Problem Solving: The Skill Every Consultant Should Have

Consultants enter brand new situations every day. As a consultant, you may be coming into a company you’ve never dealt with before, you may be dealing with a specific problem or set of obstacles you haven’t encountered before, or you may be the fresh eyes and perspective that this client needs. Whatever the circumstances, you have to consider all options and opportunities for improvement and then dive in and decide how you’re going to approach and conquer that specific task.

  • 17 February 2017
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 647
5 Best Articles of 2016

​With the year coming to a close, it’s always best practice to look back over the efforts that you’ve made throughout the year to see what was successful and what fell flat. Building on what has received great feedback is a great way to start your next year off right. When it comes to articles that we share with our followers, we want to produce content that people want and need. 

  • 19 December 2016
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 685
Technical Debt is an Opportunity for Improvement

People love to talk about technical debt.  They love to tell each other to “work smarter, not harder” and not to double your work by speeding up development today knowing you’ll have to change it later.  The thing is that people call this debt, but it isn’t.  You have made the best decision that you could at the time.  In development, you have to make compromises along the way.  When you decide to do a feature in a particular way, and you’re going to have to change it later, yes it is more work.  But, it’s also done for now.  The feature is out the door right now.  Instead of considering it debt, consider it an opportunity for improvement in the software.

  • 29 September 2016
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 1335
Most Popular Articles So Far in 2016

​It’s hard to believe, but we’ve reached the halfway point already for 2016.  We’ve been writing new content weekly for you and have compiled a list of the top ten articles with the most views so far in 2016.  This is a great way for us to take a look back and get a great idea of what are readers are interested in. Take a look back and catch up on any great articles you may have missed.

Product Owner vs Product Manager

​Being a product owner and a product manager are two very different things.  What are the responsibilities that differentiate them? Well, there are several. And what are the results when one is thrust into the role of another? It varies, but there are a few classic issues we see.

  • 22 April 2016
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 1081
How to be a Great Product Owner

​The job of a product owner is no walk in the park. People assume that being a product owner consists of listening to customers and then doing what the customers ask of them.  There is so much more to it than that.  If you’re building a new product, you had better innovate and think of things that they didn’t even know they needed.  This is one of the things that separates good product owners from great ones. So, what are some of the key characteristics of a great product owner? I’ll share with you.

  • 15 April 2016
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 1141
Working as a Consultant: Finding a Development Rhythm

People like knowing what's coming and what to expect next in most situations. This no different in a work environment.  When you’re working as a consultant, and entering into a business or project as a new asset, finding a development rhythm is extremely important to the process.  

  • 25 November 2015
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 1548
5 Signs That it’s Time for a Retail Operations Consultant

In your day to day grind, it’s not always easy to take a step back and recognize that you might need a little extra help (or a lot of extra help).  Retail Operations Consultants help with Team Building, Inventory, Customer Engagement, and everything in between, but, when is it necessary to work with a consultant? 

  • 18 February 2015
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 1910

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«July 2017»

Consultants: The Importance of Being an Expert

​As a consultant, you’ll run into situations nearly daily where you are meeting new people who want to hear about what you do. I get questions regularly on topics that I consult on. Many times these conversations come up on the spot and out of a normal business environment.  So, what do you do when you’re approached, totally unprepared, and you have to talk about your business out of the blue? Do you know your business well enough that you can stop whatever you’re doing and come up with an intelligent informed conversation? As a consultant, this is a must.
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