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by Patrick Thean and the Rhythm Team

Keeping Projects on Schedule Using Special KPIs

Jessica Wishart Sun, Jun 14, 2015 @ 12:00 PM

If you have ever downloaded any tools or other resources on our site, you know that we usually ask you about your Biggest Business Challenge in our forms. In response to your feedback, we are featuring a blog series on your biggest business challenges! This post is a response to the challenge “Keeping projects on schedule."


Working on projects, especially ones that are dependent on cross-functional teams to get done on time, can be a real challenge for many organizations. Many companies have a “project graveyard” or a list of things that were started and never completely got off the ground. Worse, some companies miss important delivery deadlines on products or services that end up costing the company significantly. Often, we have a great plan for our project at the beginning of the quarter, but when it gets down to the day-to-day execution, things can fall apart.

How Do I Know If I’m Working on the Right Things?

Jessica Wishart Sun, Apr 19, 2015 @ 12:00 PM

Have you noticed that everyone is always so busy? You hear it all the time - the most common answer I hear to “How are you?” is “I'm so busy!” We tend to wear our busyness like a badge of honor.

I’ve been reading a lot lately about how to increase productivity and manage time better (probably because I am expecting my first child and can already feel my precious free time slipping away from me). I don’t know about you, but I want to maximize the time when I am at work to be as effective as possible so that I can enjoy the time when I am not working without looming deadlines and incomplete projects hanging over my head. Basically, I want to get everything done so I can relax and stop feeling so busy all the time!

Think Plan Do to Achieve Your Personal Goals

Jessica Wishart Sun, Mar 29, 2015 @ 12:00 PM

At Rhythm Systems, we teach our clients to grow their businesses with purpose using our Think Plan Do® methodology.  We believe the best way to manage sustainable growth is by deliberately setting three rhythms:

  • Think Rhythm - to work ON your business.  This is the time you set aside for strategic planning: thinking about the competitive, economic, and political landscape; analyzing opportunities and threats; and brainstorming and testing new revenue generating ideas.  We recommend spending this think time iteratively, putting it in your weekly flight path so that you flex your strategic muscles on a regular basis.

You Need a Plan B for the Big Stuff!

Patrick Thean Wed, May 14, 2014 @ 03:30 PM

We are almost done with the first half of the quarter. You have a 13-Week Race. How are you doing? Do you have big projects that are critical to get done? Are they getting done? Do you feel confident that they will be done well at the end of the quarter? 

 

Here are some reasons why projects fail:

Why Quarterly Plans Fail: When You Don’t Listen, You Get Rewarded with Bad Execution, Rework and Waste!

Patrick Thean Tue, May 13, 2014 @ 10:30 AM

Most people think of “listening” as a leadership skill. Leaders need to listen to their people. Yes, it is a leadership skill. And it is also an execution necessity. Many priorities and projects go wrong and cause rework and waste because somebody did not listen well enough. Somebody thought they understood the project well and started running with it when they only had 50% of the story. Here are the pitfalls you fall into when you don’t slow down to make sure you have listened and understood the issues well before you start your projects: