Category Archives: Consulting Excellence

Hiring an IT consultant–The importance of a contract

It does not have to be a 500 page legal contract, signed under seal and notarized but both parties in a consultancy agreement need a contract. Without a contract it is like playing solitaire with the four kings missing. You … Continue reading

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Ethics in IT Consultancy – Primum non nocere

If you are a Medical Doctor, medical ethics are taught to you, you pledge an oath to uphold them  and the College of Physicians and Surgeons is there to remind you if your memory lapses with a  peer-controlled disciplinary action. … Continue reading

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The perfect consultant – The Ambivert?

Most of us are not pure introverts or extroverts. We exist somewhere on the continuum in between the two polar extremes.  The highest paid consultant in the world today is  Alan Greenspan who charges $120,000 per day for his time. … Continue reading

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Consulting companies that “GET” the value message and those that don’t.

Bain a global management consulting company employs 5,000 people, generates $2B in consulting revenue each year and “gets” value. Their web page makes the audacious claim that Bain clients outperform the market by a 4 to 1 margin. Do you … Continue reading

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What’s the cost of bad IT architecture?

Look closely at these two cruise ships. Except for the name and the funnel, they are almost identical. In fact they are sister ships both owned by Carnival Cruise lines. Also in common, they both suffered major incidents, both incidents … Continue reading

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Reality Bites in Consulting

An optimist, a pessimist and a cynic went into a restaurant. On the table waiting were three partially filled glasses of water. The optimist said “look my glass is half full! “and took a drink. The pessimist said “Look my … Continue reading

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The Assassin of Discontent – A Great Project

In March 1963 Boeing assembled a group of engineers to create the world’s largest passenger and cargo aircraft, the Boeing 747. Almost 6 years from the day that group was formed, the first 747 took the sky on its maiden … Continue reading

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