Better Project Collaboration does not Necessarily Mean Standardizing Solely on a Common Web Platform

28 October 2011
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In a world where the average knowledge worker communicates with his or her stakeholders via email, intranets, extranets, smart phones, and a host of social media and enterprise applications available over the Web, the meaning of “collaboration” can be as useful as it is confusing to project teams that live and die by the information they ingest.  With so many options and means to communicate, developing a collaboration strategy is critical in today’s project environment. You just have to dial back ten years ago and realize collaboration options were quite basic in comparison to today’s world.  Most information was shared […]

Project Vision: The “Apple” Never Falls Far from the Tree

25 August 2011
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With yesterday’s announcement of Steve Jobs stepping down as Apple’s CEO, the first thought that crossed my mind is the critical role leadership plays in any organization.  As the story goes… after building Apple into an industry giant, Jobs was ousted as its leader in 1985.  Following his departure, the company slowly deteriorated and by 1997 the company Jobs’ built was running at a loss of $1 billion on its $7 billion in revenue.  Almost 15 years later, under Jobs’ leadership Apple has not only transformed its own DNA, but has revolutionized the music industry, the smart phone and the […]

Market Leadership: It Takes a Series of Strategic Battles to Win the War

15 July 2011
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With the recent launch of Google’s innovative social networking platform Google+, it did not take long for Mark Zuckerberg to quickly respond with his recent announcement of his strategic relationship between Facebook and Skype.  In a delicate move in a world where anyone can fall from grace in a heartbeat, Zuckerberg was more than announcing a strategic partnership with Skype, but was also sending a message to Google that he is ready to put up a real fight to maintain his leadership position in the Social Network landscape with Microsoft at his back (who recently acquired Skype).  You do not […]

Whatever happened to Smith Corona? A Hard Lesson in Product Development and Innovation

22 June 2011
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Time and time again we see dominant technologies come and go.  History has seen the automobile replace the horse and buggy as the vehicle of choice, the DVD replace the video cassette, and the PC replace the typewriter.  Although the shift in new technologies is unavoidable, there is a choice in the path of the companies that produce these products.  Some organizations have the foresight and vision to remain leaders in innovation, while others remain stuck in a “tunnel vision” mentality and continue on a path where the inability to change results in their demise.  An excellent example can be […]

Are your Projects Getting Social? With the Good comes the Bad…

15 June 2011
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Now that social media is really mainstream, there is a lot of discussion around its benefits (especially in the business world).  Creating social networks through the likes of LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter can equally empower both small project work groups as well as multi-national corporations to become their own media outlet by sharing valuable information and ideas among their peers and customers.   Instantaneously businesses can facilitate value-driven collaboration impacting the way they service their customers and the manner in which their employees can have their voice heard. In theory social media tools are suppose to contribute to the overall growth […]

Is Agile right for you? Top 5 considerations when implementing Agile Methodology

11 April 2011
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We often hear in software development circles how Agile development is taking hold of the industry.  Created as a grassroots framework by developers for developers, the origins of Agile methodology began 10 years ago with a group of progressive software developers at a Utah ski lodge that established the Agile Manifesto aimed to establish a more inclusive, democratic and efficient system for running software development projects.  As result, multiple Agile methodologies emerged including Crystal Clear, Scrum and Extreme Programming all designed to establish self-governing project teams that place equal accountability on all members that touch the project. As this is […]

What do Kevin Spacey, Harry Potter and Social Media have in common?

8 February 2011
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These were all highlights at this year’s IBM Lotusphere 2011 conference uniting the Lotus Notes community.  From the opening session featuring Kevin Spacey to the final evening concluding at Universal Orlando’s theme park featuring the Wizardry World of Harry Potter, as a first timer to this event, I was amazed to see the incredible global following the Lotus Notes community has.  As true pioneers in the world of collaboration, decades before Twitter and Facebook, the Lotus Notes platform has provided a collaboration platform on its groupware technology allowing thousands of developers, software architects and business partners deliver first class collaboration […]

Project Management Professionals and the Cloud: If You Can’t Beat Them, Join Them

26 January 2011
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Every other day there is another story in the technology space where we hear the likes of Facebook, Google and Microsoft battling over their position in the vast internet landscape.  Has Facebook’s social community and content trivialized the algorithms dominated by Google that drive the internet?  If so, has this made Google the new dinosaur?  Or is Microsoft trying to emerge from its shadows to redefine its position in the marketplace pushing down on Google’s top spot?  Regardless of the story, one thing is obvious – there is a revitalization of the tech market and its all due to the […]

Automated Project Management: The Human Element Does Matter!

14 January 2011
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I recently read an article that suggested that even the untouchable Google may face trouble ahead with its automated approach to Search based purely on its use of algorithms.  The article suggests even the most sophisticated machines do not have the ability to prevent its power users, SEO experts, from finding creative ways to outwit Google by developing “content farms” that produce Spam-like content that dilute the relevant results found on its coveted first page.  Consequently, human powered content is moving ahead in providing better search results.  In fact social media content produced and developed by its own end users […]

The Wikileaks Project: The Power of Information

20 December 2010
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It’s amazing what a small group of people, a web site and access to sensitive information can accomplish in a very short period.  As we are nearing the end of 2010, the information age has reached new heights placing the media into the hands of savvy internet rebels that have the ability to potentially turn even governments on their heads.  A great example can be seen with the Wikileaks projects headed by the controversial Julian Assange and his small band of internet mavericks exposing government activities with the help of international sources that hand over confidential documents shedding light on […]