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Entries from May 2013

Act Early, Act Small

May 30th, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Basic advice to managers about correcting the course of an endeavor. Be quick and be easy on everyone. The title of this little management advisory is from author and consultant Jerry Weinberg. He wrote about it in one of his books. I also found mention of this in a blog post by […]

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Tags: Change · Communication · Management

DIN – Do It Now

May 27th, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Once again I attempt to make a million dollars be creating a three-letter acronym – DIN. Some 30 years ago (yes, I am that old), I was pouring myself a cup of coffee at work. On the bulletin board in front of me was an article cut from the newspaper (see ANOTHER […]

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Tags: Culture · Design · Work

The Age of the Televisor

May 23rd, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips We are now in the age of the device that allows us to see the pictures and hear the audio of the greater television system. Years ago, I read a book in which the author referred to his television as a televisor. I don’t recall the book or the author – rats! […]

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Tags: Technology

We Need More Permission Givers

May 20th, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips I suffered from this malady much of my life. I had an idea, but I didn’t have permission to do it. When you meet people who are like I used to be, give them permission. That is a really short blog post. Perhaps it should be a tweet or something else, but […]

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Tags: Change · Culture

The Thingy

May 16th, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips As writers, we have all the facts of the world at our fingertips. While writing, don’t stop the typing to find the correct term. Put a THINGY placeholder on the page and come back later. Writing is easier than it used to be. Okay, anyone who tries to write can scream for […]

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Tags: Writing

Transparent vs. Visible

May 13th, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips I rant about the misuse of the word “transparent.” Pardon me while I smash my head in a doorway (painful). I am tired of transparency. I am tired of hearing, Our process is transparent We emphasize transparency in all we do Here is a definition of transparent: Allowing light to pass through […]

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Tags: Communication

Hire Tool Experts

May 9th, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips If you use tools at work, and who doesn’t, have tool experts around. I am a big believer in having specialists working on a project – people who know one thing well. Yes, there is a place for other people, but most projects I have experienced have all generalists and no specialists. […]

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Tags: Management · Work

Government Delay = Wasted Taxes

May 6th, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips I explain how any government delay leads to wasted taxpayer money. No connection between the two items? Let’s walk through this. Company A contracts with the government. Which government doesn’t matter – national, state, local – as they all exist on taxpayers’ money. Company A has these smart, dedicated employees who work […]

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Tags: Employment · Government

TPM – Thoughtful Project Management

May 2nd, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips I attempt to get a million dollars by inventing a new three-letter acronym about project management. TQM, Agile, Heavy – all nice words used to describe different types of project management. So, here goes, my three-letter acronym that summarizes my recommendation for project management: TPM That stands for Thoughtful Project Management. What […]

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Tags: Management · People