Advocacy versus Inquiry

Many of the projects that I participated in, especially internal transformation initiatives, were composed of team members who were representatives of specific departments, groups, or organizations.  Think of an email upgrade initiative or an office relocation...

The Real Outcome

Moneyball is a new Brad Pitt movie that highlights the story of Billy Beane, the Oakland A’s (baseball team) general manager and his unconventional methods that lead to success.  The movie is based on a book by Michael Lewis which explains how Beane’s...

Can We Trust References?

Common practice as part of the hiring practice is to request that the candidate provide the potential employer with a list of references.  The aim of this is in part to verify the information provided by the candidate and in part to shed some light on what type of...

Dealing with Criticism

Embracing project management in an organization is in some ways like raising a child.  It takes a village of people to care for this “idea” and help shepherd it to adulthood.  When PM practitioners work on rolling out project management standards and...

The Upside of Risk

There is a recent study on teenagers that explores their brains and behavior.  One area that they look at is the type of risky behavior that they are willing to take on that adults are likely not willing to participate in.  An example of this would be driving a car...