Manufacturing Today: Continuing to Grow When Talent is Scarce

Manufacturing Today: Continuing to Grow When Talent is Scarce

In the March 2019 edition of Twin Cities Business, reporter Ingrid Case investigated how attracting and retaining talent is limiting the growth potential of Minnesota’s largest private sector industry, manufacturing. Despite an average wage ranking second highest, manufacturing companies are losing the war on talent to other local industries like healthcare and high tech – leaving them...

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Applying Inclusion, Trust, and Respect to Agile Project Management

Applying Inclusion, Trust, and Respect to Agile Project Management

My wife and I had success in the first three months we applied agile project management principles when running our household. But it didn’t stay that way. As we got busier with life, the system broke down. We stopped updating the scrum board and our Sunday night family meeting was focused on other things, planning vacations, homework, extra-curricular activities. …

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Key Considerations for Veeva Vault Implementation

Key Considerations for Veeva Vault Implementation

One of our clients, a major biopharmaceutical company, struggled to distribute content across more than fifty countries and thousands of people around the globe. They were using 18 disparate content management systems – each with its own processes. As they looked to digitize the back office to create efficiency and standardization globally, they selected a new, consolidated platform in Veeva...

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How Customer Demands Impact Warehouse Employee Engagement

How Customer Demands Impact Warehouse Employee Engagement

The distribution industry is going through a monumental shift. Industry disruptors, like Amazon, are constantly finding new ways to change the game. To keep pace with competition and mitigate the risk of lost business, many distributors are fulfilling each unique client request – regardless of how it impacts operations. In many cases, this means putting undue stress on warehouse staff to meet...

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How will you #BalanceforBetter this International Women’s Day?

How will you #BalanceforBetter this International Women’s Day?

International Women’s Day (March International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender inclusivity. Balance for Better in the Workplace This year’s theme is #BalanceforBetter. We know balance is not just a women’s issue: it’s a business...

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Flexport: Creating a Competitive Advantage By Being Less Competitive

Flexport: Creating a Competitive Advantage By Being Less Competitive

Last month, Silicon Valley powerhouse investor SoftBank announced a $1 billion investment into industry-disrupting freight forwarder Flexport. Softbank’s investment is an affirmation that successful PE firms investing in the freight industry are looking beyond the short-term capacity issues in the market, and instead looking at companies that are shaping the future of the industry.…

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Public Cloud Environments: How to Effectively Manage Costs

Public Cloud Environments: How to Effectively Manage Costs

There are several compelling reasons to move to the cloud.  Speed of innovation.  The ability to scale quickly.  Production ready services to leverage AI, IoT, natural language processing, etc.  However, for most businesses, it all comes down to costs. In a previous blog post Moving to the Cloud: Myth Versus Reality, I touched on some misconceptions regarding moving to the cloud, including the...

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Uncommon Sense: Necessary Conditions

Uncommon Sense: Necessary Conditions

This is the second blog in a series I’m writing called Uncommon Sense: Practical Advice to Creating Value, targeted to those with a stake in creating value in companies. Most of the concepts apply to all industries and types of companies. I hope you enjoy reading it and find some insight in doing so.…

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Tackling the Cybersecurity Skills Shortage at the CyberForce Competition™

Tackling the Cybersecurity Skills Shortage at the CyberForce Competition™

Teaming Up with the Department of Energy and Argonne National Laboratory at the CyberForce Competition™ The US Department of Energy (DOE) hosted their CyberForce Competition™   in late 2018 within their network of National Laboratories across the United States. The competition was created with the goal of addressing the cybersecurity skill gap in the marketplace today.…

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What I Learned About Agile Project Management from Running a Household

What I Learned About Agile Project Management from Running a Household

Last year, I decided to try an experiment at home. The experiment focused on applying agile project management techniques to running our household; I wanted to learn if these techniques, like scrum boards, acceptance criteria, the definition of done, retrospectives and stand-ups, could help us manage our housework as efficiently and effectively as my client projects. …

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