To inspire great design, don’t teach design processes. A fixed set of design steps is more likely to stifle the unexpected bursts of breakthrough insight that newer designers can contribute to a project.
Instead, consider offering design challenges that help them discover and develop their own processes.
Here are some challenge ideas (always starting with […]
Forget about “keeping up”.
It’s not fun, and it wastes an enormous amount of time and energy you could pour into dreaming up new stuff.
Just keep following your passion, and use the tools you need to make it happen.
So why do you manage projects, anyway? Derry Simmel cuts to the chase in his article, Cargo Cult Project Management.
I love articles like this: articles that remind us to focus, not on the trappings of project management, but on the desired outcome. As with many essential truths, this applies to […]
This past week, I have been at both the giving and receiving ends of some very poor communication.
Dishing it out: I asked for backup support with a project, but neglected to mention a specific time the support would be needed. To make matters worse, no one had the mental bandwidth to reply with a […]
by Robert Frost
Brown lived at such a lofty farm
That everyone for miles could see
His lantern when he did his chores
In winter after half-past three.
And many must have seen him make
His wild descent from there one night,
There is a place for blame, particularly if it’s a place that’s visited briefly, on the way to somewhere else. The key is to remember that when we judge someone (or ourselves) for blaming, we’re not improving things.
More often than not, blame is a tiresome game we catch ourselves and others using to avoid […]
Did somebody say this is the Age of Community? How about hundreds of somebodies? (Google found more than 10,000 occurrences of that exact phrase on the web, but it’s not exactly rigorous research to stop there.)
Still, what’s a community without Elders?
Heart-labor of Richard Branson and Peter Gabriel, a awesome endeavor called, “The […]
Thinking about jump-starting a living knowledgebase at work (or elsewhere)? Some readers like nice, long explanations. Most like that and a quick bottom-line read. Here are seven quick sparks for “Getting Your Hands on Wisdom”:
1. Look for and value chances for cross-departmental interaction
The more relaxed, the better.
2. Get yourself […]
We learn so much from challenging projects. As thinking beings, we take those lessons and apply them to the next project, as well as (hopefully) to other areas of our lives. How do we share what we’ve learned so that the information and experience is available when and where it’s needed?
I used to go on a lot about “I manage projects because I love them.” It’s still true.
Work Breakdown Structures and Gantt Charts are valuable, powerful tools, but it all pales before the beauty of the project itself: Its potential outcome, and the possibility that it will become more than what we envisioned at […]
At our weekly unschooling families dinner, we were at the rant phase of the conversation, probably sparked by a reference to national testing of school children. Like the sound of a clear and finely cast bell, this off-hand comment continues to ring in my ears:
“Testing has nothing to do with genius. If […]
Over the next few weeks, I’ll be exploring life beyond competition. I’m not exploring life without competition (for now)… just beyond it.
Among the many reasons I am suspicious of competition is its pervasive presence in Western world view. Biologists see it among cells; astronomers see it in celestial interactions. Starts to feel a little […]
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