Zero Tolerance for Errors – Is it Possible?

“Zero tolerance for errors.” “No room for mistakes.” While phrases like these may sound like the rally cries of a bunch of perfectionists – we’ve actually had them as requirements in solutions from some of our clients. True story. But is this even remotely achievable? Ask a recovering perfectionist,…

Doing the Right Thing

I recently had an experience that brought me great joy – and a reminder about character and making the right choices. The story begins with my vacation travels that included a trip to Seattle and a visit to Pikes Place Market. We had an interruption this year on our…

Thoughts from a PM on the Lidl SAP Project

I saw an interesting post in my LinkedIn feed this morning. It was about the author’s thoughts on Lidl and their decision to abandon their SAP project after spending 500M Euros and 7 years. This isn’t the first time a big initiative has been undertaken and abandoned – and…

What’s Your Motivation for Change?

I came across a man sitting on a porch with a dog at his feet. The dog didn’t seem too happy as he was moaning quietly. Me: “What’s wrong with your dog? Man: “He’s sitting on a nail.” Me: “Why doesn’t he move?” Man: “I guess it doesn’t hurt…

Piñatas, Marco Polo & Capture the Flag – Games or Models for Finding Data?

Everywhere I look there seems to be different ideas for ways to entertain kids this summer. While there are some really creative ideas out there (thank you, Pinterest), I think some of the classics are the best ones. As adults, we don’t participate in games nearly as much as…

Windows versus Android – Which is the Better Approach?

Last week, I talked about our decision to leverage Windows 10 as our initial tablet operating system offering. We made this decision after internal research across Windows 10, Android and iOS options – and the impact to our clients and partners. Each of these operating systems (O/S) is somewhat…

Casually Connected – Is This the Best Way?

When you hear the term “casually connected”, you might think it’s a reference to social relationships. Obviously (hopefully) we’re not talking about the relationship with your spouse or significant other. When we say Casual Connection around our offices, we’re talking about the relationship between your mobile device and your…

Father’s Day, Mother’s Day – or Project Manager Day!

We often joke around here that sometimes the role of Project Manager feels like the role of Parent. Obviously there are some differences like the length of the commitment (a lifetime vs. a temporary effort), the foundation of the relationship (love rather than money) and the overall benefits (I’m…

Leveraging AIT – It all Begins with the Label

When I first got involved with Automatic Identification Technology (AIT) in 1989 as a District Manager for Intermec Technologies, my Media Specialist at the time drilled in the importance of the label (thanks Clark!) and its role on how it all works. It didn’t take long for me to…

Memorial Day: More Than a Long Weekend and Start of Summer

Last weekend, as I was observing the flags at half-mast, I began reflecting on Memorial Day and what represents to our country and to my personal history. When I asked my 19 year-old daughter why the flags were at half mast, all I got back was a puzzled look….