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The Five Whys or Bring Your Inner Child to Work

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There is something that most toddlers do that is a good business practice. They ask ?Why’. At a certain stage they ask why to just about everything. This is probably preferable to the stage where they say ?NO!? to everything. Yet I can see where this gets tiring. It seems that no matter how patient […]

Are you a Smart PM or a Wise Project Manager?

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Guest post by Mike Clayton, author of “Smart to Wise” Smart or wise; what?s the difference? I think we all know smart when we see it and I will stick my neck out (though not too far) and suggest that all or at the very least, the vast majority of PM Student readers are smart.? […]

Inspirational Project Management

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We all do it. Day after day we grind away at work, doing our jobs. Sometimes we can’t see the forest for the trees anymore. Finding Inspiration Managing a project may seem mundane on a day-to-day basis, but I’ll bet you can find some pretty inspirational insights to share with your project teams when you […]

Steve Jobs Was a Great Project Manager

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One more thing… In my last post I showed how Steve Jobs Was a Lousy Project Manager. Now let’s look at Apple – take 2. When Jobs came back to Apple in 1997, some important traits had changed for the better. And some had been good all along. Decisive In general, Jobs was a decisive […]

Project Ownership

Filed under Books, Leadership | Posted by PMStudent

I am reading a new book called Projectegrity by Rick Valerga and it’s turning out to be a very good read. Rick has a lot of very wise things to say about the right way to lead projects, with some awesome examples to illustrate the concepts. For example, I love his use of Chesley “Sully” […]

Are You Stuck at 95% Complete?

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At the weekly status meeting, things seem to be progressing well. Several team members report some of their many tasks at 95% complete. ?They have had other priorities and have to focus on something else for awhile, but they are almost done. The Next Week Again, things seem to be going very well. ?Many more […]

Your Customers Don’t Care

Filed under Leadership, Requirements, Scope | Posted by PMStudent

I was in a local cafe the other day working on a Kanban training course I’ll be making available sometime soon. I grabbed the usual coffee for fuel and then a sugar avalanche of a toffee bar caught my eye. And I bought it. Because I have no impulse control whatsoever. I chewed the first […]

Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya.

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You interfered with the productivity of my project team member. Prepare to die. I saw this as a twitter status on my #agile view recently and couldn’t resist doing a blog post with this theme from The Princess Bride. ?It’s a topic I’m very passionate about. (Productivity that is. Well, I like the movie too!) […]