The Model T Ford Project: A “Model” for Product and Process Innovation

20 July 2017
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Up until the early 20th century the world viewed the automobile as a luxury item built for the elite of society.  Cars were complicated in their use and required a significant investment that the average person could not afford.  Then in 1908, Henry Ford introduced the Model T Ford that did not only revolutionize the world’s perspective on personal transportation for the masses but also re-invented the manufacturing process still applied over 100 years later.  Although we have seen improvements to his original process, with the development of lean manufacturing, JIT, Six Sigma, Kanban, and others, the core philosophy of […]

When did a Plan stop being a Plan? Not Sure? Blame the iPhone!

14 March 2014
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I remember a simpler time when someone asked to use the telephone you knew it was to actually make a phone call.  Today, when you see kids begging their parents to use their “Phone” 99% of the time it’s to play video games.  In the last 7 years, the “Phone” has been redefined as an all purpose device ranging from communication via voice, text, SMS and email to browsing the web, taking photos/videos, listening to music and watching YouTube.  Today’s phone’s are mobile computers keeping you connected and entertained on the go.  Although smart phone technology has been available since […]

Discount Fighter Jets – the “Walmartization” of Government Projects

17 September 2013
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In a world where bargain discounts and factory outlets have captured the attention of today’s budget conscious consumer,  it’s not surprising that based on today’s global economy, governments (and to be more specific – the US government) are also looking for ways to cut costs.  As a result, believe it or not, there is company who is in the process of developing a fighter jet that would save the Pentagon $1 Billion in fuel alone annually on low tactical missions that are costing them $25,000 in fuel for every F-16 Jet led into these missions.  Textron AirLand was formed to […]

PPM Software Market looks promising for SMB Organizations

28 June 2013
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Although Gartner has recently revealed during its 2013 PPM Summit that PPM software revenue has increased by 11% in North American and Western European markets,  the truth is, the majority of PPM technology adoption is relegated to mature organizations that are capable of grasping the value of these solutions.  In 2012, the PPM software market generated $1.65 billion in which 58% were delivered by the top 5 vendors who primarily service the Enterprise market.  According to Gartner, 42% of that revenue was picked up by “Other” vendors which I deduce to be referring to the PPM vendors grabbing the exploding […]

Inventing the USB: what buyers of PPM technology can learn from a proven success story

26 April 2013
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The success of USB technology has faced many challenges during its climb in the last 15 years, however the key to its market acceptance lies with its original goal to solve a basic problem while delivering tangible benefits to both buyers and sellers in the markets it has served.  Today, with over 10 billion USB devices in circulation, Ajay Bhatt understood from day one that his invention would only succeed if he can convert the market drivers of the very complex technology sector that his concept will reduce suppliers’ costs while solving the basic end user problem of complex connectivity […]

Effective project collaboration means taking all measures to protect the information shared

18 April 2013
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As we increasingly become more dependent on the internet to access information and conduct our daily activities, security needs to become an central element to our collaboration strategy.  Recently, cyber attacks have become more far reaching especially with recent  DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks that flood sites with insane levels of traffic grinding their service to a halt.  With this new level of attack, I’ve recently read an article that discusses the potential of these cyber attacks to actually cripple the internet as a whole.  The conclusion was that it would be practically impossible due to the security measures […]

Online shoppers can teach a thing or two to project managers

12 December 2012
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As we continue full force into the shopping holiday season, online shopping has become a dominant force to be reckoned with.  Recently, I read an article that offered 7 tips to safe online shopping.  The bottom line – online shopping has moved beyond the PC and now is being conducted over multiple mobile devices.  Consequently, these different platforms raise multiple safety concerns around eCommerce and the sharing of sensitive information.  With that being said, these new methods of shopping provide the benefit of convenience and increase of revenue for retailers, at the same time raising the possible danger of opening […]

As the world moves to the Cloud, Lotus Notes differentiates itself with project collaboration capabilities with more options

31 August 2012
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Many people do not realize that the purely cloud-based social media tools that have become part of today’s social fabric can trace its origins 20 years back when the first commercial Groupware applications entered the market introducing a new way for remote users to communicate and create their own collaboration networks.  In fact, it is no secret that one of the major pioneers of this first wave of tools was Lotus Notes that was developed as a leading-edge collaboration platform that encouraged the exchange of business information among a network of stakeholders.  Obviously, in those early years the connectivity to […]

Project Team Unity: The power in numbers must not be underestimated

30 May 2012
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I recently read an article that a group of Kansas farmers grouped their efforts in negotiating remarkable lease pricing and terms of their many acres of land to Oil giants for potential drilling.  Interestingly enough, a group of 100+ farmers were able to drive the lease price up of their land by pooling their resources together and standing strong resulting in incredible returns in their agreement with their tough negotiators.  It’s not atypical for big corporations to use their financial clout and size to bully the “common person” for their own financial gains.  However, history has repeated itself more than […]

Are you ready to fight the Brain Drain? The Future of Project Management Depends on it

29 March 2012
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In many ways the discipline of project management heavily focuses on best practices in improving and streamlining both soft and hard factors impacting a project’s outcome.  Whether it is the implementation of Earned Value Management (EVM) techniques or it’s adhering to Prince2 or the PMBOK, project management practitioners are constantly seeking for better ways to get it right.  Although these methodologies and techniques are helpful in developing a strategy for success, nothing can replace the acquired experience of a seasoned project manager who understands the nuances of the projects he or she serves that can turn at a moment’s notice.  […]