5 Myths About Program Management

Every so often it is a good idea to do a check-in on some of the things we have made long-standing assumptions about, particularly when it comes to jargon and lexicon.  Our language evolves, updates, and adapts very quickly alongside the quick pace of change in our culture and technology.  However, we still carry with... Read more »

What Does Hard Work Really Mean?

We hear that we should work hard, that hard work pays off, and that hard workers get ahead or can overcome otherwise impossible obstacles and challenges. So what does it mean to do hard work? How many different ways are there to say it? Put your nose to the grind stone. The early bird catches... Read more »

Easier Said Than Done – 3 Factors to Move From Idea to Execution

All of business development and management theory is exactly that:  Theory.  Success is a result of execution; of doing work and trying things out in real life.  So how do we actually get things done?  Here are three factors critical to getting things moving from an idea to execution: Pilot Piloting is an important an... Read more »
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Five Ways to Think and Act Like an Effective Project Manager

You don’t have to be a project manager to think like one and benefit from their approach to project work. Getting work done, and done well, usually involves having a plan.  But where does that plan come from?  How do you get started, and how do you see it through?  These are questions I hear... Read more »

How to Fix Failed Deadlines—Plan by Milestones

Businesses move forward project by project, yet so many projects fail to meet expectations.  Why is this?  The framework of a project seems to be so straight-forward.  But, we seem to miss the mark time and again, even after having incorporated “learnings” from our previous projects. Project planning is a process of identifying likely scenarios... Read more »

Same-Sex Marriage Is Legal in 16 States, and This Is Good

In response to an opinion against same-sex marriage and an invitation for the “hate mail to roll”: Mr. Byrne, I do not hate you.  I believe you are unfortunately and seriously misguided.  Your opinion against same-sex marriage is both flawed and muddled.  More to the point, you are perpetuating ignorance and narrow-mindedness on grounds that... Read more »
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Tell Your Business Story with Smart Data

In mid-September I had the opportunity to attend the Tableau Customer Conference 2013, held this year in Washington, D.C.  It was an excellent event with three motivating days of learning about and connecting with the present, future, and state-of-the-art of data analytics and visualization.  Though many people may not yet have heard of Tableau, the... Read more »

The Chicago Model – Starting Up Successfully

Chicago is abuzz with new ventures and start-ups.  A quick scan of local media (and some national media, too) on any given day shows the increasing pull of the developing Silicon Prairie.  A varsity line-up of start-ups like Groupon and grubHub are forging ahead, and major league players like the freshly rebranded Motorola Mobility and... Read more »

The Art of Making Things Happen

One of the more common business questions that I hear often, in various forms, is about understanding how to actually drive success in business engagements.  Early on in my career as a business strategy consultant I honed in on a trifecta of paired efforts that enabled me to, simply put, make things happen.  It is... Read more »
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Program Management Fundamentals

Program management has become a core discipline of today’s information-era businesses.  It is the system by which a business gains leverage; the compounding effect of efficiencies and control of project work that would otherwise be unavailable by managing projects independently. Whether running a small business, or a global multinational, program management—by way of its assorted... Read more »
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