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Early Failure Can Impact a Career

A concern arose on one of the various question sites I frequent – a manager was hired on contract to supervise a project, which was cancelled a short time later. As a result, the contract was terminated. Normally, this would be percieved as a standard part of business as a consultant – except for this […]

Striving for Perfection

I recently read an interesting comment on the pursuit of perfection: The amount of effort required to bring something from “good enough” to “perfect” is rarely worth it. My initial reaction to this, as well as the reaction of most people I repeated this to, was that clearly the author doesn’t take pride in a […]

When You Work for Yourself

Perhaps one of the factors of life as the self-employed freelancer is in regard to what happens when you get sick. Or, if it isn’t you who gets sick, a family member who you have to care for. Even for those under the impression that they rarely get sick, it tends to happen, as Murphy’s […]

Out-sourcing and Risk Management

A recent project was a real learning experience about the risks associated with out-sourcing. Not that it would stop me from out sourcing any other work, but rather it taught me how to manage the risks of using someone outside your company. The project began with everyone positive and upbeat, but then things began ton […]

The View Matters

In reading Scott Berkun’s book Making Things Happen, I learned quite a bit about managing projects. Scott’s background is similar to my own – for years, he was (and possibly still is) a project manager for Microsoft, overseeing large teams working on fairly extensive projects. With a technical background, he wrote the book with a […]

Who’s to Blame

This article discusses a concept that I only recently learned about in detail. While this issue is one that affects people who sub-contract all the time, it is also one that most people either handle well or poorly, but rarely consciously. Imagine a client, John Doe, who contacts you to perform some work for him. […]

Failure to Charge Costs More than Dollars

Over the past few years, I’ve done a variety of small jobs for a variety of clients, with the size of the projects varying in size. A friend of mine with a similar, though significantly larger, business, is in the same situation. A recent conversation regarding pricing of our services made us realize something, when […]

Managing Multiple Projects

In recent weeks, the number of projects I’ve been involved with has rapidly grown, from the few constants and a couple small projects, to several large projects, a few smaller projects, and a constant turn-over of hourly projects. When I sat down one day to work, and realized that I had 8 active projects to […]