Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Thinking in Terms of Projects and Systems

As you may have guessed – my thinking tends to bias towards “systems thinking”.  (And in Wendy’s utopian fantasyland – these systems result in projects. Because I like clean end points.)
What does this look like?  Read More

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Using Plans for Learning

In my last post, I mentioned that project plans (and the changes to them) can be used for capturing information as plans change and potentially identifying trends if things go off the rails.
We can use these plans for learning!
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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Folly of Plans

Project plans, to me, are a rough estimate of what the project team thinks should be done to get from point A to point B. It’s a living document, not carved in stone.
In my experience, the real value in the project plan is in getting the steps and “to do” list out of people’s heads and onto paper.
Once I have that “paper” (or, in many cases, a computerized project plan), I can:

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Focusing on the Process

Eric Nehrlich’s post on the Island meta-narrative got me thinking about goals, results and achievement.
So much of my life (and my business) is about goals and results.
Get the application launched by x date.
Desired result [add business objective here]....  Read More

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Evaluating Requests

Recently, a system administrator acquaintance was asked to add a bar code to attendee badges for their big meeting.
They wanted to collect information on which sessions people attended during their conference.
On the surface, seems simple....   Read More