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Royston posted this in Tools & Methods on October 20th, 2011

Doing a Feasibility Study

The best way to find out whether your project is feasible is to complete a Feasibility Study. This process helps you gain confidence that the solution you need to build can be implemented on time and under budget. So here’s how to do it in 5 simple

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Royston posted this in Tools & Methods on February 1st, 2011

The Means-Ends Problem Solving Technique

MEA (Means-Ends Analysis) is an a approach that puts together aspects of both forward and backward reasoning in that both the condition and action portions of rules are considered when we decide which rules to apply. The logic of the process takes into account the gap between the current situation and the desired goal – where we wish to get to and proposes actions in order to close the gap between the

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Royston posted this in Tools & Methods on January 11th, 2011

The Project Audit Check List

Project Audit – A check List

The primary purpose of a project audit is to find the reasons for apparent failings in the project process, and answer:

* What is the current state of the project
* Is the project going to deliver something useful that meets requirements?
* Is the technical approach being used still appropriate
* Is the business case still valid?
* Is the project organised in an effective way
* Is the project context hindering or helping progress
* Are industry standard project processes being followed
* Is the project following industry best practice development methods?
* What should be changed to improve the project

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Royston posted this in Tools & Methods on September 6th, 2010

How to do a SWOT Action Analysis

SWOT (Strengths Weaknesses Opportunities and Threats) is a simple but surprisingly effective technique to assess an organisations positioning and begin the process of turning general ideas for market growth into actionable

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Royston posted this in Tools & Methods on July 31st, 2010

How to facilitate a successful meeting - a checklist

Running a meeting is not an easy task; retaining control and keeping the team on task are important tricks of the successful facilitator – in this post I cover some of the key points for you as facilitator of a meeting to ensure you make this part of your consulting practice a

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Royston posted this in Tools & Methods on July 29th, 2010

Guide to deploying objectives to staff departments

Objective setting is a vital part of appraising and managing employees. Both managers and subordinates should be aware of what the objectives are for the current period as well as be working on new draft objectives for the next period prior to discussing them during a future appraisal meeting – where objectives for the forthcoming period can be documented and

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Royston posted this in Tools & Methods on July 19th, 2010

Contract template Services

I have loaded a simple contract template for consulting services – mostly clients will have a template already in hand from procurement. If you do not have anything you may find this one useful. It is pretty basic but contains the essential elements. I’ll post an affiliate version is there is any

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Royston posted this in Tools & Methods on July 12th, 2010

Quality Plan Template - generic with main headers and suggested text

I have created a generic Quality plan for the community that may be useful as a starter for you own efforts in your company. Below is an extract from the first page of this 35 page document. A PDF of the full thing is avaiable to download – a link back to this post or even a thank you would be

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Stephanie posted this in Tools & Methods on October 16th, 2009

Running a marketing planning workshop

The process involves a series of workshops where knowledge and ideas are generated, gaps in understanding acknowledged and actions agreed to acquire the missing information for the following workshop. A marketing template is completed including action plans with clear responsibilities and dates for completion. The process also includes agreement on priorities and specific measurements for

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Royston posted this in Tools & Methods on July 7th, 2009

Creating a Brown Paper a Practical Guideline

This post includes a presentation on how a Brown Paper workshop can be run – it explains what a Brown Paper is and how to ‘create’ one in a workshop

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