Month: May 2010

Why You Should Use Common PM Language

Why You Should Use Common PM Language

I don’t normally drink coffee from Starbucks but someone gave me a gift card.  I like black coffee, with no cream or sugar.  I like my coffee fresh so I order a small size.  So, why on Earth did the person behind the counter not listen to me? I ordered a small Caffè Americano. For…

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Help Me Understand What I am Seeing Here

Help Me Understand What I am Seeing Here

Things seemed to get a little heated in the meeting yesterday.  Upon reviewing the vendor-supplied PowerPoint deck, we noticed graphs illustrating the quantity of issues found and when the vendor planned to fix them.  So, we flipped back a few slides and noticed a table detailing the quantity of requirements that passed or failed, during…

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Listen to your Customer on her Birthday

Listen to your Customer on her Birthday

In celebration of my wife’s birthday, I figured I would make her a homemade birthday cake.  I haven’t done that since before we got married 5+ years ago.  This time, however, I actually asked her what she wanted.  That’s right.  The first birthday cake that I made for her, I didn’t even ask what she…

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Process Improvement and Grilling Steak

Process Improvement and Grilling Steak

What’s a weekend without grilling steak?  I would say a weekend without a good blog post idea.  Some things in life are an art and some a science.  It doesn’t matter if it’s project management/leadership or grilling a steak. So, what is a geeky way to write about grilling the perfect steak?  I would say…

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Rules of Common Courtesy

Rules of Common Courtesy

When I was young man, others told me my parents were pretty strict.  I didn’t think my parents were strict at all. It’s just the way we were raised.  There were some pretty basic rules I remember following when it came to courtesy.  Some call them common courtesy.  But, I’m starting to think it’s not…

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Know who you are and what you represent

Know who you are and what you represent

The other day I met Scott Simko, who I “knew” through This Week In Startups and Thomas Kiblin, CEO and Founder of Virtacore.  I met them as the founder of HueCubed, a web startup company offering a flashcard engine that we plan to scale like Weblogs, Inc. or Stackoverflow. (Create a niche product and then…

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