Yearly Archives: 2021

Why Is WIP Management Important?

Posted on July 12, 2021 in Business Process Improvement ,Improve Financial Management ,Industry Discussion by

On this episode of ClearTalk, our Director of Product Management, Tofiq Indawala, is joined by Brad Malone, from Navigate Management Consulting, to discuss that three-letter word WIP. What is it? What does it mean? And why is WIP management important? WIP management is a derivative of good project management and it’s also a belief system. There are basically two components of WIP – labor and equipment. You also have your projected and your actuals. This is the highest level of information. “When I look at […]

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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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How Do You Spell WBS?

Posted on May 26, 2021 in Business Process Improvement ,Increase Project Profitability ,Q360 by

What is a work breakdown structure? In today’s video, Tofiq Indawala, Director of Product Management, is joined by Brad Malone, from Navigate Management Consulting to discuss the whole concept of a work breakdown structure, and how that impacts project management. The work breakdown structure (WBS) is a deliverable-oriented grouping of project components that helps organize and define a project’s total scope of work. As a project-management document, a well composed WBS is essential because it serves as a foundation for initiating and planning the project. […]

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The Importance of Professional Project Managers

Posted on May 11, 2021 in Business Process Improvement ,Industry Discussion ,Q360 by

Many integration companies that are beginning to mature their business management practices go through a process of determining who to select as their project managers, and how to nurture their competence and capabilities. As someone who has taught more than 15,000 students in project management worldwide, I have seen many of these selection cycles across many different business markets. I’ve seen it at IT and AV integration companies, construction companies (especially smaller firms), as well as at financial services organizations and many others attempting to […]

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The Myth of the Perfect Project Estimate

Posted on March 30, 2021 in Business Process Improvement ,Improve Profitability ,Industry Discussion by

Is it better for a project estimate to be precise or accurate? It’s my experience, over hundreds of AV integration projects and hundreds more in numerous industries, that most people believe a precise estimate is more accurate — and that most of the time, “precise” and “accurate” are considered synonymous. So let’s look at the science of estimation and dispel some myths and confusion about what makes a ‘perfect project estimate.’ First, let’s define some terms: Precision typically means a degree of reproducibility or exactness; […]

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Women in Project Management

Posted on March 8, 2021 in Increase Project Profitability ,Industry Discussion ,Solutions360 by

Is the Systems Integration industry ready to fully acknowledge the value of women in the project management role and support their growth?   By Brad Malone, Managing Partner at Navigate Management Consulting I hope so, because whether the job is filled by women or men, it’s time to shift the paradigm of Project Manager from a through-the-ranks, glorified technical lead (someone who heroically gets the system up and running) – to a proactive, communications-centric facilitator (someone who manages the client’s expectations, coordinates the multiple functions […]

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Should Integrators Reward Value or Effort?

Posted on February 22, 2021 in Around the Web ,Blog by

I find that people are often rewarded by how busy they are, rather than how productive they are. I was recently working with a company and the president said, “I want people who put in lots of effort.” I asked him to define that. “I want them working from seven in the morning until ten at night,” he said. I asked him whether he would know if they accomplished anything valuable. “Well,” he replied, “At least I’d know they were busy giving the effort.” Given […]

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