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You can’t cut your way to real success.

When you look at expenses, you’ll probably find yourself in one of three situations:  Unsolvable: When debt is really high or your rent is out of whack, data probably won’t save you.  When your data tells you that everything must…

Don’t count the pencils

It just doesn’t matter.  In my last post, I talked about numbers that are too big to be helped with data.  Now, I’m going to talk about numbers that don’t really matter.  As in how much you paid for the…

It’s not what you know. It’s what you do with what you know. 

Some folks don’t know the right ways to run a project. Or close a set of books.  Or manage staff. And they can be educated.  But other folks do.   They know they should test.  They know you can’t overhaul your…

You’re no where without trust. 

Geeks spend a lot of time talking about the best way to run a software projects.  But no method works without trust.  Trust that when something unexpected comes up, we’ll fix it.  Trust that we can find a solution.  Trust…

The fault is not within our systems but in ourselves 

I like running projects.  But projects are a lot of work and shouldn’t be started for the wrong reason.     Not liking your current software is not a good reason.   Before you go replacing your current stuff, ask yourself:  When was…

The worlds worst GPS

Imagine you had a GPS.  That gave you all the correct turns.  But not in the right order.  Not helpful.  A lot of project management software is kind of like that GPS.   Lists and list of tasks but no apparent…

Why do you want this project?

Many or even most projects fail.   Success requires having a good reason before you start.  Projects interfere with daily obligations. If you have no time left in your day now, it’s not going to magically appear when the project starts.  …

Free Heroin

Free heroin is NOT a good deal  When you’re considering a new solution, there’s one question you need to ask:  Are most of the companies using this software about your size?     Too many folks focus on the details of what…

All problems are not created equal 

You have two problems.  Solving problem A will earn you $100K.  Solving problem B will earn you $10K.  You can only solve one with your current team.   So, choose problem A.  You’re ahead $90K.    If only it were so easy. …