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July 2015, Volume 2 Issue 7

Planning Matters Issue

Just When You Thought You Were Safe - Project Plan Failure

By Peter Aggus

Your company is doing exceedingly well and you’re growing at an enviable rate. This causes some problems staying ahead of the growth curve, implementing business systems to support your increasing customer base and staff complement. The size of your IT department has no hope of keeping ahead of growth so you ‘have to’ rely on your vendors to be your project managers for new systems implementation. This is the first step of a very painful lesson.

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IT Governance 101 (Part 3) By Alan Bajkov
Solid IT governance is the road to success in achieving corporate strategies and goals. Unfortunately, after deciding that it’s important and worth implementing, many companies hit a brick wall – it seems to be so complicated. Here’s the final installment of my Q&A, where I turn you into a person who ‘gets’ IT Governance.

"What Shall We Do With the Bodies?” - Tough Questions for Disaster Planners By Guy Robertson
Disaster planning is a field of expertise that uses well-understood processes. A disaster plan grows out of risk assessment, company strategies and the ability of the executive team to visualize what they could be faced with when things go very wrong. While plans tend to focus on basic business issues like keeping IT systems operational, they should also address questions that you might prefer to ignore.  Here are some of these questions.

It All Starts With a Plan By Bill Tracey
It all starts with a plan – or it should. – and hopefully, a SMART plan. SMART – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely.  The planning process will guide you through what you want to achieve and why you want to achieve it. The difference between the successful people in this world and the rest of the population is that the successful people know how to plan properly.

Dashboards Matter!

Dashboards deliver critical information at a glance. They show trouble while there’s still time to react.

Whether it’s declining revenue, increasing costs, schedule delays or increasing risk, dashboards can save huge amounts of money since they allow timely course corrections.

Regardless of your preferred style of graphic, the information behind the colours needs to be right. As dashboards are based on rolled-up numbers which are based on a variety of assumptions, how can you be sure that you are using the right numbers?

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Contact Ellen to discuss how TMC can help you ask the right questions and get the right results. ellen@tmcconsulting.ca 604-506-2905

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