“Smoke Jumping” Into an In-Flight Project

“Smokejumper.” When most people here the term, they think of brave men and women who hurtle themselves out of aircraft, loaded with gear, ready to battle a raging forest fire when they hit the ground. These smokejumpers have a very difficult and dangerous job. There is another, less dangerous, smokejumper; the project manager who takesContinue reading ““Smoke Jumping” Into an In-Flight Project”

Reasons Why Your Project Team Hates You

Ok, I’ll admit, HATE is a strong word. Extreme dislike (which is basically the definition of hate) sounds a little better. The first project manager I ever worked with I couldn’t stand and extremely disliked. He showed up once a week, told us we weren’t doing our jobs and should be fired, and left (seeContinue reading “Reasons Why Your Project Team Hates You”

Can John Cleese’s Advice Help Solve Those Tough Project Issues?

Let me start by saying, if you don’t know who John Cleese is, look him up. Watch a couple of his Monty Python skits. Then c’mon back to this article! About six months ago I was talking about the movie “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” with a couple coworkers. Someone mentioned John Cleese’s bookContinue reading “Can John Cleese’s Advice Help Solve Those Tough Project Issues?”

A Binary Look at Conflict

I’m paraphrasing here, but this was a conversation I’ve actually had (names changed to protect the innocent): Me: What’s the deal with you and Rita? Megan: She’s loud and I don’t like the color she dyed her hair. Me: Her hair? You don’t like her hair? That’s why you argue with her? Megan: Yes, andContinue reading “A Binary Look at Conflict”