Category Archives: startup

Manage Your Portfolio of Problems Part 1

Does your team and organization suffer from numerous problems and issues?  Do more issues crop up each time you try to solve something? Managing your problems as a portfolio may help you. One of the keys to improving your team … Continue reading

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Improve your business with Methodologies, procedures and frameworks

Do you have a methodology in your business? A framework? Procedures? Does it matter? When methodologies are first deployed there is a flurry of activity where everyone is trained and then set loose upon an unsuspecting world with binders under … Continue reading

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How to raise your company from failure to success

If your company is in dire straights and you’re headed to oblivion, below are some of the basic things we can do to extend our competitive company life – our ‘runway’ as it’s often called. The most important activities are … Continue reading

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How to improve your productivity by using structure in your process

Once an organization reaches a certain size (say more then 30 people) it makes sense to set up a little bit of structure behind the way things are done. You often hear the objection “but we don’t need procedures or … Continue reading

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When to resign and find a better company

Why resign?  It depends on what matters to you.  Many people join the company but leave their boss.  How much does your manager matter? There are loads of books, presentations, articles, websites and standards on building and maintaining a continually … Continue reading

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Project Kickoffs Improve Performance

I was recently asked about why project kickoffs are important – surely people could just read the Project Management Plan and Project Charter. Nice in theory – rather more difficult in practice.  It’s always better to get everyone in a … Continue reading

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Recommended Reading

After my tirade yesterday, I was asked for MY recommended reading.  While there are already lots of lists around, here are a few of my favourites: 4 Steps to the Epiphany (Blank) The Mythical Man Month (Brooks) Death March (Yourdon) … Continue reading

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