Posts in processes & best practices
How would Steve Jobs have done a tool selection?

Have you ever conducted a vendor selection and given the winning prize to the vendor that had the most requirement features checked? And how about finding a year later that that the tool is not being used as expected? Did you not worry since you were able to show management that you did the right thing since you can demonstrate that the selected vendor tool does all of things in the features requirement list? No heads roll. No problem. This is a common story since many of us tend to get stuck with the features war syndrome.

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Chaos, Order, Alive! Live Webinar Recording

Improve your efficiency and effectiveness by 40%? Have you heard this before? Well, you will hear it again. My approach to effectiveness is rock solid if you have the desire to move up to the Alive! process and people maturity level (see the webinar recording), work hard, and garnish commitment and accountability. I can't help with the last two, but I can show how the Alive! part can be done with mixing people, best practices, and technology in a blender.  

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Not only schools, businesses too have killed creativity.

In Sir Ken Robinson's incredible TED talk, he says "creativity now is as important in eduction as literacy." He perfectly defines creativity as "the process of having original ideas that have value." He explains that our schools have ruthlessly squandered our kids' tremendous talents. Unless we happen to work in a creative agency, organizations have continued the tradition of ruthlessly squashing creativity in adults.

I believe that creativity now is as important in business as experience and knowledge.

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Personalizing best practices is the new best practice

We are all familiar with the term "industry best practices". There are many of them in the market for all types of business needs. For example, in the project management world, there's the PMI PMBOK Guidelines. There can be best practices on finance planning, HR employ performance improvements, or tuning a building into a lower cost green efficiency model. The key word "industry" means that it's a practice that is well received as a good way of doing something. The problem with industry best practices is that they may be too complex or too limited for many applications.

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The ROI of Your Online Project Management Software

Many organizations who send out an RFP for project and portfolio management or PPM software tend to focus on feature list. I have yet found one company to ask for a projected ROI based on value. I'm not sure why. Is it because ROI is not their primary focus? Or is it because estimating ROI is too difficult? As an enterprise online project management software vendor, I have come up with my own ROI approach.

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The best-practice curve theory

We often think of project management, portfolio governance, and project execution as doing a list of steps or tasks. The underlining work being done is really a process, which could be clunky or really smooth. Here's my question: what happens when we do our work one way compared with when we do it the absolute best way?

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Rear view mirror failures

As we drive down the road and look in the rear view mirror we see where we've been. Most of today's project and portfolio management (PPM) tools do that really well. They show us what has happened. Ok, historical knowledge can have its purpose. However, getting improved direction from history data can fail. PPM tools can show when something was late. But it's difficult to identify the reasons. The main problem is that the data usually doesn't contain the process, or best practice process. It's too task focused.

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