How we can improve our response to the pandemic and also get better at managing projects (if that’s what you do).

Everyone is dealing with the CV-19 pandemic in their unique way. Our experiences are wide-ranging and different.

Mine has been (touch wood) pretty minor— a month or so of shortened work hours and pay, and not seeing my Dad and Sis in the flesh for more than six months. At the other end of the spectrum are sickness, hospitalisation and death. …

We all know Samuel L Jackson is an outstanding actor and has played some of the most memorable roles ever shot on film. But did you also know that he is a badass project manager?

I don’t know if he worked as a project manager as his night job when he worked his way through Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, or if he’s just a natural.

Here are 9 quotes from his movies that prove he’s a project manager you’d want to have on your project. The quotes are ranked in reverse order of my favourite.

#9: “I’m as serious as a heart attack.”

Ordell Robbie (Jackie Brown)

Online hiring

If you’re working solo or in a small team, you either do everything yourself or get help. If you’re getting help, then there are many options like volunteers or contractors. One common option is hiring from an online platform like or There are many of these available.

I’m going to outline 7 of my top tips for hiring outside talent, via an online portal, from a pool of people you don’t already know.

I’ve used both and, and for most things, I prefer Upwork. I’ve used them regularly over the years, I recently went through three…

Everyone who starts something up is super motivated by the prospect of success, but how do you make that happen?

That’s the question you want to be answered.

It doesn’t matter whether it’s a side-hustle or you have funding from day 1, that’s the question everyone is asking.

But most new businesses hit a wall — splat!

Some don’t disintegrate but still survive. And others become wildly successful: the “unicorns”.

There are many potential answers, but one key factor is the mindset through which they view their customers and understand their needs.

I’m going to describe a mindset that successful…

i'm kinda stuck as a barely-happy user of Evernote until someone implements a working migration tool for my 7k+ existing notes, and duplicates (or betters) their excellent web clipping tool (at least for Chrome). I guess Evernote and i are like a couple who don't really like each other any more but have developed certain habits that are functional and it's too damned hard to get divorced. so we endure, and accommodate, and dare to dream...

I got quite excited about Notion a few months ago but found that their clipping tool is only just functional and their evernote import…

Imma be really blunt here: any team that can't resolve these types of issues shouldn't be doing agile. I don't mean that in a critical way - I mean that you will be much happier using some different sort of development framework - of whcih there are dozens if not hundreds. Agile is really simple ... for teams that are already good at working in an agile way. Most of these issues are readily resolvable within the team and the rest through facilitation of 1-up management and have nothing at all to do with agile. They can be solved if…

Do you remember the defining moments in your career? Those moments that you look back on and say: “it all changed here”.

I had one of those moments on Monday, October 1st 2012, at around 09:15 am in Boston, MA, and it changed my approach to managing software projects forever.

By profession, I am a consulting IT project manager. Back in 2012, I was working at a large Telco in Sydney Australia and managing several iOS and Android app development projects.

I wanted to get a more in-depth understanding of the app ecosystem and software commercialisation and found a conference…

How do we improve our conception and practice of project management? I don’t mean project management in the PMI sense. I mean, a broad organised approach to solving problems and enabling new outcomes.

There are many points of issue and problem in the various spheres of project management. But analysing and discussing them ends up down some rat-hole of practice and technique. Or vested choices and commitments hijack the discussion. We have made no real progress based on the “traditional” vs “agile” wars. Nor have the arguments between different branded methodologies been very productive.

So it’s time to take a…

Adam Russell

I want to change the way you think about and do project management.

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