Tag Archives: Project Management

Never Been Tasked

November 8, 2015

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For over 15 years in my career, I had never been tasked. Not even as a young engineer, straight out of school. Not even when I changed roles, nor during my first weeks at a new company. I have always had autonomy within an understanding of my role on the project and within the organization. […]

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Organization, Communication, and Superpowers: Top 10 Posts of 2014

December 29, 2014

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With the rush that was 2014 coming to a close, it’s time for the Top 10 year-end review. Even with unpredictable posting, Sockets and Lightbulbs continued to grow in 2014, with 81% more views and 35% more followers. Thank you so much! Reading, liking, commenting and sharing my posts mean a lot and boost my motivation to […]

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Project Management Lesson From Star Wars

November 15, 2014

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Axis Agile Stormtroopers Doing Sprint Retrospective

When asked what I do, I often tell people “I’m on the Dark Side” as a reference to an engineer’s view of management and/or project management. Little did I realize what Darth Vader’s role was in the construction of the Death Star! I have watched the classic Star Wars movies multiple times and only thought […]

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Learning Kanban Fundamentals: Kanban Racing Challenge

November 12, 2014

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Racing remote control car around an obstacle course

“The Kanban Racing Challenge is an immersive workshop where you learn the basic practices of a Kanban team by building an obstacle course for radio-controlled cars.” Really? Build an obstacle course, race a remote-controlled car and practice Kanban in a half-day workshop? Sign me up! This was the first time Nate Oster ran the Kanban Racing […]

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Introducing Ask An Agilist on projectmanagement.com

November 9, 2014

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Ask An Agilist on projectmanagement.com

  Today I launched a new blog on projectmanagement.com. As a leader of the PMI Agile Community of Practice, I had the opportunity to be a Trailblazer in PMI’s new online community and set up a blog. Ask An Agilist will be focused on answering questions about Agile development and leadership from the projectmanagement.com and […]

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Manager Math

November 4, 2014

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antique cash register

Have you ever needed to make plans out of nothing? You know the situation: the project is barely defined, no one understands yet what needs to be done, and the team is still working on other projects. Still, you need to come up with a budget and build plans on a foundation of something more […]

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