I am planning a project. Do I need professional assistance?

Most firms push for a consultation that is tedious and focuses only on the project itself. A process that requires more than the given availability both in dollars and time. What can one do to be more efficient on the decision of a project?

Seek advice from someone who has done it before!

Very simple and logical, no?

Last fall we had a client call who asked is it good to go with the cloud or not? The simple problem they faced involved the change that would result in the firm operation by implementing the cloud. They never thought about it before. The client just thought about the dollars spent and the resulting savings that would occur.

Advice on what is required is based on the project specifications and the firm’s successful implantation on a financial scale. Some projects can be done in house and some require a dedicated team. Being able to make a decision on the route your company takes should be a profound educated choice.

So, let’s look at a situation.

You have a project that you are thinking about. The project will cost at least 60 thousand dollars on an assumption based on what others have done before. This be the real end scenario we are happy. But let’s face it, we have a project to run and a business that is running.
The professional assistance is based on competence of the team trying to start the new project. If a company does not have the resources to make a project work it will inevitably fail. The CFO, controller or stakeholder should be in line with their business fully knowing their capabilities.

A quick snapshot of the financials it is often a great indicator of what can be done and thus a great indicator of how much professional assistance is needed.

Any PM with experience will ask, is this a project that is required? Does it have a budget? What is the time line?

Wish your text messages would get deleted? Try Tell, the new private messaging app!

You know that moment when you wish the message you just sent to your friend would be deleted for good once they read it?

Tell is an app on iPhone that innovates how we send messages to our contacts with specifics that will knock your socks off. The two biggest features are a Timer and a Deadline for messages that are sent.

Have we been in these situations before where we wanted these features? I think we can all come up with a few. Business partners, relationships, during the bar extravaganza where too many drinks make for some happy texting?

Let’s say you have a message that you want to send to your friend but you won’t want them to keep it for long. You can set a timer for the amount of time it remains on their phone. It then deletes off the phone come that time!

The Deadline feature allows you to set a time where if the message is read or not it will just disappear… poof! Gone! Say what? Yes, so if you are in a bar and you send a stupid message to someone, you will be confident to know the next morning that the message is no more!

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Tell Icon

Interesting fact about the creators: This is their very first go in the entrepreneurial ring. A knock out for sure! Co-founders; Marc Lafleur, Jonathan Makrakis, Shaheen & Sam Zangooi, currently have Tell in open testing mode on the App Store, and they have followed the life cycle to the tee, albeit without technical background’s or expertise. This mobile app is built by users, for users, said Lafleur and Makrakis. With their new 2.0 version on the way (more features) and it expected on the Android platform very soon, the 4 partners from Waterloo are moving forward at a pace that most app developers would love to have! Investment opportunity for sure.

Their inception of the idea was quite simple: Wouldn’t it be great to be able to send private messages to friends, and have it delete with no message history?

Their growth in the idea spawned with real life scenarios and yes I think you thought of a few while reading this article!

Download the app through the App Store and try it out with your friends, and enjoy the experience!

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Communication: Does Style Matter?

Over the years I have realized that the most important part of any job is communication. Without it, possibilities of success vanquish. In Project Management however, communication is imperative to successful completion.

From large corporations to small startups I have found one constant to success:
“The ability to grow the team organically through proper communication”.  What is proper though? Let’s put it in to perspective. Proper communication is, and only is, “proper” in the eyes of the team that is involved in the project. Where one person may say great things, another will say horrid things. Bottom line is that one should analyze and come to a proper working model.

In corporations, I have found that it is easiest to follow status quo. Rules and regulations are there for a reason and must be followed. Of course, there is opportunity to change things and yes being flexible is a necessity. However, when being pulled into a project that is not your own or starting a project where you don’t have maximum authority, well then there is no use fighting.

Startups however? That’s another story!  Why? In the previous paragraph I was referring to culture change. In order to change the flow of things, you need the culture of an organization to adapt and transform into a new methodology and way of life organically. Acceptance is not always simple.

In a start up, we can transform the culture such that it not hinder but promotes growth. Simply put, everyone wants to succeed and thus you are able as a project manager to steer the communication in the direction that will find ultimate success.

Working with startups across the globe and in my own backyard, I have found that it is always easier to address the issues at hand and assist in the process of the business as a whole.  Creating a culture around communication is the process that must have focus in the immediate months following growth of employees.

In my next several blogs, I will talk about culture change for communication in both corporate companies and start ups, addressing the differences I have seen!

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