project management

Should Integrators Reward Value or Effort?

I find that people are often rewarded by how busy they are, rather than how productive they are. I was recently working with a company and the president said, “I want people who put in lots of effort.” I asked him to define that. “I want them working from seven in the morning until ten […]

What Happens When the Project Estimate Doesn’t Match Reality?

There is widespread belief in the integration industry, that the most important measure for a project manager is to be ‘on time and on budget,’ and that a good project manager will make it so. But this assumes that the estimate is accurate. Is this a familiar conversation in your integration business? “Well, our estimates […]

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 […]

Solutions360 Releases New Job Costing Survival Guide

Why Is Job Costing So Important in 2020? Over the last 20 years, Solutions360 has worked with hundreds of businesses to help apply technology that improves business process management and profitability. One of the most complicated issues that Solutions360 has encountered in the professional services space is the practice of proper job costing methods. Less […]

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 […]

Project-Based Financial Concepts for Integrators

Recently, our CEO, Brad Dempsey, joined Brad Malone on the Navigator podcast. This episode is part of Navigate Academy Module 4 Project-Based Financial Concepts In terms of maturity, Solutions360 sees a wide range of integration companies. “We see the complete gamut of maturity,” says Dempsey. “It really runs from lifestyle businesses – small businesses started […]

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 — […]

Best Practices for AV Sales People

I’d like to describe some of the best AV sales people I’ve seen, from some of the best companies I’ve worked with. By Brad Malone, Navigate Management Consulting Most the integration companies I’ve worked with employ a range of sales strategies and styles. But in general, AV sales people take two basic approaches: the short-term […]

A Focus on Quality Will Impact Success in Your Integration Business

There are four ways to measure work in your integration business Quantity First are measures of output, starting with Quantity: how much work was produced.  You can usually identify and report the number of units, pounds, or other output measures, no matter what kind of work it is:  So many bricks laid, so many bags […]