Author: Laura Lee Rose

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How to handle a promised promotion that doesn’t come

What should you do if your boss promised you with promotion 4 months ago and she hasn’t even given it to you? She always says that you must work overtime although you spent at least 2 hours more every day. Your manager isn’t responsible for your career. Please realize that your manager may have several employees to manage, as well…...

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Confronting your manager at performance review

The yearly evaluations at my company are being held next week, should I confront my manager and tell him that I think he’s unprofessional and quite lazy at work or should I shove it in to avoid damaging my career and role at work? It may be prudent to remember who this evaluation is about. Your evaluation is all about…...

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Can my manager force me to reword my accomplishments on LinkedIn

My boss wants me to reword my accomplishments on my LinkedIn profile to share credit with the rest of the team, should I? Without knowing the workplace background, my first reaction is that your LinkedIn profile is your individual professional page.  As long as it’s not a company LinkedIn page, you have 100% control over what you elect to publish…...

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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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