Gina Abudi

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Ops 4.0: Fueling the next 20 percent productivity rise with digital analytics


Thanks to innovations in digitization and analytics, four new methodologies can yield the productivity breakthroughs organizations need. Business needs to raise productivity more than ever. Our Insights

Product managers for the digital world


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

How retailers can improve price perception—profitably


New methodologies, powered by big data and advanced analytics, can help retailers attract value-conscious consumers without sacrificing margins. Our Insights

Why zero-based budgeting makes sense again


Advanced digitization, enhanced behavioral understanding, and smarter organizational and governance models spark a renaissance for a decades-old methodology. Our Insights

The problem with metrics

Consultants Mind

The classic continuous improvement methodology DMAIC depends on M (measuring) and … Continue reading → Consultant Analysis Best Practices Consulting KPI Management consulting metricsMetrics are everywhere. As a consultant, we are in the business of quickly understanding business problems, proposing solutions, and measuring results. Metrics are a necessary evil of any project.

Poll Shows Americans Overwhelmingly Want to Crack Down on Sanctuary Cities: Or Does It?


Here is the infographic but I cannot find the poll questions or the poll methodology. Citing a Harris-Harvard poll, The Hill reports Americans Overwhelmingly Oppose Sanctuary Cities. more…). Economics

4 Points Consulting Clients Care Most About

Consulting Business

Your ideal consulting clients, the buyers of your services, don’t care about your methodology. Fancy brochures with a colorful diagram mean nothing. It’s not about YOU, it’s about THEM believing in you and trusting that you’re the right person to get them from A to B.

The Thought Leader Interview: Eric Ries


But Eric Ries, known for extolling the virtues of rapid-fire innovation through ideas like "minimum viable product"--a methodology for getting new products (sometimes barely functioning prototypes) into the hands of customers as early as possible--views things in a different light Most of us think of entrepreneurship as the antithesis of traditional management.

The Secret History of Agile Innovation

Harvard Business

Some trace agile methodologies all the way back to Francis Bacon’s articulation of the scientific method in 1620. Shewhart taught this iterative and incremental-development methodology to his mentee, W. Meanwhile, agile methodologies continued to evolve.

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Are You A Strengths Based Parent?

Leadership Vision Consulting

It's about how to apply the philosophy and methodology of StrengthsFinder to children. Recently, I read the book Strengths Based Parenting by Dr. Mary Reckmeyer. As a parent of two young boys myself, I was intrigued.

Agile Development’s Biggest Failure Point—and How to Fix It


Agile development has gone mainstream, but the software development methodology that helped hundreds of Silicon Valley startups explode onto the scene has delivered decidedly mixed results for more traditional organizations. Article Wednesday, August 17, 2016.

Vietnam and Myanmar Continue to Advance


Earlier this year, we shone the spotlight on Vietnam’s impressive progress in turning its emerging wealth into well-being, as measured by our Sustainable Economic Development Assessment methodology. Article Tuesday, August 09, 2016.

Until You Have Productivity Skills, Productivity Tools Are Useless

Harvard Business

But the truth is, it wasn’t the tools alone, it was also the workflow management process —or methodology—I applied to the tools. I know this isn’t because the tool is bad, it’s simply because they didn’t have the framework of a workflow methodology.

Essential Consultant Website Pages Part 4: Case Studies That Win

Tsavo Neal

On one of the main of the errors consultants make with their case studies (and website in general): Being in love with your methodologies instead of focusing on showcasing how you help improve your clients’ condition.

The Promise and Challenge of Big Data for Pharma

Harvard Business

One of the biggest is how to make the transition from legacy technology and analytical competence to more-powerful and sophisticated analytical tools and analysis methodologies. They must be able to apply “options thinking” to figure out what questions to ask, what data to examine, and what methodologies and technologies to use to address the aim.

The Barriers Big Companies Face When They Try to Act Like Lean Startups

Harvard Business

” And yet the lean startup methodology, born in Silicon Valley as a way for startups to tune in to customer needs with limited resources, has been gaining major momentum inside big companies like General Electric, Alaska Airlines, Telefonica, 3M, and W.L. Ramazan Balay.

3 Things Are Holding Back Your Analytics, and Technology Isn’t One of Them

Harvard Business

Methodology. The dichotomy continues when it comes to methodology. Getting this capability right means creating an analytics organization with the structure, culture, and problem-solving methodology to reveal the actionable insights that business leaders need to compete. During the past decade, business analytics platforms have evolved from supporting IT and finance functions to enabling business users across the enterprise.

The Role of Leadership in Planning by Jim Horan

Women in Consulting

Jim Horan is president of The One Page Business Plan Company, an international consulting firm specializing in planning and performance management systems based upon The One Page Business Plan methodology. By: Olivia Dippon.

What Research Tells Us About How Women Are Treated at Work

Harvard Business

The methodology: An analysis of email communication and meeting schedule data for hundreds of employees in one office over four months. The methodology: Career center questionnaires were completed by 355 incoming business school students (241 men and 114 women) regarding their job preferences (desired compensation, hours of work, and days per month of travel). The methodology: A study of more than 10,000 senior executives in the U.K.

Leaner, Faster, and Better with DevOps


Agile methodologies have given companies just what they need in the digital era: a collaborative and flexible way to develop software. Article Wednesday, March 22, 2017.

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Wages vs. Real Wages Over Time: How the Fed Helped Destroy the Middle Class in Pictures


Following BLS methodology, let''s compare year-over year growth in CPI-W with year-over-year growth in average hourly earnings for production and nonsupervisory private employees. Wages have seemingly been on a tear since 1965 having risen from $2.5 per hour in February of 1964 to $20.5

Marketers' Call to Action: Renew, Refresh, Reinvent

1 to 1

A study released today by Adobe at its 12th Annual Digital Marketing Summit in Salt Lake City, revealed that most marketers are cemented in ad-hoc processes and age-old methodologies. In fact, 42 percent of 1,000 marketers polled in the survey, stated that they want to reinvent themselves, but only 14 percent know how to do it. There’s more… To read the rest of this blog posting click here or visit

The Most (and Least) Empathetic Companies, 2016

Harvard Business

Methodology. This year’s index builds on the methodology of last year’s. Empathy has never been in more explicit demand from corporate leaders — particularly after a divisive U.S. presidential election and amid continued economic uncertainty around the globe.

Is Corporate Short-Termism Really a Problem? The Jury’s Still Out

Harvard Business

It has a reasonable methodology. McKinsey has a new study out on an important topic — the question of whether corporations systematically take too short a view and do not invest enough for the long term. If they do, as many CEOs believe, this is a serious indictment of current corporate governance arrangements and has important policy implications. To take one close to my heart, if short-termism causes underinvestment, it will be a cause of secular stagnation.

Auto Originations Hit 10-Year High, Subprime Loans Fuel Growth; Party About Over?


A New York Fed study notes a huge surge in subprime auto loans after taking into account a newer, more accurate methodology. The new approach takes into consideration new originations as opposed to new accounts.

How Avaya Turned Around Its Customer Ratings

Harvard Business

The key to this transformation was an innovation approach common in the software industry: agile invention methodology. In an agile methodology, engineers create multiple versions and iterations of prototypes in a concentrated timeframe to put potential solutions in the hands of users as quickly as possible. With an agile methodology, Avaya didn’t just speed up its workflow — it communicated better with its customers.

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Robots Will Replace Doctors, Lawyers, and Other Professionals

Harvard Business

Increasingly, doctors are using checklists, lawyers rely on precedents, and consultants work with methodologies. Faced with the claim that AI and robots are poised to replace most of today’s workforce, most mainstream professionals — doctors, lawyers, accountants, and so on — believe they will emerge largely unscathed.

The Brands That Make Customers Feel Respected

Harvard Business

Rather than ask people to rate a prescribed list of companies or brands, our methodology asks them to think of a company that “really gets them.” Here’s more detail on our methodology.). The truth about your business — what works, what doesn’t, and what needs to change — is usually not found by looking inside your organization. It lives somewhere outside, with your customers. But what really resonates with customers? What drives their loyalty?

3 More Reasons to Hire a Consultant

Tom Spencer

Consultants can provide genuine expertise, tested methodologies, and quality resources on a variable cost basis. Proprietary ‘Toolkit’: Many consultants use methodologies to help them simplify and standardise their approach to different kinds of issues.

The Most Attractive Cities to Move to for Work

Harvard Business

Methodology The Global Cities 150 Index is based on data collected by AIRINC’s in-house survey team, which continuously researches the costs and living conditions of more than 400 cities around the world to evaluate international mobility for its clients. Editor’s note: Every ranking or index is just one way to analyze and compare companies or places, based on a specific methodology and data set. We always urge you to read the methodology carefully.

Nonperforming Spanish Loans Near All-Time High as Overall Credit Shrinks


Spanish Bank Shrinking Credit Nonperforming Loans The "real" numbers are normalized to account for a change in methodology.

Fiscal Crisis in Chicago: Pensions 31% Funded, Moody's Downgrades Debt 3 Notches, Pension Liability is $61,000 Per Household; Mish's Proposed Solutions


Under new Moody’s methodology, Chicago’s unfunded pension liabilities are at least $23 billion higher than what’s officially reported. Moody’s based its recent triple-notch downgrade of the city’s debt on the agency’s new methodology for valuing pension shortfalls. Move over Detroit.

Review of 39pg McKinsey Presentation

Consultants Mind

Here, you see McKinsey proposing 30 new revenue streams for the USPS to consider, and the methodology to filter out the ones which are not profitable, or not controllable. McKinsey & Company do great work.

Meet Janet Yellen "The Chair"


In one of her first official pronouncements, Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen Lays Down the Law, Seeks Gender-Neutral Title of "chair" rather than "chairwoman".

Back to the Future of Philanthropy

The Nonprofit Consultant

What evolves are the methodologies and tools. I received a kind email from Erik Anderson, of the Donor Dreams Blog , suggesting I take on the subject of The Future of Philanthropy for this month's nonprofit blog carnival. Easy peasy, right? Well maybe not.

Lots of Companies Still Have No Senior Executives Who Are Women

Harvard Business

Methodology. Editor’s Note: Every ranking or index is just one way to analyze and compare companies or places, based on a specific methodology and data set. We always urge you to read the methodology carefully. It’s not a secret that women’s progress into senior leadership roles has been glacially slow.

2 Time-Tested Keys to Becoming a Successful Consultant

Consulting Success

It’s not because you have a great model, a wonderful methodology, a set of great slides, or sharp attire. I have never considered the option of failure in anything I’ve done. Whatever I have set my mind to, and really wanted, I have achieved.

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Deconstructing and Debunking Shadowstats


The mistake, I think, can be found in a table given in a post that represents Williams’ most complete explanation of his methodology. percentage points exaggerates the true impact of the methodological changes made by the BLS.

Overcoming Obstacles Using External Resources

Women in Consulting

And, again, they can recommend methodologies that will meet your timeframe and still meet your objectives. By: Jen Berkley Jackson. At the end of last year, I conducted research to understand how market research is being used in organizations. We heard back from participants that there are three primary obstacles to doing market research: budget, time and lack of internal resources. This is a familiar story for us as consultants also.