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The Networking Meeting That Changed My Life; And It Can Change Yours Too!

The Networking Meeting That Changed My Life; And It Can Change Yours Too!

I remember when I was introduced to networking. It sucked! I was uncomfortable. I was actually shy and didn’t know what to say or do. Most people that know me wouldn’t believe it. But it’s true. Before I share with you what I consider the most important networking best-practice, I’m going to share the story […]

What Projects and Airplane Flights Have In Common: Turbulence

What Projects and Airplane Flights Have In Common: Turbulence

I love this metaphor to help leadership, management and project teams all see the forest for the trees. Here are the key points I share: Nobody will remember the turbulence, if the plane arrives on time and in the right city! I used to fly quite often. One of my frequent destinations was New York. Depending […]

The 3 Great Interrupters: Meetings, Management and Drive-Bys

The 3 Great Interrupters: Meetings, Management and Drive-Bys

Recently, we’ve introduced Commitment Based Estimation  to a couple of our software teams. Typically, this helps a team provide highly-accurate estimates. These teams go on to deliver successfully by meeting these estimates.

Project Retrospectives: When looking forward makes more sense than looking backward

Project Retrospectives: When looking forward makes more sense than looking backward

Recently a consultant asked me if I encourage teams to do a project postmortem or retrospective once a project is done.  The goal is to review what worked well and what didn’t.

Winning with “Project SD”

Winning with “Project SD”

Every team needs a process they can embrace because they know that process will get them to the desired result.

Project Glossary: The Right Way to Create One

Project Glossary: The Right Way to Create One

How about a project glossary that is used to explain the intention of a word, not just to define it? Learn how a project glossary can help create alignment.

Announce Changes and Avoid Wig-Outs

Announce Changes and Avoid Wig-Outs

In previous posts, I have discussed best practices around Change Control. Or, maybe I should say “lack of best practices” since so many organizations either fail to follow a defined process or simply don’t have one.

What Taking-a-Hike Can Teach Us About Business

What Taking-a-Hike Can Teach Us About Business

Learn how to prevent a “death march” by knowing and recognizing limitations of all forms.

Solutioners are from Mars, Supporters are from Venus

Solutioners are from Mars, Supporters are from Venus

Are you a solutioner or a supporter? Uncover the difference and how to work together to set your teams up for success.

Change Control: Do You Own It or Does It Own You?

Change Control: Do You Own It or Does It Own You?

Change controls don’t mean that the project has to go off the rails. Check out some of these best practices to manage and implement change.