Yearly Archives: 2021

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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What Happens When the Project Estimate Doesn’t Match Reality?

Posted on February 3, 2021 in Blog ,Improve Financial Management ,Increase Project Profitability ,Solutions360 by

There is widespread belief in the integration industry, that the most important measure for a project manager is to be ‘on time and on budget,’ and that a good project manager will make it so. But this assumes that the estimate is accurate. Is this a familiar conversation in your integration business? “Well, our estimates have to be good.” “Why?” “Because we always hit them.” This would be all right in a world with perfect estimates, but what happens when the project estimate doesn’t match […]

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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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Building Accountability in Your Integration Business

Posted on November 30, 2020 in Business Process Improvement ,Industry Discussion by

Today, we’re talking about project accountability, or count-on-ability. Welcome to another episode of The Navigator, with Brad Malone, Managing Partner at Navigate Management Consulting, and Brad Dempsey, CEO of Solutions 360. Project accountability means that we all have our roles, and our responsibilities. In previous sessions we discussed the importance of telling the truth early and throughout a project lifecycle. And we have also talked about managing the inevitable change that happens during a project. It takes a village to raise a child, and it […]

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Solutions360 Releases New Job Costing Survival Guide

Posted on September 21, 2020 in Blog ,Improve Profitability ,Increase Project Profitability ,Q360 ,Solutions360 by

Why Is Job Costing So Important in 2020? Over the last 20 years, Solutions360 has worked with hundreds of businesses to help apply technology that improves business process management and profitability. One of the most complicated issues that Solutions360 has encountered in the professional services space is the practice of proper job costing methods. Less than 10% of the companies that Solutions360 works with do an accurate job of job costing prior to our engagement. The primary reasons for this are: Estimates are based on […]

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