Who Moved My Cheese? Reminders on Change and Potential Outcomes

Remember in the late 90s when everyone was reading Who Moved My Cheese?  For those of you who don’t remember it (or were too young to have read it then at least), it is a simple story about change – willingness and outcomes. In Project Management Utopia, project plans…

The Case for An Effective Process

As I write this, it is Halloween and in true St. Louis fashion, it’s rainy and a little cold.  As a native Minnesotan, I appreciate the fact that there isn’t snow on the ground and a snowmobile suit to work a costume around (or under – as was sometimes…

Build vs. Purchase: The Pros & Cons of DIY

Confession: I’m a bit of a Pinterest junkie. There. I said it. I can frequently be found with my iPad roaming around Pinterest for ideas on handmade jewelry, recipes, house ideas and more recently, tying fishing flies. What can I say, I have eclectic hobbies. This time of year,…

A Different Kind of Green

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.” ~ Boyd K. Packer I can remember my Mom repeating this quote when I was young. She had been raised by her grandmother, who had lived through the Great Depression – and Nana had instilled this into…

Thoughts from a PM on the Lidl SAP Project

I saw an interesting post in my LinkedIn feed this morning. It was about the author’s thoughts on Lidl and their decision to abandon their SAP project after spending 500M Euros and 7 years. This isn’t the first time a big initiative has been undertaken and abandoned – and…

Piñatas, Marco Polo & Capture the Flag – Games or Models for Finding Data?

Everywhere I look there seems to be different ideas for ways to entertain kids this summer. While there are some really creative ideas out there (thank you, Pinterest), I think some of the classics are the best ones. As adults, we don’t participate in games nearly as much as…

Father’s Day, Mother’s Day – or Project Manager Day!

We often joke around here that sometimes the role of Project Manager feels like the role of Parent. Obviously there are some differences like the length of the commitment (a lifetime vs. a temporary effort), the foundation of the relationship (love rather than money) and the overall benefits (I’m…

The Art of the Possible

I was in a meeting this morning with a colleague I highly respect and have worked with for years. As we were discussing different options for a potential client, he made the comment about “The Art of the Possible”. He mentioned it as we talked about helping to educate…

Looking In The Rear View Mirror – Lessons Learned

Whenever I wrap up a project, I think it’s always good to look back and see what we could take from the experience and what we could do better the next time. There are always lessons to be learned –that’s how we improve in any aspect of our lives,…

Olympics, Preparations and a Few Extra Eggs

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you may have heard about this event kicking off today called the Olympics. I love the Olympics – especially the Winter Games (I’m a Minnesota kid, after all). I’m always in awe of the feats that these athletes achieve – and all…