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The PM Business – Tax Tips – Part 1

Attend every “new business” or “startup workshop” you can.  Even if it is not in your field or for small or large companies, this will help you become familiar with the process and your responsibilities as a business owner. If what you are selling requires a lot of local fees and you are able to…

The PM Business – A Low Cost Start

Be aware that your venture in to proprietorship doesn’t have to be a $5,000 investment Government fees can range/add up from $10-200; they are known and some are yearly but many are one-time or every 5 years, like your business registration with your county. You don’t have to advertise rather, you can attend a lot…

 The PM Business – Permission to Business

Here in the US, depending on the city you live in, you need only to announce your intention to do business, sometimes pay a fee, and simply begin to advertise or solicit business. Part of this process requires a blurb in your local newspaper of your legal and business name.  This protects the community at…

The PM Business – Where to Start

So you keep hearing that if you could do a 1099 (US Record of payment for labor) you could be taking home more money for your jobs. This is true, but not without some effort.  I will be discussion in the next few posts on going from employee, to contractor, to vendor as a project…

 Agile Work

A wonderful way to work a project is to build as you go, no deadlines, just an environment where you can do your best work, without pressure, without impacts that have nothing to do with your project, with the best resources and an unlimited budget. But that rarely happens. A one of the truest tenants…

True Status – The high achiever

I like to work with people who get things done, who doesn’t?  I have be fortunate enough to work with some really talented coders who are great and offering ideas to solve problems, will listen and try alternative methods, and who are just all around fun and productive team members. But anyone with an amazing…

True Status – WHEN EXACTLY?

When can you start? As soon as I get the image. AKA -> As soon as get the documentation, 3 VM’s setup, demo PC’s, confirm my temp resource, and get the image When will the PC arrive? In a few weeks. AKA ->, we manufacture in Mexico, then it ships to Texas before it ships…

True Status – Your Bosses’ Deliverables

Looking back on a project I had where my manager was responsible for delivering a configured server, I see now how important marking tasks as “delayed” every time it applies. The “In Progress” status may not tell the whole story and thus adding “Deferred” “Delayed” “Waiting On” can be used to ensure the true overall…

Series: Why Projects Fail – Who Knows Part 2

Sometimes I cringe when I see literally 40 people in the address box on an email however for a large project that might even be too few.  As we use email as discussion boards, Replying All with each follow-up question and 2nd thought and clarification, it can be a long thread of information that doesn’t…

Series: Why Projects Fail – Who Knows Part 1

In a large global project, about 7 months in, as a listener of an exchange between 2 divisions within the company, I was taken aback when someone uttered “we were not brought into this at the beginning.”  I realize there are some people that don’t need to participate until much later in the process however…

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Over 10 years’ experience managing projects in technology, office properties, and education. Past Bachelor of Science teacher for project management courses for certification. Routinely manage discovery, phased requirements, unplanned, and crisis projects to a successful completion.