Author: Laura Lee Rose

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How Do Product Managers Break Down Requirements into User Stories?

How do Product managers break down requirements into user stories? A good product manager doesn’t “break down” requirements into user stories, they start with good user stories and work from there. The whole point of using user stories is that they are how you communicate “requirements” to your development teams. If you’ve already got a list of “requirements” then you’re…...

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Coronavirus: Tips to staying Motivated and Active

Social Distance doesn’t mean Isolation. Use current technology to stay connected:  Call, FaceTime, Web conference, Zoom, Skype your connections with coworkers and friends. Setup regular on-line meetings with your managers and co-workers.  Setup one-on-one meetings to stay connected. Have Virtual Lunches with friends:  FaceTime or Skype with friends to plan, cook, and eat lunch/dinner together.  Schedule these healthy and nutritious…...

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Coronavirus: 3 Tips to Working From Home

Many companies are directing their employees to work from home during the current coronavirus.  But for those of us that are not used to working from home, this transition is stressful.  We can easily be distracted with laundry, kids, or a feeling of isolation. Here are a few tips for staying productive.   Double your efforts to illustrate status and…...

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Something Only Managers Know and No Low-Level Employees Are Aware

What is something only managers know and no low-level employees are aware of? One thing that many low-level employees are often not aware is how performance evaluation, salary discussions, raises and bonus are actually decided. Most employees think their manager is the only input into their performance evaluation and salary opportunities. This is not true. Quotas Most companies have performance…...

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What Is the Difference Between Program, Product, and Project Manager Roles?

What is the difference between program, product, and project manager roles? I’ve been both a program manager and a product manager at IBM. While day to day activities tend to vary from team to team even within the same company here’s a quick overview of roles. Technical Program Manager: Responsible for driving the day to day execution of a agreed-upon…...

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What Should I Do if My Manager is Taking Advantage of Me?

What should I do if my manager is taking advantage of me? I’ve been working at a small firm for a few months. The owner quickly found out that my skills surpass the job, so she’s overworking me with no change in pay or title, while she works less. One thing that is working to your disadvantage is that you…...

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What should I do if I’m realizing being a product manager is not for me?

What should I do if I’m realizing being a product manager is not for me? Discovering early that you’re not doing what you enjoy (or aren’t succeeding at it) is probably a gift. Two possible situations: You know what you’d like to do (or try) next. Have a frank but humble discussion with your current manager about it. If there’s…...

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How Do I Change an Employee’s Attitude About Work-Hours?

Hello, this is Laura Lee Rose – author of the business and time management books TimePeace: Making peace with time – The Book of Answers: 105 Career Critical Situations – and I am a business and efficiency coach that specializes in time management, project management, and work-life balance strategies. I have an employee who starts work at 7 am and…...

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How Do I Leave A Company When It Seems Like The Company Will Crumble When I Leave?

This question came from a busy professional. How do I tell my boss I am leaving (when it seems like the company will crumble when I leave)? I admire your loyalty to your boss, but the bottom line is that it should be strictly a business and professional decision. Consider the following: No one is truly indispensable Company survived before…...

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When to Explore

This question came from a professional. If you are the boss and one of your employees calls in the morning and says that they “didn’t feel good” when they woke up that morning so they’re taking a sick day, would you accept that excuse as given or would you probe for a more detailed answer? There are some reasons to…...

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