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COMMIT
11/05/2015
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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?

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ENGAGE
08/24/2015
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ACT
06/16/2015
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Imagine for a moment that your real estate organization has set a goal and it’s to be achieved in a specific timeframe. If the organization waits to measure goal achievement at the deadline, it may be setting itself up for the possibility of reaching the deadline without accomplishing the goal. In this second part of my 4-part series on goal achievement, I want to highlight the importance of acting on tasks, so organizations have a positive impact on goal achievement.

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FOCUS
03/24/2015
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So, why is there so much focus on goals and goal setting? All organizations make them to inspire improvement in performance. Goals take on varying levels of overall significance depending on which level they are made within the organizational hierarchy. Sometimes there is a single goal, while other times there are many.

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Expectation Management for IWMS Projects
06/27/2013
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Have you ever played the messenger game? It also goes by other names like operator, grapevine, whisper down the lane, secret message, pass the message, and probably many others. If you’re unfamiliar with it, the game is played by having one person whisper a message to another, and that same message is supposed to be whispered from one person to the next in a line of people. The last person in the line then announces the message to the entire group, which is usually followed by a burst of laughter over how the message changed.

Successful IWMS Projects Focus First on the Business
04/18/2013
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If you talk with us or read our materials, it won’t be long before you hear the phrase, “The tools are cool, but the processes rule!”  It’s often our rallying cry for support of the approach we use and endorse, which focuses first on gaining understanding, agreement, and documentation of the business strategy, processes, and requirements that will be enabled and enforced by the IWMS technology being implemented.  We talk about this approach almost everywhere we go and with almost everything that we write, so we obviously find it pretty important to focus fi

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IWMS Project Management Tools – Part 3
01/24/2013
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Continuing my blog series on the use of technology – specifically SharePoint – as a project management tool, I’m changing the focus from managing project risks to managing project issues since a risk that has occurred has become an issue. Regardless of which tool you use, it’s important to have regular reviews of issues in order to monitor their status and impact to the project. I welcome your thoughts on what you feel are good tools to help manage project issues.

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IWMS Project Management Tools - Part 2
09/16/2012
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In my previous blog in this series, I focused on the use of SharePoint as a project management tool to record meeting notes, while also noting that the old fashioned notebook and pen still have their place in this technology-centered world. This time I will shine the light on managing project risks with the same tool, SharePoint, although I recognize that a quick search on the web will reveal many other tools available. Once again, please feel free to share your thoughts on what you feel are good tools to help manage project risks.

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IWMS Project Management Tools - Part 1
08/15/2012
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As a consulting firm in corporate real estate, facilities, and workplace management, EBUSINESS STRATEGIES advises its clients on best practices through standardized processes and aligned technology as an enabler.  In my role of managing Integrated Workplace Management Systems (IWMS) projects for the firm, I will share about tools and practices that have worked well for us and those that could have worked well for us as a lesson learned.

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The iPad’s Impact on IT Organizations
03/26/2012
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BYOD or BYOT lately? That’s “Bring Your Own Device/Technology” if you’re unfamiliar with the term, which refers to the workforce using their own mobile devices to perform any work functions.  As the mobile workplace continues to evolve and technology innovation continues to accommodate our mobile work preferences, BYOD/BYOT is an increasing trend that is having an adverse effect on corporate networks according to a recent GigaOm article.

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