The things we eat, the things we use, the things all around our homes come from somewhere. Do you really know where though? Do you know where the components in the computer you are using right now started life? Probably not. The answer might surprise you.
As small businesses develop and grow into big businesses, the ability to maintain the social intimacy of a small business becomes much harder. Having a social approach with PLM can shorten the distances between everyone in the company. We just have to take a leaf from social media's book to make it happen.
As our technological advances leap ahead and new forms of encrypted digital currency are invented I wonder if that same technology could be used to keep checks on all the questionable outsourcing that is going on out there. Surely this would lead to real responsible business practice.
Life cycles are real things. All living things have them. We are born, we live and we die. It is strange then that in the world of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) projects, people rarely mention the actual life cycle of the products or of everything else connected to the products.
Choosing a Programme Manager is all about finding someone with the right experience who is capable of leading and managing all the elements – just having the the right technical IT skills simply won't be enough.
Project managers need a definite skill set to do the job properly. And more importanly they need the right kind of personality traits. Just having the right skills isn't enough to be able to manage the team they've bulit. Oh, and they need to know how to smile, naturally!
Being a fan of something, be it a football team, an actor, a band or just about anything, is to have a deep emotional involvement with the subject of that fandom. lt makes us feel part of that particular tribe of devotees. It can even help you in your professional and person life!
You're working on a big project, you're giving it all you've got, literally, and then it happens – you get BURNOUT! It is that time when you've expended all the energy you can and you have nothing left to give. It can make you ill but there are ways you can avoid it.
I was invited to talk at two RBS regional conferences about turning workplaces into fanbases. RBS were preparing for their re-brand to Williams & Glynn amidst constant negativity in the press and a high level of uncertainty. This was a light-hearted look at how being a fan can make a big difference.
When the biggest of the big businesses and the world's super rich got together to talk about sustainable capitalism there were some great ideas bandied about on corporate responsibility and the need for transparency all the way up and down the line. That line is basically the supply chain and it should be scrutinised at every link.