Thursday, 24 July 2014

Friday, 18 July 2014

Jason Tratch: PMTip - Top 7 Stakeholder Influencers -

Jason Tratch: PMTip - Top 7 Stakeholder Influencers -:


Jason Tratch: PMTips

Jason Tratch: PMTips:

"We create many types of reports & communication mediums. Break it down to: SENDER - MESSAGE - RECEIVER.

Then go from there.  Make sure the communication tool is directly related to the type of information, audience and influencers present.  Don't over complicate and over administer it, humans have a short attention span and love to complicate things ;-) If creating reports, then simplify them where possible, differentiate between technical detailed reports and status/update reports (much more common).

Some tips are to identify the audience and the influencers that could impact how the information is received and interpreted. Ensure the communication tool aligns with the risks at hand.  Example influencers include:
related work experience;
knowledge/education;
expectation;
vested interest;
past experiences;
agenda (both personal and business related);
culture;
method (written, faxed, telephone, in person, multimedia);
understanding between needs and wants;
personality;
language;
technology comfort;
workload capacity;
conflicting prioritizations;
type of information (reports, updates, memos, meetings, change, issues, formal documents, emails, etc)."




Jason Tratch: Thoughts - Social Media & PM -

Jason Tratch: Thoughts - Social Media & PM -:

"Social Media tools are actively becoming part of PM Systems.  PM softwares must be able to chat, post, timeline, monitor, track, interact, exchange documents, dashboard goals/objectives & deliverables and do all of this in "real time".  And of course, the PM methodology must establish all processes that the software follows.

Often we think Microsoft Project is a PM Plan type of tool, this is not the case.  Yes, it is a powerful Schedule Management tool, but a true PM tool must have the functions mentioned above, similar to the Social Media World software packages.

Key functions of Social Media softwares are: communicate, communicate, communicate!

Essentially, with this function, you will have your finger on the pulse of the project, you will know how it "feels" vs getting a weekly report that stays within the tunnel vision of the template.  The more you communicate the faster you are able to transition from green, to yellow, to red and back and forth.  You understand so many complexities of the project that you are actually able to not panic and address issues as they pop up, and then get back to the baseline plan (or incorporate a change that gets you back on the path of the baseline plan).

Too often, a risk or issue occurs, and the first thing that has to happen is the team has to get up to speed on what is going on.  Not good.

NOW, on the other hand........Social media does also have some detriments, it does not often have clear objectives and ability to track and stick to them. Lots of time can be spent but is all over the place, so is difficult to justify business value. So if incorporating tools into the PM system, ensure that risk is addressed head on (many easy ways to do so).

MORE Good Reading.....
Social Media concepts & discussions are plentiful in a website created by a pioneer in the Virtual World (check out how many posts he actually has - in the Thousands.... WOW).

His name is Darren Cannell.  He uses technology to enable knowledge transfer (education and training) and is all about online communication .

Check out:
increasing-your-social-presence


Also check out:
increasing-your-social-media-clout


Also check out a video talking about Social media & Sales:
why-big-social-media-push


OR, if want to spend the time, research his blog and you will find that he shares a 30 Day process on creating social media presence.  If can't find all the parts in his blog, then contact him direct, he loves to share his knowledge.
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 "The Greatest Glory in Living lies not in Falling, but in Rising everytime you Fall"  Nelson Mandela





Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Jason Tratch: Thoughts - Social Media & PM -

Jason Tratch: Thoughts - Social Media & PM -:

 "Social Media tools are actively becoming part of PM Systems.  PM softwares must be able to chat, post, timeline, monitor, track, interact, exchange documents, dashboard goals/objectives & deliverables and do all of this in "real time".  And of course, the PM methodology must establish all processes that the software follows.

Often we think Microsoft Project is a PM Plan type of tool, this is not the case.  Yes, it is a powerful Schedule Management tool, but a true PM tool must have the functions mentioned above, similar to the Social Media World software packages.

Key functions of Social Media softwares are: communicate, communicate, communicate!

Essentially, with this function, you will have your finger on the pulse of the project, you will know how it "feels" vs getting a weekly report that stays within the tunnel vision of the template.  The more you communicate the faster you are able to transition from green, to yellow, to red and back and forth.  You understand so many complexities of the project that you are actually able to not panic and address issues as they pop up, and then get back to the baseline plan (or incorporate a change that gets you back on the path of the baseline plan).

Too often, a risk or issue occurs, and the first thing that has to happen is the team has to get up to speed on what is going on.  Not good.

NOW, on the other hand........Social media does also have some detriments, it does not often have clear objectives and ability to track and stick to them. Lots of time can be spent but is all over the place, so is difficult to justify business value. So if incorporating tools into the PM system, ensure that risk is addressed head on (many easy ways to do so).

MORE Good Reading.....
Social Media concepts & discussions are plentiful in a website created by a pioneer in the Virtual World (check out how many posts he actually has - in the Thousands.... WOW).

His name is Darren Cannell.  He uses technology to enable knowledge transfer (education and training) and is all about online communication .


Check out increasing your clout:
increasing-your-social-media-clout


Also check out:
increasing-your-social-presence


Also check out a video talking about Social media & Sales:
why-big-social-media-push


OR, if want to spend the time, research his blog and you will find that he shares a 30 Day process on creating social media presence.  If can't find all the parts in his blog, then contact him direct, he loves to share his knowledge. "




Want to Succeed? Think Differently, Ignore the Herd | Fox Business

Want to Succeed? Think Differently, Ignore the Herd | Fox Business:

"Evolution occurs when a mutation benefits the organism, propagates to the next generation and ultimately alters the species. Likewise, civilization advances when unique individuals that think and act differently shatter the status quo and change how we do things.

The mechanism is the same. That’s how we evolve. That’s how our society evolves. It’s also how business evolves. Just as mutations alter our DNA and powerful leaders change our culture, exceptional individuals come up with breakthrough ideas that dramatically alter the competitive landscape.

Looking back, we can certainly identify true entrepreneurs and innovators that killed the competition, disrupted markets, and changed the way we live. But when their great work was still just work-in-progress, these remarkable individuals were more or less indistinguishable from you and me, except for two things."


Create A Content Strategy For Your Business In 5 Simple Steps | Tweak Your Biz

Create A Content Strategy For Your Business In 5 Simple Steps | Tweak Your Biz:

"Tweak Your Biz » Marketing » Create A Content Strategy For Your Business In 5 Simple Steps

Create A Content Strategy For Your Business In 5 Simple Steps

You have a content strategy right? Or do you just create content, write blog posts and share articles whenever you feel inspired? If you’re doing the latter, you need a smarter and more efficient way of working.

A content strategy will help your business plan, develop and organise more relevant content. Don’t worry if you don’t have a content strategy yet. It’s easy to get started. All you need to do is follow these five simple steps:"




Friday, 4 July 2014

Branding Strategy Insider | Why Brand Management Will Replace Marketing

Branding Strategy Insider | Why Brand Management Will Replace Marketing:

 "P&G’s decision to formally end the era of “marketing” at the company and make the shift  to brand management may accelerate what amounts to much more than a title change for marketers generally. To me, it could point to a fundamental re-examination of the role of the people responsible for brands.
While “marketing” and “brand management” are often treated as synonyms, there is an important distinction between the two terms. Marketing focuses on the activities associated with the promotion and distribution of products and services. Brand management has, for many, been historically focused on identity management but is now much more concerned with the active management of the market value and competitive strength of a brand as an (intangible) company asset."




Thursday, 3 July 2014

Six Ways to Supercharge your Contests with Social Media | Social Media Examiner

Six Ways to Supercharge your Contests with Social Media | Social Media Examiner:




6 Eye-Opening Employee Engagement Statistics - TalentCulture

6 Eye-Opening Employee Engagement Statistics - TalentCulture:

"You know those company videos or blog posts aimed at showing the world just how great Company X is to work for? Everyone is having fun at work, and they’re smiling while talking about all the perks. We have come to think of this as what an engaged workforce might look like. This Pleasantville snapshot can be a bit misleading.

While it would be great to walk into an office of positive attitudes and buzzing energy, if real engagement isn’t present, that office will soon have an order to vacate on their door. Realizing that there is a difference between satisfied and engaged, is a vital distinction for leaders to establish. Smiles are one part of the engagement equation, and numbers are another.

Check out what employee engagement can do for productivity and revenue.

Increasing employee engagement investments by 10% can increase profits by $2,400 per employee, per year. (Source: Workplace Research Foundation)"




Confucius Quotes - BrainyQuote

Confucius Quotes - BrainyQuote:

"The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.
Confucius"




Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Chuck Reid Quotes - The Quotations Page

Chuck Reid Quotes - The Quotations Page:

"In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; In practice, there is.
Chuck Reid"




Jason Tratch: Tools - 5MPET (problem solve & risk management) -

Jason Tratch: Tools - 5MPET (problem solve & risk management) -: "Have this tool in your back pocket at all times (ready to go).  When a problem pops up, or if you need to analyze an issue or risk, use the Cause & Effect Tool (also known as Fishbone, or Ishikawa - different names, same tool). Use the acronym 5MPET to help you remember the categories.

A definition of the Cause and effect diagram can include: provides a formalized, structured method to identify potential variations or issues that exist or could occur.  Can be utilized to identify the causes (why is this happening) or can be focused on identifying the effects (what will happen) or a combination of the two. The Categories utilized should be “trigger” words that promote focus on certain areas and when all Categories are completed (worked through), together they cover almost all aspects of a project. Popular categories include:
Mother Nature
Measurement
Method
Material
Machine
People
Energy
Time
NOTE: remember the acronym 5MPET

This type of flowchart tool is valuable for brainstorming, analysis, planning, decision making, presentations, risk management, team building and buy-in, etc. This tool is very good to help focus the work and is quick and easy to use. If in an office environment, then draw out the tool if possible since graphical representations show relationships differently then just verbal and will lead to greater effectiveness and efficiency.

An example diagram is included below, illustrating the 8 categories and 3 events on the ‘Machine’ sub arrow-line:






 

Example: if you asked a group of people the question.....
Q - What happened, why did the breakdown occur? 
Chances are you will get a wide variety of answers and the efficiency of brainstorming is "all over the place". The response of the group could also be in a state of panic and anxiety that the obstacles are too vast, complicated and dis-connected. 

WHEREAS, if you use this tool, you would ask the question....
Q - What happened with the breakdown but please only focus your answers on the category of Mother Nature?
Also state that for 10 minutes, we will only talk about things related to Mother Nature.  If other comments come up that are related to another category, then put them on the "Parking Lot" (write it down somewhere for a later time) and then get right back to the Mother Nature focus.  Also state that the other categories will be visited and addressed but the process is to work in sequence (address each category individually and not at the same time).
Chances are you will get much more focus, efficiency, less panic, better collaboration, better detail, faster detail, etc.

Listed below is a good link that also further defines this tool:

http://www.project-management-skills.com/fishbone-diagram.html"




Insane facts about Canada... - The Meta Picture

Insane facts about Canada... - The Meta Picture:


Monday, 30 June 2014

The future of universities: The digital degree | The Economist

The future of universities: The digital degree | The Economist: "FROM Oxford’s quads to Harvard Yard and many a steel and glass palace of higher education in between, exams are giving way to holidays. As students consider life after graduation, universities are facing questions about their own future. The higher-education model of lecturing, cramming and examination has barely changed for centuries. Now, three disruptive waves are threatening to upend established ways of teaching and learning.

On one front, a funding crisis has created a shortfall that the universities’ brightest brains are struggling to solve. Institutions’ costs are rising, owing to pricey investments in technology, teachers’ salaries and galloping administrative costs. That comes as governments conclude that they can no longer afford to subsidise universities as generously as they used to. American colleges, in particular, are under pressure: some analysts predict mass bankruptcies within two decades."



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Project Management!

Project Management!: "Take Advantage of the Teachings of Jason Tratch!

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Jason Tratch is an experienced business man who has been involved in many different types of businesses and due to this vast experience has created a unique & eclectic approach to PM.

This course is designed around his unique perspective of business culture and shares his checklists and processes based on the PMBOK approach to PM.  However, because of his numerous certifications in other PM approaches, he colors the PMBOK approach to a more realistic world-tested approach to PM.



PM when taught by someone who is not as experienced such as Jason Tratch can be a lot of paperwork and administrative busy work.  Jason does a good job of eliminating these barriers, making it easier to understand, and when put into the flexible online system, it eliminates the distance & time which is normally found in a 36 hour face to face course.



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Why the big social media push at NexLev

NexLev's PM Course strengths and the website's weaknesses

E-Learning Secrets: Managing Subject Matter Expert Time, Part One - eLearning Industry

E-Learning Secrets: Managing Subject Matter Expert Time, Part One - eLearning Industry:



"From an Instructional Designer’s perspective, Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) are the e-learning team MVPs. They bring the valuable expertise and insights, those raw materials that can be transformed into thought-provoking scenarios and engaging activities. Yet they are also often highly respected players with demanding jobs in the business, with little experience developing e-learning. How can you manage and maximize your SME’s time like an e-learning pro? In this two-part series, we’ll show "




Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Jason Tratch: Learning

Jason Tratch: Learning: "Life Long Learning.............. I learn every day, it is a gift from the people and processes I interact with.

A few things I integrate into my life include:

Collaborate and Communicate, then watch the value grow
Live the mantra “Take the high road - Good always comes back to you”
True company greatness requires understanding of value, then the right combination of people, process & technology to create that value
We all need to be confident and find our right bus (type of work environment), our right seat (role) and clearly understand accountability, milestones and how we “fit the company click”
Embrace the word “disruptive” yet constantly focus on delivering “simple”
If you are determined to make something of yourself, the thing you want to do is more than half done already (bear in mind that your resolution to succeed is more important than any other thing)
One of the qualities that separate successful people from extremely talented people, is the sheer force of their will, their passion, and their overwhelming desire (races are not won by the fastest athletes; fights are not won by the strongest men, they are won by those who want to win most of all)
Will power may not always override talent, but it is the single factor that causes people of ordinary ability to accomplish extraordinary things
Use the word `Fun`more often at work and at home
Believe "




Microsoft Has Just Launched Its First Android Smartphone, The Nokia X2 | TechCrunch

Microsoft Has Just Launched Its First Android Smartphone, The Nokia X2 | TechCrunch:


"Meet the Nokia X2, the first Android-based smartphone being made by Microsoft.

Yes, you read that right: Microsoft has just made a new Android-based handset.

It’s also still using the Nokia name at this point, despite previously saying it didn’t plan to trade on that name for long. (Evidently Microsoft’s marketing minions are still working on cooking up that “go forward” smartphone brand.)"




Project Management Webcast - Google+

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Find out how to earn PDU's

Project Management!:

"Need PDU's for your project management accreditation? Read on!"




Monday, 23 June 2014

Jason Tratch: Share

Jason Tratch: Share:

 "These styles directly impact decision making and execution of those decisions.

You need to understand which style you have within the culture of both your project and also your organization - Then you are better prepared to plan what processes need to occur in order to:
identify opportunities/issues,
gather and analyze requirements,
make decisions,
act on those decisions.  "




Jason Tratch: Tools - 26 Risk Management Tools -

Jason Tratch: Tools - 26 Risk Management Tools -:

 "Wanted to share 26 formal risk tools that I teach about and highly recommend you take a look which ones work best for your project.  How do you know which tools to use? Many take a good amount of time, money and skill to properly execute! As early as possible in the project life cycle, formally identify and rate the "Risk Tolerance Levels" of:
Sponsor
PM (if that is you, then yes, do an assessment of yourself)
Key Team Members (with highest influence on project)
Customer
Organization"




Twitter keeps sending texts to recycled phone numbers, lawsuit says | PCWorld

Twitter keeps sending texts to recycled phone numbers, lawsuit says | PCWorld: "Promotional texts and other messages from Twitter are fine if you consent to them, but some are going out to old phone numbers that have been around the block, according to a new lawsuit.

A Massachusetts woman alleges "


Nexlev Promo - YouTube

Nexlev Promo - YouTube:


Baltasar Gracian Quotes - The Quotations Page

Baltasar Gracian Quotes - The Quotations Page: "A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.
Baltasar Gracian"




Online book or face to face Carlos answers - YouTube

Online book or face to face Carlos answers - YouTube: