Quick note: this post was written and recorded before the company name change. [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 … [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. Howzabout (I sometimes make up words) this as our example? Strategically expanding deep sea exploration while throwing in the RMS Titanic for good measure. Oh, yeah. The ultimate. And a … [Read more...] about ‘Titanic’ lessons on strategic management (and it’s not what you think!)
[Here's the audio, if you'd like to listen.] In my 5 Steps to 'Non-Overwhelm' post, I promised to address two additional ways to keep our companies – and lives – on track: 6. Shutting the business down each week (Gasp!) 7. Wrangling our paperwork (Yay!) Today, let's learn this valuable-though-somewhat-painful lesson: The world can get along without us … [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