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Dirty Consultant Tricks – Leaky Faucet of Billable Hours

October 5, 2012 by

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The leaky faucet, the sieve, the bleeding of billable hours – called different things in different settings they refer to the same concept, a consulting/ contracting company or resource who piles up time and material hours.  It’s also one of three dirty consulting tricks I’ve observed first hand in the last few years.  The irony […]

Meaningful Work – Busy Work

September 27, 2012 by

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Meaningful Work versus Busy Work was the central theme of a presentation and discussion I shared with the PMI Heartland Professional Development Day on September 17, 2012.   The title was “Undercover Agile”.  The premise was sorting through what’s meaningful and busy work in daily project management practice.  Once sorted, high performance organizations and project managers focus […]

Stand up meetings – not just for software or Agile anymore

February 20, 2012 by

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Stand up.  Sit down.  Which is better for the team, productivity, your company? The trend is stand up for a short burst of action and accountability among all types of business teams.  A hall-mark of rapid software development (1990’s) and Agile (manifesto in 2001 onward) the stand up meeting has progressed rapidly beyond software, to […]

Communication – Progressive Elaboration and Progressive Communication

January 28, 2011 by

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The essential concept of progressive elaboration is that organizations, teams, and people do not have to have all the pieces and parts fully known before beginning. Don’t get me wrong, having details is important, but not for everyone. This approach fits very well with the change driven methodologies of Agile and Lean Software Development.  Communication […]

Virtual Teams – Conflict Resolution, Monitor

January 24, 2011 by

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The stage is set.  Successful conflict resolution now depends on actively monitoring the three essential legs – risk, environment and team.  Update the conflict elements on a weekly basis. If conflict does surface, determine the threshold for engaging the contingency plan and corrective action. Another effective way to monitor conflict is to talk about it. […]

2010 in review

January 2, 2011 by

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The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health: The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow. Crunchy numbers A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats. About 3 million people visit the Taj Mahal every year. This blog was […]

Risk from a Business Analysis Perspective

December 29, 2010 by

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The International Institute of Business Analysis was founded just a few years ago in 2003. In terms of professional associations it’s a new kid on the block.  Yet in a short time it’s made a profound impact on the discipline and profession of business analysis. One success factor of The IIBA for making a swift […]