Tag: Communications

Glass Half Full

Glass Half Full

This morning, I tried to explain a very important concept to my son. I filled a glass with water to the half-way point. I then asked him if the glass was half empty or half full. This all came about because he was playing a video game. He placed fourth out of ten and the message better…

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Protective Collaboration

Protective Collaboration

I was recently asked my opinion about collaboration within an organization.  Being I just completed an organizational assessment for a client, I have a fresh perspective of the topic. I was specifically asked: “Is it healthy for Scrum teams to work in a bubble protected from the business around them? Should collaboration go beyond the team?”…

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Say Goodbye to that Expensive Meeting

Say Goodbye to that Expensive Meeting

Back in August (2010) I wrote about attending a $17,904 meeting.  It was painful to watch the PMO have a 3 hour meeting every month that seemed to cost so much but deliver so little value.  As a follow-up post, I wrote about the value proposition for the expensive meeting. I am happy to report that the…

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Office of Zombie Personnel Management

Office of Zombie Personnel Management

A few days ago, we had a snow storm come through the Washington DC area.  Just a few hours before it hit, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced Federal Employees should depart 2 HOURS earlier than their normal departure time from work.  Unfortunately, if you were anyone in the Washington DC metro area and…

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Plan to Fail

Plan to Fail

We live at a lake property so we’re pretty far in the sticks.  We have an HOA, which contracts work for snow removal and stuff like that.  Last year we had several snow storms in the Washington DC area.  The HOA was not prepared for several snow storms in succession and we found ourselves stranded…

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Manipulate or Communicate

Manipulate or Communicate

I’m always looking for ways to communicate with team members, vendors, and customers.  When trying to understand the range of communications, I recently reassessed what I thought the opposite of communications was.  I no longer believe it is silence. Rather, I believe it is manipulation. 2 Examples: [1] Buying a Vehicle You go into an auto…

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