Best Practices for Building a New Website!

Best Practices for Building a New Website

Your new website must represent your business, capture your target audience, convey your message, and sell your products. To ensure that your site fulfills these critical tasks it’s important that the project methodology you use incorporates best practices in website design and development.

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Is “Whack-A-Mole” a Legitimate Project Management Technique?

The object of whack-a-mole, a popular arcade game, is to use a mallet to quickly knock the moles that randomly pop up back into their holes. 

The game requires quick reactions and definitive action to keep the moles at bay.  If you’re good, you can put the moles back in their hole, at least temporarily.

At times project management feels just like a game of whack-a-mole – identify issues, react quickly, do whatever is needed to make the issue go away, and move on to the next one.

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The Executive Sponsor Role – Leadership Required!

We all know intuitively what an executive sponsor for a project should do:  be decisive, hold people accountable, deal with the difficult issues.   But how many times have we seen projects that flounder and fail precisely because the executive sponsor isn’t doing their job or one hasn’t even been assigned to the project?

The role of executive sponsor is critical to the success of large and complex projects.  This is a real role that is just as important to the project as the project manager or any of the project team members.

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Improve Your ERP Implementations – Practical Techniques to Blend Agile and Waterfall Methodologies

Blending agile and waterfall methodologiesERP implementations are among the hardest projects that a company will ever undertake.  They impact every business process and every user and they require a painstaking attention to detail to ensure that the business continues to function smoothly at go-live.

Any opportunity to simplify and improve an ERP implementation should be taken.  With that goal in mind this blog post focuses on some practical ways to blend agile and waterfall methodologies that take advantage of the strengths of each for improved ERP implementations.

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B2B Ebusiness Strategy – Drivers for Success (Part 3 of 3)

The first two parts of this article described why businesses need to develop a B2B ebusiness strategy and provided a list of potential ebusiness solutions that could be adopted.  But how do you know which solution(s) make sense for your business and how do you avoid the barriers and overcome the roadblocks that can detract from a successful implementation?

To begin answering these questions requires a thorough review of the internal and external drivers that will shape your ebusiness strategy.  You also need to be aware of the common barriers and roadblocks that will impede the adoption and success of your ebusiness solutions and proactively decide how you will avoid them.

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B2B Ebusiness Strategy – Defining a Full Spectrum of B2B Ebusiness Solutions (Part 2 of 3)

There is a broad range of solution options that a business might invest in and some may be more or less appropriate for your industry and specific business.  Understanding these options and how they might apply to your business is an important step in defining your B2B ebusiness strategy.

B2B Ebusiness Solution OptionsThe following list of ebusiness solutions will hopefully give you a good starting point in understanding what’s possible and appropriate for your business.  Generally, this list is arranged from low to high complexity, but this is more of a guideline as there are many variables that would contribute to the complexity of any of these for your business.

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B2B Ebusiness Strategy – A Call to Action (part 1 of 3)

Leveraging B2B ebusiness solutions in your business is a requirement, not an option, for most businesses today.  Trends in buyer behavior and expectations along with the opportunity for value creation through ebusiness initiatives combine to create a compelling case for businesses to redefine their B2B ebusiness strategy and increase their investment in ebusiness solutions.

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A Strawman Project Plan – What is it and why should you use one?

As a project manager you’re supposed to have all of the answers when it comes to creating the perfect project plan, right? You know, just create a project charter, then define the scope, put together a work breakdown structure and you have the perfect plan! Reveal it to the project team in a kickoff meeting and everyone is happy.

Of course we all understand that there is no such thing as the perfect plan and trying to create the plan in a vacuum is a recipe for disaster. Don’t we?

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A Practical Approach to Achieving Project Success

Projects fail or fall short of meeting expectations at a startling rate. According to a 2017 survey by the Project Management Institute fewer than 60% of projects met time and cost objectives and nearly 50% of projects experienced scope creep. So what is it about managing a project that’s so challenging and what can you do to improve your chances of delivering your next project successfully?

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