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Triming LinkedIn Connections

November 12, 2011 by


Two years ago I entered the fray of open networker, or “LION‘s” in LinkedInjargon, for a two-week test before a series of presentations concerning pro-social networking to management and project management audiences.  My networked ballooned from a rather healthy 750 to over 3,000. While generally innocuous, I soon found out that not having a “fake” […]

Business Analysis Technique #32 SWOT Analysis

March 22, 2011 by


SWOT Analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) is a venerable mainstay of management and MBA curriculum.  While it’s typically applied at the organization level for strategic management, SWOT analysis can be a helpful technique for understanding the business perspective for a set of requirements or a project. It’s described in 9.32 of the BABOK™ A […]

Agile Principle 1 – Customer Focus

February 4, 2011 by


The four values of the Agile Manifesto (Individuals, Customer, Working Software and Change) are further elaborated in twelve principles. The first principle is “Our highest priority is to satisfy the customer through early and continuous delivery of valuable software. “ The first line provides the goal – satisfy the customer. That customer focus brings Agile […]

Virtual Teams – 3 Communication Tips

January 27, 2011 by


In the sender / receiver model of communication it’s the responsibility of the sender to verify the message has been received by the receiver the way you intended.  Here are three tips. Understand that some communication loss will occur – some studies indicate that over 90% of communication is through non-verbal cues (tone of voice, […]

Consulting Pulse: Time Management – Covey’s 4 quadrants

December 14, 2009 by


Great conversation Friday with a long term colleague regarding process improvements, Lean Six Sigma, etc.  He reminded me of one of Stephen Covey’s (7 Habit’s Fame) key time management principles of the quadrant theory – that is four places we spend time on arranged by Urgency and Importance. Consulting services in 2009 found a good […]

Top 10 list for contractors

November 22, 2008 by


Rules of the road and top 10 list for contractors. I’ve found that success in growing TAPUniversity and delivering training is slightly different than success in being a “roaming Jedi, hired hand”. While there’s a lot in common there are some differences. So here’s some tips - a top "10" list if you will that may help you if you’ve found yourself joining the ranks of “contractor”. These tips are not all areas I’m perfect in — in fact I’ve stumbled on each of these at some point over the last seven years. Please feel free to add, comment and respond!