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 […]
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.
No one on software teams believes in waterfall any longer. That’s what The 2013 Study of Product Team Performance revealed. As the correlation chart shows at a glance, agile, blended and lean teams each correlate their own method with increased profitability, but waterfall teams believe that any method other than waterfall would make their product […]
Does your team seem to be allergic to process? Have you been trying to implement project management best practices and meeting resistance? If so, have you addressed your team’s inherent questions, like “How will this make my life better?” and “Is that improvement enough to merit the hassle of changing?” Have you explained how this […]
In the Dance of Change by Senge, et. al., the authors present five disciplines for individuals and teams to study and practice that enable organizational learning. The disciplines are Personal Mastery, Mental Models, Shared Vision, Team Learning, and Systems Thinking. Today I thought it might be useful to explore one of these, Mental Models.
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?
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.
Athletes, musicians, and artists regard practice as a “must do”, so why don’t business leaders and project managers? Malcolm Gladwell’s book “Outliners” highlights that 10,000 hrs of practicing something seems to be the tipping point for becoming an expert. Bill Gates and the Beatles are two examples of this success principle in action. They were […]
Many of the strategies used in games can be effectively translated to business and professional navigation. Find out how….
We have a wonderful German Shepherd puppy named Spice. She is black and brown and fuzzy… and did I say cute? Yes, she is very cute! Her rather large ears stick straight up from the top of her head, reaching skyward like two fuzzy antennae, searching for input. When she gallops around the house, her […]
This is the final post in my series exploring post-quake Japan. While I’ve enjoyed many aspects of working with Japanese companies in recent years, one issue that’s been a frequent cause of consternation is what I perceive to be their relatively slow pace of change. OK, to be perfectly honest I’m not impressed with the […]
Last article we discussed some of the down-side to working remotely (either from home or from an off-site office). We discussed some techniques an employee can stay in the spotlight, even when they are not located in the same site as their reporting manager, cohorts or those making the salary decisions. Today, we’ll cover the challenges and solutions from the managerial position.
A primary concern for a manager is : as your team starts to grow apart in location, how do I assure the team doesn’t also “grow apart as a team”. How does one keep a cohesive workforce across both distance and time zones?
On this theme of Conventional Wisdom…. Not too long ago I was hearing lots of things about Agile. Most of it was coming from my software development colleagues, but also from project managers in other disciplines. There seemed to be a significant amount of intellectual intensity (which I interpret as emotion, but would not get […]
I have been lucky enough to witness (and in some cases be a part of) several overturns of conventional wisdom. I remember hearing how quality “costs money” and “we can’t afford higher quality.” Now, it’s common to think about quality and value perception strategically. I remember working with factory schedulers where they were driven by […]
Innovation seems to be at the top of everyone’s mind in conceiving, planning, developing, and managing projects around the world. The 2010 PMI Global Congress for EMEA took place in Milan last week with an inside look at emerging project management trends, skills, issues, and tools. Kicking off the event with the keynote address, author […]
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: […]
That requirements will change is a given. How you plan for and manage that change is crucial. Think about what you want to accomplish with your change management, what you want to protect yourself from, what you want to avoid, and then put in place the practice that makes sense for you. Having a tool […]
At my last company we took pride in the amount of work we were able to accomplish with a very small team – software of high quality and releases on tight schedules. The high quality and the responsiveness to customers’ demand for new features kept our customer support expenses low and gave us good customer […]