Project Management

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: