Through the research that TSI performs, combined with our “in the trenches” work with some of the fastest, most progressive companies and universities in the world, TSI’s consultants have gained a unique perspective in a number of areas. On our projects, we have the opportunity to see what really works and what does not. Based on our work, experience and research, TSI periodically develops white papers to share our perspective with the community that we have built since TSI started in 1995.
Our topics range, but usually address the organizational change management, transformation, process improvement, technology strategy and value realization issues that impact organizations of all shapes and sizes.
Feel free to invite others to be part of our community and contact us if you have a perspective that you would like to share!
Did Your Last Complex Technology Project Feel Like a Train Wreck?
Why do these projects continue to be so difficult?
Dan Feely, TSI’s Managing Partner was invited to be a contributing author to address this difficult topic in the Cutter IT Journal – August Issue. This article is effective for Senior Executives, both business and IT-oriented, as well as for seasoned Program and Project Leaders. Finally, this article is concise; you’ll be able to dive deep into these important topics and do so in just a few minutes.
Is there a place for a Project Management Office (PMO) in small and mid-sized businesses?
The Project Management Office (PMO) in a business or professional enterprise is the department or group that defines and maintains the standards of process, generally related to project management, within the organization. The PMO strives to standardize and introduce economies of repetition in the execution of projects. The PMO is the source of documentation, guidance and metrics on the practice of project management and execution.
What Are The Top 4 Reasons to Use a Consultant?
By: Dan Feely, President and Founder – TSI
A few years ago, I was listening to a CIO panel downtown Chicago. One of the topics that came up was, “When do CIOs bring in consultants, and when do they rely on internal resources for various tasks and projects?” I was amazed, intrigued, horrified and at times and even somewhat embarrassed by the discussions that ensued over the next 15 minutes or so, triggered by what seemed like a fairly elementary question.
The Do’s and Dont’s of Your ERP Design Phase
How to avoid self-inflicted wounds that really can impair your project success.
TSI’s clients often engage TSI to help them manage the implementation of a new ERP or CRM system, beginning with process design/configuration and then continuing with change management and program and project management.
Change Management: The Key to Success
The business world is in a state of change. Every day we hear about mergers, layoffs, bankruptcies, restructurings and consolidations. In these tough economic times, many organizations are struggling with efficient ways of doing business and pressure to do more with less. Whether it be cost cutting measures, such as budget freezes or head count reduction, streamlining current processes to eliminate wastes, or assessing existing technology systems, organizations must find more efficient ways of working.
So You’ve Already Cut Costs, But Where Do You Go From Here To Improve Financial Results?
Budget season is upon us. As we finalize those budgets, we are faced with the elusive nature of this “economic recovery.” Senior Management today, in the 4th Quarter of 2009 is faced with many scenarios, strategies and tactics that must be vetted and acted upon. But which will yield the results that your organization needs?
Package Software Evaluations: The Technology Architecture Analysis Component
Purchasing software can be compared to buying a house or a car. If you do not do your homework upfront and “kick the tires,” you could end up wasting a lot of time and money, or worse, being confronted with an angry mob of users.
Getting Governance Right
Innovation was the hot topic of 2006, and “Governance” seems to be vying for top attention for many organizations in 2007. Due to the volume of acquisitions, divestitures, centralization and decentralization activity, nearly every organization we talk to and work with is exploring new models in IT, Finance, HR, Legal, Real Estate and other shared service areas. TSI defines Governance as follows – the determination and implementation of decision-making processes, policies and accountabilities across various constituencies to achieve improvements in Cost, Quality, Service and Speed.