Category Archives: Management

Framework Phases Across the Proposal/Bid/Sales Process

I’ve discussed the many ways the different phases can be arranged in some standard(ish) management contexts, and how the work in each phase can be broken down in multiple dimensions, but those hardly exhaust their possible arrangements. Another important source … Continue reading

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Approach Contexts for Potential Solutions

As I’ve been pondering different aspects of my engagement framework, the management environments I’ve experienced, and the nature of the solutions I’ve helped create or that I’ve learned about through other means, it occurs to me that potential solutions are … Continue reading

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On Entrepreneurship

There are many different definitions on what it means to be an entrepreneur, but to me the one that is most salient has to do with operating under conditions of uncertainty. That is, the entrepreneurial function involves offering new products … Continue reading

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Another Take On Communication Styles

Years ago I was with my uncle, an extremely technically adept retired Coast Guard officer, bleeding the water out of a fuel line for a small outboard motor. He told me to turn the petcock counter-clockwise to open it and … Continue reading

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A Fascinating Simulation-Based Method for Risk Analysis

While piling up the final PDUs I need to renew my PMP, I encountered a fascinating discussion of risk (and budgeting) analysis and management techniques, presented by the internationally recognized risk management expert Dr. David T. Hulett. The video I … Continue reading

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How To Address A Weakness

In this evening’s discussion in our weekly Tampa IIBA certification study group we touched on the subject of dealing with weaknesses. This initially grew out of a discussion about SWOT analyses. Based on things I’ve read and my proclivity to … Continue reading

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Business Analysis Embedded Within Project Management

I often describe the process of business analysis as being embedded in a process of project management. I’ve also described business analysis as an activity that takes place within a project management wrapper. Engagements (projects) may be run in many … Continue reading

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This Era’s “Great Project,” Revisited

The first post I wrote here, close to six years ago now, talked about a friend who bemoaned the fact that he wasn’t working on something singularly and identifiably great. My contention then was that, while the specific work wasn’t … Continue reading

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Iteration and Feedback: The Key to Making Projects and Teams Work

The Product Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) teaches that most project failures are caused by poor team dynamics. That may be true, but that’s just a specific case of a larger problem. The more foundational idea is that trouble arises … Continue reading

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Unified Theory of Business Analysis: Part Four

How Different Management Styles Work Solutions, and let’s face it, those quite often involve the development and modification of software these days, can be realized in the context of many different types of organization. A lot of bandwidth is expended … Continue reading

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