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Marketing has a New Lean Diet

October 5, 2012 by


In today’s economic climate, it’s not uncommon for organizations to drastically cut their marketing budgets in an effort to improve their bottom line. And yet, during this fiscal downturn, the need is even more prevalent to reach consumers, improve branding and broaden market shares. Marketing staff must find ways to identify opportunities in both new […]

Agile Principle 10 – Maximize work NOT done!

February 13, 2011 by


The tenth principle of the Agile manifesto may be my favorite one – simplicity, the art of maximizing the amount of work NOT done. Too often methodologies, frameworks and process improvements get mired down in heavy process and documentation.  It’s a balancing act. It’s important to be neither too much, nor too little – just […]

WEMSHA! – WE Make Stuff HAppen.

February 1, 2011 by


  We make stuff happen!  Adjust some capital letters and you get WEMSHA (pronounced Whim Shaw)!  That’s been a working term for us at TAPUniversity the last several years. A WEMSHA mindset helps keep focus among competing methodologies, approaches and flavors of the month – Agile/SCRUM, FDD, Lean, SDLC, RUP, Iterative, Incremental, Change or Plan […]

Virtual Teams – Media Richness

January 31, 2011 by


Various technologies have various levels of media richness. Media richness means communication media have varying capacities for resolving ambiguity, negotiating varying interpretations, and facilitating understanding. Media is said to be very rich when it provides: the availability of instant feedback; the capacity of the medium to transmit multiple cues such as body language, voice tone, […]

Virtual Teams – Conflict Resolution, Evaluate the team’s pulse

January 22, 2011 by


While environmental IQ through stakeholder’s analysis addresses the outside / in part of the equation, evaluate the team’s pulses addresses the inside / out. When the two are balanced through an equal amount of attention and thought, then the conflict potential is lowered. There are two steps for knowing a teams pulse.

Virtual Teams – Swift Trust

January 17, 2011 by


While delivering over forty Effective Virtual Team workshops at TAPUniversity since 2006, one question we encourage participants to ask is "well, OK, how does this differ from team members we see in person?" Swift Trust is one concept worth digging in to help answer the question of differentiation.

Effective Virtual Teams – 2011

January 14, 2011 by


TAPUniversity has shared and learned with over 310 professionals concerning virtual teams since August of 2005. Those professionals completed an in-depth survey of best practices for virtual teams. As we prepare for 2011 we want to know what your opinion is regarding what makes for effective and ineffective virtual teams. The results from previous students […]