Tag Archives: Measure

Genius PMO: Five Steps to An Honest Project Team!


Every profession has unspoken agreements and dark little secrets. In the world of project management and PMO’s our objective is to make projects more “transparent” and measurable, so that projects can be more successful. You might say that one of … Continue reading

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Genius PMO: Make Every Project Manager A Genius (Part II)


In our last blog we talked about developing genius solutions to problems, by using the TRIZ method.  TRIZ is an acronym in Russian. In English, it translates into Theory of Inventive Problem Solving. This was developed by a Russian engineer, … Continue reading

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Building A PMO: Alpha & Omega of Project Management – Part I


Once you are given a mandate to build a Project Management Office (PMO), you will have taken the first of many steps to build this corporate function. But you won’t have years to develop your model, assemble a team of … Continue reading

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Storm Clouds Ahead: Internet Fraud Rises To New Heights


I’m a big advocate of moving applications to the Cloud. The Cloud is just more efficient for hosting applications than internal networks, and applications developed in the Cloud tend to be more advanced and easier to operate. The Cloud is … Continue reading

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4th Sigma: Napoleon’s Rabbits & Identifying Best Practices


Don’t you hate it when an overblown public debate is started by the questionable use of a single phrase or word (probably half of the debates in Washington these days)? However, there are times when just one-word  matters. In, “The … Continue reading

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4th Sigma: A Tale of Efficiency… Why Bigger Is Better!


This Blog is another chapter in our ongoing collection of tips, tools and observations to drive simple process improvement…The 4th Sigma. Today, we’re going to talk about growth. A healthy firm is always trying to grow. Growth may be needed … Continue reading

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Monkey Traps, Career Development, And Your Next Budget


Have you ever seen a monkey trap? It’s a simple device, just a container with a narrow opening. Typically, it’s a gourd or a hole in a tree with an opening just big enough for a monkey to squeeze his hand into; inside of your … Continue reading

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Solving The Government Budget Gap: The Strategic Software Initiative


The government’s budget problems are not going away any anytime soon. The problems facing the Federal government get the headlines, but the problems facing counties and towns are even more problems. While the Feds can print their own money, and … Continue reading

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4th Sigma: How To Listen When The Client Is Silent


If you’ve been following this Blog, you know that we have been discussing variability: how the products and services we provide can be better or worse at any given moment. We then created a tool for identifying and quantifying the … Continue reading

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The Return Of The J Curve: A Lesson From Netflix


Nothing is free… or at least not free forever. The same goes for the lowest price. Eventually it goes away. Either a new, lower price is found, or the price rises. As the economy continues to rebound, free is no … Continue reading

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