Donald Trump Junior’s Meeting Problems

In June of 2016, Donald Trump Junior had a meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya. I think everyone agrees on that point. The lack of clarity on the meeting’s objective and attendees as well as the events that led up to it serve as an excellent case study for project managers. Now if you are interested in maintaining plausible deniability ambiguity is a wonderful thing. For project managers, however, nebulous communication is the enemy of a well-run project.  Let me explain…

Big Data Dashboard Design – a Challenge

In a previous, Project Management Dashboard, I wrote specifically about a dashboard for project managers. In that post, I made the point that a dashboard should tell a clear, crisp, story that simplifies any complexity without loss of information. Doing this, creating this clear, crisp story really brings together two different topics I have discussed … Continue reading Big Data Dashboard Design – a Challenge

Leadership

As John Quincy Adams said “if your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more you are a leader”. Lincoln saw himself as a servant to a greater cause, something much larger than himself. This attitude inspired others, drawing them to his cause. As a result, we remember and love Lincoln as the indispensable man in the preservation of our country.

Earned Value

Project management is both art and science. A large part of project management involves skills that are not analytical, such as leadership, conflict resolution, and communication. Quite often we focus on these aspects of project management because they are perhaps the most difficult to master. Plus, they are much more interesting to discuss than cold … Continue reading Earned Value

Manage Projects like a Roman Emperor

Our actions may be impeded but there can be no impeding our intentions or dispositions, because we can accommodate and adapt. The mind adapts and converts to its own purposes the obstacle to our action. The impediment to action advances action, what stands in the way becomes the way. Marcus Aurelius was the last of … Continue reading Manage Projects like a Roman Emperor

The Stoicism of Project Management

“What is quite unlooked for is more crushing in its effect, and unexpectedness adds to the weight of a disaster. The fact that it was unforeseen has never failed to intensify a person’s grief. This is a reason for ensuring that nothing ever takes us by surprise. We should project our thoughts ahead of us at every turn and have in mind every possible eventuality instead of only the usual course of events.”

Don’t Bring Me Problems

“Don’t bring me problems – bring me solutions!” he said pressing his index finger into the table in front of him. A wry smile crossed his lips as if he were the embodiment of the wisdom of Solomon. Uncharacteristically, I could not respond. It wasn’t that I didn’t know what to say, it was that … Continue reading Don’t Bring Me Problems