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Success Requires Teamwork and Discipline


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Successful projects require at least two things: Great teamwork and discipline. We all know about the teamwork part. Duh, right? But, what about the discipline?

Discipline means process, and Scrappy Project Management combines exceptional team leadership with just the right amount of process. By ‘process’, we mean clear goals and checklists that are followed rigorously, even when you don’t think you have time.

Globally recognized project management expert, Kimberly Wiefling, has distilled her decades of breakthrough leadership techniques to a simple set of operating guidelines and templates, plus a must-follow list of twelve key elements that she calls the Scrappy Project Management Checklist.

To get the full scoop on Kimberly, visit her Website. For just the PM Checklist, scroll down to read more and to download your very own recipe for success…

Achieve Exceptional Results, Reliably

Checklist_rev7.25.07.300dpi-CopyrightScrappy Project Managers don’t settle for hysterics and management by crisis, and they certainly don’t let something as mundane as so-called ‘reality’ limit them. They either find a way to seize success from the snapping jaws of defeat, or they invent one.

A checklist, or a set of operating guidelines, is one way to instill this kind of discipline. It’s a rock in a sea of flotsam and jetsam. It’s the next best thing to being lucky.

Scroll down to see the Scrappy Project Management Checklist…

Scrappy Project Management Checklist

Feeling lucky? Play the lottery. But if you want to generate positive results predictably and reliably, follow these practical and sensible guidelines for getting things done. Cling to the Scrappy Project Management Checklist as if your success depends on it…because indeed it does!

  1. Be completely and unrepentantly obsessed with the “customer”, whether that is an internal department or the end consumer.
  2. Provide shared, measurable, challenging, and yet achievable, goals as clear as sunlight. (Surprisingly, the #1 reason for failing to achieve goals is not having clear goals.)
  3. Engage in effective, vociferous and unrelenting communication with all stakeholders.
  4. Ensure that roles and responsibilities are unmistakably understood and agreed upon.
  5. Create viable plans and schedules that enjoy the team’s hearty commitment.
  6. Be vigilant in mitigating ever-present risks while opportunistically taking advantage of upside.
  7. Everything is NOT #1! Prioritize ruthlessly, choosing between heart, lungs and kidneys if necessary.
  8. Anticipate and accommodate necessary and inevitable change.
  9. Challenge assumptions and beliefs, especially insidious self-imposed limitations of what’s possible.
  10. Proactively manage the expectations of all stakeholders, then under-promise and over-deliver.
  11. Learn from experience. Avoid re-runs! Make new and more exciting mistakes!
  12. Practice an attitude of gratitude: Celebrate success, and encourage risk-taking by celebrating some failures, too – the new, exciting and unavoidable kind!

Keep this list with you at all times. Make a copy to nail up to the wall of your office. Tape another copy to the dashboard of your car, and put yet another on the lower surface of your favorite toilet seat so you’ll be sure to see it at least a couple of times a day.

Download your copy of the Scrappy Project Management Checklist.

Pause and Reflect

clip_image002The next time you’re looking down the barrel of another killer project, pause and reflect before diving in. In the middle of the madness, surface for a look around before diving back into that pile of work that awaits you, and cling to what you know works.

A set of operating principles like those above can be a useful reminder of key areas that are important to the success of your team. Follow the principles, or depart from them thoughtfully, no matter how you feel at the moment. Real pros do what makes sense even when they’re extremely busy, distracted or under intense pressure.

And, remember the old adage, “The palest ink is better than the best memory.” If you’re determined to get the best results possible — not just some of the time, but all of the time — consistently using a checklist is an indispensable part of your strategy.

Learn More, Get Help

Kimberly Wiefling, internationally recognized expert in helping project teams achieve seemingly impossible goals, can show you just how important a simple checklist is for your project’s success. She will show you how to leverage your company’s best asset, its people, to reach seemingly impossible goals!

Contact Kimberly to arrange for a Power-Consult, a WorkShock™, or even just a listening ear. Her invaluable wisdom will get your new team off to a great start or existing team back on track.

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Partial Client List

Intuit, Symantec, Extreme Networks, P.A.R.C., Panasonic, AMD, Rockliffe, Bad Girl Swirl, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, HP, UC Santa Cruz, I-4, Kyoto University, Chiron, Entelos, Suntory, Daiichi Sankyo Pharma, Oracle, Kuraray, Mazda, Pigeon, Mizuho Securities, vmware, Yamaha, Cisco


The recommendation of a transformed cynic: Kimberly is a bit like a cyclone – she will turn your world upside down and blow you away. Unlike a cyclone, however, she will be sure that all of the important pieces remain; neatly reorganized and stronger than before she met you. She will also, undoubtedly, leave many gems behind for you as well – some ready to display and others for you to continue polishing throughout your life and career. You will definitely be richer for having crossed her path. With unrivaled passion, Kimberly effortlessly blends principles of transformational leadership, communication, cultural understanding and relationship building and links them directly to operational excellence with brilliant simplicity. I learned more practical skills in a 6-day program led by Kimberly than I have in nearly three decades of management education and experience. These lessons will not only allow me to foster an environment that is both enjoyable and highly productive, but will, as a result, make the company I work in stronger and more successful. Without question, Kimberly merits my highest recommendation.

— Ross McClure, Manufacturing Manager, SuperPower, Inc., a Furukawa Company

Kimberly’s Leading From Any Chair workshop is the single most powerful class I’ve attended, and the highest rated class I’ve participated in. Her teachings have fundamentally changed me as a leader, a coach, and a team member.

Lesley Kew, Intuit

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Kimberly Wiefling helps individuals, teams and organizations achieve what SEEMS impossible, but is merely difficult. How? By turning managers into leaders and groups of people into real teams through her unique “WorkShocks” – highly engaging, experiential, interactive “Learning Laboratories” where meaningful positive change happens.

DEEP EXPERIENCE with GLOBAL COMPANIES: Kimberly has worked all over the US, Europe and Asia, traveling to Japan over 100 times, to work with culturally diverse employees of globalizing Japanese companies. Her superpower is bringing people with diverse backgrounds, cultures & styles together, across borders and boundaries of every kind, to achieve what none could do alone. See details of her work at Silicon Valley Alliances.

Kimberly’s first book, Scrappy Project Management, was also published in Japanese by the #1 business publisher in Japan, Nikkei Business Press. She has edited and co-authored an additional 6 books in the “Scrappy Guides” series, and dozens of blogs. Her mentor, Dr. Edgar Schein, wrote the foreword to her new book “Inspired Organizational Cultures – Discover Your DNA, Engage Your People, and Design Your Future”, which was published in a dual English/Japanese format in March of 2018.

A TECHNOLOGIST with HUMAN SKILLS: A physicist by education, Kimberly realized long ago the limits of technology devoid of human skills – the so-called “touchy feely” aspects of working in teams so vital to success, and so frequently overlooked. Kimberly’s mentor, Dr. Schein, has been a guiding influence on her work to transform business results through practical, sensible approaches. Kimberly is a co-founder of the Silicon Valley Engineering Leadership Community Meetup (SVELC, formerly SVForum EL SIG), building leadership capabilities and community among Silicon Valley technical leaders.

BUSINESS RESULTS FOCUS: Kimberly facilitates highly engaging leadership, organizational change, and team effectiveness workshops based on her “Possibilities Toolbox”, Scrappy Design Thinking, Scrappy Project Management, and Inspired Company Cultures. Her intensive behavior-changing “learning laboratories” directly translate into positive business results which are meaningful and measurable.

SPECIALIZING in CROSS-FUNCTIONAL AND CROSS-CULTURAL TEAMS: Kimberly has worked globally with people from over 50 different countries, in every corporate function, including manufacturing, finance, Information Technology, R&D, Engineering, Marketing, and executive leadership teams. Her clients include many well-known global brands in a broad range of industries including B2B products and services, pharma, 3D printing, financial services, food and beverages, online portals, and consumer products.

FROM STARTUPS to GLOBAL 1000: In addition to her extensive experience with global companies, Kimberly is a serial entrepreneur. She’s been involved in ~ a dozen startups. One was acquired by Google, Elite Horse Clothing is still in operation, and she helped EmbeddedWorks bootstrap to 7 figure annual revenues.

MAKING a DIFFERENCE: Kimberly is passionate about making a meaningful difference by working with organizations, individuals and teams committed to solving the problems of Our World – profitably and thus sustainably. She is determined to transform Planet Earth one effective leader and engaged team at a time!

Kimberly’s books are available on Amazon here.


To Schedule a Consultation for your Project Team,

contact Kimberly Wiefling at

Wiefling Consulting, Inc.
Phone US: +1 650 867 0847