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John Goodpasture
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Dashboards scale!
Here's news you can use: Dashboards scale! Does this look like the dashboard for a 3-star running a zillion-billion dollar defense program? That's Vice Admiral David Venlet in the photo , and that dashboard is the way he likes it: low tech, but informative....

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Constructive critique and coaching
It was famously said, in a paraphrase: lead people, manage things . I buy into this advice, so I'm always on the alert for something that
plays into it. In a recent posting, I read some advice on delivering constructive criticism that seem pretty sensible,...

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Algorithms to live by
Have you read this book? It's a must read.    It's a different take than Tversky and Kahneman which is summarized in Kahneman's book "Thinking fast and Slow" , another must read.    When to stop looking? Staffing up? Going through a bunch of resumes or appl...

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Telling a story
Got business development responsibilities? A lot of project managers get involved in supporting sales rain-making, proposal development, and general marketing support. Here's a Kahn Academy video series on structuring a story . This stuff is taken from Pixa...

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Got a mixed language team?
Even though IBM, and before them Yahoo, called everyone home to work locally, language may still be an issue. And, it may be an issue even though English is the language of commerce the world over. In fact, I was surprised to learn -- from the people at "de...

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Defining PM
I've never been too keen on the conventional definition of project management, though it is the "coin of the realm" so to speak on that point. Nonetheless, I'm more closer to the action with my definition, I think. And, so here it is mapped to the conventio...

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Influences and discriminators
When it's OPM -- other people's money -- the client gets to make the priority judgments. I call them "influencers and discriminators" Influencer Commentary Resources Money, staff, infrastructure, intellectual property or
access Real, virtual, remote, dedi...

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With the end in mind
Everyone talks about strategy, means of achievement, vision, narrative, "begin with the end in mind", even [gasp!] goals. How come this quote, courtesy of "hearding cats", still rings true? “One of the most dangerous forms of human error is forgetting what ...

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Defining PM
I've never been too keen on the typical book answer to "what is project management?" It seems it misses a more realistic statement of properties. So, I'm all about narrative, backlog, WIP etc, whereas the conventional definition is about initiating, executi...

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A thought on leadership
Everyone has their own idea of leadership Consequently, there's no one idea that is all encompassing There is no "master definition", though you can certainly look it up in the dictionary. Here's one that struck me as capturing the "soft power" of leadershi...
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