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John Goodpasture
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Bad Haircut
The bad haircut  What do you say when your colleague comes in with a bad haircut? (*) Jump on it? Criticize it? Threaten abuse? Probably none of the above; probably you ignore it or make some civil remark The bad idea  What if the same person comes in with ...
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The essence of bureaucracy?
All projects of any scale are bureaucratic, meaning:  there is some pecking order,  some chain of decision making -- especially when there is "other people's money" funding the project -- and  some means for assigning responsibilities (followed, consequenti...
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Uncertainty is non-negotiable
" Uncertainty is an essential and nonnegotiable part of a forecast . .... sometimes an honest and accurate expression of the uncertainty is what has the potential to save [big things].... However, there is another reason to quantify the uncertainty carefull...
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Teamwork -- managing the white space
One of the big differences between a team and a group is cohesiveness around the goal: There's no success individually unless there is success collectively . Inevitably, keeping the team together to promote cohesiveness raises the question: how to keep ever...
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The Project Balance Sheet
If you follow this blog you've read several references to the project balance sheet . So, is this about accounting? Yes, and no: Yes, it's about a double entry tool to keep track of "mine" and "yours", but no, it's not the accountant's tool used in your f...
The Project Balance Sheet
The Project Balance Sheet
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If you can't draw it, ..... (can you build it?)
Many creative people will tell you that new ideas begin -- often spontaneously -- with a mind's sketch that they then render in some kind of media. Fair enough -- no news there. We've talked about storyboards, etc before. But then the heavy lifting begins. ...
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Friction -- a consequence of debt
And, so now we've all come to the point in the art and science of project management that not only do we have a myriad of biases that have been listed and explained and examined over the past 30 years, but now we have debts. The new one (for me) is social d...
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One generation back
It's been a whole generation? Read in the library at Square Peg Consulting about these books I've written Buy them at any online book retailer! Read my contribution to the Flashblog
One generation back
One generation back
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Expert forecasts, or not
More from Nate Silver: "The more fundamental problem is that we have a demand for experts in our society but we don’t actually have that much of a demand for accurate forecasts.” Could this be the issue? (Silver continues:) "As [many] see it, [project] fore...
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Scale down, or "too small to succeed?"
What about scaling down? Most of the posts I read are about scaling up to ever larger projects, but what about scaling down? What if you are doing bug fixes and small scale projects with just one or two people? Is a methodology of any help, and if you're wo...
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