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Sinikka Waugh

Sinikka L. Waugh, PMP, is the founder and head coach of the project management coaching firm Your Clear Next Step, L.L.C. Sinikka is an actively practicing project management consultant, known for consistently helping teams find innovative ways to leverage effective project strategies across multiple disciplines and technologies. With over 10 years in project roles (primarily program manager, project manager, and business analyst) Sinikka has successfully applied project and leadership expertise to improve project performance in a wide variety of industries, including publishing, education, product fulfillment and distribution, insurance, event and travel management, human resources, and financial services. As a coach, Sinikka’s down-to-earth, “try-this-now” approach blends with her passion for helping others improve. Her energetic and engaging style helps make both the art and science of project management accessible to those she works with.

Sinikka holds a BA from Central College, an MA from the University of Iowa, and is a certified Project Management Professional through the Project Management Institute.


PMBOK TIPS - Monitoring & Controlling
By Sinikka Waugh
Equipped with insights from PMBOK Fifth Edition, 3.6 Monitoring and Controlling Process Group, Sinikka Waugh, PMP, offers three simple tips Read More»

PMBOK Tips - Executing
By Sinikka Waugh
Equipped with insights from PMBOK Fifth Edition, 3.5 Executing Process Group, Sinikka Waugh, PMP, helps us be prepared for project execution. Read More»

PMBOK Tips - Planning
By Sinikka Waugh
Armed with insights from PMBOK Fifth Edition, 3.4 Planning Process Group, Sinikka Waugh, PMP, helps us look at planning from both sides. Read More»

PMBOK Tips - Initiating
By Sinikka Waugh
Armed with insights from PMBOK Fifth Edition, 3.3 Initiating Process Group, Sinikka Waugh, PMP, helps us look at 5 useful quotes about initiating and how to apply them. Read More»

8 Ways to Recover from a Mistake
By Sinikka Waugh
So it turns out, most of the project managers I know are, um, human. So mistakes are going to happen from time to time, right? No one really expects perfection,... Read More»

Conversation Starters for PMs and Sponsors - Part 2: Planning
By Sinikka Waugh
What do you say to your Sponsor during Planning? No single communication relationship in a project is more critical than that between the PM and the Sponsor, but not every PM and Sponsor know how to connect. Every project is, by very definition, unique. But there are predictable moments, and critical conversations that need to take place throughout the project. Assembled in this 4-part series are some conversation starters - prompts, if you will - to help PMs and Sponsors have more effective exchanges at core moments in the project. Read them, make them your own. If you are a PM - use them to engage your Sponsor. If you are a Sponsor - use them to engage with your PM. Read More»

Conversation Starters for PMs and Sponsors - Part 1: Initiation
By Sinikka Waugh
No single communication relationship in a project is more critical than that between the PM and the Sponsor, but not every PM and Sponsor know how to connect. Every project is, by very definition, unique. But there are predictable moments, and critical conversations that need to take place throughout the project. Assembled below are some conversation starters - prompts, if you will - to help PMs and Sponsors have more effective exchanges at core moments in the project. Read them, make them your own. If you are a PM - use them to engage your Sponsor. If you are a Sponsor - use them to engage with your PM. Read More»

A Fresh Look At The 5 Why's
By Sinikka Waugh
Try these 5 why-like questions to improve your scoping, requirements-gathering, stakeholder-identifying activities: Why? How come? Why else? Why doesn't? What if? Read More»

4 Steps to Managing Difficult Situations
By Sinikka Waugh
I was teaching a facilitation class the other day, and a question kept coming up that I thought would be useful to Project Leaders as well: How can we get... Read More»

Be What's Missing. A Simple Way to Help Your Team Thrive
By Sinikka Waugh
Improve project team performance and morale by figuring out what's missing and taking the accountability to bring it to the table. Read More»




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