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Importance of Team Dynamics

Listening to everyone’s excitement yesterday over the win of the NBA title of Cleveland over Oakland was great.  I thought the sportscaster I listened to made a very astute observation.  While everyone believes LeBron James is a great player, maybe the best in the league, this person’s observation was that Oakland was made up of better players but that Cleveland actually has a better team.

That’s a great comment and one that is likely quite true.

To BA or Not BA . . .

That is the question…..

Ok, I know the title is a bit corny, but hopefully got your attention.  This week BBC 2015 opens in Las Vegas, so talking about Business Analysis is timely.

The real question that comes up time after time is as a Project Manager, how often do you find yourself doing all or part of the Business Analyst role on your projects?

Time To Think Out of the Box?

Talk about overused expressions! This one has certainly run its course over the last 5-10 years.  As much as I tire of hearing the phrase “Think out of the box”, I have to wonder about the use of the “box” metaphor.

Maybe there is a physical reason? Back in the late 20th century, we found ourselves with the need to employ many knowledge workers.  So, in the interest of efficiently utilizing floor space and affording them the privacy they needed to do their work, we put them all in these 3′ x 5′ boxes that were 5′ high on three sides.  Of course, it is now the 21st century and we now know that rather than make them productive, it made them feel physically and emotionally isolated.

LEAN UX Workshop

I had an opportunity to attend a LEAN UX (User Experience) workshop taught by Jeff Gothelf from Neo last week.

Jeff did a great job delivering the materials.  The workshop was fun and informative.  If you get a chance to attend one of these, I would highly recommend it.  If you cannot, then reading Jeff’s book would be worthwhile, LEAN UX: Applying Lean Principles to Improve User Experience.

While there are many parallels that can be drawn from RMC’s Agile Practice and workshops, there are insights from Jeff’s workshop that are interesting from a product design and product marketing perspective that are worth exploring.

RMC International Distributor Meeting – Budapest

Just got back into the office after having spent a week in Budapest with our Distributor Partners from all over the world. It was great renewing our friendships and learning from one another about worldwide training trends and opportunities.  We had many training sessions and discussions regarding best practices and future directions for our industry.  All the way around it was extremely productive. We’re now in over 60 countries and have been meeting yearly for the last 4 years in a different city. I am amazed at how cohesive the network has become.  We deliver identical RMC training of all types and formats all over our worldwide network, which our customers have come to know and count on. Thanks to everyone for another great meeting! Ken

Product Development: Innovation vs. Renovation

Getting product development right is often a rare combination of innovation, creative process, critical thinking, market awareness, and discipline. Product development addressing new needs and markets is best done in an evolutionary manner—in incremental steps that work with proven technologies. If done right, product innovation can be very rewarding but always includes some measure of risk. Building on proven products and technologies can help mitigate some of that risk.

Big Data’s Impact on Projects

It seems like everywhere I turn these days I’m seeing something new about the need for big data and the associated analytics that necessarily goes along with it. Big data refers to the collection of massive amounts of data and the extraction of actionable information from that data, often in real time. Although big data has been around from a technology standpoint for at least 10 years (even longer if you count its predecessors, business intelligence and data warehousing), its time has certainly come. World markets are evolving and changing so rapidly that big data analytics has moved from a “nice-to-have” to a “must-have.”

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