Tag Archives: Management

Recognizing our anxieties

I was mowing my lawn the other day, lost in my own thoughts as I usually am when mowing the lawn, when I saw someone I didn’t know walking by.  I saw him watching me and I found myself thinking … Continue reading

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Breaking projects into tasks

I was been feeling a bit unmotivated at work a while back until I realized one reason why. I took (yet another) look at my task list and found most of the remaining items were not tasks, but projects. They … Continue reading

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Who are you?

Who are you, if not your job or profession?  I asked myself this question recently, and didn’t have an immediate answer.  It’s easy to say I am an astronomer, or I am my job title, but what am I besides … Continue reading

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Give yourself time to think

Why is it we schedule time for meetings, but not time for thinking? Take a look at your calendar. If it’s like mine used to be, it’s a series of scheduled meetings with some blank space in between for more … Continue reading

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Some thoughts about commitments

No, this Blog is not dead. I think about it often; I just don’t have as much time as before to update it. I started taking some remote classes (what was I thinking?) and they are pretty much devouring every … Continue reading

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Additional Random Bits from the NASA PM Challenge, 2012

The annual NASA PM Challenge is a really good meeting. The speakers are generally excellent and the material covers a wide range from project management fundamentals to the latest great and innovative management ideas. The ratio of outstanding talks to … Continue reading

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Managing Cost, Schedule, and Scope is not enough.

Project Management 101 teaches the need to actively, and simultaneously, monitor and manage a project’s cost, schedule, and scope. Project Management 102 might add risk management to the list as well. These ideas have become fundamental tenets of project management … Continue reading

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Real vs. fake work: What are emails, meetings, etc.?

A couple years back, a group of us at work put together a series of classes designed to help people better communicate and manage their tasks more efficiently.  We present them in a sequence we think makes logical sense: Email … Continue reading

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