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Task Estimating Using Probability

This is the first of a 5 part series using probability and other tools to successfully plan and manage projects. Part 1 – Task estimating using Probability Part 2 – Project Plan creation using Probability Part 3 – The Mechanics of using Probability to build a project plan Part 4 – An easy way to […]

A Few of My Favorite Things

The recent holiday season had me in a sharing mood, so I thought I would extend it just a little bit longer than usual and use a holiday theme to share some of the applications and information sources that make work as a Salesforce.com consultant just a little bit better. This list is by no […]

7 Reasons to Avoid DIY Enterprise App Development

Enterprise App development is not like building a transistor radio. Unfortunately, as many companies grow in size, the allure of building a Do-It-Yourself application internally becomes more alluring – and also more risky. With more programing talent in IT eager to prove themselves and larger budgets to support consultants, DIY is a tempting road for […]

You Can’t Fake Expert

  Hire a professional? Psshh please. With the internet king of DIY tutorials: 46 ways to play guitar like a pro, 5 steps to successful ERP implementation, or 7 ways to transform your business model; we become self-employed experts. When did a post with the highest number of views, likes and hearts become the best […]

Assessing the Maturity of Self-Service BI

Without exception, my clients want to discuss self-service BI (“SSBI”). This isn’t surprising, as it’s both a buzz-word and mainstay of the analytics landscape. SSBI is universally recognized as a strategic driver and a business need, but some perceive it to be ambiguous or simply hype. I’ve had the opportunity to address this several times […]

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Data Science: “Why?” Is Just the First Question

Wheaties and beer may be the breakfast of ex-champions, but Pop-Tarts and beer appear to be the breakfast of hurricane evacuees.  Back in 2004, Hurricane Frances was on its way across the Caribbean heading toward Florida’s coast, in the wake of Hurricane Charley which had arrived several weeks earlier.  A week prior to the storm’s […]

Crafting a Successful Website

In the digital age it has become paramount that companies consider the experiences of their products, services and especially their websites. And now that nearly 2/3 of adults own a smartphone and nearly 90% use it for surfing the internet [1], those websites should be just as digestible on a phone as they are on […]

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Better Business Project Management with JIRA Core

Most business projects are accomplished by a process that involves people working together to complete a series of tasks and activities in order to achieve the project’s goal or objective. The manner by which a project is led and governed also has a significant impact on the overall outcome of a project. The JIRA Core […]

A Consultant’s “Jerry Maguire” Moment

Much is made of the elusive “moment of clarity.” That singular point in time in which a vision is crystalized and distractions are muted. When concept and meaning burst forth into form and truth. To some, it’s a spiritual moment achieved through considerable acts of sacrifice, study and faith. To others, it happens through intentional non-action. For many […]

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The Case for a Single Org Environment

With the prevalence of Salesforce in the marketplace, more and more companies are finding themselves operating multiple instances of Salesforce, whether through mergers and acquisitions or because different departments or business units rolled out unique instances due to the ease and speed of implementation. While circumstances may dictate the need to maintain multiple organizations due […]