Project Management

The phone keeps ringing, people are forever asking for “a minute” of your time, an urgent project suddenly lands on your desk. How can you possibly plan your day when so much of your time is not under your control?
The next time you’re waiting for inspiration to strike before you start a creative project, don’t. Instead, start right away by remembering these quotes from highly creative people.
The team project turned out well, but you’re miffed because you and a co-worker did all the work; the rest of the team slacked off. Now, even the slackers are receiving credit for your work.
Showcase your talents by putting together a desk reference manual. Done bit by bit, it can become the ultimate productivity tool. Here’s how to do it.
If your boss’s micromanagement interferes with your ability to do your job, quit casting yourself as a victim. You can’t change the boss, but you can influence many of the situations you face, says Harry Chambers, a trainer and author of My Way or the Highway: The Micromanagement Survival Guide.
Consider yourself lucky if you can ever focus on your work for more than 12 minutes at a stretch. Use this plan to handle the interruptions you can’t avoid.
Launching into an assignment before you’re absolutely sure what the boss wants just wastes your effort … and the boss’s time.

Make the most of the holiday slump

January 1, 2005 Categorized in: Project Management

If it’s unusually quiet in your office while you’re reading this, it’s probably the week between Christmas and New Year’s, when most businesses slow down.

P.S. Postscript

January 1, 2005 Categorized in: Project ManagementTravel

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Build a team on a foundation of technical skills alone, and your project may collapse. Instead, recruit for a complementary mix of qualities, but also keep it lean enough to avoid “team bloat” by following these tips…
Like an internet search without clearly defined objectives, project tasks can mushroom and team members can start wandering off in different directions. The project becomes a blob, devouring time and money until, without adequate support, it collapses. Project creep can infect any assignment not inoculated at birth with these three components:
You absorb most material that crosses your desk with ease. But once in a while, a heavy assignment—reading a book, proofing a long report or being asked to give your input on a complicated competitive analysis—can throw you off. Stop procrastinating and cut through that daunting reading assignment with these tactics…
When you’re frustrated by micromanagement or other demands at work, step back and study what the other person truly needs from you. One day Lydia Abram had an “ah ha moment” that taught her how to satisfy a micromanaging colleague’s needs without slowing down her work flow: