The book is 35 landscape pages and comes with a guarantee that if you don't love it you can download any of my other eBooks for free!
My latest and 15th eBook is now available - "A Real World Project Manager's Guide to the Successful Project." It's a downloadable PDF eBook and it is practical guide to manage a project from end to end along with personal experiences from the author and some extra best practices tips.
The book is 35 landscape pages and comes with a guarantee that if you don't love it you can download any of my other eBooks for free!
The Project Management Office. It just sounds official, doesn’t it?
Not all organizations have a project management office, or PMO. And not all should. But it’s definitely a good idea for larger organizations that are running many projects...
When you are in cardiac arrest, every lost minute decreases your chance of survival by 10%, so any chance of saving those critical minutes in response to a possible cardiac arrest victim is extremely important. The AI in this case analyzes words and non-verbal sounds that indicate someone is in cardiac arrest. It is able to do that after it has trained itself to spot warning signs by analyzing a massive collection of emergency call recordings over a period of time. In one study, it was found that this startup's AI was able to detect cardiac arrest with a 95% accuracy, compared to 73% for Copenhagen’s human dispatchers...
3D Project Management - what the heck is it and why should you care?
Yes, it's my own concept but even I can be a visionary. So what does 3D project management mean? How do I see it and is it anything new? I'm not sure what will be new to you, but I think it's really a culmination of several things that are sometimes happening wrapped into a perfect package of everything that should or could be happening. When you're hoping, professing and being a visionary, the sky is the limit, right?
For my latest installment of “5 Reasons Why” I would like to look at 5 reasons you should be trying the MeeTime project management and meetings application. Unless we are calling the meeting any other meeting is probably a time waster – right? The only good meetings are our own meetings for our own purpose. But everyone probably feels that way so climb aboard and let's checkout why you need to at least give MeeTime a look... MeeTime is a beautiful timer app to make meetings less soul-crushing. Let's consider these 5 reasons why...
Gorgeous visual representation of your meetings. MeeTime’s main screen for helping you run your meetings on time features a large decreasing circle depicting the time running out of your current agenda item, as well as an increasing blue bar showing how far through your total meeting time you are. The current agenda starts green, changes to amber with five minutes to go, changes to red at two minutes left and flashes if your current agenda runs over.
MeeTime reminds you why you are spending your time meeting. To ensure accountability and effectiveness, MeeTime asks for a purpose for your meeting as well as a purpose for each agenda and a “directly responsible individual.” All of these are displayed when you are in your meeting so there is no doubt what the outcome required is and who is on point at each section of the meeting.
MeeTime helps you always finish on time. Even a skilled meeting facilitator needs to manage fluid agenda timings once the meeting is in progress. This can be difficult if you are also performing other roles in the meeting, such as taking minutes or making sure people stay on topic. Worry no more. With MeeTime’s “Auto Time Remaining” setting, whether you run over or finish an agenda item early, MeeTime will apportion the shortfall in time proportionally across the rest of your agenda timings, making sure you always finish on time.
MeeTime starts automatically. Unlike any other timer apps on the market, MeeTime was made specifically for meetings and presentations. As such, if you have scheduled a meeting for 2 pm, it doesn’t matter that you have not started the meeting yet - time is still ticking away. MeeTime starts on time automatically, whether the meeting does or not, so you can see when time is being wasted.
It can work for your organization. MeeTime is already being used by employees in big organizations including Goldman Sachs, Rolls Royce, Nielsen, Hewlett Packard, DXC and Molson Coors, among others. It can work for your organization too and for less than a cup of coffee you don’t need to save much time to get a return on your investment. Why not give it a try?
Want to find out more? Go to MeeTime and check it out further or download it in the ITunes App Store.
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The Importance Of Information
Having the right information can be the difference between having a successful company, and going bankrupt. You’ve got to know what you’re spending where. You’ve got to know what investments are lucrative, and which ones are only costing your business without rendering any true benefit.
Thankfully, today’s digital world has a plethora of data harvesting solutions. There are many tools out there which can help your business cut costs while optimizing operations; like Clockspot.com, which allows you to: “Track employee time from anywhere.” Using a solution like this can help you trim the fat.
A timekeeping application that allows your employees to clock in remotely can more exactly manage payroll. In fact, you can make some serious reductions on personnel in that department, which can mean big savings over time. Payroll can be done with the click of a mouse.
While infrastructural enhancements like this are worth pursuing, some of the most successful data-collecting solutions come in the area of marketing. Before, marketing numbers were almost theoretical in nature. Now, you can exactly determine how many hits a given marketing putsch is producing.
Optimizing Your Digital Presence For The Web
When you’re considering any data-driven marketing strategy, you can’t exclude SEO, or Search Engine Optimization. This innovation in modern marketing makes it possible for businesses to sort of carve out a permanent “niche” on the web—a bit of digital real estate, if you will. SEO consistently yields high ROI, or Return On Investment.
That ROI is silhouetted in data pertaining to effectiveness. SEO organizations primarily trade in data. For example, keywords have statistical levels of effectiveness. The right organization can help your business choose the best keywords for your online content.
Considering Possible Numbers
There are many different things which define successful marketing campaigns today. Demographics are very important. What kind of people are interested in your products or services? Of those who are interested, what percentage regularly buy? How many times does your content need to be viewed before a purchase is made?
Let’s consider a hypothetical. Imagine that 1 out of 100 people are converted when they see your content. Now imagine you can increase that number to 25 out of 100 people converting because you enhance your marketing to appeal to those most likely to buy from you.
Today, digital profiles are collected by businesses on potential buyers. These profiles are used to direct marketing efforts such that they are targeted toward more probable customers. Once you’re able to identify who is more likely to buy, you can create content which will be more effective.
SEO optimization produces content which essentially carves out a digital real estate niche online which continues to deliver positive income over time. You can directly see how the change you make in one portion of your marketing plan either causes an increase in clicks, conversion, and interest, or does essentially nothing.
Mobile and cloud-based applications are becoming increasingly common. It is often expected that a given business will have some kind of application for download. For example, if you ran a chain of auto stores, you could conceivably design an application which alerted clients when specific parts became available.
The application works as a utility for clients, and it additionally functions as a marketing tool that actively increases sales conversions over time. But there are some considerations in terms of data that can’t be ignored as you apply such solutions. For example, your application is likely to have bugs in it initially.
Most applications have errors after they are rolled out. It’s a common aspect of software, and that’s why you’ll see “beta” versions of popular programs right after they’re released to the general public. Human engineering is exceptional, but it isn’t perfect. You need ways of collecting data on errors and operations to maintain applications.
If you really want to achieve some top-tier metrics, it makes sense to use services like Stackify who, according to the site, provide: “The only developer tool that delivers app performance metrics, errors, logs, and monitoring in one tool across all environments.” Solutions like this give you exceptional data around which to manage your applications.
Additional Information Considerations
Infrastructure was touched on earlier. While it doesn’t represent a direct echelon of marketing, how well your infrastructure is put together does affect marketing tangentially. If you don’t have to spend as much running your business at a base level, you can increase the funds you devote toward marketing endeavors.
Earlier online timekeeping solutions were explored, and these cloud-based applications can save you substantially on infrastructure. Cloud computing in general can be a great way to attain data while consolidating and streamlining operations. One area of operations where there are a lot of redundant costs pertains to sales between businesses.
One of the best ways to streamline your B2B (business-to-business) transactions is to cut costs in transaction processing fees. If you’re regularly purchasing products or services from another organization, say to the tune of 100 purchases business-wide daily, a dollar savings per transaction will save you between $2,800 and $3,100 a month.
Altogether, marketing stands to see substantial benefits through more astute collection and application of available data. If you use technology to additionally refine your business’s infrastructure, you can free up more assets for greater marketing efforts. If those efforts have data behind them, they’ll be more effective, and you’ll ultimately see an upward spiral of profitability.
To Bot, Or Not To Bot?
There are already a great deal of web tools available today that you can use to optimize the productivity of your business; but even though these are recommendable, there’s somewhere else you should look first.
Your online presence needs to be effective, it can’t be barely sustainable. At worst, your online presence will be gauche and drive away customers. At best, your site could become a regular point of visitation for a variety of diverse clientele across the web. There are many ways to make just this thing happen, but they usually require professional assistance.
For example: would it be in your company’s best interest to add ‘bots to the home page? If you’re not familiar with ‘bots, they are basically software traffic routers which pop up on the bottom of a user’s website navigation platform and offer to help them find what they’re looking for in the form of an instant message.
Bots can very quickly get people where they want to be, making visiting a given site more convenient. But they can also serve as a barrier between businesses and their clients, so this makes them a double-edged sword.
A Cyborg Customer Services Solution
The best option when it comes to bots is to hybridize between human and bot care. Responsive design wasn’t necessary back in the days of the flip phone when we were only able to text 160 characters at a time. Today, that’s changed. People want instantaneous service, and a bot can provide that until an agent can actually get in touch with potential clients.
You can employ such a solution and collect data on it to see if there are any improvements in either sales or site visitor time. Something else you can do to optimize your business is incorporate error monitoring practices.
The Testing Factor
Error monitoring now incorporates app analytics which can really give you a picture of what practices are effective as pertains to managing your product. You can see error increases, and you can see what caused the error. Then you can work to do more of that practice, whatever it is.
Keep a close eye on your app and find code or other redundancies where you can. Look at energy, for example. How much energy does your business consume during daily operations, what’s the peak energy conception, when is it at its lowest point, and what’s the average? You may find that your energy use makes you eligible for certain savings.
A Few Numbers To Think About
A 5.1 kWh solar energy system will cost around $5k and provides enough power to maintain a small office of half a dozen employees or so. Such an office would, depending on their state, receive a tax break for instituting the sustainable solution, they would no longer have to pay monthly utilities, and property value would increase between $10k and $20k.
But if your energy uses are more than a cost-effective solar energy system can handle, you may end up breaking even or going into business debt. So you’ve got to know that information through and through before you sign onto such a venture.
That said, technology does seem to be saving businesses large and small tens of thousands on a regular basis. Consider the kind of savings that come from a data center which is totally replaced by a cloud computing solution. Imagine the hardware and infrastructural savings which come through BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) solutions.
Since every business is different, you may want to start by only switching tiny aspects of operation. Maybe a team of three goes BYOD for three months, and if that works, then a team of a hundred does—you get the idea.
What’s important here is that data collection technologically can both save you money, and help you identify points where resources can be conserved; all while giving your business the ability to provide the same level of service.
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Cheetah Learning was the first company to offer Accelerated PMP Exam Prep over 15 years ago. Cheetah Learning has a consistent 98% pass rate and 95% of their business is referrals from their large and very successful alumni base. Cheetah Learning students and the companies they serve become the top performers in their industries. They offer PMP, PMI-ACP, CAPM, and CCPM prep courses as well as continuing education classes in a variety of project management, negotiations, and accelerated learning topics.
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Author: Brad Egeland