In fact, we lead and manage change everyday as project and program managers.  Anita Wotiz did a terrific blog on Practical Change Management last week that provided a framework on planning and tracking to insure that the change is completed and successful. Let’s consider what environment we are in right now: […]

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I think I Nailed It – Commercial World Wants the BA – CHEAP!

Oh yeah, more anecdotal data tells me silicon valley wants SO MUCH MORE for so much less!

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Coloring Outside the Lines

In classrooms all over the world little children are taught the importance of coloring within the lines.  Indeed, they are often called names like “sloppy” or “careless” if they don’t conform. In some cultures conformity to the norm (tradition) is everything.  Everyone must toe the line and behave appropriately.  Those that deviate from the norm […]

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Whose time is it?

Whose time is it?

   Global projects.  Teams in five different time zones.  Team members traveling.  “We will meet again on the telcon at 5 on Tuesday.” When?  Tuesday your time?  my time? Some of us may have a calendar system that automatically can communicate and translate date/time.  Wonderful (and horrible in other ways that we won’t go into […]

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40 Years Ago

40 years ago this December, something extraordinary was offered to us. It became known as the “mother of all demos” (MOAD): Douglas Engelbart showed the world what collaboration could look like in this new world empowered by the technology that can connect each of us. He had not only seen the future decades before everyone […]

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Self-induced Insanity

Self-induced Insanity

More self-inflicted project wounds . . . Some project managers seem to think that projects should proceed in a sensible and reasonable fashion, enjoying the cooperation and support of executives, team members, vendors and customers. Not so! Team members are put on this earth to ignore voice mails, email and action item due dates. Executives […]

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