Bringing Up Baby

Dreams, passion, and voila,  another project is born.

How connected are we?  How committed?

The market is busy with project caregivers (experts) looking to satisfy a multitude of personal interests and needs, of employment, job satisfaction, career development, more money, a better match, but what about what we signed up for?  what about baby?

Continual changing of the guard can dilute effectiveness, management, and control.

I recall putting baby in the bounce to attend to other wants and felt real bad to come back to a slumped over and sleeping child.

How are you treating your . . . project?




Connected and Engaged – Project Controls RRREACH

Having read recent articles related to Project Control Services,

I would agree with the R’s for effective Estimating,

  1. Revisit
  2. Review
  3. Revise

However, I would like to point out a few additional and very important factors often overlooked or skimmed over.

  1. Engage – the project team!  Utilize the experts in the seats.  They have value to contribute.
    What a crime to put an estimate together without having it vetted!
  2. Analyze – the results.  Rates and Ratios.  Not done by one person – every department’s impact and input.
    What are the lessons learned? What mistakes will we never make again?
  3. Close – when the project and analysis is complete.  Close with everyone in the room.
    Stated improvements owned by each discipline/department.
  4. History – is valuable equity.  Manage accumulated treasure.  Resources and Reputation.
    Expertise collected to pull for future projects.

Disengaged and disconnected   Project Control.

So I guess this amounts to “RRREACH” – for project success.

Cost Management – My Notes


I have a dream, and it’s to get lean.

I put together some notes to support the value of Cost Management in all sectors (profit, nonprofit, charities, and government), for all going concerns, to help ensure success for every operation, venture, project, program, portfolio, event or undertaking.

Random notes to support why, how, what, when, the value and benefit.

See link below.


I am a passionate believer in its adoption – everywhere and ongoing.



Organized Organization


Words resting in the dictionary smack dab between organic organismic organist, and organophosphorus organza orgulous orgy, resides the words organized organization.

To address the prefix,  by nature, individually we come to be.  Rejoice, let the music play, (and hence the organist).

To address the conclude, the stop point of nature’s indulgence is disarray.

And at the heart, in the middle place, is an organized organization,

The condition arising when individuals join to form a structure arranged by systematic planning and united effort, in unison, to form a complete and functioning whole.

The place, that is not I or disarray, is WE.

The dictionary appears to support awareness that an effective organization is about us not I.








The Price of Fuel Remains High


“I can live for two months on a good compliment.”  by Mark Twain


The simplest most efficient form of fuel to boost ourselves and the economy is thanks and recognition.

Cure ailing moods and lift a sluggish economy by looking inward to the most natural of resources, the kindness within.

Go to the well, again and again, fill your bucket, and start dispensing.

Looking for improved performance?
Recognition is fuel and a powerful motivator!

Positive begets positive.  All sorts of good springs up!

We all know this stuff.
It just happens to have come to my mind and I thought it worth sharing;
in trying times especially, we have to keep each other boosted.

The price of fuel remains high!








Pick Up the Ball and Run With It


The game is today.

Fresh, clean, and bright is the uniform I will wear.  As with all the days before, I’ll show up on time and looking fine.  Being under the radar is a comfortable over achieved goal.

The game is on and the right moment is now.

It was mine.  The rest were far behind.  I was alive and felt the burn on my knees from a slide to the ground.  With a bit of a slip in wet grass, caring not for the smears of green on my hands and sleeves of white jersey, I got back up.  I had the ball, which freaked me out, and I was responding.

Tuned in.

I could hear a cheering roar in the distance.  However, most prominent was the heart in my throat and a deep sense of “you can do this” chatter within myself.  I was up, running, and heading to the finish line.

I did it!  I scored, for me and for the team!

Happy am I, to know the feeling of being in the heart of the game, the active part, the part that makes a difference, the part instincts move foremost, powered by everything that is me.

Wonderful to be in, to help define, the game.

Project Controls, Attributes and Nature of






Take Charge
Methodical – Organized – Detail Oriented

Bird’s Eye
Ability to swoop down
fly over, or hover
depths between start and finish.
Big Picture

intrinsic promise maker
true to word
What you see is what you get.
Committed – Trusted

Focused – Analytical
Problem Solver

of promise,
delivery of quality,
on time
on target
within budget.


Respectful Dealings

Words from Benjamin Franklin,

“I made it a rule to forbear all direct contradiction to the sentiments of others, and all positive assertion of my own. I even forbid myself the use of every word or expression in the language that imported a fixed opinion, such as certainly, undoubtedly, etc., and I adopted, instead of them, I conceive, I apprehend, or I imagine a thing to be so or so, or it so appears to me at present. When another asserted something that I thought an error, I denied myself the pleasure of contradicting him abruptly and of showing immediately some absurdity in his proposition; and in answering, I began by observing that in certain cases or circumstances his opinion would be right, but in the present case there appeared or seemed to me some difference, etc. I soon found the advantage of this charge in my manner; the conversations I engaged in went on more pleasantly.”  Q