To have a great analytics culture, you need a great communications culture


When you read about big data and/or data analytics projects and systems, it is rare that you also read bout communicating the outcome of those projects. Without the ability to communicate the results of any analysis to the broader business, most big data / analytics projects are doomed to mediocrity…or even failure. The quantitative mind […]

Don’t let the big (or small) words win – The New CIO Series

In the world of  technology we tend to use either really big words, really small words and/or acronyms. What do you think of when you think of  ‘the cloud’ what do you think of?  Do you think about Amazon‘s EC2 or S3 or do you think about  “Parallel and Distributed Processing”?  Both could be right […]

John Madden’s Lessons for Leadership


Image via Wikipedia John Baldoni had a great article on titled “Five Things John Madden Teaches Us about Leadership.” Apparently John Madden has announced his retirement…I’ve been so busy with work and school to not know this.  Baldoni took Madden’s announcement as a chance to look at what leadership lessons can be learned from […]

IT Marketers – Five Reasons we aren’t listening

Paul Dunay over at Buzz Marketing for Technology wrote a post titled “Sin of Inclusion” that pointed me to some commentary on the IT Services Marketing Association (ITSMA) website.  The ITSMA article, titled ‘Why Our Customers Aren’t Listening to Us“, lists five reasons that customers aren’t listening to IT marketers. These reasons are: Customers aren’t […]

Authentic Conversation – Real, Simple, Honest

The opening paragraphs of the chapter titled ’95 Theses’ from The Cluetrain Manifesto: The End of Business as Usual says (taken from this page): A powerful global conversation has begun. Through the Internet, people are discovering and inventing new ways to share relevant knowledge with blinding speed. As a direct result, markets are getting smarter-and […]

Twitter & Friendfeed

hey everyone – I’ve been lax in letting you know that I’m on Twitter and Friendfeed…feel free to follow/subscribe. Twitter: Friendfeed –

Communication in Project Management

Steve Neiderhauser posted some excellent commentary in a blog post titled “Persuasion Equation“.  In the post, Steve mentions a class he attended that helped with communication skills.  In the blog post he writes: In the class I learned language patterns and that people have different thinking modalities: Auditory, Visual, Kinesthetic, Gustatory, Olfactory. The training leans […]

Moose on the Table


Just finished reading “Moose on the Table“by Jim Clemmer. Before I get into the review, let me define “moose on the table.”  According to the author, it is a rephrasing of the old saying “the elephant in the room”…as in…the thing nobody wants to discuss (or can discuss, etc). Jim Clemmer uses a fable to […]

Buzzword Bingo Strikes again

I’m sure most of us have heard of “Buzzword Bingo” and some have probably played it a time or too. It’s a fun game that should get people thinking about their communication style…and it appears that Oracle’s PR people should have looked into it prior to releasing their latest press release. Here’s the first paragraph […]

The power of communication

I’m always amazed how to hard it is for some people/firms to understand that communication is a major reason for project success or failure. For example, on one of the projects I’m working on now is a content management system implementation. My role is as overall program manager responsible for managing internal and external resources […]