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Have you seen AfriGadget?
A site “dedicated to showcasing African ingenuity”, AfriGadget is updated by a team of bloggers and readers who post remarkable content from around the African continent. Articles run the gamut from recycling, transportation and community to music and toys.
One of my favorite stories […]
The plus side of committees is that everyone brings a different perspective, and different strengths, to the table. One of their infamous minuses—the bottleneck (sometimes known as pea soup or the black hole)—becomes exponentially aggravating for each person you add to the group (not to mention those that show up near the end of the […]
Recently, I was inspired by a conversation with Matt Batt (@storyassistant) about his new mantra, “I refuse to participate in this recession!” What a great affirmation!
As we talked about it, I realized I had a unique anchor to help me ride out the current economic storm. In the days that followed, I […]
It’s easy to stay focused on the objectives of a 6-to-8 week project. For example, a current site redesign includes objectives for building revenue from specific sources and strengthening the current community. It’s those 6+ month projects that can drag the team’s attention away… to things like checking off the task list, interruptions for smaller […]
The best part is the silent moments as interviewees search for words—vulnerable, human faces. I showed this to my son, and would like you to see it, too.
After I posted this note, I happened to rediscover Only Human (site now defunct), “a community where people share stories publicly or anonymously about mistakes they’ve […]
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 […]
Been thinking about this a lot lately, sparked by a big, fat design project, as well as questions about the foggy role of “creatives” in a technical environment. Then Amber Naslund polled her readers about their line of work. I had just started following her on Twitter, and mentioned something about how Design […]
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 […]
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 […]
I am up to my ears lately because I have succeeded in attracting an abundance of dream clients: Creative, innovative, deeply thinking, open to possibility—Ayeee!!
The past two weeks have mostly been spent creating flowcharts, communicating, adjusting flowcharts and communicating some more. For once, I’ve been thankful for the boring little projects one can sweep […]
It may be common sense to you, but your cube neighbor with the changed-weekly-top-40 cell phone ringer may believe he is enriching your world.
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