Leadership Lessons from Genghis Khan

Have you ever been asked who your hero is? For me, it’s Genghis Khan. Sounds crazy, I know. But hear me out. Most of what we know in the West about Genghis Khan is that he was a brutal warlord. He and the Mongols were a bloodthirsty horde. His conquests were the start of the largest empire…

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How to Use DISC Communication Styles in Virtual Teams

When working on a remote, virtual team it is important to have clear, transparent communication. Understanding communication styles is key to working virtual teams.

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Why We Should Recognize Project Failures

I recently heard on NPR that scientists are starting to publish their studies that failed to replicate. This is unexpected, as scientists usually only share their successfully replicated studies.  In the scientific method, a study is verified when it can be replicated by another research team. So, it was surprising when they found that “two-thirds…

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Integration Testing – What to do when Things go Bad

It is the first day testing three different systems together. There is excitement in the air in anticipation to see data flow from one system to the next. The scheduled timeline is filled out, the plan is in place, test data has been created, and those involved are ready to go. You are the team…

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What makes a Good Consultant

Good consultants have a mix of soft skills and bookish expertise in their field. Their personality should meld with the project team’s; while their depth in industry knowledge leads them to ask the right questions to develop a well thought out solution.  

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5 Steps to a Successful Conference Room Pilot

Conference Room Pilots (CRP) are a great way to give end users hands-on time with a system or new software before it is fully developed. CRPs are often used in information system implementations, such as Manufacturing Execution Systems because it gives users an idea of how the new software will work. This provides many benefits such as…

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