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Planning for Your Facilitated Workshop

Posted on: March 8th, 2017 by Jim

I wrote a post a while back on using facilitated workshops to jump-start your project planning. As I work on my book, it occurs to me how important it is to plan for your planning session. Not only do you want it to run like clockwork, you want as few people as is humanly possible to show up and say, “Why are we here again?” Let’s be honest here – the workshop is going to cost you time

How to Run a More Effective Project Meeting

Posted on: November 22nd, 2016 by Jim

I read an article a while back regarding the topic of meetings. According to a study, the typical American professional attends over 60 meetings per month, approximately 50% of meeting time is wasted and – my favorite – 39% of people doze off during the meeting! The reason I’m writing this article today is simple – yesterday, once again, someone had to apologize to me for being

How to Run a Lessons Learned Meeting

Posted on: May 17th, 2016 by Jim

It should be mandatory at the end of every project – and if possible at the end of every phase –  to run a lessons learned session. And not only run it, but make sure that it’s documented and – unless highly sensitive – available to all future projects. Here’s how to do it: -Be sure that you have an agenda. People hate to come to meetings and not know what is being discussed or for