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How do I develop my sense of time awareness?

Help a grad student with a very skewed perception of time! How do you train yourself to become more aware of time passing? What mechanisms/tricks have you used successfully to become more timely? [more inside]
posted by melancholyplay on Apr 19, 2015 - 16 answers

Coordinating a team: difficulty medium

Give me tips for managing a team that I do not supervise. [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh on Mar 31, 2015 - 5 answers

Good online free or cheap courses in project management and Excel?

I recently started a new job as a Project Manager for an educational travel company and would like to beef up my Excel and project management skills. I was previously managing academic research studies. While a lot of that experience is relevant, my new responsibilities are more in line with those of a formally trained/certified Project Manager and so I’d like to do some self-study outside of work. Any recommendations out there for good online coursework? [more inside]
posted by AlmondEyes on Mar 29, 2015 - 3 answers

Who is available right now? Tomorrow?

I manage a large-ish team of volunteers, each with different schedules. I have information for all of them in an old fashioned spreadsheet so I can easily sort them by name, age, etc. Now I need a way to put together a Master schedule of sorts so I can easily see who is available for a task at any given time (and how many are available). Some considerations inside. [more inside]
posted by andycyca on Mar 25, 2015 - 11 answers

Specific training for senior management about the value of databases?

We have a group of practitioners in our company who rely on Excel way too much, both for data that's too large and data that's too complex for it. At the same time we roll out SQL training to the practitioners, we wanted to explain the value and capabilities of database work to senior management so we could set the right tone. Any suggestions for online training, a set of articles or other resources that don't dive into SQL coding, but for which the attendees will still get the right message?
posted by VeniceGlass on Mar 23, 2015 - 6 answers

Really weird doctor experience today. Would love insights.

This is a probably a minor doctor issue, but I'm having a hard time figuring out if I should make a complaint or not. Mostly, I don't want to make a complaint if it would not be taken seriously. Content within. [more inside]
posted by angrycat on Mar 16, 2015 - 16 answers

where did that number come from?

Is $33,000 - $36,000 too low a salary for what I am doing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 12, 2015 - 9 answers

open source voter management software

Is there any open source voter management software out there? I had heard of something called Advokit, but its website seems to be down. Stuff that small campaigns can use to keep track of voter management between campaigns and during them, and generate door knock up sheets and leaflet runs. I am in the UK and asking for a friend.
posted by Mistress on Mar 11, 2015 - 1 answer

How to organize my photo library?

What is the best option for a photo management program that doesn't touch the originals and lets me create "albums" or "events" from various folders of photos on my computer. [more inside]
posted by Nickel on Mar 9, 2015 - 7 answers

Help me mentor a budding product manager

What are good educational resources for a college undergraduate interested in a career path that involves product management in the technology sector? [more inside]
posted by pwnguin on Feb 28, 2015 - 6 answers

So am I being a big old computer usage policy meany?

A direct report of mine complains of having a slow work laptop, but I noticed he was running BOINC, and I advised him to stop. He was working remotely today, and his computer was running flat out with the fan running at hand-dryer temperatures. At the end of the day, I opened it up, and saw he was running BOINC again, at 100% CPU load for his college computing team. Am I being a hopeless old fuddy-duddy in expecting him to cut that right out? [more inside]
posted by scruss on Feb 20, 2015 - 42 answers

New and improved! Professional persona edition.

As it stands, I'm being groomed for a promotion that puts me on the 'managerial' side of the line. What steps can I take to reinvent my work persona in a way that encourages my peers to change their perception of me? Difficulty level - three years deep into the class clown act. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 20, 2015 - 11 answers

Is there such a thing as an information management counselor or coach?

I'm not talking about "information management" in terms of corporate IT, which is all you find when you search on Google. I'm talking about someone to help me develop a sustainable plan to process the absurd amount of information that constantly bombards me. I figure I need someone who can help my develop reliable, efficient systems and also probably the mental toughness to keep doing it. I've looked at so many books, but my situation is beyond any one of them. I feel like I need someone who understands the psychology, systematizing , and technology of the matter. [more inside]
posted by KinoAndHermes on Feb 13, 2015 - 7 answers

Hacking a dreadful office situation?

I came into a job because my boss promised me the opportunity to move into management within two years. Four months later, he wants me to stop working for him because I have made him too busy. Other sales people express the same reluctance, I have made them too busy, they say. I am so bored. Please help me make sense of this and know where to go? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 18, 2015 - 5 answers

Question about management theory/description

Some time ago, I read an account (I think on a webpage) of a particular type of manager (within a typology) who creates a particular type of work situation. That account stayed with me. It has the following three qualities. Can you help me find it? [more inside]
posted by Mr. Justice on Jan 11, 2015 - 1 answer

continuing education with human resources or org dev?

A social enterprise I started a few years ago is finding traction and I have a real opportunity to go back to study part time while continuing to work. I want to build on some early work I did with volunteer fundraising training and operations management. What stinks or swims charities is volunteer participation. I am trying to find courses - master's, certificates, short courses (anywhere, online preferred) geared at volunteer management, community organising, political organising, and especially human resource management or human resource development with underserved populations. Can you signpost me? [more inside]
posted by parmanparman on Jan 9, 2015 - 2 answers

What’s the deal with the lack of diversity? (workplace edition)

I work for a large corporation in a typical business office setting. Our workforce is very diverse at the associate and Jr. Manager level. Above that, not so much. I am meeting with some senior leaders (mostly mid aged straight white guys) over the next couple of weeks to discuss career progression possibilities for myself and team, and am looking for a way to broach this subject without sounding accusatory or confrontational. I thought the hive mind might have some insight. This could also just be an un-discussable. You tell me. [more inside]
posted by walkinginsunshine on Dec 29, 2014 - 18 answers

How can I make a website? Or two, actually.

I need to make two websites and I am not sure how best to go about it. One needs to be a nicely maintained place to park documents; one is a place for me to post class materials and can be sort of bloggy in feel. I have a weird constellation of website abilities and am not sure how best to proceed. [more inside]
posted by Frowner on Dec 22, 2014 - 14 answers

Grant Management from the Granting Agency side?

Looking for software recommendations for managing grants from the perspective of the granting agency, ideally on a limited budget. [more inside]
posted by aramaic on Dec 18, 2014 - 0 answers

I'm Not (that kind of) Quitter!

My most recent position is not ideal, and it's time to move on. How best should I phrase my departure and, if you were a hiring manager, what would you want to hear? Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by Ashen on Dec 17, 2014 - 15 answers

How to get out of an un-winnable work situation

Asking for a friend: I feel I'm being taken advantage of at work - being asked repeatedly to act for months at a time in a higher-duties role that I aspire to... with no compensation. And I keep being overlooked for the permanent position. [more inside]
posted by dinoworx on Nov 28, 2014 - 18 answers

How do I handle an emplyee who walked out, then tried to change her mind

Employee H was incommunicado over the weekend, having sold all her belongings and skipped town, leaving me with a minor mess to handle. She left her work phone and company keys on her desk for me to find today, and planned on giving me no notice, or anything. [more inside]
posted by hollyanderbody on Nov 17, 2014 - 74 answers

Experience with big Digital Asset Management systems?

What experiences have you had with big (a.k.a. "enterprise") digital asset management systems? Good or bad, I want to know it all. [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt on Oct 28, 2014 - 7 answers

How do I deal with a co-worker making harmful allegations at new job?

I am starting a new job tomorrow with a former co-worker with whom I have had a tumultuous past with. She has approached management and stated that she feels uncomfortable and unsafe working with me. What course of action do I take and what should I expect? [more inside]
posted by AMWKE1984 on Oct 26, 2014 - 22 answers

1.Membership list 2.??? 3.Non-profit!

I've taken over a position as a general administrator of an artist workshop with 400+ members, and set myself the task of automating what is still a manual or paper organisation. Looking for advice on membership software and good practices - getting a bit lost among all the CRM options and features. [more inside]
posted by monocultured on Oct 21, 2014 - 4 answers

Surviving the editorial process

If you are a writer (nonfiction or fiction), a designer, or a programmer, how do you survive the editorial process with your self-esteem intact? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Oct 21, 2014 - 13 answers

Help Me Helpdesk Redux

Last week I AskMe'd, thinking software was our problem with becoming a productive tech-support company. Apparently most all of the software acts the same, so the problem seems to be in the management side: how does the physical process of using help-ticket software, and helping people, from the IT Helpdesk end work, and what resources can help teach us to do it right? [more inside]
posted by AzraelBrown on Oct 20, 2014 - 10 answers

How do you measure a software engineer's productivity?

I’ve been told that my productivity at work needs to improve, and that I should think up three ways in which my manager can measure my productivity and its improvement. Difficulty level: software engineer. Wall of snowflakes inside (longer than expected, sorry folks!) [more inside]
posted by six sided sock on Oct 20, 2014 - 32 answers

Apartment and bug filter. Stay or leave?

My, very expensive, new apartment has something management calls box bugs and small, centipede-like black bugs. I don't know the name of this second type, they might be the young? Management has promised to call Terminex but they are adamant this isn't roaches and that as it gets colder, they'll disappear. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 19, 2014 - 17 answers

Help Me Helpdesk

The company I work for has been in the paper-scanner business (and previously microfilm) for years, but this world is moving away from hardware and into software; we're moving from canned air and screwdrivers and into a 'helpdesk' capacity. What software works best to manage this? [more inside]
posted by AzraelBrown on Oct 10, 2014 - 7 answers

So many complex projects. So much information. How do I process it all?

I'm being crushed under the weight of all the information I need to process. Most of it revolves around my job. I've thought about it ad nauseum, and I sincerely don't think there's the option to just back off from certain responsibilities to lighten my load. Delegation to others is also not an option, at least at the moment. I just have to be able to absorb all the information coming into me, sort it, process it in my mind, generate new thoughts based on it, and then ACT on it. I need some way of keeping this all organized, and it should be malleable and adaptable since things change all the time around here. [more inside]
posted by KinoAndHermes on Sep 26, 2014 - 12 answers

Tools and things for managing development of 64 products!

I'm currently developing 32 ebooks and 32 apps for a Kickstarter, and I'm having a bit of trouble keeping track of all 64 threads. I'm starting to get a better feel for all of the steps involved in developing each of these products, and so I'm wondering if there are tools that might help me keep track of progress on all fronts, keep everyone on task, etc. Alternatively, are there people or services that specialize in this sort of thing and can monitor all the threads of the project and make sure everything is always progressing in some way? [more inside]
posted by sdis on Sep 24, 2014 - 4 answers

How do I manage my dream project when I'm sad and anxious?

I am faced with a hugely exciting, complex, challenging project of my own devising. It's a chance for me to build my dream and ... I'm sitting here crying instead of working. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 24, 2014 - 6 answers

Simple software to circulate documents for approval and

I have been tasked with improving our office’s digital/paper workflow. We have an office of about 30 people and right now all of our documents (contracts, proposals and other text documents) are stored on a shared network drive and it’s up to each user to file their own documents which has led to disorganization. What easy-to-use software or service could we use to systematically collect feedback and approvals on documents, and also store completed documents for future access? [more inside]
posted by brbmaroon on Sep 16, 2014 - 9 answers

How do I learn to manage a large unfamiliar computer system?

I've been tasked with taking over the backup system for a fairly large tech company. The thing is I've never managed anything in my life. It's not that I'm clueless about the technology, but I'm dealing with a mess of barely coherent documentation left by the previous manager and a couple of guys who have a vague idea of how the system works. I've never done any sort of project management before, I've always been working under someone, but now this project is going to be all me. So what do I do here? Where do I start? What tools should I be using? Is there a book or a mooc that tells you how to do this? If I wanted to take a class, what class would i take?
posted by anonymous on Sep 13, 2014 - 8 answers

Facebook friends lists: How do you compartmentalize your digital life?

I'm curious to hear how everyone organizes their Facebook friends lists, and how they figure out which posts/content to disclose to which parties. How do you use your lists? What is your system? [more inside]
posted by Hawk V on Aug 31, 2014 - 17 answers

Theories of time management for volunteers

How can our organization stop people from feeling simultaneously guilty and oversubscribed? [more inside]
posted by pretentious illiterate on Aug 30, 2014 - 12 answers

Advice on how to manage without authority

I'm the junior member of a 2-person legal team for a government agency. I routinely have to ask people wholly outside my chain of command to do things for me or, more rarely, correct work when it's not compliant with law/policy/practice. I've successfully won over the majority of the staff in my year with the agency, but one staff member is routinely argumentative with me. How do I fix this? [more inside]
posted by mchorn on Aug 20, 2014 - 27 answers

Getting Stuff Done Across Teams

What concrete steps can I take to drive change? Have you ever been charge with driving change with little authority involving people who may be more senior than you are? How can I define and solve problems across multiple teams in a chaotic environment? [more inside]
posted by jasondigitized on Aug 18, 2014 - 9 answers

What would you consider a red flag when interviewing at a startup?

I was recently recruited for a mid-level role at a young startup (tech in development for several years; company has existed for about a year). My gut feeling about the product and the tech is that it's viable. The market is there, and I myself would use the product. This is not the case for 80% of startup products/ideas that I see. I'm not so sure how I feel about the founders or the results of the first interview. [more inside]
posted by Occam's Aftershave on Jul 22, 2014 - 20 answers

Smother me with tips & advice on managing design projects

I'm an experienced product & "UX" designer who just started a new job (yay!) where the focus in the short term is managing design work done by external vendors & studios. I've done some of this before, but always small scale and usually in conjunction with a project manager who handled most of the time and team management stuff. I need your advice, tips, tools, and other lore on ways of managing design projects like these as I'm in a little over my head. [more inside]
posted by theNonsuch on Jul 16, 2014 - 2 answers

Email list - category subscription in Wordpress and Sendgrid

Hi Everyone We need a system to let subscribers manage their own email preferences and category subscriptions. We have 23 categories to select from and would like the email recipients do that for themselves. A good example of such a page is at https://adage.com/help/emailprefs Sendgrid is great, but they can only do a general subscribe/unsubscribe, not a category. We use MailPoet at the moment. Any ideas anyone?
posted by bright77blue on Jul 9, 2014 - 3 answers

Help me GTD: Analysis Paralysis Applications & GTD

Help me implement GTD in a manageable fashion. I get lost in details, and need help keeping track of the pieces. I have access to web apps and a shiny new ipad air. Snowflakes inside. Tell me what has worked for you, and please offer practical advice. [more inside]
posted by Draccy on Jul 1, 2014 - 7 answers

How to Win Friends and Influence Peopleware

What books can I read about the people side of managing software developers, as opposed to the process side? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 21, 2014 - 4 answers

Can I gracefully exit a management role? Should I?

I took a management role at a fast-growing startup for a mix of good and bad reasons. Eight months into the new role, I'm realizing my boss & I have very different styles, that the expected "management perspective" and accompanying behaviors feel itchy. I don't want to leave the place — I just don't think I like a situation where I'm constantly managing up, down and sideways. How can I get out of this without having to leave altogether? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 14, 2014 - 4 answers

PMP management

I am looking for classes/training on project management (PMP). [more inside]
posted by jbean on Jun 9, 2014 - 9 answers

Where to buy large(ish) cable clips in Canada?

I'm much of the way through building a TRS Drawbot robotic arm thingy, and I need to buy cable organizer / management clips more or less like this that are large enough to hold a sharpie (or similar-sized) marker. The Make Magazine project was sponsored by a US retailer that doesn't exist in Canada, and I'm having trouble locating an equivalent or serviceable substitute on short notice here. If you've seen these or something that you think would work in a pinch around - at a national chain, or somwhere in the downtown/East end Toronto areas - I'd really appreciate your help! [more inside]
posted by onshi on Jun 5, 2014 - 4 answers

I know I have a lot of bacon, but how much exactly? 40 lbs? 80? More??!

My husband and I own and manage a small farm, where we raise heritage/organic-fed/pastured/blah blah pork, beef, lamb, goat, poultry, etc. We sell cuts of frozen meat by the pound at farmers' markets and direct to consumers via a CSA-type model. However, we have nothing in place for managing what we have on hand, other than vague "I think the bacon was in the bottom on the left side, there should be enough for market today"-type information. We clearly need to get some kind of inventory management in place. [more inside]
posted by librarina on Jun 1, 2014 - 4 answers

How do I Become a Product Manager / Implementation Specialist?

I recently met someone who is an Agile product manager, and he seems to have my dream job. I love meeting and talking to people, translating layman's speak and understanding into tech speak and vice versa, and I love an everchanging, fast-paced job where you actually *work.* How do I get into this? (Longsplaining background follows.) [more inside]
posted by traversionischaracter on May 1, 2014 - 13 answers

Lose the notebook?

Made a joyful career change and now work in recruitment. My new job requires logging of all interactions into a CRM. I also have a paper notebook. Things go into the paper notes but do not always end up on the computer. I estimate I am not accounting for 40% of what I could get credit for. I think that the notebook being an actual book matters. I have started setting appointments to remind myself of mundane activities, but that is not enough. Has anyone abolished taking written notes in pursuit of putting everything onto a computer? What has kept you going?
posted by parmanparman on Apr 28, 2014 - 10 answers

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