According to a word cloud of my Facebook timeline, I use the word “zealand” a lot. Or at least often enough to make the cut. Also, according to a word cloud of my Facebook timeline, I do not use the word “new” very often at all. Which is weird, because I can’t think of a time I have ever written the word “zealand” when it wasn’t preceded by “new.”
Technology and Project Management are universal languages and themes, but they express themselves differently in different environments, different economies and different cultures. Those different expressions are what make meetings, conferences and engagements in other locations so interesting and why, given the opportunity to attend more than one on a single trip, I jumped at the chance.
You have to disbelieve the client. When a mid-sized client tells you “this is the solution, when can we do it?” it’s not the same as a large corporate client telling you that they’ve selected a software package and now need implementation advice. The latter have both the expertise and experience to have made a rational decision and you can feel safe moving forward. The former has probably fallen for somebody’s sales pitch, or is engaged in what one of my mentors called “management by magazine.”