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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.

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»

5 Questions to Kick-start the Planning Process
By Sinikka Waugh
Why can't we get this figured out? Why are so many business leaders still saying phrases like "it's the start that stops us"? Just the other day, I had a... Read More»

4 Tips for Managing Projects Around Holidays
By Sinikka Waugh
In celebration of this week's US National Independence Day, I just wanted to take a quick moment to share 4 tips on managing projects around holidays. Tip 1 - Be... Read More»

Wake up! Three ways to improve your influence as a (project) leader.
By Sinikka Waugh
When was the last time you thought about your influence? Has anyone made any comments lately about your ability to influence others or move others to action? What did they... Read More»

Why we're behind before we start...and what we can do about it.
By Sinikka Waugh
Have you ever thought to yourself, "wow - we haven't even started this thing yet, and we're already behind the 8-ball!"? I heard a colleague express that he was having... Read More»

A quick reminder: Agendas are important
By Sinikka Waugh
Sometimes, I'll admit, I get a little lazy. No, "lazy" isn't the right's more like I get a little too "comfortable." I'm comfortable with my project team; I'm comfortable... Read More»

They Won't Always Like You
By Sinikka Waugh
Dear new and emerging project leaders, I have some very important news for you. I need you to stop for a moment and consider what I am about to say.... Read More»

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