Handling Tough Conversations

Handling Tough Conversations

A longer version of my previous talk describing some topics and experiences about project management, and making a case for why you should practice them.

From GR DevDay 2014 at Davenport University

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Matthew Seeley

March 22, 2014
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  1. 5.
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    never ever ever hide or skip! problems, setbacks, or delays

    always be open and honest! about the project
  7. 35.
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    “ we have no managers* ” * we have people

    who have all the roles and responsibilities that a project manager would have, but we’ve relabeled them a “primary responsible person” so we can live in a hipster indie dream world where words are meaningless and work just handles itself.
  16. 54.

    translation : “ we have no managers* ” * we

    have people who have all the roles and responsibilities that a project manager would have, but we’ve relabeled them a “primary responsible person” so we can live in a hipster indie dream world where words are meaningless and work just handles itself. we have managers
  17. 57.

    if you define ‘management’ by exclusively bad attributes then ‘management’

    will always be bad, by definition (hint: it’s a tautology)
  18. 60.

    managers roles ! don’t have to include : - being

    the “boss” - hiring or fire people - promoting or demoting - setting hours - enforcing policy - being terrible people
  19. 61.

    managers roles ! don’t have to include : - being

    the “boss” - hiring or fire people - promoting or demoting - setting hours - enforcing policy - being terrible people