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Triming LinkedIn Connections

November 12, 2011 by


Two years ago I entered the fray of open networker, or “LION‘s” in LinkedInjargon, for a two-week test before a series of presentations concerning pro-social networking to management and project management audiences.  My networked ballooned from a rather healthy 750 to over 3,000. While generally innocuous, I soon found out that not having a “fake” […]

Agile Principle 5 – Motivate, Support and Trust People

February 8, 2011 by


Is it a radical concept, motivate, support and trust people?  No.  Not really. The Agile principle of building projects around motivated individuals is clearly a Theory Z , Y or Herzberg management approach — people want to achieve and when they do, advance that performance to even higher levels.  It doesn’t fit well with the […]

Agile Principle 1 – Customer Focus

February 4, 2011 by


The four values of the Agile Manifesto (Individuals, Customer, Working Software and Change) are further elaborated in twelve principles. The first principle is “Our highest priority is to satisfy the customer through early and continuous delivery of valuable software. “ The first line provides the goal – satisfy the customer. That customer focus brings Agile […]

Communication – BAR SOAP

January 26, 2011 by


Lack of communication can be the kiss of death for information technology projects. Industry data often points to a breakdown in communication as one of the primary reasons for project failure. Reluctance to share information regarding barriers to a project’s success is the nail in the coffin. This absence of information sharing is known as […]

Acculturation in Organizations

June 21, 2010 by


“Welcome to the company, Kaite!” says Kenneth. “Thanks, I just finished the 3-day orientation session” says Kaite. “Did they talk about the Kentucky Derby taboo?” whispered Kenneth. “Uhh…no.” said Kaite confused. “Don’t ever mention it! The CEO lost all his savings betting on Trippi ten years ago. Actually, it’s best never to mention the names […]

Virtual Teams Relationships

January 4, 2010 by


We now have the technology to allow people to communicate, transfer information, and work together all across the world without meeting each other face-to-face. This is making virtual teams increasingly popular. Many people who work on a virtual team also work at an office surrounded by co-workers; other virtual team members who work from home […]

Holiday Work Parties

December 18, 2009 by


Many of us are in the midst of holiday work parties which is one of the topics we discuss for TAPUniversity’s online Working with People course. Have fun at your holiday work parties, and enjoy your opportunity to socialize and celebrate with your co-workers! However, do remember to stay professional and don’t damage your reputation. […]