Wrestling with Project Management

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Wrestling with Project Management

OK, time for all of the children to leave the room.  I have some controversial statements to make… Professional wrestling is scripted.  It is entertainment at its core. However, every event, punch, toss, scream, or commentary is not necessarily in the script! Here are a couple of terms to help differentiate the script from reality.  […]

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The Barber Shop

Before reporting to work this morning, I visited my local barber shop for a haircut.  There were already several men around, and the conversation bounced around from topics like good coffee, muscle cars from the late 60s, the weather, buying land, and events at an automotive assembly plant.  As I observed the shop, I noticed […]

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This Column Is Not in This Room!

A few years ago, I arrived at a hotel to teach a class.  The classroom space was reserved and ready for me to set up class.  The materials had arrived without being lost in shipment.  My travel arrangements and logistics went off without a hitch.  The hotel staff was helpful and courteous.  The facility was […]

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A New Start

“Happy New Year!”   It is a wonderful wish!  Hope!  Encouragement!  This year could be the best ever!  A positive outlook! What will help make the difference THIS year?  Are we destined to repeat history, or are we positioned to learn from it and do better this time around?  Many resolute decisions are made as […]

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12/21/2012

Today is the day.  The Mayan prophecy of doomsday, the end of the world as we know it, a spiritual awakening, the lining up of the planets causing gravitational stress on our planet…   Or just another day of news about fiscal cliffs and the stock market? Forecasts can be alarming or stress-relievers.  In which […]

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What kind of work do you do?

“What kind of work do you do?” “I am a project manager.” And then the project manager jokes start up.         Wait.       That’s not true.  I don’t remember ever hearing someone say to me, “Hey, I’ve just heard a new project manager joke – check this one out …”     […]

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Summer is Here

My wife and I had lunch together with another couple one very hot Georgia day last week.  As we were leaving the restaurant, an elderly couple was also leaving.  My friend Bryan held the door for them, and the gentleman said, “Thank you, I should give you a tip!”  He then added, “Buy low, sell […]

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The Math is Simple: 18+3=21

Yes. The mathematics are simple when it comes to Agile, Scrum, XP, Lean, Kanban, and the exam for certification as a PMI-ACP, PMI’s Agile Certified Practitioner. For example, what’s the optimum Scrum team size?  Jeff Sutherland and Ken Schwaber state, in The Scrum Guide (July 2011), that the team should be no less than 5 […]

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The Apple Does Not Fall Far from the Tree

I have heard that “the apple does not fall far from the tree.”  I was reminded of the concept recently as my family gathered to celebrate my birthday.  My daughter Lauren is the office manager for an industrial lighting equipment supplier, and she and I often discuss things like watts, volts, and even LEDs.  I find […]

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Mystery

On a hiking expedition yesterday, my wife and I came across several mounds of rocks; one of them pictured here.  Archaelogical investigations by the University of Georgia state that these rock “cairns” are a mystery.  They are frequently clustered on the southeast slopes of hills throughout the Appalachian and Piedmont areas of Georgia.  They are believed […]

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