Measure Twice, Cut Once: How to Avoid Making Rash Decisions

UNDO UNDO! Unfortunately, not everything has an undo button. If you delete something, sometimes it is gone for good. If you cut something too short, you can’t make it longer! I’m inspired this week by a home project that I’m working on that definitely depends on precise measurements: crown molding! Double check yourself Literally, “measureContinue reading “Measure Twice, Cut Once: How to Avoid Making Rash Decisions”

Being Efficient: 3 Tips to be the Fastest Editor in Microsoft Word

Documentation is one of the most essential parts of a good team and yet can also be the most time consuming. You have many opinions, tons of formatting issues, and the endless editing and upkeep of the document. It is a pain when you have better things you could be working on. I am aContinue reading “Being Efficient: 3 Tips to be the Fastest Editor in Microsoft Word”

Exploring a New City: Trying New Things Starting with Your Taste Buds

I feel so inspired by this picture! It reminds me of this lavender mini donut from a food truck I bumped into in Belmar, Denver, CO. It was delicious and fluffy!! I explore a lot of different foods when I travel, and so why not explore at home too! I hate to visit chain restaurantsContinue reading “Exploring a New City: Trying New Things Starting with Your Taste Buds”

Defining a New “Fit Break” for Yourself

What is an acceptable excuse to take a break from the daily grind of work? It seems like smokers are the ones that have a craving that is strong enough to demand structured breaks every hour or so. I don’t think the unhealthy habit should be a precedent! I love how FitBit buzzes for 250Continue reading “Defining a New “Fit Break” for Yourself”

Scope Management Part 3: Have Plans for Future Project Ideas

Continuing from Part 1 and Part 2, my advice for scope management goes beyond defining the scope of the project. It must cover what happens if scope creep happens after the initial planning steps. If you want a project to stay on the track of success that was started, you have to have a plan.Continue reading “Scope Management Part 3: Have Plans for Future Project Ideas”

Scope Management Part 2: Real Life Examples of Keeping Down the Scope Creep

Today’s advice is about writing it down. There is lots of writing to do during a project, but I think the most happens at the planning stage. When you are evaluating scope early on in the project, you are starting fresh. At this point, your job is not to reel them in. You need toContinue reading “Scope Management Part 2: Real Life Examples of Keeping Down the Scope Creep”

Have a Beer! Why You Should Enjoy Yourself while Traveling on Business

Okay, I’m from a microbrew hub in Boulder and Denver Colorado area so when I travel and am seeking out a beer, I want something other than a Coors that I can get, well, anywhere.When in Iowa I enjoyed the beer below, and in Ohio I tried the holiday seasonal beers of Great Lakes and Southern Tier. It’s a treat to try the newContinue reading “Have a Beer! Why You Should Enjoy Yourself while Traveling on Business”

Successful Scope Management Part 1: Be Excited!!!!

Scope creep is one of the most dreaded pitfalls of project management. It can turn any project into a late, expensive, and unhappy situation for all parties. So it’s important to communicate and draw the line when you need to. I experienced successful scope management on a recent project – we caught risks early, plannedContinue reading “Successful Scope Management Part 1: Be Excited!!!!”

When You’re Leading And Stuck: 3 Ways To Manage Your Projects When You’ve Hit a Wall

You know the feeling. You’re in charge, at the center of the universe, and you’re lost. You’re project has derailed. You don’t know what the next move should be but you can’t let your peers know that. There is a science to getting yourself and your team back on track. Here’s 3 steps to getContinue reading “When You’re Leading And Stuck: 3 Ways To Manage Your Projects When You’ve Hit a Wall”

Fixing Micromanagers: How to manage your manager without telling them to F*** Off

I can’t take the “On this bullet you need to change this word to this one instead.” micromanaging conversations. Seriously, who can learn to do something better next time if all the feedback you get is at the “capitalization of a letter” level? Don’t you want to just tell micromanagers to just go do it themselvesContinue reading “Fixing Micromanagers: How to manage your manager without telling them to F*** Off”