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How to Introduce Process Improvements Successfully

How to Introduce Process Improvements Successfully

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 […]

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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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Everything I Know about Management I Learned as an Orchestra Conductor

There’s been an oft-repeated observation that there’s a high incidence of classically trained musicians in the software industry. I’ve seen this myself; it’s not hard to identify enough people for a jam session or chamber ensemble in any association meeting here in Silicon Valley. I had the good fortune to be trained in orchestral conducting […]

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Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner…

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner...

Thanksgiving at our house is a family affair.  Everyone from the youngsters to the elders all come together under a single roof to enjoy the holiday feast. Now that’s not to say we all come to this occasion with the same perspective.  There are many differences in how we approach the event. For the elders, […]

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More on “teamwork” – how individual team members’ knowing and doing makes the team

In a post last week I talked about “teamwork” not being a warm and fuzzy concept to me.   To me the concept of teamwork has meaning due only to a result a group of people produces due to their work together.   A well-functioning team that exhibits “good teamwork” is made up of individuals each taking personal responsibility for having an impact […]

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Point 9 – Deming in Project Management

Point 9 - Deming in Project Management

Break Down Departmental Barriers in Pursuit of a Common Goal Many processes are cross-functional. The same is true of projects. This point is about dissolving the “us versus them” scenario that so often exists in one form or another within organizations. In most projects that I work on, there are individuals from departments such as […]

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Point 2 – Deming in Project Management

Point 2 - Deming in Project Management

Adopt a Philosophy of Cooperation Where Everyone Wins and Teach it to Everyone Often, projects can become battlegrounds where the project manager and team are at odds with the sponsor and other stakeholders. These conflicts can arise when the project environment is not conducive to a win-win approach. In project planning and initiation, clearly define […]

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