Common Cause Analysis vs. Appreciative Inquiry

It’s no secret I’ve favored Common Cause Analysis as a quick and easy tool for identifying key, recurring problems in a project management system. The methodology is simple: List a number of recent problematic projects (typically 10–15) For each project, list the causes that contributed to the projects’ problems Prioritize the contributory causes, in terms […]

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Tracking milestones and burn rate

I am a big fan of simple and elegant dashboard tools. Jim Fowler, Interim VP of Business Development at Carbon Design Group, one of Seattle’s premier full-service product development consultancies, shared the method that they use for reporting actual-to-budget resource burn rates and mapping them to milestone delivery. With this tool, hours and expenses are […]

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Where was this when I was in Oaxaca?

This isn’t an ad. It is just very, very interesting. Word Lens, by Quest Visual, is a real-time, visual, 2-way English/Spanish translator. The demo of the App stunning. The future of the technology in other fields is thought-provoking. Adding text-to-voice, voice-to-text, voice-to-voice, handwritten text translators—well, you get the idea. The possibilities are staggering. Now—if my […]

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Structuring visualization methods

I collect visualization tools like the floor under my bed collects dust bunnies. I’d like to think I have a pretty good collection. Of visualization tools. This table was created by Ralph Lengler and Martin Eppler at the Visual-Literacy.org. Along with organizing the methods, the table shows examples of each by hovering over the method […]

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