Yearly Archives: 2021

How to Keep a Project on Course

Posted on June 28, 2021 in Blog ,Increase Project Profitability ,Industry Discussion ,Solutions360 by

If all projects are different, what is the best way for integrators to keep a project on course? All integration projects are unique, and there’s no two alike, right? Yes, all projects contain uniqueness and uncertainty. But there is also a lot of similarity, with many repeatable activities that can (and should be) standardized. If we understand that performing an activity in a standard and repeatable manner will always have some variation, then our measurement process must allow for variation. This concept was described in […]

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Presenting the Estimate

Posted on May 31, 2021 in Business Process Improvement ,Increase Project Profitability ,Industry Discussion by

A single precise number does not make a valid estimate   In Part 1 of this blog series, we looked at the myth of the perfect estimate and discussed how assumptions and risks factor into an estimate. In Part 2, we examined the three basic methodologies used in the estimation process. Now let’s talk the about presenting the estimate. A valid estimate should be presented as a range, or as a point with confidence factors.   Looking at our estimating a typical commute to work […]

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3 Security Trends to Watch in 2021

Posted on February 8, 2021 in Around the Web ,Blog by

Security is an everlasting concern for enterprise IT. Here’s what experts say are some of the top security trends to watch in 2021 – as “normal” gets redefined. Here’s one prediction that you can bet on: Forecasting enterprise security trends will never go out of style. That’s not a bold call but it’s a bankable one. Technology trends come and go, but security is an everlasting issue. There’s no finish line where everyone gets to clink glasses and declare: “All secure!” In the same vein, […]

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Does Everyone Understand the Purpose of Your Processes?

Posted on December 14, 2020 in Business Process Improvement ,Industry Discussion ,Q360 by

What is the purpose of your processes? And does everyone understand the value? If an integrator is engaging in an activity on a daily basis, people need to know why. Everyone should understand why processes are in place. Mature companies document and improve their processes incrementally — in a nonjudgmental fashion — attempting to remove waste, variation, or steps that don’t add value. They don’t throw everything away and start over, blaming everyone who was ever involved in creating the process. That would be a […]

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How Good Are You at Predicting the Past?

Posted on December 7, 2020 in Around the Web ,Blog by

The better you are at predicting the future, the better decisions you will make. One of the things I like about The Economist magazine is that, unlike most publications at this time of year, it doesn’t simply forecast what lies ahead, but evaluates the forecasts made last year. Were their forecasts accurate or not? Were they based on sound reasoning? Were they grounded in valid assumptions? The application to your integration business is that while It’s all well-and-good to look to the future and forecast opportunities and […]

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Distinguish Competence from Behavior to Maximize Performance Improvement

Posted on October 5, 2020 in Blog ,Business Process Improvement by

When managing people, competence and behavior are often indistinguishable — and that’s a problem for integrators that want to maximize performance. Many managers automatically link competence and behavior together. As a result, when an employee is doing something incorrectly, managers fail to ask, “Is it because they’re not trained well, or is it because they’re choosing to behave that way?” The difference is important if a company is to get the most out of its employees. (Important note: When I use the word “incompetent” herein, […]

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All Sales People Should Create This One Thing for Themselves

Posted on July 13, 2020 in Around the Web ,Blog by

This is a guest blog post by Chris Peterson, Principal at Vector Firm Greg Maddux, former Major League Baseball player, four-time Cy Young Award winner, and MLB Hall-of-Famer, was known for his control.  He wasn’t overpowering but was always in control of his pitches and his ego. It was his control that led to his greatness. However, if you watched him closely, there were a few times during every game when Maddux lost control of his temper while he was on the mound, and sometimes […]

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