Productivity Boost for Consultants

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The product management talent dilemma

McKinsey

Despite product managers’ central roles in software organizations, they are often neglected from a talent-management perspective. Four levers can address this industry-wide challenge. High Tech Insights

4 Simple Steps to Productivity

Women in Consulting

Improving Productivity Feels GREAT. :: Did you know that achieving more productivity is pretty simple? Here are his four steps to improve your productivity: Step 1 – Write down your task. Have a productivity buddy. 1Password (or Last Pass) – Password manager.

Product Market Expansion Matrix

Tom Spencer

The product-market expansion matrix may prove useful in the consulting case interview and is relevant when considering growth strategies. Market penetration can be pursued through a combination of initiatives relating to pricing, product, placement and promotion (see “ Four P’s Framework ”).

Special Discussion on Starting Consulting Services Organizations Within Product Companies

Steve Shu Consulting

These are companies that are essentially independent from product vendors. However, there are a number of companies that provide consulting or professional services as part of product companies (e.g., here’s the benefit and features of our product – its the best”).

Product managers for the digital world

McKinsey

The role of the product manager is expanding due to the growing importance of data in decision making, an increased customer and design focus, and the evolution of software-development methodologies. Our Insights

Why Do Management Consulting Firms Hire MBAs?

Steve Shu Consulting

Prior to my current role, I spent many years in the traditional management consulting space. Management consulting projects can span diverse areas from operational to finance to marketing to strategy to IT management, etc. Management Consulting

Assessment: How Productive Are You?

Harvard Business

As a coach and mentor focusing on productivity, I’ve heard this complaint hundreds of times, from managers and officials across the world. Productivity has many aspects. Productivity Time management Digital Article

Passion Versus Profession – Are Management Consulting and Music Production Really That Different?

Tom Spencer

As an aspiring management consultant who has also been working as a music producer for several years, composing, arranging, and producing songs for multiple artists, I get a lot of questions about this seemingly strange combination of interests. “If Yes, at first glance the two areas seem very different: Management consulting is thought of as a highly rational and logical process while music is perceived to be purely creative and irrational; it should come from the heart.

Are You Productive Enough?

Harvard Business

Productive: “Achieving or producing a significant amount of result.” ” As a time management coach, I’m keenly aware that you could answer the question “Am I productive enough?” I’m also familiar with the fact that individuals fall on a productivity spectrum. One person’s maximum productivity for a certain role in a particular environment could look vastly different from another person’s.

Recharge Your Time Management

The Clever Consultant

Yet, I hate the feeling of not being productive. Every six months or so, I take the time to re-read time management books, review my workload and consider ways to more effective. Notice I didn’t say “productive”. I have a love-hate relationship with holidays.

How Do Management Consultants Quickly Come Up To Speed On Projects?

Steve Shu Consulting

Engagement manager – The engagement manager has responsibility for the client problem statement and the problem-solving structure (i.e., Management reports – Consultants often get reports normally directly accessible by the management teams.

6 Rules to Simplify Work & Increase Productivity

Tom Spencer

Morieux gives an example of a car manufacturer that threatened to move its production engineers to the after-sales warranty department after a car went into production. Reinforce existing managers. The real battle is not against competitors, but against ourselves.

Productivity, Robots, China, Growth

MishTalk

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How to Combine Productivity with Mindfulness

Women in Consulting

By: Pierre Khawand. :: You may have heard of a productivity method called the Pomodoro Technique , developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. This necessitates a new generation of productivity apps that help us practice mindfulness at work.

Coping With the Transition from Management Consulting to a Startup

Steve Shu Consulting

I wrote the following post (edited slightly here) in response to someone on Quora who indicated that they were having a hard time coping with the transition from management consulting to a startup in terms of the more experimental nature of the startup world and feeling like they were not using their past skills and knowledge. When I first left a traditional management consulting firm, I went to a startup. in operations or product management).

Reflecting on Innovative Methods That Management Consultants Can Use to Pitch Clients

Steve Shu Consulting

I wrote the following post in response to someone on Quora who asked me about innovative methods that management consultants use to pitch clients instead of using PowerPoint presentations. Management Consulting Sales And Marketing

7 Traits of Super-Productive People

Harvard Business

Is there someone on your team who seems unusually productive? Super-productive people are in every industry. The most productive software developers write nine times more usable code per day than the average developer, according to research by Michael Mankins. We collected data on over 7,000 people who were rated by their manager on their level of their productivity and 48 specific behaviors. The most productive people are great problem-solvers.

Productivity Tips for People Who Hate Productivity Tips

Harvard Business

” “I know what I should do to be more productive, but I just don’t do it.” Many have read articles and books — and have even been trained in productivity methods — but still find staying focused to be an uphill battle. Assuming that others’ preferred productivity strategies should work for you can yield frustration and a sense of defeat. Your Team’s Time Management Problem Might Be a Focus Problem.

Become a More Productive Learner

Harvard Business

In short, we have become less productive learners. Here are four ways to become a more productive learner. To make this concrete, after reading this article, you could start building a framework of how to become a more productive learner. Decide to become a productive learner, and you can actually reap the benefits of the incredible increase in the amount and accessibility of information. Managing yourself Digital ArticleBhandharangsri/Getty Images.

Until You Have Productivity Skills, Productivity Tools Are Useless

Harvard Business

But once I had, I realized how much the software and gadgets helped me to kick my productivity into high gear. But the truth is, it wasn’t the tools alone, it was also the workflow management process —or methodology—I applied to the tools. Productivity Digital Articl

Are you creating remarkable products? - Tom Spencer consulting blog

Tom Spencer

Are you creating remarkable products? REMARKABLE products are products that are worth making a remark about. Management Consulting. About. Book Shop. Archive. Definitions. Helpful Links. Quotes. Subscribe. by Tom Spencer on December 15, 2011 · 0 comments.

8 Productivity Apps for 2018

MBO Partners

Use these 8 apps to manage your time, achieve your goals, and master productivity

Productivity and Creativity – awkward bedfellows or birds of a feather?

Ben de Haldevang

The Guardian recently published a long but interesting piece on the history of time management (from Taylor forward). For me, the bit that’s really interesting and that feeds well into the current discourse is the differentiation between productivity and creativity. Even 20 seconds googling will provide you with images of linear progression, mathematical equations etc when thinking about productivity.

The Paradox of Workplace Productivity

Harvard Business

At its most basic, productivity is the amount of value produced divided by the amount of cost (or time) required to do so. It’s tempting to conclude that, if individuals are able to perform their work much better and faster, overall productivity must be soaring.

Breathe, unplug, daydream… to be more productive

Consultants' Consultant

Consultants Consultant: You can be more productive than you are. This Inc article offers 5 Tips for Increased Productivity through Mindfulness. The post Breathe, unplug, daydream… to be more productive appeared first on Consultants' Consultant. Consulting Well Get what you want Manage yourselfHere are two different ends of the spectrum: some holistic solutions and a few more practical. Which one appeals to you more?

What It Takes to Become a Great Product Manager

Harvard Business

Because I teach a course on Product Management at Harvard Business School, I am routinely asked “what is the role of a Product Manager?” ” The role of a Product Manager (PM) is often referred to as the “CEO of the Product.” These core competencies are the baseline for any PM and the best PMs hone these skills over years of defining, shipping, and iterating on products. Aron Vellekoop Len/Getty Images.

Due Diligence by Management Consulting Firms

Tom Spencer

It was a very interesting experience, so in this post I will share what I learned, as well as talk about the role played by management consulting firms.

Pushing manufacturing productivity to the max

McKinsey

Advanced analytics and lower-cost computing give companies a powerful tool for managing profitability on an hourly basis. Our Insights

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Great Companies Obsess Over Productivity, Not Efficiency

Harvard Business

Business leaders often think of “efficiency” and “productivity” as synonyms, two sides of the same coin. When it comes to strategy, however, efficiency and productivity are very different. At a time when so many companies are starved for growth, senior leaders must bring a productivity mindset to their business and remove organizational obstacles to workforce productivity. Productivity is about doing more with the same.

Why the Most Productive People Don’t Always Make the Best Managers

Harvard Business

When a company needs a supervisor for a team, senior leaders often anoint the team’s most productive performer. Some of these stars succeed in their new role as manager; many others do not. And when they fail, they tend to leave the organization, costing the company double: Not only has the team lost its new manager, but it’s also lost the best individual contributor. A key skill for new managers is the willingness to ask for and act on feedback from others.

How to Build Great Data Products

Harvard Business

Products fueled by data and machine learning can be a powerful way to solve users’ needs. Classic examples include Google search and Amazon product recommendations, both of which improve as more users engage. But the opportunity extends far beyond the tech giants: companies of a range of sizes and across sectors are investing in their own data-powered products. Data products are a team sport. Develop the data-savvy of product and business groups.

Productivity Remains Weak; Spotlight on Retail Store and Trucking; Are Productivity Measurements Accurate?

MishTalk

Economists expected bounce in productivity, and got one, but it was a bit weaker than than the Bloomberg Consensus Estimate of 1.6%. A bounce back for output gave first-quarter productivity a lift, up a quarter-to-quarter 1.3 The above comments on productivity are incredibly funny.

Secret Techniques to Overcoming Obstacles as a Manager or Consultant

Steve Shu Consulting

Over the years, I have had to opportunity to manage different groups and perhaps more importantly observe how different managers and consultants face obstacles. Here are some of the techniques that come to mind and are especially more common in entrepreneurial or intrapreneurial situations: The Experiment – In this case the obstacle that the manager wants to overcome is to make forward progress into an unknown area.

Industrial Production Growing, Manufacturing Inching Along

MishTalk

The Fed G17 report shows Industrial Production is up 0.4% Mining is once again the highlight of an otherwise soft industrial production report. percent for a third straight sharp increase, mining pulled industrial production up 0.4 Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization.

Managing Someone Who’s Too Collaborative

Harvard Business

She explains what to do if you over-collaborate, how to manage someone who does, and offers some advice for women — whose bosses are more likely to see them as overly consensus-driven. Managing people Decision making Productivity AudioRebecca Shambaugh, a leadership coach, says being too collaborative can actually hold you back at work. Instead of showing how well you build consensus and work with others, it can look like indecision or failure to prioritize.

Centralized Decision Making Helps Kill Bad Products

Harvard Business

Inside, elaborate security procedures, long working hours, and deference to senior managers are all in plain view. Killing products isn’t easy. Engineers and managers toil for months, often years, to conceive, develop, and launch new products. So to see those products go down in flames (literally, as in the case of the Samsung Note 7), often creates a very difficult choice: try to improve the quality and support for products or terminate them.

Using The “Seeding” And “Facilitating” Approach In Management Meetings And Consulting Engagements

Steve Shu Consulting

One technique that I tend to use a lot in management meetings and consulting engagements involves the use of two slide types. The purpose of these slides is often to help the management team get aligned and make a critical decision about some set of issues.

Brazil: What do management consultants say about Brazil?

Consultants Mind

” “Brazil has natural advantages in the production of biomass, accounting for 30% of global production of sugarcane and 18% of soybean oil. The post Brazil: What do management consultants say about Brazil? What’s going on in Brazil? Yes, the Olympics.

Productivity Tips for People Who Hate Productivity Tips

Harvard Business

” “I know what I should do to be more productive, but I just don’t do it.” Many have read articles and books — and have even been trained in productivity methods — but still find staying focused to be an uphill battle. Assuming that others’ preferred productivity strategies should work for you can yield frustration and a sense of defeat. Your Team’s Time Management Problem Might Be a Focus Problem.