Project Management

Building a Projectized Organization

The world is rapidly moving towards projectization, and more and more organizations in the private sector are becoming fully projectized.  They are breaking with functionalism, overcoming the matrix compromise, and embracing the idea that the world moves too fast for functional organizations. Everything has become a project, encapsulating human and organization potential, establishing clear lines…

Case Study: Building a Website for J&A Properties

Our friend Justin is like a lot of small business owners. His business, a small property rental company operating in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, was doing fine on word of mouth. He had no problems renting out his properties using Craigslist and rarely had vacancies. Why would he need a website? Perhaps, more importantly,…

Agile Project Management: Is it Time to Scrum?

In the very beginnings of software development, there was some question on how to best manage projects. The traditional waterfall approach emphasized a top-down methodology that focused on the completion of a project. Dr. Winston Royce, however, disagreed and presented a paper that advocated managing software projects like one would build a car—treating each piece…

Why Investing in Quality Photography is Good Business

Personally, when I shop, it’s nice to be able to shop in-store, seeing, touching, feeling, wearing, listening, working through whatever visual/aural stimulations that might help me make that purchasing decision. Alternatively, the advantages of online shopping are obvious: the ability to shop any time, no queues, no parking hassles, often lower prices, comparison shopping, free…

Project Management and Leadership

There’s much discussion in project management training circles about leadership. There are exercises meant to develop leadership skills and behaviors and stacks of literature discussing project management methodologies and how those practices relate to leadership. Leadership is so important to project management for one simple reason: Project management is a lot more than managing projects.…

Not your Grandma’s CRM (if she had one)

With every new day, a new acronym, a new internet fad. It’s hard to keep up with the changes in technology. Even if you’ve heard the buzz about CRM (Customer Relationship Management) platforms, you may have just added it to a mental checklist titled, “Look into that.”

If you haven’t seen a CRM platform at work, it’s easy to mistake it for a Contact Manager like Microsoft Outlook—somewhere to store and organize your contact details and maybe place some meetings on a calendar. CRM platforms are so much more than that, as a CRM has aptly demonstrated in the last few years.