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Using Rhythm for Project Management

Jessica Wishart Tue, Sep 5, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Imagine this - over a year ago, I raise my hand after our company Annual Planning session and volunteer to help with a major project our company was taking on. We set out to write a book of case studies where each consultant would write a chapter featuring one of their clients and how they were using Rhythm to achieve success in their company. When I raised my hand in that meeting, I couldn’t have imagined how complex it would turn out to be to manage a book with 9 authors, 11 clients, editors, publishers, and stakeholders in our sales and marketing team to please. Without the help of an awesome project management tool, I don’t think we ever would have gotten this project done. 

While Rhythm is primarily a tool for managing large scale, strategic initiatives, the enhanced features in Rhythm 4.0 make it a great tool for project management, too. I know first hand because this is the tool that I used to manage our very complex book project. 

Back to School: 3 Ways To Use Rhythm In The Classroom

Nicole Hradek Sun, Aug 27, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

The first day of school is one of the most exciting and anxious days for teachers. You greet about 100 fresh young faces that are excited, and anxious, too, or they do not want to be there. Usually, at least as a high school math teacher, you spend the first day going over the syllabus, reviewing classroom rules, sharing minimal information about yourself, and doing an icebreaker with the kids. I was a tough teacher and jumped into the first lesson!

As back to school is in full swing most places, I thought this would be the perfect time to share three ways I would change my first day of school and how I would use Rhythm to do it. You may not be involved in a classroom but could use these ideas with your corporate training programs or even with your own children.

5 Best Practices for Online Training

Jessica Wishart Tue, Aug 22, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

As head of training at Rhythm Systems, I’ve had a busy year creating all the training content to accompany our latest software release - Rhythm 4.0. We’ve got two great online learning platforms for clients, Rhythm Certification and Rhythm University. As part of updating our content to bring the latest and greatest information to our clients, I also did some research about online learning in general. For those of us used to the more traditional classroom learning environment, shifting into the online learning landscape requires a bit of a paradigm shift.

How to Stay Sane While Growing Your Company: A Case Study

Cathy McCullough Tue, Aug 15, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Everywhere I looked around the office, people were dashing, working feverishly, heads down, eyes glued to screens. It was like watching a group of mad scientists  go  about their work, and there was a definite edge of “crazy busy” in the atmosphere. Teams were operating at the mercy of every single problem, and by his own admission, the CEO’s marching orders changed by the day, or even the hour. 

The CEO (let’s call him Fred) shared with me that meetings at his company were usually his own random agenda of everything that needed to be fixed, or worked on, or improved, or updated, or reinvented, or adjusted. He would strongly suggest solutions for specific problems that were clearly on his own front-burner, and there wasn’t much discussion. As he walked away from these meetings, people followed him down the hall, asking questions. They would then scatter to get back to the job at hand, only to find, according to Fred, that his directions would change the next day.

Help... My Team is Overloaded

Jessica Wishart Sun, Jul 30, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

Imagine this: it’s the end of the quarter. Your dashboards are Yellow and Red, you’ve missed key deadlines on important projects, and your team is just deflated. They’ve put in long hours and superhuman effort only to finish the quarter with more failures than successes. Morale is low, customer relationships are suffering, other teams are let down because your team couldn’t deliver, and your company’s big strategic initiatives are delayed, again. The problem is simple. People are overloaded - your team has taken on too many initiatives without enough resources, and there’s no chance for success.

Fast forward to the beginning of the quarter - how could you avoid this disappointing outcome? 

4 Steps to Bust Silos & Encourage Collaboration

Jessica Wishart Thu, Jul 6, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

In many fast-growing mid-market companies, departments and teams do their work with little time or effort spent communicating with other departments or teams. What’s the harm as long as everyone is getting their work done? According to an article in Forbes, this “silo mentality... will reduce efficiency in the overall operation, reduce morale, and may contribute to the demise of a productive company culture.” These silos also have a negative impact on customer satisfaction and can kill innovation, according to an HBR article. This article also points out that “the bigger the company the more harmful a role silos play.” So, the time to step back and evaluate whether your have silos and take the time to fix them is now.

Strong Winning Moves to Grow the Firm and Stay Competitive

Alan Gehringer Thu, Jun 22, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Has your growth stalled or have you missed your revenue and profitability targets the last few years? 

There is a solution. But before we get to that, think about if you have ever heard a dialogue like this or even told yourself these same stories. Play along with me here for a minute as I share the following pattern.

How is business ? Good, good, having a strong year. Busy.

How has your growth been the past three years? We really have not grown much, but maintaining or just a bit behind last year.

How are your margins, increasing, decreasing? Well, they have been decreasing, a lot of pressure from the competition. We are in somewhat of a commodity market. It’s tough.

New Rhythm User Certification Now Available

Tiffany Chepul Tue, Jun 6, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

We are excited to announce the release of the new Rhythm User Certification, in support of the much-anticipated launch of the latest version of the Rhythm software tool!

There are so many exciting new ways to help organize your work and get more initiatives done successfully in Rhythm 4.0.

Getting & Keeping Teams Aligned Throughout the Quarter

Tiffany Chepul Wed, May 31, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

The things I'm most excited about in the new version of Rhythm are the features for cross-functional teams and departments. Achieving team alignment during the planning process is key, and most teams get really good at it once they get the hang of it. Where I have seen teams really struggle is in maintaining that alignment once execution begins and they are in the thick of their 13 Week Race.

Below are some tips and new ways to support cross-functional team alignment and execution in both the Plan and Do Rhythms.

Get a Grip on Your Strategic Intent

Cathy McCullough Tue, May 30, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Strategy without Tactics is the slowest route to victory.
Tactics without Strategy is the noise before the defeat.
- Sun Tzu

Do you ever wonder why all those great plans you create don’t really come to full fruition? What happens? Where did all those great ideas go? Why did one or two of them do okay, but the rest of them just didn’t ever evolve?