Archive for the ‘Miscellaneous’ Category

Finding the Right Expert Advice

Icon Written by Alora on December 16, 2010 – 12:53 pm

One of my single biggest frustrations is talking to entrepreneurs and hearing horror stories about having their websites built. I hear them all the time: an entrepreneur pays someone a ridiculous amount of money for five static HTML pages that he/she cannot update themselves, and then disappears, never to be heard from again.

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Small Business’ Competitive Advantage

Icon Written by Alora on January 18, 2010 – 10:31 am

Author Marc Compeau recently wrote an article on Forbes entitled, Cost-Cutting Won’t Get You There.  In it he touches on many points that seem to be recurring lately. First, the idea that cutting costs are the ticket to solving financial woes.  Yes, of course, fiscal discipline is important and if your business is bleeding money […]

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Scrappy Swimlane High Level Overview

Icon Written by Alora on July 30, 2009 – 11:57 am

Much thanks to Sherry Lowry from Bridging Futures for this picture. As with all items of this type, it’s eerily familiar enough to be both hysterical and cringe-worthy for those of us who make a career out of this. (Click on the image to see the details.)

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There is No Strategy if You Don't Manage Your Team

Icon Written by Alora on July 21, 2009 – 12:55 pm

I often find myself frustrated dealing with people who sell themselves as “high level strategists.” I am not talking about consultants who are hired to help hone and build out a strategic vision for an organization; nor am I talking about internal specialists who are dedicated to researching and advising on strategic direction. What I […]

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Scrappy Swimlane High Level Overview

Icon Written by Alora on July 18, 2009 – 11:57 am

Much thanks to Sherry Lowry from Bridging Futures for this picture. As with all items of this type, it’s eerily familiar enough to be both hysterical and cringe-worthy for those of us who make a career out of this. (Click on the image to see the details.)

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100 Ways to Kill a Concept

Icon Written by Alora on June 19, 2009 – 11:42 am

Otherwise known as “How NOT to lead people, teams or projects.” Alternately, “What you should never say to anyone you care about.” the boss won’t go for that. the lawyers won’t go for that. the accountants won’t go for that. the client won’t go for that. the salespeople won’t go for that. the investors won’t […]

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To Say Agile, Or Not to Say Agile… That is the Question

Icon Written by Alora on May 6, 2009 – 7:41 am

I had an interesting conversation yesterday after I gave a presentation. I was talking about the necessary functions — particularly when it comes to communications, documentation, change management and entry/exit criteria — of project management in an Agile development process. The “interesting” conversation I had afterward was because one of the attendees (in a private […]

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Qualities of a Great Speaker – Connecting with the Audience

Icon Written by Alora on April 18, 2009 – 10:50 am

The last speaking quality I want to cover in my series on what makes a quality public speaker is the ability of a speaker to connect with their audience. There are thousands of ways to do this, and how a speaker goes about it will often be dictated by a combination of their content (as […]

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Qualities of a Great Speaker – Authenticity

Icon Written by Alora on April 17, 2009 – 3:38 pm

In my original blog post on this topic, the second quality I listed as being necessary in a great speaker is authenticity. Authenticity is difficult to quantify, but we know it when we see it. And when it comes to a speaker, it makes a huge difference in how we view what they say. A […]

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Qualities of a Great Speaker – Educational Value of Content

Icon Written by Alora on April 15, 2009 – 7:03 pm

As noted in my previous blog post on this topic, the first quality I believe is necessary in a great speaker is for them to be educational in some way. In my recent bout of conferences, I have seen speakers who fall all over the quality spectrum, but the ones that were truly good ensured […]

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