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Charting the Course
January 13, 2016
Alecia Chandler's picture
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Alecia Chandler
Consider this… You've just gotten approval to implement that software solution that will redefine the operations of the organization's CRE department. The LOB wants to know how quickly they can start working in the new system, IT wants to discuss interfaces and security, and the stakeholders want to know how the project will impact them. Where do you begin? Tackling a software implementation project can be a daunting task IF you aren't prepared for it. There is just as much, if not more, planning that should be considered prior to the project kickoff than working through...
COMMIT
November 05, 2015
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Author:
Anthony Brown
Your real estate organization has defined its strategic goals and decided to focus on the one or two goals that are critical to the success it envisions. Instead of relying on measurements of past performance that cannot change the performance itself, the organization has identified supporting tasks that will help to ensure good performance against its goals. The tools or methods that are in place to communicate progress against the goals do so in a way that engages all stakeholders and gives them a sense of having “skin in the game”. Now what? This final installment in...
Essential Skills for Project Managers… and Then Some
September 30, 2015
Alecia Chandler's picture
Author:
Alecia Chandler
On time. Under budget. Within scope. This is the foundation for success of every project manager. But what about client satisfaction? Today's project managers need to have the ability to wear multiple hats at varying times throughout a project for the project to truly be successful. In my earlier days of project management, I recall stressing over every dollar of the budget and having my RAID log updated with every single action, decision that was made. Don't get me wrong - no discredit to the trilogy intended; however, when the focus is so utterly granular, the...
What Clients “Want”
September 10, 2015
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Steven McKissick
The past 12 –18 months have provided me with some great “learning” moments. EBIZ has developed an “agile-like” implementation methodology that leverages the best ideas from Waterfall and Agile methodologies. I could easily blog all day about our successful implementations using this methodology. I could even have some fun with our competitors and their alleged agile implementations. However, the focus of this blog is on clients and the new expectation they all started adding to their “want list”. Over the last couple of years, every client,...
ENGAGE
August 24, 2015
Anthony Brown's picture
Author:
Anthony Brown
When your real estate organization has defined a goal and is performing tasks to help achieve the goal, the organization needs to ensure that all those involved in achieving the goal are continuously engaged.  Otherwise, desire for adopting change will diminish and motivation for performing goal-supporting tasks will decline, and ultimately your organization’s goal will be doomed. Previously, I wrote about the need to FOCUS on the one or two goals that are truly critical, since the law of diminishing returns suggests that we accomplish less as we simultaneously pursue more.  I...
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