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Planning Horizons
By Geof Lory
Geof Lory One of the deterrents to focus is too much work in process (WIP), because it creates distractions to the important work that should be getting done. One way to manage the WIP and also gain focus is through the use of multiple planning horizons. Read more »

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Holistic Methodologies
by Chris Hill
Projects all have one thing in common: They all have customers or stakeholders that use some product of the project. It could be a report, feature, or an indirect enhancement to the primary business process they are actors within. Regardless of their role, the product has some impact on these customers or suppliers. It is important to note that some of these customers may also be suppliers. Customers and suppliers can also be external to the team or company.

Those of you who came up through old-school System Analysis and Design will be familiar with the use of IPO charts. In that case, much of this topic will be familiar to you, but with a new twist. Do you remember having to create IPO charts to map the data usage needed in your program to produce a given output? This tool just adds a human element and raises it up to the macro level of a project vs. an individual computer program when dealing with data attributes.

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