Category Archives: Project Tips

Quality: It’s a Judgment Call

by Saul Carliner and Lola Fredrickson Imagine this. You run an information development agency and have been working for five years to land a particular account. The director of information systems at that company finally invites you to bid on … Continue reading

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Project Management 8. Handle Problems that Arise During the Project

Despite the most extensive planning, problems are likely to arise.  Some will be anticipated, like someone quitting or becoming ill.  (Although you cannot anticipate whom, you can anticipate that it could happen.) Other problems cannot be anticipated, such as an … Continue reading

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Rethinking Casual (Contract) Work

As predicted in the 1990s, employment today is increasingly casual. Casual doesn’t mean that it lacks seriousness; it just lacks a long-term commitment. In professional employment, that means that organizations increasingly rely on contractors and short-term workers when they staff … Continue reading

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Can Harmony Hurt Team Performance

In the academic course, Administration of Educational Technology Units, that I teach at Concordia and the Technical Communication Manager certificate program that I teach for the Society for Technical Communication, I include an exercise on hiring workers. One of the … Continue reading

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But Can the Team Be Friends

Even if the boss manages to find a way to be caring, even close, without being friends, what types of relationships among the staff should the manager nurture?  When You Don’t Want Employees to Agree by Katie Loehrke and published … Continue reading

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Changemeister

According to consultant and author, Jiri Maly (Achieve change by accepting these inconvenient truths, Globe and Mail, Monday, December 28, 2009, http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/managing/achieve-change-by-accepting-these-inconvenient-truths/article1413125/), planning a process or business change is only part of the challenge of instituting change. Encouraging the staff … Continue reading

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