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The Yoko Ono Factor

Tool: Dealing with the fact that nothing lasts forever

Two weeks ago, I spoke with a start up team that had just lost a team member and was in the dumps. Starting a business is tough and having someone leave was hard on those that stayed. They are not the first firm to experience it and they [...]

Can Your Firm Survive Disruptive Innovation?

Do you even know how your firm will react?

Change is a constant. Steady, constant change forces firms to continuously update their products and processes, but the sudden disruptions caused by major new innovations can present a completely different task. Markets and business models can be turned upside down, destroying some firms and creating others almost overnight. [...]

Is the Threat Really Outside Your Organization?

What Are You Doing To Ensure Your Users Accept Your Security Policies?

“Cyberwar”, the cover story of a recent issue of The Economist, beats the call to arms for an international effort to limit the threat to modern society from attack via the Internet – and they’re onto something. Stories about state-sponsored Chinese cyber-espionage and Russian Internet mafia [...]

Signs You Should Worry: Customers

The customer is always right – except when the customer is wrong.

Project managers are notorious complainers. When asked how a project is going, the invariable answer is “fine”, but when asked about the customer, they are often less pleased. The customer wants to change the plan. The customer does not understand the product or the process [...]

Signs You Should Worry: Project Goals

How a project is planned is one matter, the results of the planning is another. The planning team may work well together and the relationship between the parties may be good, but the product – the plan – needs to deliver. In order to do this, the goals have to be realistic, clear, sufficient, and agreed [...]

Five Quick Questions to Ask Your IT-Project Manager

IT project risk can be managed effectively, just like any other risk. Identifying problems early can make a big difference. These five questions are a good place to start:

1. Schedules – Are they regularly updated to reflect experience and changes?
2. Specifications – Are they up to date and easily understood?
3. Change Management – How are changes [...]