[Here's the audio, if you'd like to listen.] Got ya thinkin' there, didn't I? I know you have one ... ... a scope creep worst-workday-ever disaster story. Maybe the one where a bunch of "Could you just...?" add-ons beckoned. And (being the nice, accommodating person you are) you listened. You found yourself out on a nasty, gnarly limb, and your … [Read more...] about What’s YOUR nasty scope creep story?
[Here's the audio, if you'd like to listen.] As business owners, we must wrangle our long-term goals and guide them safely into the corral if we want to succeed. It’s called strategic management, and I promise “this here session here” - as Radar O’Reilly would say - will be interesting. Howzabout (I sometimes make up words) this as our … [Read more...] about ‘Titanic’ lessons on strategic management (and it’s not what you think!)
In my 5 Steps to 'Non-Overwhelm' post, I promised to address three additional ways to keep our companies – and lives – on track: 6. Shutting the business down each week (Gasp!) 7. Wrangling paperwork (Hmmm.) 8. Getting our schedules under control (How?) Today, let's learn this valuable-though-somewhat-painful lesson: The world can get along without us for … [Read more...] about 6th Step to ‘Non-Overwhelm’: “Shut it down!”
As a trained project manager, I've been tippy tapping away to create a post about using our leadership skills to run our companies. Real-world ... not platitudes we've memorized for exhausting exams. It was taking shape. Great info to share, 'cause I've seen excellent – and horrible – project management and leadership up close. I have experience as a … [Read more...] about A real-world inside look at NASA: the ultimate in project leadership
Don't you think we need a break from the intensive January and February posts? Yeah, I agree. Here ya go. I don't often jump on my writing rebel soapbox (not here, anyway 8-) ). But, today is different. 'Cause this is creepy. Invasion of the Body Snatchers weird. A mini rant At the risk of angering the Google ranking gods, this post is … [Read more...] about “Who kidnapped these two words?!”
The project manager (PM) grabbed a 28-page training manual off the stack ... of 200 conference copies. She. was. livid. She rolled up the book, brandished it like a mini sword, and gave her team the evil eye. "Ten of us reviewed this. TEN. And we didn't catch it." A budget derailed by what the PM saw as unimportant: ‘Fresh pair of eyes’ … [Read more...] about “We didn’t catch it.” An expensive lesson in proofing our own work