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Who’s the Diva?

ISD, ADDIE and HPT ?

Instructional design models can be confusing since they seem more like process models and could be simply labelled as instructional design methods as defined by McGriff (2001) “systematic guidelines instructional designers follow in order to create a workshop, a course, a curriculum, an instructional program, or a training session”. These models are more of an adapted development life cycle for e-Learning with a flavour of instructional design involved where educational theories should be applied to ensure learning objectives are met. Read more »

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Clinical Informatic Project Management

I’m currently working on a cross functional project to improve the OB workflow at a healthcare institute. Once again IT is the enabler and should not be used for its own sake. Business, or in this case clinically driven initiatives define the key objectives and IT should look at ways to enable those – we all know that I hear you say !!! Well sometimes we can’t see the forest for the trees so we need to take a step back especially in a healthcare environment where patient care and safety are paramount Read more »

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How to do Leadership !

Leadership and the characteristics of leaders have always intrigued me. What makes a good leader?

Why is one person more able to get people to follow them over another? What did the leader do which helped to overcome adversity and win even though the odds were in favour of the enemy? The same rules apply in business… what are the distinct capabilities of successful leaders which led their organizations to success in commerce? Read more »

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The Agile Manifesto

Agile practices – I’ve been doing this since I graduated !!!!! During my work experience year I worked with a very forward thinking company and we used to have daily after lunch meetings !!! These guys were all Cambridge graduates …. – the main thing I like about Agile development is the focus is on action rather than discussion and politics  the results and product at the end of each sprint is what counts…. I think the key is to have an open and trusting culture with the team all aiming for the same goals…..the SCRUM master has his (or her) work cut out. Take a read below  and reflect –

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Using Twitter for PM

Project communication and coordination is vital to project success. Project sponsors and stakeholders have too much communication to wade through. I’m sure they don’t want another eMail from you especially one lacking in concrete actions and looking for suggestions or ideas!  Lack of value added communication creates little confidence that you have everything in control and really wastes the time of those you need to keep up-to-date.
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Recently watched a presentation on mass collaboration by the Wikinomics author Anthony Williams.Future of Collaboration.
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Project Management Tools

Reprographics Management Tool

Reprographics Management Tool

This was a large project to design and implement a workflow / project management tool. The aim of the application was to manage the assets, resources, costing and schedules for projects dealing with the reprographics industry.  Initially it was only suppose to be an internal tool but as usual it grew in scope and suppliers, printers and clients were all given access.

The application used MS Project Server behind the scenes using standard templates to define the processes for any given project with the ability to further refine project dates, times and workflow. The automation side was particularly complex using a myriad of technologies which all had to be integrated but by using MS Project Server access to all the project data was available in an SQL database.

The biggest problem was slow running queries simply due to the size and complexity of the application. Using various tracing and diagnostic methods the servers and software was optimised with a complete redesign of some of the longer running queries

Integration points were many and varied – during the workflow approvals were sought using an online asset proofing system ( bit like Adobe but a lot more powerful )  and integration with graphics packages to provide conversion options. The project ended up getting rid of lots of paper and saved immensely on time and postage.

Having a complete view of all the projects is great but knowing exactly which metrics are important and helping management understand the figures is trickier. The whole aim of the application was to control the projects and provide a single online view of project / subprojects with all associated assets. In the end we made it and rolled out to the likes of Asda, Tetra Pak and were looking to bring in Walmart – a truely international solution.

Controlling and monitoring projects in whichever industry – be it IT, contruction or reprographics – the result is the same – better decision making, better alignment with strategy and greater transparency.

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CRM Theory and Practice

The benefits of CRM implementation are pretty well know; increase in number and quality of leads, better quality of service and better customer retention. So why do some CRM implementations go bad ? From my experience of deploying and managing an enterprise CRM implementation the reality of a CRM system can be determined by the quality of the people who own it, manage it and support it. It leads to poor quality leads, unsatisfactory customer experience, damaged company reputation, inconsisten processes and lack of a shared strategy to deliver the business case across the organisation. Deploying and managing a CRM in essense is the same as managing any project or service and general PM principles still hold true. Read more »

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Getting Certified !!

We finally have a PMI qualified PM on the team. The following describes his journey in his own words: Read more »

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After doing a ton of on-page optimisation and running a number of PPC campaigns I realised a few years ago that its essential to have a social media presence to really drive wads of traffic to your site.
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    Watt Gilchrist"All tasks were approached with a high degree of professionalism. By gaining a good understanding of the business Mohammed approached the project in an open manner interacting and communicating well. A successful project with a superb handover.(P. Hinchliffe, Watt Gilchrist, Leeds,"

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