05/02/19 08:18 Categories Flavio Stiffan
This is it!!! You just had a flash of creativity and the project you have been dreaming of developing just materialised in your mind… Great!!! Now what??
Some will just lock themselves in their office, workshop or lab and start hacking it down, assembling, soldering, coding… it has to be done today!!
Others will take a piece of paper and start drawing, making a shopping list and evaluating how it can be done.
At the end, all of the above is okay as long as you include project sizing as part of your thought process.
14/01/19 11:41 Categories Flavio Stiffan
Creative minds have a behavior on their own: they rarely stop, they jump from one thing to another and, they have their own way to produce snippets of ideas. To help take advantage of this valuable output, you need to get organized with a tool to capture the ideas and structure them as they come.
Mind mapping goes back a long time but it is really Tony Buzan,a British psychologist, in the 1960s that put it literally on the map by creating rules about how to mind map. Today, mind mapping is used in schools and offices, yet, it is my experience that it hasn’t entered the mainstream business activities. When I do a mind map with my clients, many are just surprised about how efficient it can be.
There are several ways to do mind mapping, here are a few of them and some considerations you might want to evaluate when mind mapping.
22/11/18 09:24 Categories Flavio Stiffan
Many associate project management with scheduling and task management. As much as much of this is relevant, a large part about project management is about organising ideas and know how to communicate.
As a long time project manager myself, I thought it might be interesting to provide you with some insight about the behaviours I have found most useful to proceed with efficient project management.
03/11/18 10:08 Categories Flavio Stiffan
Over the last 4 weeks, I had the rude awakening that customer service is no longer a priority for many businesses as they enjoy revenue and customer repeat buys without the need to deliver a great experience.
The numbers reported by many companies and countries in relation to wage increase, record revenues and booming stock market over the last months seem to confirm that one can survive based on the fact that there are enough customers out there willing to live with a new criteria of satisfaction: low pricing. Read More…
03/10/18 14:19 Categories Flavio Stiffan
After spending almost 30 years in the semiconductor’s industry and experienced the tool chain changes for innovators to bring their ideas to the market, one really wonders what’s the next playground for innovators to implement their ideas. Read More…
05/07/18 10:37 Categories Flavio Stiffan
When I was 7 years old, I started primary school in Geneva, Switzerland and, each pupil received a Waterman fountain pen to learn to write (penmanship skills). A bunch of years later, I got married and was surprised to be handed the exact same model of fountain pen for my wife and I to sign the wedding documents at the town hall. As of today, one of my favorite fountain pens are of the Waterman brand, offered by my wife in addition to one given to me by my first employer as thank you gift when I left the company.
This example shows how academic and university programs are known for bringing businesses into the future and creating a long term sustainable environment that extends the lifecycle their products. This attractive go-to-market strategy applies to many markets where design and creativity are of the essence (design, art, fashion, design automation and high-tech development).
Creating your own academic program is well worth the effort: here are 5 important steps you need to take for making it a success.
11/06/18 08:16 Categories Flavio Stiffan
Picture this: you are preparing your new product strategy and wondering if you are considering all the possible markets, ensuring that you have the right product launch content, that you are addressing the right customer audience. Is the inclusion of academia a possible solution and an arm to your strategy?
Many times, if I mention the word academia, the first reaction I get is: “more free products out of the door without any revenue in sight”. That’s maybe a little far fetched but in many cases, reality due to a lack of focus strategy.
08/06/18 15:48 Categories Flavio Stiffan
I am sure you have seen this before: meeting is starting, everyone have their laptop open, ready to jump in with valuable inputs and build a constructive discussion but…no… those tablets and especially the laptops are there to respond to emails, put the last touches on the presentation do be shown after the current speaker or better yet, browse the web for the results of yesterday’s game.
You are the presenter and you have to fight for attention from your audience to reach the goal that you have set for yourself for the next few minutes. Read More…
28/05/18 07:42 Categories Flavio Stiffan
The art project management is many times not seen as one of communication. Yet, try to figure out project management without meeting minutes, follow up discussions, task assignments and (too many) emails. How does communication impact your project and its management? Read on… Read More…
12/02/18 16:15 Categories Flavio Stiffan
Trade-shows and conferences are known for being great places to close on deals, investigate new business opportunities and extend your network, however, when one has over 8-10 meetings/day, it feels more like a marathon than valuable business time. Here are a few tips and recommended behaviours to help you survive the next upcoming event and bring more value to your time away from the office. Read More…