Life, Balance and Enjoyment

I was shopping with my wife on our holidays in a funky store in Downtown St. Petersburg Florida and saw this quote in the store and due to the time, location and mood found it very nice.  Good little life balance quote. walk in the rain,smell flowers,stop along the way,build sand

CoffeeCAST – #15 – Open Mark

Welcome to the 15th Episode of the CoffeeCAST with Stephen Hayward of Project X. This week we are podcasting from the York Mills and Bayview Starbucks.  Sitting across from me today is Mark Evans, Senior Technology Reporter at the National Post on Technology and Telco and an active bl

Breakthrough Criteria – Resources Available

Another important criterion for the breakthrough approach is that the resources, including money, people and technology be available.  This means that you have the money and the people and the approvals already in hand to do the project.  Without these items being in place,

Ask Questions Often

I spent the day today with my 3 year old son and was reminded again about the power of questions.  He asked, then drilled down and then asked again until he understood. How do we keep this genuine curiosity?

Keys to Success in Business Intelligence

So are these pieces on Business Intelligence of interest from the Think Big Data Warehouse conference.  I am going o continue on my thoughts from Claudia Imhoff.  In this post I am going to talk about some of the identified keys to success.  Claudia listed the following

Passion – The Koolaid Point

I ran across a great post courtesy of Guy Kawasaki that I absolutely loved.  The blog that Guy referred to is called Creating Passionate Users.  In a post she talks about The Physics of Passion.  It reminded me of Graham and the tattoo he has and proudly shows of his Or

Benefits of Business Intelligence

As with many ventures that cost capital, we need to find the return to the organization.  Often Business Intelligence (BI) has softer value, but in Claudia Imhoff‘s presentation at Think Big she shared some great building blocks of which her experience found value. Some of

Gellman Hayward Get Together

The get together of GHP people and friends of GHP will be held on June 15th from 5:30 to 8 PM at Smokey Joes Cafe at 4899 Yonge Street on the patio if the weather is nice, inside if inclement.  Please let others know that you know.  I do not have a complete list. We will hav

Purpose of Business Intelligence

Once again I continue my theme of Business Intelligence (BI) by discussing some of the purposes of BI.  Generally you can lump these into two areas (thanks to Claudia Imhoff again in continuation of our previous post. 1.  Monitor the Financial and Operational Health of the O

Aliens do Exist – We are Not Alone

OK I have your attention. Do you ever find yourself in a meeting and you go: "what in heavens name are my tech guys talking about"– or –"what does the business mean by that, we are a bank and it is fundamentally about debits and credits" It turns out th