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Project Briefing – Business Analysis Relationships and Process Improvement Program

Challenge: The client requested training based on a single business analysis best practice, Traceability. Integrating an acquisition of a group…

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Project Briefing – Business Analysis Best Practices Program

Challenge: The client requested training based on business analysis best practices, requirements processes, and formal business requirements such as business…

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Founders Message

The foundation of AMS is built on an unconditional commitment to; service, expertise and client satisfaction. These core values underpin…

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Challenged Projects – Techniques for Recovery

Date and Time(s): 03/26/2018 at 10:00 am EST to 1:00 pm EST Today’s fast-paced project environments, coupled with organizations where…

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Technology – Transforming the DNA of the Workplace, Written by David Wallis

New Technology is transforming the business world. This is changing the DNA of the workplace by driving continuous improvement and…

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Breaking Bad: Tearing Down the Harassment Culture

The ugliness of “harassment” has lurked in society for all of time in many forms and the recent attention drawn…

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Robots as Co-Workers

In today’s ever changing business environment, the reality of artificial intelligence, automation and robotic process is a growing reality. Unlike…

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Future Focused Learning Organization

Future Focused Learning Organizations (FFLOs), are progressive, talent focused, and market driven.   AMS works with clients to design, build and…

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Collaboration Redefined by Phil Ventresca, MBA

After reading, “Smart Collaboration” by Heidi K. Gardner (and being challenged to think about the concepts she discussed by a…

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Project Management as One Meta-Practice: Creativity Codified

As an engineer, project manager, and consultant (for a few decades), I truly have never seen a project (especially sizeable…

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Project Management Firefighting: A Few Disctinctions

Over the years and certainly in the PM business, Fire Fighting has certainly gotten a bad rap. Deservedly so, if…

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Chusen Dori 中線抜く – Protect/Control the Center Line by Tom Flynn, P.E., PMP

Chusen (choo-sehn) Dori (dō-ree) is a common term or concept in the Japanese martial arts which basically means to protect…

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When Cultures Clash; Written by Phil Ventresca, M.B.A.

When Cultures Clash Written by Phil Ventresca, M.B.A.   Global organizations, multi-nationals and domestic alike, all share a common thread;…

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Take Care of the Back Office; Written by: David Wallis

Take Care of the Back Office Every now and again I get a timely reminder that the external image of…

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No Gain Without Pain; Written by: David Wallis

I was fortunate to listen to a number of the Webcasts from the Credit Suisse Industrials Conference this week and…

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I Want to be Like Chris: Living an Inspired Life; Written by David Wallis

Not that remarkable because I know a lot of people called Chris. However this particular one is Chris Hadfield, the…

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Key Stakeholders and Two-Way Expectations; Written by: Tom Flynn, P.E., PMP

We recently had a bit of a tense project meeting with a “high energy” client resource (let’s call him Mike)….

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Connecting processes, systems, data and your car! Written by Gregory Shumaker

In my thirty plus years in management and system integration consulting, I’ve found the use of car analogies can aid…

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Project Manager and Technical Resource; by Tom Flynn, P.E., PMP

Lately, I have been working on assignments where resources are difficult to secure and as a result, many project managers…

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Minimally Invasive Process Improvement; written by: Phil Ventresca, M.B.A.

Process, according to Webster, is defined as a natural phenomenon marked by gradual changes that lead toward a particular result:…

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Why Meditate? Written by: Barbara Schwartz Cornell

We hear about meditation all the time. Actor Richard Gere is a famous meditator. Oprah went to visit with a…

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Being of Service Written by Tom Flynn, P.E., PMP

There are not many organizations today that don’t espouse service to be a key element of their culture. Although there…

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Programs to Projects: A Logical Hierarchy; Written by: Tom Flynn, P.E., PMP

Currently assisting a governmental agency with a mid-sized technology project at a mid-western military base. Our project is part of…

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Creating a Future Focused Organization: Being in Community: Written by Tom Flynn, P.E., PMP

“Community: a group of people living together as a smaller social unit within a larger one, and having interests, work,…

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Expanding the Scope of a Future Focused Organization; Written by Tom Flynn, P.E., PMP

In 1995, I first read Terence Burton and John Moran’s book, “The Future Focused Organization: Complete Organizational Alignment for Breakthrough…

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Do Women and Men Lead Differently? By: Colleen Franca

Let’s start focusing on what really matters: putting the right people, regardless of their gender into leadership positions so they can do what they are able to do successfully- Lead.

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What is Mindfulness to You? Contributors to this Blog Discussion: Phil Ventresca, MBA; John Slack, MBA, PMP; Angie Sokol, Ph.D., SPHR; Barbara Schwartz Cornell, Melissa Kitchen

What is Mindfulness to You? Read our thought leader discussion using current articles and artifacts as resources for this discussion, our team has identified additional considerations around mindfulness. Join the discussion or ask our team of experts for advice by joining the discussion.

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Creating Engaging Programs is not Enough; by: Sherwin Chen

I recently attended a session on how to increase learner engagement. It was a lively discussion where many good ideas…

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Leading vs. Managing Time; by: Frank Ferrante

Time – the most objective reality there is (a minute is a minute), yet the most subjectively perceived; it flies…

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Project Execution Planning, written by: Tom Flynn, P.E., PMP

The most successful project and program managers realize that one of the most misunderstood elements of a successful project is…

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What If… by: Barbara Schwartz Cornell

The word ‘if’ has become a four letter word. It is misused and unfairly discriminated against. It is a word…

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The Career Stagnation Trap, by: Frank Ferrante

I know people who have been with a company twenty-five years and I also know people who have been with…

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An Holistic Approach to Training, By Barbara Cornell

The Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary defines holistic as “…relating to or concerned with complete systems rather than with individual parts.” Traditionally…

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Where in the World is the Communication? By: Angie Sokol

Over the past few years, I have had the opportunity to travel extensively to do training at client sites. I…

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Being Happy at Work? by: Frank Ferrante

Sounds a little counter-intuitive. Usually, when you ask someone where he or she is most happy you won’t hear “at…

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Project or Program: Having our Wits About Us, By: Tom Flynn, P.E., PMP

“If you can keep your wits about you while all others are losing theirs…” Rudyard Kipling During the initiation of…

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What is Learning Worth?, by: Sherwin Chen

In a previous article I presented the idea that measuring the monetary return on training, i.e., ROI, did not capture…

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Success at Work – Mind Your Q’s, by: Frank Ferrante

What are the factors that increase the odds of becoming a successful businessperson? Having observed scores of successful people over…

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Beyond Learning ROI, by: Sherwin Chen

For learning professionals return on investment is often considered the pinnacle of learning measurements. But is there more we should…

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The Value of Strategic Thinking, by: Frank Ferrante

“The best CEO’s I know are teachers, and at the core of what they teach is strategy.”                                                                                                                              Michael Porter…

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What’s Right About Being Wrong, by: Frank Ferrante

Two recent coaching surveys* reveal similar trends – more senior managers want coaching and more of them want the coaching…

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Live from Detroit, It’s Saturday Night! By: Angie Sokol

“It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation and only one bad one to lose it.”                     – Benjamin Franklin…

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Project or Program…does it matter? Successful Approaches

In my last post regarding project or program, I elaborated on the most critical specific maladies that are consistent with…

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Project or Program…does it matter? The specific maladies…

In my last post regarding project or program, I mentioned specific maladies that are consistent with the lack of project-program…

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DNA of a Global Organization, by: Phil Ventresca

Businesses today are struggling with establishing a true identity in an ever-changing global market.  Whether they have revenue generating businesses…

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The Coaching Equation: A Formula for Change, by: Frank Ferrante

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one…

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Motivation vs. Inspiration, by: Phil Ventresca, M.B.A.

Do we want to motivate or inspire our teams?  In the past, the word motivate was so overused it simply…

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Project or Program…does it matter? by: Tom Flynn, P.E., PMP

During the past 20 years of consulting assignments, and predominantly in the past few years, I have been working with…

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I See Coaches Everywhere! by: Frank Ferrante

In my last blog I looked at coaching through the lens of literature by examining Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” and…

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A New Year for Coaching, by: Frank Ferrante

It’s January, a new year, a time of renewal, of resolutions, of looking back to leap forward (January, named after…

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