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My Perspective on Remote Work

My Perspective on Remote Work

The proclamation by Marissa Mayer last month, informing Yahoo employees that working from home is no longer an option, really seemed to bring an important conversation front and center. The memo that started this firestorm stated in part – “To become the absolute best place to work, communication and collaboration will be important, so we…

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Favorite Project Management Quotes

Favorite Project Management Quotes

There isn’t a week that goes by that I don’t hear some awesome quote or analogy.  I put as many as I can into my mental back pocket, hoping for an opportunity to pull one out at a moments notice.  When you’re stuck for a quote or analogy, to help someone understand what you’re trying…

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Social Norms at Work

Social Norms at Work

I recently gave a talk in Michigan on the topic of servant-leadership.  Unfortunately, servant-leadership is something that is painfully absent in so many organizations.  Just a few years ago, it (servant-leadership) was not something I had even heard of.  Going back and reviewing the PMBOK made me realize two glaring omissions.  There is a lack…

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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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Just One Agile Thing

Just One Agile Thing

I met with the Agile Influencers of DC, on Friday night.  The focus of the conversations for the evening was Agile Adoption.  One of the questions asked (I’m paraphrasing here) was If you were on a project, and you could leverage just ONE “Agile” THING, what would it be and why would you choose it? This…

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Team Building Techniques – 5 Stages

Team Building Techniques – 5 Stages

When I think of team building techniques, the one place I didn’t think to look was the PMBOK®. In chapter 9, specifically 9.3.2, the PMBOK details Tools and Techniques of Developing Project Teams. For those out there studying for the PMP®, this might be a good time to write this down or print the blog…

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