The Value of Informal Communication

A 30 minute coffee meeting turned into 90. Before we knew it, we both had other meetings to go to. Where had the time gone? What started as reviewing the scope of a program turned into a conversation about our personal lives, one that found many commonalities. Your kiddo swims? So does mine! My familyContinue reading “The Value of Informal Communication”

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”

2021: A Retrospective

Time to say goodbye to another year. 2021 wasn’t a shit-show like 2020, but still had its unique challenges and opportunities. As we look to the future, tis the season to do a retrospective of the past 12 months. Here are my highlights and take-aways of the year. Biking and Business. When the fireworks wentContinue reading “2021: A Retrospective”

The Evolving Definition of “Done”

“We’re more concerned about meeting customer needs than defining done.” For years, I have defined “Done” as a clearly articulated definition of the output of a project. Simple enough. The project has scope. It’s my job to lead a team to deliver that scope. That scope is delivered, and now it’s time to move onContinue reading “The Evolving Definition of “Done””

Negotiation: A Lifelong Skill!

Project “Buy a New Truck.” Let me tell you, this project has been going on for months. With the supply chain woes, new vehicles are in short supply, which makes used vehicles in short supply, also. Because I’m a picky used buyer, I have very specific criteria a vehicle must meet before I even clickContinue reading “Negotiation: A Lifelong Skill!”