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How to Collaborate with Peers. Video Blog 6

Do you sometimes think doing all the work yourself would be easier than collaborating with your peers? Although it’s frustrating at times to work with other people, collaboration is an essential survival skill in today’s business world. Kimberly shares her 1 minute view on this in this video. * Thanks to Japjot Sethi of Gloopt for making […]

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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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How to Create an Effective Status Meeting Agenda

Status meetings have a tendency to get a bad reputation.  Many can feel that spending anywhere from a half-hour to an hour just talking about project status when there is *real* work to be done is a major waste of time.    Many times, project teams work individually or in silos that keep them isolated […]

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Twins – Double Your Efficiency, Double Your Fun

Twins – Double Your Efficiency, Double Your Fun

If I ever hear “Well – could you make a baby in one month with nine mothers?” again – I will scream.  Personally, I average four months per baby with my preemie twins.  Because designing is so costly, looking for twin opportunities – more often called “design re-use” – is a very sensible plan. In […]

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Whenever Possible, Partner with People you Trust

Whenever Possible, Partner with People you Trust

I’ve been involved with NOVA (one of the best One-Stop Workforce Development agencies in the country) for the past 14 years.  I served on their CONNECT! Stakeholders’ committee and had worked with them on several grant-funded programs over the years.  My regard for the organization and staff was to the point that if they called […]

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Whenever Possible, Partner with People who are Inspirational

Whenever Possible, Partner with People who are Inspirational

Five years ago I was working as often as I could with Kimberly Wiefling.  She was my instructor of choice for teaching my on-site project management training classes.   I loved working with her and periodically we would plot about some project we could work on together that would take UCSC Extension to even higher levels […]

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Conflict Resolution – Climate Change Style

Conflict Resolution - Climate Change Style

In this entry we look at a project conflict resolution tool and relate it to a recent interesting but little-publicized news event which is funny in a way, but very, very sad in a much deeper way (excuse the pun). The tool is the Thomas-Kilmann model, which sounds very fancy and hard to understand but […]

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Update on Whiteboard Tools for Virtual Teams

Update on Whiteboard Tools for Virtual Teams

The design goal of many collaboration tools is to reproduce as closely as possible some aspect of the face-to-face meeting experience so that virtual project teams can be as productive as co-located teams. What I have found is that some tools developed for virtual teams actualy work better than the process they were built to […]

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Money Doesn’t Inspire

Money Doesn't Inspire

Some people in the corporate world still believe that people work for money.  But with a growing number of examples of people doing all kinds of work for free, it’s getting more difficult to adhere to that view.  Take Wikipedia, for example.  According to Wikinomics, by Tapscott & Williams, Wikipedia is the largest encyclopedia in […]

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The Future of Virtual Project Teams, part 2

In the first part of this series I talked about how future project leaders may select team members for their projects. In this installment, I will discuss the future of virtual team spaces, which include real-time tools that facilitate ‘in-person’ sharing of information and the online work spaces where project documents are stored. Real-Time Sharing […]

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The Future of Virtual Project Teams

The Future of Virtual Project Teams

I always enjoy imagining what the future will be like for all sorts of things: transportation, energy, architecture, space exploration, and the everyday chores of life. Perhaps it is my lifelong interest in science fiction, or perhaps I just want to believe that a better world is possible. One thing is for sure: all great […]

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Creative Processes

When we think about creativity, we tend to think about Research and Development and new product/service innovation. But, why not consider the creative ways in which you can do the ordinary daily work?  Why not create an environment in which employees at all levels can offer suggestions for improvement? Not merely suggestion boxes, but quality […]

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The Power of Negative Thinking: Engineering Management in Reverse

The Power of Negative Thinking: Engineering Management in Reverse

Most of my work revolves around the power of creating breakthroughs through extreme optimism and hideously positive thinking for which “hyperbole” simply isn’t a big enough word. I frequently rant and rave about the hazards of know-it-alls who poo-poo every idea and wield their negativity like a scythe, cutting down anything new or imaginative in […]

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Ten New Rules for Project Managers

Ten New Rules for Project Managers

By Hal Macomber, Project Reformer 10 Adopt practices for exploring a variety of perspectives. We think we see what we see, but we don’t. We really see what we think. Remember the blind men and the elephant. Make it your habit to inquire what others see. You’ll see more together.

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Transforming Virtual Teams

Transforming Virtual Teams

The accelerated pace of globalization has made the need for virtual teams essential. The list of benefits that corporate executives tout to stockholders and channel partners is accelerated time to market, customer intimacy, resource utilization, employee retention and cost efficiency, to name a few. The challenge lies at the feet of project managers around the […]

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