Training for a Race IS a Project

There it was, the finish line. After thousands of feet of climbing up and down countless hills, I rounded the corner and saw the blow-up arches with the word “FINISH” emblazoned across the top. Beyond the arch was the large wooden wolf that race organizers always have at the finish (you “Kiss the Wolf” whenContinue reading “Training for a Race IS a Project”

Get Emotions Out, Then Get Them Out of the Way

What the hell just happened? One minute, the project is moving along. The next, chaos. Some issue suddenly rears its ugly head and throws a wrench in progress. Whether this issue started as a known or unknown risk, a once happy team is suddenly stressed. Patience is frayed. Fingers are pointing. Blame is creeping in.Continue reading “Get Emotions Out, Then Get Them Out of the Way”

“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”