Being a project manager (PM) can be a tough gig; when everything is going fine, you may, at times, be viewed with disdain: a mere “meeting scheduler” who collects status updates from the key stakeholders and SMEs, reporting them upwards. When everything isn’t going fine, they are in the cross-hairs of everyone: the key stakeholders, the SMEs and the higher-ups they report to.
Big data is a phrase that represents an extremely large information set that can be utilized, processed, and computationally analyzed in order to find patterns and material about a gathered set of data as a whole. At a simpler level, it is data that can provide answers to questions.
There are a lot of advantages to opening up your data—within reason. Team members who are both a key holder and a person trying to access sequestered data can find it to be a tricky proposition as to when to be an open model and when to remain closed.
We frequently meet with people who are ready to solve problems with new technology, but they’re struggling to assemble the right team to move the project forward. Building a solid project team can be tough, especially when multiple business functions are involved. However, I can’t overemphasize the importance of finding that “magic mix” of stakeholders. It can make all the difference between success and disappointment.
For those of us who live in the GRC consulting world, birthday milestones are a bit like project milestones. Some are big events. Some are barely noticed. Some are cause for celebration. Others are simply a jumping-off point for the next big thing.
On a daily basis, I work hand-in-hand (or phone-to-phone) with clients to guide them through implementing their Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) processes using platform-based software. Having been involved in the implementation of dozens of GRC processes in a number of different industries, I can tell you the one thing they have in common: they’re all different.
It’s officially proposal season here at Onspring, and the requests for proposals (RFPs) are starting to stack up. I’ve learned a lot about business proposals, having my hand in hundreds over the years. When you produce a few proposals a year as opposed to a few a day, it’s easy to adopt some common misconceptions about your potential client or partner. While you are likely to spend countless hours crafting the perfect response, your recipient will not and cannot spend the same amount of time considering and appreciating it. Here are some helpful strategies I’ve picked up over the years that can get you on the right track.
The kickoff can set the tone for an entire football game. And the same is true in the business world where a project kickoff can set you up for success or constant struggle. Whether you deliver consulting services for your clients or you’re managing an internal project for your company, starting a project on the right foot is essential. Here are a few “Rules of the Game” that we follow at Onspring.
Gantt charts. You love them or you hate them. Or you love to hate them. Whatever your sentiment toward this mainstay of the project management world, there’s no denying that Gantt charts can be an incredibly useful tool for visualizing project resources and activities over time. That is…IF they are easy to create and modify and IF they are accurate. Otherwise, they’re not worth the paper (or screen space) they’re written on.
One of the biggest obstacles startups face is keeping their team in sync as the business grows. In the early days, it’s easy to converse across the room and work collaboratively around the card table. But as the employee count balloons, people spend more time out of the office with clients and teams become more distributed, holding the business together becomes insanely difficult.