Facilitating Problem Solving

How can you most effectively help somebody solve a problem?  A simple question produces the most amazing results.  The question evokes very creative answers and ones the person is ready to do. As great problem solver, I eagerly offer solutions but find they are ignored. &#

People Are Motivated By “The Why’ not “The How” of Data Governance

If people understand and accept "why", they will figure out how to make it happen.  This idea provides a practical application of the three principle of Motivation 3.0, Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose.  Do project managers spend any time discussing why? 

Fast Cars and Fast … moving Projects

Often we are brought in to help break through the boundaries of approach and context to help clients simplify projects and get them done less expensively and faster. Don't we all want that.  The challenge is that not all situations can manifest themselves that way.  Th

Importance of Prework – Work Session Preparation

Meeting, or work sessions are more productive if people come prepared.  I make a habit of asking people to do some things in preparation for any meeting I am leading.  I call this prework.  The preparation is excellent way of getting the meeting going productively. &

Being Right and Data Quality

Over the past 2 months I have found myself listening or participating in conversations that were driving for an absolute answer. I am by far no mystic guru or physocologist, but it is sad to see the energy we spend endeavoring to be right. Please don't take me wrong, this is not a

The Best Way To Use The Last Five Minutes Of A Day

Reflecting on the days activity with three questions:  How? What? Who? Every day, just before finishing work, save a few minutes to reflect about what happened today. Look at your calendar and compare what actually happened — the meetings you attended, the work you got done, the

Effective Business Requirements Documentation

As a Business Analyst, a critical success factor is to ensure that all requirements are efficiently captured for the development team to use.  Curious about what other business groups’ best practices are, I attended the webinar presented by IAG on "Inside Effective Business

Data Governance – Whose Issue Is It?

Data governance is an issue for everybody in the business intelligence business.  The following are a series of blogs on Data Governance.  I would like to invite comment and criticism.   Data Governance – Introduction Process Design Introducing Data Governance

IPAD in the Schools

Schools are shelling out for IPAD's in these tight times.  The New York Times recently published an article about the use of IPAD's in schools. Math That Moves: Schools Embrace the iPad   I really think the software available and the ease of use and por

Toffler’s Top 40 in the Next 40

Alvin Toffler has submitted his idea on the top 40 in the next 40 years.  He did quite well 40 years ago with his predictions in Future Shock.  I wonder what you think of these predictions.   http://www.toffler.com/docs/40%20for%20the%20Next%2040%20101011%20FINAL.pdf