5 Minutes on Halloween, Project Management, and the New HEB/Spurs Commercials

I’m back at it again after another break.

Today’s topics are on Halloween, Project Management, and the new HEB/Spurs commercials. Other than the fact that these items were on my mind at the particular moment when I decided to brainstorm a few ideas for this post, these topics have nothing in common.

I followed the same routine as my last post. I set a timer, and “free wrote” for five minutes on each topic, then spent another minute or two cleaning it up (so it makes relative sense).

Here we go…

5 Minutes on Halloween

Tomorrow is Halloween, and the temperatures are going to be in the mid to upper 80s in the San Antonio area. This means all the little ghouls and goblins and their parents will have to come up with a hydration strategy for their trips around the neighborhood. Well, at least that’s would I would do.

Wait. Do kids still trick or treat? I’m honestly not sure these days.

Anyway, it just doesn’t feel like Halloween this go around.

Perhaps it’s because there are already holiday commercials on TV (calm down Best Buy), perhaps it’s because I’m just getting older and I care less and less about the day itself, or perhaps it’s because I spent many Halloweens past working at a theme park that REALLY got into Halloween.

Maybe I’m overthinking it. Maybe I just wanted to write a little bit about Halloween because it’s timely and I figured it couldn’t hurt to do so.

5 Minutes on Project Success Hidden as Failure

Sticking with the scary theme…

A project that is successful in spite of itself scares me.

Hear me out on this, I have a point, I promise.

Every project has its challenges. Sometimes those challenges cause major disruption for the people on the project team, and to overcome them people end up working HARDER, not SMARTER.

This means long hours and lots of inefficiencies. It means people get frustrated and they feel like their best efforts aren’t adding up to success the way they had in mind.

But on the surface, when the project is completed, the project may end up being viewed as a success. This means making a case for change becomes incredibly difficult for the project team and it’s an opportunity for key stakeholders to step up and pay attention.

Projects shouldn’t have to fail for you to commit to a serious “lessons learned” and a continuous improvement strategy. Project teams shouldn’t have to beg key stakeholders to pay attention to their feedback after completion of a project.

That’s why a project that is successful in spite of itself scares me.

It’s up to us to make sure we make a serious effort to provide and pay attention to feedback, despite our tendency to think that “all’s well that ends well”!


5 Minutes on the New HEB/Spurs Commercials

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

The San Antonio Spurs have started playing basketball once again, and they managed to put one heck of a whooping on the Golden State Warriors in their first game of the new season.

It’s an odd season already. For the first time in 19 years, our team is without the services of Tim Duncan. This means that other players have had to step up to lead the team, and so far, Kawhi Bot seems to be leading the charge:

All of that being said, it’s also the time of year when the world’s greatest grocery store releases its latest batch of commercials with key members of the Spurs. These have become a sort of tradition in this area over the last 12 years, and we’ve come to love them.

Which of the new batch is my favorite? “Retirement Club,” featuring the likes of David Robinson, George “The Iceman” Gervin, and you guessed it, the newly retired Tim Duncan. It opens with an omnipresent voice speaking to Tim Duncan, “Look for the silver door, Timmy”. And that’s reason enough to check it out:

Email subscribers, click here to watch.

Well done HEB, well done indeed.

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