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Found in Translation – My Experiences in Japan, Part 1

Remember that movie “Lost in Translation”? It was a romantic comedy starring Bill Murray and Scarlet Johansson. Bill Murray plays an American movie star (Bob Harris), in the autumn of his career, who reluctantly takes his first trip to Japan. … Continue reading

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“Are We There Yet” – Grain Elevators and Learning

They say all stories have teaching moments. The following is a story from my childhood. Although as you’ll see it made some immediate difference in my life, it took me another 40 years to understand and appreciate the learning. As … Continue reading

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Change Reflux Disease

  During my working years I was frequently bothered with night-time acid reflux. Given the stresses of work and life, along with poor eating and exercise habits, I guess that’s not an unexpected consequence. In any case, one night last … Continue reading

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Does Good Luck Trump Good Planning?

Best Laid Plans Your plan said you’d do what you should, And you did the best that you could. But when the going got tough, And it still wasn’t enough. It was better to be lucky than good                                                                                   Don McAlister, … Continue reading

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“Project Dis-Integration”

One of the most critical and difficult parts of executing a complex product development project, is the integration of all of the stakeholders, tasks, resources, requirements, and management information. Project Integration ensures that objectives are understood and aligned; tempo is … Continue reading

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Creative Scheduling

Project Managers always face customer schedule pressures and drive their teams to be responsive.  Sometimes those responses can be very creative. Creative Scheduling A creative scheduler once remarked, “Einstein’s Theory could improve my chart.” “By accelerating the plan…” To the speed of … Continue reading

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A Bit of Risk Management Humor

Although you may not be professionally enagaged in risk management activities, you and everyone else in the world is in fact a risk management practitioner.  If you buckle your seat, make a restaurant reservation or have life insurance, you’re managing risk.  I wrote this … Continue reading

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