Time Sheets, the Common Good, and JJ Bean

I hate time sheets. Filling them in is mind numbing, and they make me feel like I’m living in a surveillance state—every portion of my work life reported, categorized, reviewed. I’ve certainly got nothing to hide, but time sheets still...

The Out-of-Scope Request and Mr. Spock

Generally, a client’s out-of-scope request seems ridiculous because, as a project manager, you see these requests for what they often are — an attempt to get something for nothing. But clients don’t see things through your eyes, and PMs often...

The Gut Check, the Rundown, and the Pitch

When I come up with an idea I think is going to help the team, it’s easy for me to get caught up in solving the problem and overlook how that idea might actually be received. As I wrote here,...