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PMO Genius: Massive Savings Hidden In Documents


Today’s best solution often cause tomorrow’s biggest problem. Consider the baby diaper, the humble nappy. Pampers, the first practical disposable diaper, was introduced in 1961. Like any new product it was a less than perfect solution. They used wood pulp … Continue reading

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4th Sigma: Decompose Now And Projects Won’t Go Bad Later!


Long time readers of this Blog are familiar with my “4th Sigma” series on building simpler, easy to implement process improvement. I’ve argued against training for (and using) all of the tools that Six Sigma offers. It’s not that the … Continue reading

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Genius PMO: How To Manage Like Gordon Ramsay In 10 Steps, Part II


Today we continue with our Foodie guide to project management. In our last blog we looked at the work of media star Gordon Ramsay. Today he’s a foul mouthed, ill-tempered egomaniac… but that’s mostly for the ratings. 10 years ago … Continue reading

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Technology vs. Outsourcing: How Four Job Positions Evolved


Outsourcing is a tool for getting work done, especially when you just don’t have the skills or the management bandwidth to do the work yourself. Outsourcing is often chosen because it can significantly reduce cost, either through more efficient processes … Continue reading

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How Do I Develop A Simple Outsourcing Plan?


A lot of discussions about outsourcing in the media make it appear complex, but it’s really quite simple. In fact, it’s so simple that you probably began “outsourcing” work at home before this became a trend at work. At home, … Continue reading

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Which Location Is the “Best Buy” For Outsourcing?


Not too long ago, the outsourcing of corporate office jobs was synonymous with India. Big news stories showed example after example of work successfully outsourced to India, yielding enormous savings.  Years ago, when IBM was the biggest and most recognizable … Continue reading

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How To Talk To Your Outsourcer


Outsourcing is a committed relationship. You have to work closely with the account manager at your outsourcer. Like every other committed relationship, you need to communicate with your partner. However, also like every other committed relationship, quality communication is very … Continue reading

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The Global Revolution In Jobs: When Did This Happen?


As we continue our journey through the second decade of the 21st Century, we continue to bump up against of outdated definitions and old limits to how the world works. Even how we work. A few days ago I saw … Continue reading

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Blue Skies, Black Swans and Backup Plans


As Hurricane Irene passes through lower Manhattan, there is  a tinge of panic but not the full-on disaster that has been expected. Wall  Street will be a bit mussed up, but open for business on Monday. For many in New … Continue reading

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eBay… The New King Of Procurement?


A few blogs ago we were talking about how the next generation of Cloud services will evolve. To make a long story short, the best candidate would be large scale, on-line merchants with a lot of excess  computer capacity. The … Continue reading

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