Month: December 2018

Play Card Methodology, Pt. 3

Any project planning methodology offers a visual means of communicating the goals, tasks, and progress of the given project. Examples of such items are Gantt charts, timelines, mind maps, status reports, and calendars. These visual representations provide the team and leaders a mechanism to rapidly process the details of the plan and understand its current …

Importance of Schema Design

Building houses require a blueprint. The blueprint identifies the placement of doors, windows, and outlets. It defines the size of the rooms, whether there is a basement or crawlspace, and the location of the furnace. This plan outlines the skeletal structure and outer skin of the house which directly translates into the integrity and ease …

Seven Lessons: #2 Fear is not part of the recipe of success.

If you were to scour a proverbial cookbook for recipes on success, achievement, and effectiveness, you would find a myriad of essential ingredients. You will see passion, purpose, confidence, empathy, compassion, and vision. While other components may come and go based on the latest trends, there is one element which should never emerge in any …

Play Card Methodology, Pt. 2

Without goals, the team cannot identify when the project is complete. Without tasks, the team cannot understand how to achieve the goal. All project management methodologies involve tasks and goals, including the Play Card Methodology. In this light, to claim that the unique nature of the Play Card Methodology as being a goal-based method rather …

Seven Lessons: #1 Personal Connection

Leading teams and people toward a common goal can be one of the most challenging aspects of management. People come in a wide array of emotional, interpretative, and functional capabilities and simple input of instruction and compliance is not sufficient to operate a successful venture. Enduring leadership requires trust, relationship, and connectedness. Trust is earned …

Play Card Methodology, Pt. 1

In the world of getting things done, managers encounter a list of project management methodologies and techniques as extensive as a menu from The Cheesecake Factory. Some methods are suited for large, high-risk, and complex projects such as building a skyscraper, developing a medical product, or sending a person to Mars. Such efforts may leverage …