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Contradictions Do Not Exist, Check Your Premises (Part I)

Contradictions do not exist. Whenever you think you are facing a contradiction, check your premises. You will find that one of them is wrong.”
-Ayn Rand

This two part post explores resolving conflict that impedes progress. We’ll use mind maps to diagram the Evaporating Cloud technique introduced by Eliyahu Goldratt as part of his Thinking Process in the Theory of Constraints. Part I will give an overview of the technique, which will then be applied to an example in Part II. Continue reading Contradictions Do Not Exist, Check Your Premises (Part I)

‘Waiting For’ Lists in Mind Maps

Reaching your project goals often depends on other people completing tasks for you- in addition to the other demands on their time. Because both your needs and those of others is dynamically changing all the time, it is easy for a critical task to “fall through the cracks” unless there is adequate follow-up.

GTD systems have a solution for capturing the tasks others are doing for you: the “Waiting For” list. Continue reading ‘Waiting For’ Lists in Mind Maps

Managing a Transformation Across Functions

Projects that have a goal of transforming some aspect of an organization need to be managed across various functional groups. Despite the importance of the transformation, inertia and competing priorities will require extra effort to move the project forward (since the transformation is often viewed as just another task on the list…). It is not enough to have an overall project plan; daily follow-up is often required to ensure next actions happen. This article shows how mind maps can be used to help connect the project plan with next actions from each of the functional groups. Continue reading Managing a Transformation Across Functions