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Tuesday, 10 July 2007 11:50

5 Things NOT to say during a meeting

Every now and then I say things that get me into trouble.  I’ll be sitting in another exciting meeting and that part of my brain that is supposed to keep me from making a fool of myself falls asleep.  It usually happens when the facilitator has allowed someone to monopolize the discussion or the topic is going nowhere.

Based on those types of meetings I have learned that there is a list of things you shouldn’t say.  Here are 5 things you will want to add to your list: 

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There is a certain gene in the DNA of a project manager that results in a superhero complex.  We are the ones that find leadership voids and itch to fill them.  If there is chaos, we long to tame it.  When things are wrong we strive to right them.  Where there is no org chart…well, you get the idea. 

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Monday, 07 May 2007 08:50

Less Obvious ROI

When I was working with a system support group we had to scramble each month to determine the Return on Investment (ROI) for the system enhancements.  Changes ranged from new reports to added functionality with other odd things in between.  Needless to say, determining the ROI for adding a product color field to a report lacks a certain excitement and requires a lot of creativity.  Technically it is the responsibility of the business group to assign ROI, but it generally falls on the technical team to make it happen. 
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