Startup Lessons: Project Management (5-10)

For the past 6 months I had the opportunity to be a Project Manager at Ubiqua. Here are some of the lessons I’ve learned so far… — On Managing the Project “First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust…

Startup Lessons: Project Management (1-4)

For the past 6 months I had the opportunity to be a Project Manager at Ubiqua. Here are some of the lessons I’ve learned so far… — On Managing Yourself “We are what we repeatedly do, excellence then is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle   Keep things Simple. Keep them LEAN. Keep things easy to…

Startup Lessons: Management (6-10)

I had the opportunity to manage an intern (and potential full time hire) during the last months of 2014. Here are some of the lessons I learned as a Manager & Mentor… — On Gaining Buy-In & Managing Expectations   Don’t Forget to Check In with Stakeholders. They’re making the hiring decision. Don’t wait until…

Startup Lessons: Management (1-5)

I had the opportunity to manage an intern (and potential full time hire) during the last months of 2014. Here are some of the lessons I learned as a Manager & Mentor… — On Supporting Your Intern to Deliver Great Work   Provide More Direction. Guide efforts towards the most meaningful problems. The experience that…

Startups are About Learning: Projects, People, Creation and Change

A few things I’ve learned so far… Managing Projects is HARD It’s true. Basic PM (Project Management) Principles focus on the rigorous execution of routine tasks. You communicate timelines and clarify deliverables to all stakeholders. You define milestones and manage progress. You oversee the parallel execution of tasks along a ‘Critical Path’. You can’t let…

Do Things That Scare You: Cold Calling

This is the second edition of the “Do Things That Scare You” theme. This time, I tackled: THE SPOOKY ART OF COLD CALLING Why was this scary? It sounds like such a trivial task but it was sort-of, kind-of, a little bit terrifying to pick up a phone and randomly cold call a potential client.…

Do Things That Scare You: Training Sessions

This is the first of a new series of posts called “Do Things That Scare You”. The goal of this series is to challenge me out of my comfort zone and push me to do things that otherwise I would dread doing. The challenges will take be both personal and professional. So, here it goes!…

Q&A: On Leadership with an Engineering Grad

I recently was asked by ILEAD to reflect upon my engineering leadership experience and share some of my lessons and growth along the way. Below are the answers to the Q&A. Enjoy! —–  1. Tell me a little about yourself (program, year, your hometown).  Program: Industrial Engineering, Operations Research Year: 1T3+PEY Hometown: Panama City, Panama Hobbies: Rugby,…