About Soni York

Soni is the lead technical writer and communication specialist at Spitfire Management, responsible for user documentation, newsletters, webinars, social media and the website among other things. (She changes hats frequently.) She is also a trainer (see, another hat) who enjoys teaching new users the basics of the Spitfire Project Management System. Her postings on this site are all her own and don't necessarily represent Spitfire's positions, strategies or opinions.

The Day You Appreciate the Tool / System / Software

manual food processorI like to cook my own dinners. Often these dinners require some amount of chopping—of garlic, peppers, olives, tomatoes, parsley, etc. I’m so used to the chopping that I used to not think much about it, until I saw a nifty kitchen gadget called the Kitchen King Pro Manual Food Processor. For some reason, the hand crank appealed to me: I would still be prepping my food (deserving of thanks for my “hard work”), but it would be easier. So I bought one.

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What a Waste…

exercise equipmentHas this ever happened to you? You watch an infomercial on some new exercise equipment that allows you to do a great number of exercises that work your muscles and burn calories. It looks fairly easy to do. Maybe it even looks fun! You watch long enough to be convinced that you need this equipment. That you could do the exercises. That you could have a better body by following the program or included video. Then you find out the price. Oh no, it’s expensive. That gives you pause…. Should you spend the money? You think about this for awhile, maybe going back and forth in your decision. Finally, you decided that yes, you will invest in this new equipment because your body and overall health are worth it.

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One Problem at a Time

problem solutionRecently, I had the chance to watch The Martian again. It’s a great movie. I don’t think I spoil anything if I say that at one point Mark Watney, the main character in the movie, declares, “At some point, everything’s gonna go south on you…everything’s going to go south and you’re going to say, this is it. This is how I end. Now you can either accept that, or you can get to work. That’s all it is. You just begin. You do the math. You solve one problem…and you solve the next one…and then the next. And if you solve enough problems, you get to come home.”

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10 Project Manager Resolutions for the New Year

lego PMIt’s the start of a new year and you know what that means: New Year Resolutions! I see evidence of this each year at my gym, which gets very crowded during the month of January. Many people focus on their personal lives, resolving to eat better, exercise more, and improve their relationships with others. And that’s all very good. However, if you are a project manager or the owner of a project-centric business, the start of a new year is also a good time to resolve to improve your work life.

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My Very Own System

configured character

I don’t know about you, but when I start a new RPG game, I really enjoy the part where I get to create my character. Okay, “create” is not the right word because I’m not drawing anyone from scratch. However, I am given choices for body shape, face shape, hair style and color, eye shape and color, voice, etc. By the time I am done selecting my choices, I have a unique character.

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