The Importance of Condition

I was recently reminded that just because you own something doesn’t mean that you can use it. The warmer temperatures and hope for Spring got me thinking about getting out and doing something that I haven’t done in years – rollerblading.    I’ll admit, as someone who recently hit 50,…

KonMari & The Challenges of Automating Your Inventory – Part 3: After the Inventory

The last few weeks we’ve been talking about Stuff.  As a society, we haven’t exactly embraced the Less is More concept – and we all seem to be overflowing with too much Stuff. The irony is that in the middle of all of this Stuff is a repeated feeling…

KonMari & The Challenges of Automating Your Inventory – Part 2

One thing that most of us have a hard time dealing with is our stuff.  It’s everywhere.  Some is unseen as it’s tucked away in cabinets/drawers/closets/basements/storage.  Some is in full view in piles/bins/cubbies.  For most of us – it’s overwhelming and hard to manage. Enter Marie Kondo.  Ms. Kondo…

KonMari & The Challenges of Automating Your Inventory

Last weekend, I watched some of that new Netflix series – Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.  It made me shake my head at how much we as a society seem to constantly dealing with STUFF. At home, it’s everywhere – in piles, closets, on counters, that chair in the…

Now What? Thoughts on Responding When Plans Fail

We’re into the middle of January and I think some of those resolutions are already starting to get kicked to the curb.  While the gym is still more crowded now than it was in recent months, it’s already starting to slow down.  The snowstorm that kept everyone inside last…

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…