Kari Woolf
Author

Kari Woolf

Posts by Kari

Meetings: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Kari Woolf
Kari Woolf

How many of you spend your workday drowning in meetings? How many of you are leaving meetings thinking, “That was a total waste of time”? And how many are showing up to a meeting completely unprepared to discuss the topic at hand? If you answered “yes,” you are not alone. Here are a few alarming stats from Get a Klu and Wolf Management Consultants about the pervasive problem of Meeting Hell: Professionals are losing 31 hours per month to unproductive meetings Of the 11 million meetings that occur in the U.S. every day, half the meeting time is actually wasted 73% of... Read More


What Project Management Lessons We Can Learn from Apple’s Formula for Success

Kari Woolf
Kari Woolf

The world is all abuzz over Apple’s latest announcement. From cubicles and boardrooms to kitchen tables and dorm rooms, millions tuned in to the live stream on September 9. Why? To hear what the Apple gods were bestowing on their adoring public next. What the company did bestow—in the form of the Apple Watch—was noteworthy on several dimensions. First is the fact that the watch-as-computer concept is anything but new. In fact, since Microsoft produced the SPOT watch in 2004, many companies, including giants like Samsung, Qualcomm, and Sony have tried their hands at the device. But it took Apple—and not... Read More


The Softer Side of Project Management

Kari Woolf
Kari Woolf

Introducing Our Guest Blogger! We invited Doug Nufer, Workfront partner and founder of onTrack Project Services, to be a guest blogger this week. Doug has years of hard-earned experience in the project management trenches, and he’s leveraging his insights to deliver specialized training for project managers—particularly those who understand that success requires understanding the people behind projects and tasks. Read on for a taste of this practical, people-oriented approach. And if you’re interested in attending his October 3 seminar at Adobe’s Lehi, Utah office, you can check out the details here. At the risk of sounding very old, I’ll admit that I’ve... Read More


3 Yoga Principles That Make For Better Project Management

Kari Woolf
Kari Woolf

A few years ago, I discovered yoga. I used to think it was too Bohemian for me, or that it required more flexibility than my tired body had to offer. But I learned that the practice isn’t just for wizened yogis halfway across the world or the uber-limber closer to home. The flavors of yoga are as diverse as the people who practice it. Meditative, relaxing, physically demanding, or body bending…with yoga, there’s something for everyone. But a few principles span any yoga practice, because they’re central to yoga at its core. And while I initially learned these principles on the... Read More


Project Leaders and the Challenge of Visibility: Part Two

Kari Woolf
Kari Woolf

In our last installment, we talked about the visibility challenges today’s project managers and leaders feel. Like the person who is “It” during a game of Marco Polo, they’re often operating blind, trying desperately to manage complex, highly matrixed releases without being able to see all the pieces and parts. It’s a tough gig, no doubt. And if you’re facing these challenges day-in and day-out, we hope it was cathartic to know that someone understands your pain! But relating isn’t enough. The real problem is that this endless routine can leave you feeling: • Reactive and tactical, because your job is to... Read More


Previous
1 2 3