A Project Newsletter

Facilitating Projects


Collaborating to Accelerate Progress

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Resource Alliance is a cooperative venture between three companies - Resource Advantage, Inc., Diakon Consulting, Inc., and Chaosity LLC - who have joined forces to provide specialized collaborative consulting, training and facilitation services. 



"Facilitating the Project Lifecycle"

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Drawing on over 20 years of experience each, the authors contribute real-world experiences to demonstrate how project managers can use collaborative work sessions to develop key project deliverables faster, with greater quality, while also obtaining the benefits of group buy-in and ownership.

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Upcoming Training

Join us at one of our upcoming training seminars...

International Association of Facilitators' Conference

June 15-16, 2006 Baltimore, MD

Topics:  Facilitating Process Improvement &
Building Quality Business Requirements

BPM Institute Conference

June 27-28, 2006

San Francisco, CA


Facilitating Team Process Design


ASQ BPM Institute Conference

Sept. 19-20, 2006

Washington, D.C.


Facilitating Team Process Design 

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Volume I

The Facilitator's Corner -Tips, techniques and articles to make your next project meeting more productive
Project Office - Collaborative concepts for managing multiple projects more effectively
Human Dynamics -Creative articles for dealing with the people side of change
Technically Speaking -Collaborative thoughts for Designing, Building & Testing

Tip to try:
Use a PC timer during meeting breaks to keep on schedule. Display it to meeting participants, using a PC Projector, to help them self-monitor their breaks and know when its time to reconvene. Click here for a freeware copy of a timer. Once at freewaretown.com, search for Countdown Timer 1.0, download and install it.

Facilitated Work Sessions - How They Can Accelerate Your Project

Project Managers often find themselves in a frenzy trying to get the necessary project documentation created and approved.  Documentation such as Project Charters, Rules of Engagement, Business Requirements, Risk Analyses, and other deliverables involve iterative cycles of information gathering, decision making, reviews and approvals by multiple parties in order to finalize each deliverable...

Wouldnt it be nice if there was a way to reduce the number of meetings this effort requires and still produce the required deliverables? There is facilitated work sessions. Facilitated work sessions can accelerate creation of project deliverables, contribute to deliverable quality, and ensure early ownership of results.   Read more....


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Meeting Evaluation is Essential

As a member of a project team or manager of a Program or Project Management Office, have you ever wondered why some project meetings seem to be so unproductive?  Have you ever been part of a conversation where you find yourself, or team members, asking why you are meeting twice a week when you could easily meet once a week and still achieve the same results?    If you find yourself asking these types of questions, stop and take a minute to review some key indicators that often prove you might have an issue that needs to be addressed before it gets out of control.  Read more....

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Managing Multitasking

Multitasking is a pervasive trend in the business community as well as our personal lives today.  We talk on cell phones while driving, we respond to emails while on conference calls, and we read the latest headlines on our Blackberries while riding the elevator.  While many people juggle multiple tasks concurrently in hopes of achieving greater personal output in less time, studies have shown that is not necessarily the case.  As a facilitator, it is important to understand the downside of multitasking as well as how to manage it in a work session. Read more....

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Effective Transition from User Requirements to System Design

One of the perennial challenges in the development of business systems is to have software developers build what the business users want in a system.  We've all seen the cartoon depicting a tire swing as the user requirement and the various distortions that took shape through the stages of the software development life cycle.  The resulting device only slightly resembled the desired outcome.  Strother Martin said it best in Cool Hand Luke, "What we have here is a failure to communicate."  Read more....

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