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”

Be Honest With Your Project Team

“C’mon, just level with me. Be honest!” Ever hear those words before and not quite know how to respond? If you’re in a senior leadership position, there are times being honest isn’t an option.¬† For¬†example, if there are layoffs, reorg, acquisition, and any other number of circumstances. Any mention, the rumor mill will take offContinue reading “Be Honest With Your Project Team”

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?”