Tag Archives: productivity

Deming’s 14 Points for Management and Team Development

By | September 9, 2013

Dr W. Edwards Deming’s work on quality control provided guidance for management and team development.  We reviewed Dr W. Edwards Deming’s work on quality control in Japan in one of my project management courses.  Deming is best known for his focus on quality and improvement.  Many of us are familiar with Deming’s Cycle for Improvement: (PDCA)… Read More »

What does Excellent look like? Improving Performance Appraisals

By | August 4, 2013

What does Excellent look like?  I have been doing performance appraisals over the past few weeks for my IT team at  the American University of Sharjah.   In the past, there was no guidance or standards for how to evaluate our team members’ performance consistently.   Previous appraisals were done more to make people feel… Read More »

A Project Portfolio Management Approach

By | June 22, 2013

I introduced an approach to project portfolio managment (PPM) to my IT team at the American University of Sharjah.  After 9 months here, I have a real sense that we were doing too many projects for the resources that we had available.   The result of trying to do too much was that our planning… Read More »

Implementing Organizational Structure and Focus

By | March 23, 2013

When I joined the IT Department at the American University of Sharjah as the Director, I was presented with an organizational structure challenge.  I found out that I had 21 direct reports and that my department did not have a concept of operational management!  I had just come from being the Manager, Business Application Services… Read More »

A Case for an EA Approach

By | September 12, 2012

Here is my case for an EA Approach.  I was on a walk with my wife and our dog the other day and our conversation led to some of the problems we encounter at work.  My wife is a Registered Nurse at a large acute care hospital.  She has an amazing wealth of experience caring… Read More »

The Monday Report Builds Understanding and Collaboration

By | April 3, 2012

I have 24 direct reports and always find it hard to get a good understanding of what each of them do on a weekly basis.  A few weeks ago, I retweeted about a post that might help. Frank Addante (@FrankAddante), founder and CEO of the Rubicon project wrote a post for Inc.com that has really helped… Read More »

Full Disclosure, A Favourited Tweet Does Not Mean I Read It … Yet

By | January 20, 2012

As many of you know, I am a huge fan of Twitter. Twitter provides the medium for my tailored news source (I find out about world events on Twitter faster than any of the regular news outlets), my 24×7 global support base (see my post The Evolution of My Global Network) and my notetaker (this attempt… Read More »

Focus on Your Commitments – A New Way to Work

By | July 9, 2011

Do you start the day opening your email and looking at the hundreds or thousands of messages in your Inbox?  How does that make you feel? Overwhelmed, stressed and feeling like you are always behind on your commitments? Do you have days where you know you worked very hard but somehow have nothing to show… Read More »