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Business Dining Etiquette: Don’t Do These Things

One thing we can all rally around as human beings is that—food is great. But at a work lunch, you want to be mindful of things beyond how much food you can get in your stomach without ejecting it back onto the plate. Diane Gottsman lists a few things not to do in this setting to maintain proper etiquette, some of which include the following: Don’t order more food than the people with whom you ...

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The Seven Activities of Project Closeout

People go crazy when a TV show like Firefly or Agent Carter gets canceled, because their brains are hardwired to look for finality. But as it pertains to project closeout, finality is about more than satisfying one’s curiosity. It is about ensuring that the project has satisfied all of upper management’s requirements while the team is still assembled. In a post for the PM Perspectives Blog, Guy L. De Furia shares seven activities for a ...

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Practicing IT Project Manager Press announces availability of The Data Conversion Cycle

Consulting industry veteran Dave Gordon’s guide to migrating transactions and other records for system implementation teams is now available as a Kindle book. Las Vegas, Nevada – A new book from Practicing IT Project Manager Press, The Data Conversion Cycle: A guide to migrating transaction and other records for system implementation teams, tackles the subject with a generalized methodology, presented in a decidedly non-technical fashion. Author David A. Gordon distills the lessons learned from literally ...

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How to Keep Leaders Focused on a Company’s Most Important Metrics

Selecting which metrics the business would like to track can be a handful all by itself. Subsequently keeping the leadership aligned with these metrics once established can be even harder. Matt Ehrlichman writes for Entrepreneur with a few tips for maintaining alignment throughout your metrics program. Getting with the Program Ehrlichman thinks of vital metrics as “north stars” (I suppose “north” is a relative concept to him.) that show where the business should be headed. ...

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Gartner on the State of Supply Chains

According to Gartner, the supply chain management and procurement software market grew 10.8% globally in 2014, with $9.9 billion in revenue. Needless to say (but let’s say it anyway), that is a good thing. Louis Columbus writes for Forbes with additional findings brought forward by Gartner. A Longer, Stronger Chain Among the top players, SAP has grown its share of the market slightly, from 23.9 percent in 2013 to 25.8 percent in 2014. Oracle meanwhile ...

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Lessons from a Business Growth Consultant: How Dial Soap Got Cleaned Out

Always think about how the competition will react. Case in point, Molly Lindblom was once an assistant brand manager for Dial who accidentally waged war with Proctor & Gamble (P&G). I suppose you could say the result was… a bloodbath. Get It?! Antibacterial products were new and exciting by sanitation industry standards back in the 1990s. (This was before it became common knowledge that antibacterial products are dangerous to overall public health and contribute to ...

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Create a Customer-First Supply Chain for True Transformation

You either accommodate the customer, or somebody else will. Susan Fourtané writes about how to transform supply chains via the most practical means in an article for EBN. Do it for the Customer The first thing to remember about a transformation is that the spirit of the organization and its goals need to stay intact. In other words, a kitten cannot and should not grow up to be a gorilla. What happens instead is that ...

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Top Five Issues Facing Retail Supply Chains

Nicholas Tsiroyiannis writes for Sourcing Journal with five of the biggest challenges facing supply chains, and five strategies to meet challenges. Slipping profit margins, operational inefficiency, trend responsiveness, quality & regulatory compliance, and omni-channel integration are the biggest challenges. Driving profitability through preparation, streamlining operations through visibility and collaboration, developing swift responses, getting proactive about compliance, and developing seamless channels are viewed as strategic solutions. These solutions may sound simple on the face of it, ...

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Gamifying Logistics

Games are fun, encouraging, rewarding, and collaborative, all of which you want to see more of in your supply chain. Neelam Singh writes about how to gamify logistics. It is of course easier said than done, as not every game is well-designed or engaging. Likewise, applying an effective game toward the realization of a business goal is challenging as well. Singh believes employee training might be the place where gamification is best suited, as, “Complex ...

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