Characteristics of Great Project Managers

  In his comment to my previous post, Babu said, “unqualified project managers quickly sink a project which would’ve otherwise fared better.” (Keith, I’ll respond to your next comment in another post.) I’ve had the pleasure of meeting great project managers, and some not-so-great project managers. Here’s my list of necessary skills for great project …

Different People, Different Strengths

I’ve been musing over types of people on projects lately. This morning, my husband and I exhibited two common types: the serially, walk-through-the-whole-thing-systematically type (hubby), and the big picture, can’t-wait-to-see-it-put-together type (me). See Do Your Interview Questions Discriminate For or Against Your Needs? for more information. Mark’s a Guardian (SJ in MBTI terms), I’m a Rational (NT …

Management Speak — or Admitting You Don't Know is Hard to Do

  Every so often, I hear managers say things they vowed they’d never say when they were technical contributors. (Yeah, parents do that too, but that’s not the topic today 🙂 Here are a few of my favorites with their translations: “We have expertise in that area.” Translation: We have no idea what you’re talking …

Simulations Help People Practice New Techniques and Skills

  I’m at an experiential workshop this week, learning how to design simulations for my workshops and presentations. If you’ve attended one of my workshops or public tutorials in the past 2-3 years (at least), you’ve had a chance to participate in a simulation. If you haven’t yet, don’t worry. I don’t ask people to …