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Decisions and Actions: A Project Manager's Meeting Notes philosophy Jun 21, 2024

As a project manager, I suspect you’re in a fair number of meetings.

I hope those meetings are productive, and if they’re not, I’d love to help you change that!

But regardless, meetings are a communication tool—a means to an end for your project—which means...

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Grow as a Project Manager by Adding to Your Toolbox concepts philosophy May 03, 2024

The more I write about project management, the more I find myself talking about the “tools I have in my toolbox.” When I use this metaphor, I’m essentially talking about the possible responses I know about and feel prepared to use to various scenarios that arise in the course of...

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5 Practical Tools for Protecting Your Time pain points philosophy Apr 19, 2024

I once had a coworker who had clearly mastered the art of managing his own workload. He had a really positive way of saying no to new requests that were beyond his capacity. His response would almost magically leave you feeling good, even though he’d just declined to do what you asked.

At...

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How You Share Information Matters philosophy Apr 12, 2024

This morning I woke up to an ant in the bathroom. Then another. And another.

This isn’t the first year my husband and I have had ants—though why they typically first appear in our second-floor bathroom is fascinating to me. Ants are irritating when they make their way into...

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I'm a Project Manager. Is Communication MY Job? philosophy Apr 05, 2024

If you’ve been a project manager for any length of time, have you noticed how much communicating you do?

I’ve heard it said that project managers have 3 priorities: communication, communication, and communication. I don’t disagree.

It begs the question, however: are we supposed...

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Handling “Crazy” Project Ideas with Class pain points philosophy Mar 29, 2024

Once I was supporting a project that lasted about 18 months. About a month away from the project deadline, I was feeling proud that I’d built trust with a new team on this project and led them through all the required decisions in a timely fashion. Most of the big project deliverables were...

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Ask More Questions pain points philosophy Mar 22, 2024

I was perusing r/projectmanagement on Reddit and I found a post from a new IT PM who asked, “How do you gauge severity of testing issues that you don't fully understand?

I didn’t weigh in on the conversation because I agree with a lot of the advice already provided: Lean on the...

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Is a Project Manager a Glorified Secretary? pain points philosophy Mar 15, 2024

I was chatting with a friend whose role is transforming more and more into a project-management-type role. Occasionally, even as somebody with the responsibilities of a project manager, she feels confined to tasks such as scheduling meetings for others that are traditionally associated with an...

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Good Project Managers Teach Project Management to Coworkers people philosophy Feb 16, 2024

This blog was inspired by this post on Reddit, and is an expansion on the comment I wrote in response.

So you’re a project manager. Do you also think of yourself as an educator?

In my nearly 8 years as a project manager, I’ve had mounting experiences that show me I will be a more...

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What is a RACI Chart, and How Do I Use It on Real Projects? concepts philosophy Jan 26, 2024

A RACI chart, or RACI matrix, is a tool used in project management to track the people involved or invested in your project (your "stakeholders"), and particularly what is expected of each person and when they need information. It’s a term you’ll likely come across while studying for...

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