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Who’s The Best Person To Do An Assessment?

Who’s The Best Person To Do An Assessment?
By Michael Pruitt

When watching Good Will Hunting, I couldn’t help but relate when Matt Damon’s character, Will, picked up a piece of chalk and solved an incredibly complicated math problem that couldn’t be cracked by others. Despite being MIT’s janitor, Will bested graduate students because he had a natural ability to make connections between numbers.

I’ve found that successful business people are a combination of three personality types. There’s the charismatic type – people who have the ability to really believe in an idea or product and articulate it at a high level. There’s also the hard worker type – those who tend to be linear, tactical and task-oriented. Finally, there’s the intuitive type, which is the toughest to explain. In short, people who are strong in this type are the “Wills” – people who are very talented at seeing patterns and picking out critical details among a lot of noise. Read the Complete Article

Winning Is the Result, Not Project Management

Winning Is the Result, Not Project Management
By Michael Pruitt

The Keller Rohrback Masters Cycling team was designed to win Criteriums, and we did that in spades this year. We won Volunteer Park, Wenatchee Criterium, 40+ Masters State Criterium , Joe Matava and the Brad Lewis Memorial Criterium. We finished second in the 30+ Masters State Criterium and third at the Ballard Criterium. The only races we didn’t win or podium where the Redmond Derby and Tacoma Twilight Criteriums.

The bedrock of our success has been a clearly defined objective and the consistent communication within the team. We worked together to agree on how to achieve the team’s goals, plan each race, learn from each race and adapt as needed. We used agile user stories without investing in a lot of tools. Prioritization and communication, which are foundations of agile, were used. Despite what some of the perceptions of agile may be, using this method actually cost us less time than many teams put into not being organized. Read the Complete Article

Project Communication in Threes

Project Communication in Threes
By Michael Pruitt

Something that I often see is the conflation of project administration and project management. While administration is important and plans are good, people are typically poorly motivated by the knowledge that a task has been assigned to them in a tool. Successful project management requires the hands on management of people and tools are just support for that management.

I see this in the context of both work and bicycle teams. It doesn’t come from a lack of desire to manage people, but often from a combination of empathy and practical tools and techniques. Here’s what I mean by that:

  • Lack of Empathy – The most common example is when a project manager or administrator assumes that just because a vision or idea is clear them, it’s clear to others as well. This is often a problem in organizations where PowerPoint decks are used to both drive presentations and document the vision.
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