continuous improvement

Does Everyone Understand the Purpose of Your Processes?

What is the purpose of your processes? And does everyone understand the value? If an integrator is engaging in an activity on a daily basis, people need to know why. Everyone should understand why processes are in place. Mature companies document and improve their processes incrementally — in a nonjudgmental fashion — attempting to remove […]

Building Accountability in Your Integration Business

Today, we’re talking about project accountability, or count-on-ability. Welcome to another episode of The Navigator, with Brad Malone, Managing Partner at Navigate Management Consulting, and Brad Dempsey, CEO of Solutions 360. Project accountability means that we all have our roles, and our responsibilities. In previous sessions we discussed the importance of telling the truth early […]

Make Your Integration Business Stronger During Ups and Downs

There is no such thing as perfect, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t strive for incremental improvements. That’s what continuous improvement is all about.  It’s understanding that there is always room to better a process or structure and taking defined steps to recognize where improvements can be made and implementing and measuring these changes. The […]

3 Ways Integrators Can Build Quality into Projects

Navigate has worked with hundreds of AV and Systems Integration companies, and one thing that continues to amaze us is the difference in process maturity between companies – and the results. There are several areas where you can distinguish mature and immature companies – especially in their approach to first-time quality. Based on years of […]

Strategic Planning Pitfalls to Avoid

Tis the season! No, not the holiday season, although that will soon be here! For business owners and leaders, it’s time to reflect on the past year, examine the competitive landscape, explore possible initiatives and set goals. A good strategic planning process will help you: Align company goals with your company mission and vision, Define steps […]

The Power of Forecasting for Your Integration Business

Welcome back to our series of discussions about metrics and how to build the principles of maturity into your integration business. We’ve talked in a number of these sessions about mature companies versus younger companies or immature companies. And what we talk about today, is how do we get those immature companies to emulate what […]

5 Actions Productive People Take That Most People Don’t

If you want to reach your goals, surround yourself with productive people. It will only be a matter of time before their good habits rub off on you. Two and a half years ago, I made a decision that would change the trajectory of my career: I challenged myself to get to know one new […]

All Sales People Should Create This One Thing for Themselves

This is a guest blog post by Chris Peterson, Principal at Vector Firm Greg Maddux, former Major League Baseball player, four-time Cy Young Award winner, and MLB Hall-of-Famer, was known for his control.  He wasn’t overpowering but was always in control of his pitches and his ego. It was his control that led to his […]

What A Comprehensive Scope of Work Document Looks Like

Here is an outline of the major components of a comprehensive scope of work document In our recent blog post, Make Your Scope of Work Statements Stand Out, we talk about how good scope of work statements help establish boundaries and responsibilities. Today, Brad Malone, of Navigate Management Consulting, continues this discussion, describing what your […]

Make Your Scope of Work Statements Stand Out

Good Scope of Work Statements Establish Boundaries and Responsibilities A well-defined and communicated scope statement is one of the primary methods of managing a client’s often-changing expectations of what they will ultimately receive from a project. This is developed during the proposal phase of the project — initiated as part of the sales cycle — […]