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Jim Milliken
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The Problem Solver
Figaro! Figaro! Figaro!, ecc. Ahimè, che furia! Ahimè, che folla! Uno alla volta, per carità! Ehi, Figaro! Son qua. Figaro qua, Figaro là, Figaro su, Figaro giù.      That’s Figaro, the hero of Mozart’s comic
opera, “The Barber of Seville,” telling the audi...
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We've had good managers, and not-so-good ones. Here's one way the good ones are different.
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The Relentless Manager
     “News is what I
say it is.”      That was my
editor friend Brad, demonstrating the plain-talk part of his straight-up style
of management.      It was a while
ago, when the news industry was in one of its periodic fits of
self-examination, ignited by p...
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How to Choose Failure
     When is failure a choice?      Quite often, as a matter of fact. It’s a major default option when success
is not consciously chosen. Take a good look at projects of your experience.      We choose success when we specify a clear
outcome, make it a firm...
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Failure Is Quick & Easy
      That’s
Why We See So Much of It        If it wasn’t the fastest-ever project
failure, it had to rank right up there. The project manager appointed two
people to get started on design of a software program, then immediately left on
vacation.      Needl...
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Walk, Talk, Sit, Meet . . . Matter
Whenever I feel afraid I hold my head erect And whistle a happy tune So no one will suspect    I'm afraid. . .                                              -- Anna (from The King and I)            I set out one
evening at a brisk pace, warming up for a jog....
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Walk, Talk, Sit, Meet . . . Matter
Whenever I feel afraid I hold my head erect And whistle a happy
tune So no one will suspect I'm afraid. . .                                            -- Anna (from The King and I)      I set out one
evening at a brisk pace, warming up for a jog. I didn’t g...
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Shoot for the Moon
Project Management the Hard (Right) Way      On May 25, 1961,
U.S. President John F. Kennedy announced the goal of putting a man on the moon
within the decade. How the hell were we going to do that? Neither Kennedy nor
anyone else could really answer that q...
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There ARE No "Soft" Skills
     Have you ever
fired someone?      How did it go?
Looking forward to doing it again soon?      Well, it’s a “soft”
skill. Must be easy, right?       I never found it
so. However much the person deserved to be terminated, it was a painful thing
to do.   ...
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Views on project management consultant: Listen to the interview
I was interviewed by Priscilla Hansen-Mahoney of Blazing Trails Consulting about my views on project management consulting. Listen to the interview here.
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