Blasphemy, you say? While it's true that a formal quantitative evaluation is necessary, there's another side to that coin. You subjective analysis of a vendor can often be as important as the hard facts when making a final decision.
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Oh, no! Just when we got a handle on CRM and PRM, here we go again: XRM. Do we really need another acronymn?
How can you get customers in by having them opt out? It's the idea of passive consent, and it can be a powerful tool in online marketing.
Formal processes have their place in the halls of project management, but sometimes a little project management ad-lib can go a long way. You won't end up at the Improv, but you may uncover your best practice when it comes to managing projects.
Characters, conflict, climax and resolution--it's not a novel, it's your project. Take a page from the writers' handbook and learn how you can be the Stephen King of project management--popular, prolific and profitable.
The first rule of business and all successful relationships is to choose your battles carefully. In professional relationships, there is yet another dynamic to that sage advice, and that is to know how long to fight those battles! I'll give you a hint: You won't win all of those battles. In Human Resources, we get requests for training and mentoring on one skill more than any other: Communication in Professional Relationships. Let's review how to approach a situation where you disagree with a peer, need to present your ideas or concerns to that person in a constructive manner and, most importantly, when you need to realize that it may be time simply to stand behind your decision and rally the troops.
Here's the last word on getting the respect your project deserves.
Whatever the scope of your latest BI project, you can't afford to overlook the business justification for moving forward. Analyze this, every time.
In the New Economy, intellectual capital -- not physical or financial capital -- will be the king maker. So, the next time you walk into your bank (hopefully as a customer and not as a bank robber), go up to your investment advisor and say: "Forget the money. Show me your ideas!"
If you really want to kick butt when it comes to project quality, you should be working toward your Black Belt--and that's not something you'll get from the kung fu dojo.