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Action isn’t the same as progress

By Wes Trochlil | January 25, 2023

Action isn’t the same as progress I’ve written before that not taking action is an acceptable response to a question. That is, sometime it’s better to leave things alone than to try to “fix” them. A corollary to that rule is “Action isn’t the same as progress.” Working with a client recently, they asked me …

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Start with the end in mind

By Wes Trochlil | January 18, 2023

Start with the end in mind Like so many, I probably first heard the phrase “Begin with the end in mind” in Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. It’s incredibly powerful advice, especially when an organization is converting from one AMS to another, or is adding a new process to an existing system. During …

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It’s quiet in here…maybe TOO quiet…

By Wes Trochlil | January 11, 2023

It’s quiet in here…maybe TOO quiet… One of the truisms of data management is that there is no stasis; either your data is getting better or it’s getting worse. (More about that here.) A corollary to that is that if things are “too quiet” there’s probably something wrong. Put another way, if you’re not working …

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It’s ALWAYS about expectations

By Wes Trochlil | January 4, 2023

It’s ALWAYS about expectations The headline reads: “Tesla sets record for vehicle deliveries, an increase of 40% over a year ago.” This is great news, right? I mean, they set a record! But not so fast. The next sentence reads: “However, the fourth-quarter numbers fell shy of analysts’ expectations.” Ahhh, “expectations.” They set a record, …

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It’s hard to get UNangry

By Wes Trochlil | December 14, 2022

It’s hard to get UNangry I often emphasize to my clients the importance of testing and training. When a new system (or new functionality) is rolled out, you have to be sure things have been tested properly (so that it actually works) and you need to be sure staff is trained on how to use …

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MDR (Minimum Data Required)

August 31, 2022

MDR (Minimum Data Required) I’ve written about minimum viable product (MVP) in software development in the past. MVP means getting the product …

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Simpler and Faster is Better

August 24, 2022

Simple and Faster is Better Earlier this week I was fortunate enough to attend a session at ASAE’s Annual Meeting …

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Patience and grace

August 17, 2022

Patience and grace A past client of mine recently told me: “You inspire confidence and calmness which people need when …

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Sometimes you just have to try it and see what happens

August 10, 2022

Sometimes you just have to try it and see what happens The single greatest key to happiness in data management (and …

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Training and testing

August 3, 2022

Training and testing I’ve written before that the best form of training follows this process: Tell them what you’re going …

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How to save a “failing” project

July 27, 2022

How to save a “failing” project It is not unusual for me to receive a call from an association that sounds …

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How to avoid the “IT black hole”

July 20, 2022

How to avoid the “IT black hole” Going all the way back to my days as an association staffer (more than …

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The “People” are important!

July 13, 2022

The “People” are important! I’ve written a lot about people, process, and technology over the years. This is the three-legged …

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Always look for the MVP

July 6, 2022

Always look for the MVP I first wrote about minimum viable product (MVP) just three years ago, but the term …

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