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Traditional Project Management in an Agile World

Being a project manager (PM) can be a tough gig; when everything is going fine, you may, at times, be viewed with disdain: a mere “meeting scheduler” who collects status updates from the key stakeholders and SMEs, reporting them upwards. When everything isn’t going fine, they are in the cross-hairs of everyone: the key stakeholders, the SMEs and the higher-ups they report to.

Meeting the Instant Challenge

How did I find myself at the Kansas City Convention Center for 2019 Destination Imagination Global Finals, surrounded by a sea of kids? DI is a volunteer-run organization. They look to individuals and companies to support their mission and to provide creative sessions, equitable judging, and adult oversight at this event.

Transparency? Yes please!

Having up-to-date, accurate information in a shared environment creates accountability and makes for a more engaged employee. And that, in turn, helps create a successful company. An open form of governance and compliance helps ensure participation and trust. It’s a good operational principle.

The Triple A Mantra

It’s more than mantra and if I was going to go full-on philosophy guy, I would write about how it can apply to all aspects of your life and be a great marker for moving forward: be it with co-workers, bosses, children, significant others, friends, enemies—anything and everything can be plopped under its large umbrella.

Take a deep breath and say the words slowly: Adjust, adapt, achieve.

Rethinking the RCM

Much like fire and early man, the Excel-based RCM-to-Assurance Professional relationship has seemingly been in existence since the dawn of time (or at least the dawn of Excel). Thankfully there is a better way to manage this critical element of your assurance process. And you can do it without having to sacrifice what made the Excel-based approach so appealing in the first place—structured data, demonstration of key relationships, management of key attributes.

Workplace FOMO

A lot of fear comes from not being prepared, not having the correct support needed to fulfill and complete a job. The more it happens, the more FOMO creeps in and takes over, and that can become a truly destructive force in an office setting.

Supporting Your Solution After the High-Fives

Getting help with software implementation from trained experts is great. But what happens when the consultants are gone? Will you be equipped for success? Evan Stos shares three helpful tips for becoming self-sufficient and “owning” your solutions right away.

Purchasing Software: The Shampoo Fallacy

Too many decision makers purchase a tool based on the fact that it “can” automate GRC/other business processes, not on “how” it does it for your organization. Just like buying a volume maximizing shampoo will indeed clean your hair…beware the unintended consequences.

What’s New and Exciting? Dynamic Filters for Audit, Risk & Compliance

With each release, I make time to analyze the key features and perform updates across our full suite of Internal Audit, Risk Management and Compliance solutions. As I do this, I’ll be sharing my thoughts, ideas and insights here on the blog, if only to help spark ideas for our clients on how they, too, can use Onspring to the fullest.

Continuous Improvement in GRC

An application built into a GRC platform to facilitate a business process will never truly be “finished.” When you first implement a business process, think of it like you would a software product. What you just implemented is essentially “version 1.0.” Over time and through repeated end-user exposure, users will request updates. Some of those updates will be minor, like adding a value to a dropdown list, and some will be major, like completely overhauling users’ access.

Teach a Client to Fish

I’m the newbie at Onspring, having joined the team just last week. Transitioning into my new role has been smooth sailing—largely because the team is wonderful and the platform is very familiar to me. I’ve worked in Onspring for several years as a client and consultant, and I’m thrilled to dig in now as a member of the team.

Onspring 11.0: A Time and Sanity Saver

At Onspring, we deliver major releases of our platform 3–4 times a year, based almost entirely on client requests. Nothing makes us happier than hearing your ideas and meeting your needs in a matter of weeks, not months or years. Our latest release, Onspring 11.0, went live this weekend, and it’s packed with features that save you time, effort and brain power.