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The Nobel Prize In Economic Sciences Highlights How Poor Dec…

Congratulations to Dr. Richard H. Thaler, University of Chicago, for being awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize for Economic Sciences for his contributions to behavioral economics. Thaler’s theory of limited rationality…

Turbo Charge Your Project Decision Making Process

Research suggests that we make around 35,000 decisions every day, ranging from the mundane (what shoes to wear) through to potentially life-altering situations. Successful project management relies upon efficient and…

“Shark Tank” Your Budget Process

The irrational battle for budget project approval happens every year. The game is played within most companies like a game of cat & mouse. Financial and Business analysts scramble across…

Super Forecasting For IT Portfolio Success

To truly transform your forecasting processes, you must understand the levers that impact your business, and manage them on a more frequent basis than annual forecasting. Successful IT project cycles…

Pixar Storyboarding Can Improve Agile Development

I like to look at different industries and see if their processes can translate to other industries and use cases. Recently, I read a summary of Pixar’s filmmaking process. This…

Every American Should Receive New Social Security Numbers

With the breaking news of the Equifax cyberattack, approximately 50% of all Americans have had their social security numbers stolen. It’s time for each one of us to get issued…

Government Procurement Cycles Clashes With Speed of Technolo…

Technology product development and lifecycles are getting much shorter. Unfortunately, the current process for most government funding approvals and procurement cycles have been used for decades. Combined, legislation funding approval,…

Virtual Reality is helping companies shorten investment and…

A contest is being held for creators to use Google’s Blocks Virtual Reality (VR) creation software and incorporate the robot building blocks posted by Jarlan Perez, a 3D artist at…

Lessons learned #4: How to win with completely different tea…

The purpose of this last part of my series is to understand how to lead a team to project success. To have team success, you need to think and act…

Lessons Learned #3: The Difference Between Business Rules an…

Using the same playbook for strategy is not working for most companies, because the pace of change and is so rapid, and competition is constantly evolving.  To understand what is…

Lessons learned #2: How to get the answers for success from…

Most answers are within your organization. How can a leader in an organization get honest answers and feedback, and create a continuous communications feed-back loop, which will help give you…

Lessons Learned #1: How to Get the Answers for Success Withi…

I was speaking to a Fortune 500 VP of Innovation a few weeks ago, and he shared the following story with me: FY2017 kicked off with a lot of momentum,…

Execution Capability is THE Management Theory for the 21st C…

Execution capability is a data driven metric indicating the business’s ability to deliver on a specific strategic initiative. 10% of business success is rooted in strategy, and the remaining 90%…

Subjective Market Values: Does Kroger Do Anything Well?

Headlines seem to be driving the market without considering past performance and investment fundamentals. News that e-commerce giant Amazon.com is buying Whole Foods sent grocery stocks reeling. Kroger sank 14.5…

How To Develop Agile Planning and Innovation

Today, organizations need to be able to make 2 to 3 strategic turns each year, and the old habit of annual planning is not keeping pace with the competitive landscape.…

Know Before You Leap

The True IT Pitfall Harvard Business School did a study a few years back which evaluated IT projects that went out of control. The average cost of a black swan…

Don’t Let Mergers and Acquisitions Be Your Achilles Heel

The Fed recently released its survey of the economy, known informally as the Beige Book. The central bank’s Beige Book economic report is made up of anecdotal information collected by…

Getting Fit for Transformation

Would you agree with the statement that “IT leaders must develop a strategy and design an explicit plan to assess and develop the capabilities they need to make [a] transformation…

The Future of Government Systems

It’s a subscription model. The pace of consumer expectation, market demand, and innovation is blistering.  We are consuming technology, apps, and services as fast as they can be produced, and…

Hoping for the Best on a Billion Dollar Bet

Billion dollar projects and strategic initiatives are becoming the norm. It wasn’t too long ago that a ‘big’ project was somewhere in the $100MM range. What remains a curiosity is…
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