Optimism is a Kind of Blindness Perhaps it is because I have seen the word optimism abused that I say optimism is a kind of blindness. Optimism like hope is used to justify our limited planning and reduced talent. Through optimism, we encourage troops to charge across a field that will surely end in their […]
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First of all, I hate the word human resources for our employees. This verbiage starts the discussion as if people were fungible. That people, their talents, aspirations, motivation and capability are identical. That is simply not true. I just got out of a discussion with a company that left me feeling hopeful. After working in […]
Simultaneous work and an Agile Approach There are ways to divide the work up using an agile approach. This can get complicated for distributed teams but for teams that are on the same site the challenge is greatly reduced. We once worked on an embedded development project for an electronic control unit on a vehicle. […]
Why Statistics and Control Are Important to the Project Manager More from the TQM and Project Management  One of the purposes of statistical analysis lies in its ability to discern random variation from non-random (or “controllable”) variation. Random variation is extremely difficult to control, although we have seen situations where variance could be […]
Some companies offer perks to their employees, a reward for sticking out with the company. After all, in some cases the company invests considerable time and money into employee development. The company may pay to move them. The company will spend some money on training the employee in the ways of the organization. I […]
By Shawn P. Quigley and Jon M. Quigley Communication and Motivation We have discussed some of the different theories of motivation and the role that the organization plays in motivation. Now we will discuss how the employee is responsible to the organization in the realm of motivation. At first glance one would say that it […]
By Shawn P. Quigley More on Maslow In our previous discussions we have referred to Maslow’s Theory of Human Motivation (Hierarchy of Needs) and how this relates to work place motivation. To best continue our discussion we must first review some of the tenets of Maslow’s theory in more detail and dispel the misconception that […]
Risk Management Class The course will train managers how to use assessment and prioritization techniques in creating a risk management plan. The course will also cover ways to evoke the potential risks from a team, and how to objectively assess the impact.
The early testimonials for our Configuration Management book out early next year.
We all need a little hope now and then. However, does it seem like hoping is becoming more of an “influence” on project than the planning, controlling and adapting?