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Motivating People to Be on Time

Do you have a problem starting your meetings on time? Do people just seem to roll into the room well after a meeting begins without any particular concern as to the consequences of arriving late? 

I have this same problem when I teach classes. My classes have a well-defined…

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The Counter-Intuitive Argument for Limiting Project WiP

When considering your own organization ask yourself this question: “Are you working on too many projects at the same time?” If you are similar to most organizations that I visit, your answer will be a resounding yes! I’m having a hard time remembering the last time that I…

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Surprising Stakeholders is Almost Never a Good Thing!

In my experience it has never been a good idea to “surprise” the stakeholders (e.g., customers, users, internal management) of the product we are building. I can’t recall the last time I’ve heard a stakeholder say, “Wow, I am really surprised by what you are showing me…” and…

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