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Yes, You Can Negotiate Project Constraints!
By Alan S. Koch
Alan S. Koch What value is there in estimation when your sponsor seems to have no interest in finding out what it will really take to do the project? The constraints have been chiseled in stone and we can't change them. End of story. Our job boils down to trying to keep the project from being too much of a disaster.

Although it may not seem to be true, we can negotiate unrealistic project expectations. And the key is to do a good job of estimating what it really will take to do the project.  Read more »
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Holistic Methodologies
Have you ever wondered if there is a science to determining how long a customer will wait on hold or stand in a line/queue waiting for something until they just hang up or give up? Actually there are quite a few analogs regarding cycle time that we could delve into. The common denominator in all these examples is time verses the delivery of customer value, with cost reduction through reduced cycle time and increased capacity, capability, and performance.  Read More »
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