Tag: Definition

What is The Crux

What is The Crux

Ever heard of the term “crux”? In mountaineering terms, it’s the most difficult part of a climb. Regardless if it’s a climb or a personal goal, I see the start as the most difficult part. I used to think that starting was easy and finishing was the hard part. I would now say finishing is…

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Ready and Done

Ready and Done

When leading development teams, I see most of the wasted activities happen during the development phase.  If work is not ready, before the team begins development, there can be delays waiting for clarifications from the business.  If acceptance criteria is not clearly defined, before the team begins development, work can go on and on trying…

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Hawthorne Effect

Hawthorne Effect

The Hawthorne Effect is something I’ve seen numerousness times on projects.  When auditing or introducing a new process, do you tend to see people doing a better job than you expected? The Hawthorne Effect refers to the tendency of some people to work harder and perform better when they are participants in an experiment. Individuals may change…

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Parkinson’s Law

Parkinson’s Law

When I was growing up, I was told the bigger the goldfish bowl, the bigger a goldfish would grow.  Keep the bowl small if you want to limit the goldfish size.  Thinking back, it’s a pretty good metaphor for my understanding of Parkinson’s Law.  The saying “Parkinson’s Law” was first coined by Cyril Northcote Parkinson in…

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The Story of Monte Carlo

The Story of Monte Carlo

Once upon a weekday meeting, I had a story to tell.  It was the tale of a project manager, who’s name really rings a bell. He quantified the total project cost, he didn’t miss a dime. He also computed the schedule, he was always aware of the time. He used all these input values, with…

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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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