Category: Room for inspiration

The door to the Room for Inspiration is opened 24 hours a day. It its meant to help put things into a perspective and to discover ways your project management skills can make a difference. Inspiration is a free commodity. I just have to open my eyes and look around me. Sometimes a bird building her nest can help you learn a trick or too about project management for house building :)

Assessment: Are You Taking the Time Off That You Need? Re-post

To all auditors friends on vacation:

In an auditors firm: on Monday evening at 6pm one of auditors would turn of his computer and leave. Everyone else was too busy to notice. He did the same on Tuesday at 6pm. Colleagues exchanged looks. On Wednesday, when he was about to turn off his computer, one of colleagues asked pretentiously:

– what are you doing? We are watching you since Monday.  How can you leave at 6 pm?

– i am on leave since Monday!

To all project managers friends on leave:

– mom, aren’t you late for work?
– i’ll be on time. It’s fine whenever i get there. I am on leave.
My vacation this year 🙂 Moral of this post: do what i preach, not what i do.

Thanks for the inspiration:

Harvard Business Review


Assessment: Are You Taking the Time Off That You Need?

Amy Gallo

14 August 2017

Oren Yakobovich: Hidden cameras that film injustice in the world’s most dangerous places | TED Talk – re-post

A Highly admirable Project for change. Manage with care, prioritise the security of change agents, work with the most vulnerable people and affected voiceless communities are only a few of this video highlights.


To see is to believe, says Oren Yakobovich — which is why he helps everyday people use hidden cameras to film dangerous situations of violence, political fraud and abuse. His organization, Videre, uncovers, verifies and publicizes human-rights abuses that the world needs to witness.

Thought of the week

“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” Leonardo Da Vinci.

I am on vacation. And i think i just happened to a number of things. Oops i did it again 🙂

Fruits from seeds: life post-projects

Something very special happened about a month ago. I was at an international conference with one of the past project’s partners – the Moldovan Young Lawyers Association. We were invited to speak about what worked and what could have been better in the project’s efforts to build the capacity of the organisation he represented.

The session we had to speak at had a tough moderator. The type who says “No” on 9 out of 10 cases. In fairness, it was in 7. So, my co-speaker asked for the floor. “No”, the moderator said turning his head towards the next scheduled speaker. “It’s only 20 seconds”, said my co-speaker, and lowered to pick something from his bag. He stood up and started with ” i would like to thank Oxana…,” and handed me a shining certificate of appreciation. I stood up, in the maze of the surprise. Big time surprize. “I hope someone took a picture” said the moderator loudly, impressed with his gesture and timing. I was and i still am immensely touched. Did i say at least “thank you?”.

The certificate says “in recognition of the efficient support”. I only did my job: couple of meetings, several phone calls and a dozen of emails. Some paperwork. In fairness, this partner and his colleagues did all the work. Moreover, with the contacts we helped them get, they moved their organisation forward and became members of the European Young Bar Association. And that is my biggest project manager’s dream: see the fruits from the seeds planted. A life post-project to continue and to last. That is my motivation shot. Thank you, Moldovan Young Lawyers Association! You are really the best and deserve the very best!

A month latter, another investment in relations from last year cascaded to a response visit from Gdansk lawyers to Cahul lawyers. Another fruit from seeds planted in support of regional initiatives, to be taken to a new level. Thank you, Gdansk Bar and Cahul Bar! May this continue to the benefit of all of you.

“We do not choose our clients” was one of my early professional life advices i got. And we rarely know the soil on which the projects plant seeds. But with shared hard work, devotion, care and Sun from fun, they grow roots and stems, leafs and flowers and eventually bring about fruits. So next time i am asked about my job, i can easily say i am a fruit grower 🙂 

Let’s Project some fun

– Did you see some of the country?, the dinner host asks me.

– ya, the street to and from the hotel.

–  This country is beautiful. 

– No disagreement here. My project partners – me pointing at them – make me work when i am here on mission. Talk to them! 🙂

– well, happy people live, healthy people work :), the wisdom of an experienced judge. 

Let’s Project some fun 

Project Manager job interview at its origin: 

– You bring what to the project?

– me – serve snacks on leaves. 

– ?

– me – also put tag names around necks. 

– What happened to last project gang you managed?

– … 2 run away, one – gone mad, 3 – left bites marks on my arm. You want me show? 

– ? Eh…no. No! What result did your project bring to your tribe?

– what’s a “result”?

– thank you. Next candidate please!

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