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Too Close to Think

September 28th, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Someone on the team needs to be a little farther away from the problem than the rest of us. Once upon a time…a team of engineers and such had a major design review in Florida. The team didn’t live in Florida. The head of the team, thoroughly enmeshed in the details of […]

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Tags: General Systems Thinking · Management · Planning · Thinking

The Plan versus the Idea

June 1st, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Often “plans” are merely “ideas.” Ideas suffice if they are small enough. We have a lot of plans where I work and recreate. The trouble is, I can’t ever seem to find them. No one can produce an artifact that records the plan. Truth is, the plan is in the mind of […]

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Tags: Analysis · Clarity · Communication · Ideas · Planning

But I Had a Great Time

May 29th, 2014 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Once again I delve into the question, but what was the objective? I find myself planning events more than previously. At least I find myself involved in planning events. And, as I have written before, I tend to ask some variation of, “What is the objective?” I have been involved with many […]

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Tags: Learning · Planning

Plan Your Work, Work Your Plan, Plus

October 3rd, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips In addition to the planner’s basics, talk directly to the right people in a frank manner. Years ago, I worked with a company VP who had success on the vast majority of his projects. His “secret” was: Plan your work (in detail) Work your plan (track progress in detail) Okay, big deal. […]

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Tags: Communication · Management · People · Planning

Let’s Simplify: Writing a Plan

April 25th, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Let’s return to basics and discuss the aspects of a plan. I love it when a plan comes together – that guy on the A-Team TV show This is one of those blog posts that I am embarrassed to write. Surely everyone already knows this one, right? Wrong. I wish I had […]

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Tags: Planning · Writing

Resource Leveling

October 8th, 2012 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Resource leveling is an obscure term in project management. It is, however, paramount to project success. You are planning a project or planning some work that involves a limited number of people. You lay out all the tasks that must be performed and record all the resources needed to perform each task. […]

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Tags: Estimation · Management · Planning

Planning: Working Backwards

September 3rd, 2012 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips One planning technique that has worked for me is to start at the end and work my way backwards. I am a planner. There, got that out of the way. I have practiced planning for years and after all that I am pretty good at it. Recent discussions on the topic of […]

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Tags: Planning