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DeAnna Burghart

DeAnna Burghart

DeAnna Burghart is Director of Corporate Services for, where she coordinates the technical development, customer relationship management, and corporate product development efforts for their quarter-million members. She is a professional coach and trainer by training and a project manager by chance. DeAnna's introduction to formal project management came from materials planning in the aerospace industry and database administration within a major utility company. Since then she has acquired over a decade of experience as a web project manager—mostly as the projects fell into her unsuspecting lap—facilitating and overseeing design projects and marketing efforts for several start-ups and established small businesses before joining ProjectConnections. As a result, she has a deep sympathy for and understanding of the so-called accidental project manager—the hair-on-fire PM who got handed a flaming project and told, "Go build something. I'd like a progress report next Friday."

DeAnna has a B.S. in Organizational Communications and has significant experience in coaching and training, online focus groups, marketing analysis, and web-based seminar development. She has co-authored papers and delivered presentations on a variety of subjects from community theory to software training to management techniques, and edited Kimberly Wiefling's Scrappy Project Management, published in September 2007. Her particular project management interests involve communicating effectively in business settings; applying reasonable project management techniques to the myriad small and tiny projects that crop up in day-to-day work; balancing adequate documentation against the entirely sensible drive to avoid death by paper-pushing; and helping project managers find and recognize the tools that work best for their situation, so they can send their team (and themselves) home on time for a change.

Blurred Boundaries, or Dodged Responsibility?
By DeAnna Burghart
"What we've lost, above all, are stopping points, finish lines and boundaries." I see this assertion here and there on a regular basis. Like most modern workers, I gravitate to these remarks, nod sagely, and comment on how that's just like my own workday. Oh, yes, I bounce all over the place, and work long hours, and never get away from the phone. But if I'm really honest with myself, I have to wonder if it's truly new behavior. Is multi-tasking really the result of a uniquely hyper-competitive, hyper-digital environment? Read More»

What Will Help You Sleep Better?
By DeAnna Burghart
If you find you're lying awake nights worrying about vague, barely identifiable stuff, it's possible that you need some time away—not to relax, but to clear the decks and get some closure. Read More»

Managing an Unexpected Windfall
By DeAnna Burghart
We tend to spend a lot of time thinking about how to learn from bad situations, but there's just as much to be learned from our success stories. This one,... Read More»

"Sure, I'll do that Tuesday." Delete!
By DeAnna Burghart
How many emails are in your inbox right now? 10? 30? Do I need to add a zero, or even a couple of them, to get in the ballpark? My... Read More»

The Difference Between Deadlines and Commitments
By DeAnna Burghart
Not quite two years ago, in the final stages of our first home purchase, with papers and deadlines and logistics and mindbogglingly large monetary transactions swirling around us, my 4-year-old... Read More»

What's Hiding On Your Desk?
By DeAnna Burghart
An article on CNN last week, before less trivial matters occupied our attention, discussed the perils and pitfalls of managing the US's constitutionally mandated decennial census this year. What must... Read More»

Hard to Say "I'm Sorry"
By DeAnna Burghart
I hate being wrong. It chafes me, and I swear it leaves a rash. But being all too human, I’m sorry to say I can’t avoid it from time to... Read More»

Will Work for Peanuts
By DeAnna Burghart
Sometimes you hear a chance remark that captures a completely unrelated sentiment. I had that experience recently on a commuter flight, listening to the flight attendant try to reset the... Read More»

No Shoes, No Rules, No Problem
By DeAnna Burghart
I’m not the first ProjectConnections writer to comment on grade school teachers as model project managers, adept at corralling their undisciplined charges with a clear understanding of rules, roles, and... Read More»

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