Conflict Resolution

I have often found in the world of IT, people are often all passive aggressives who largely say yes in a meeting and then go subvert the very thing we just said yes to. When someone says something at the time, they are said to be "nay sayers", "negative" or "n

What’s it Going to be – Team Work

So there is a show that my 3 1/2 year old son likes to watch with some household rodent pets that sing a song and talk about "Team Work".  Enclosed is Thomas singing this for our entertainment.  He and I are always singing the song and talking about conflict resolu

Shout Out

So last week on my training course as we came to a close, they asked what we were going to take away (what we learned – two things) and what we were going to do about it.  So we each opened up and talked about how we were going to deal with them.  Mine were: Consultant

CoffeeCAST – #34 – Magic In the Air

Welcome to the 34th CoffeeCAST with Stephen Hayward of Project X.  Boo Scary, it is Halloween and along comes with it a bit of Magic in the air.  Today I grabbed Graham as he has been pretty jazzed since finally getting to see the Gartner Magic Quadrant and I wanted to talk a bit abou

Time Management Story

How we use our time is so critical.  I have found that making lists is a very important tactic.   When I make a list, I make a point of crossing off the list things I have done.  If I do something not on the list, I put it on so I can cross it off.  Just a lit

Career Change Story

I would like to share a story about changes I made along my career.  I started out as a control systems engineer doing consulting work on communications satellite tracking stations.  The systems I worked on at the time had a real time computer controlling the antenna. 

Coaching and Mentoring

Over the years I have benefited from great coaches and mentors.   I sure anybody who has read any of my posts would guess that Harvey was one of my coaches.  However thru the years, I have reached out to many people for guidance and good ear.  One of the best was a

CoffeeCAST – #33 – Process, People and Projects

Welcome to the 33rd CoffeeCAST with Stephen Hayward of Project X.  OK, so I have been busy and have not had a chance to record a CoffeeCAST.  So I got up early this morning, brewed a pot of coffee (Starbucks of course) and recorded some thoughts that I hoped would be of interest. Toda

When Process Kills

Earlier this week I talked about the value of process.  But what happens when the steps kill the project. This is where experience is crucial.  Being able to be comfortable and understanding the process you are working to follow allows you to be able to identify when a step

Value of Process

I was in a lunch meeting the other day talking about sales process and delivery process.  Though both are unrelated from a task point of view, I find the use of process and it’s value the same. Both Steve White (over at Effectivation) and I agreed that the true value of the