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Yogi Berra, PMP


by Ralph Sacco, October 23, 2006

If baseball and project management have one thing in common, it’s the direct relationship between teamwork and success. Yogi Berra, a baseball legend with a unique approach to management and life, is a particular favorite of mine, so I recently asked myself, “What if Yogi were a project manager?” as I thought about it, I realized that Yogi has a lot to say about my line of work. Many of the most famous quotes that have been attributed to him seem to bear directly on the art and science of project management.

Agile Grease: Improving Agile Project Management


by Ralph Sacco, January 12, 2018

All projects have a ton of moving parts. The more efficient those parts, the more efficient the workings. Improving the most critical mechanism provides significant improvement to your overall machine. Now, depending on the program the agile development cycle can be the single biggest lever to improve quality, effectiveness, and speed. Therefore, it is worth a look at even the smallest, intangible improvements.

There is a great deal of information available about the mechanics of this topic, but let’s focus on some of the subtle intangibles. Think of the difference between a proficient violinist and a virtuoso as they both play the same notes.

Under Your Nose: Productivity, Customer Service And Teamwork


by Ralph Sacco, June 8, 2020

Imagine you’re sitting at a table in a restaurant with your high-priced management consultant talking about improving team dynamics. Unnoticed by you is a small team working feverishly responding to your every need.

Food lands on your table for your entire group, all at the same time, and all of it hot. The well-orchestrated ballet is the definition of effective teamwork.

This made me wonder; is there something here right under our nose?  Why not conduct interviews at a few restaurants; a mom and pop, a chain, and fast food, and find out what they have in common and report back to you.