Tag Archives: management consulting

Forest Service shield

Design a plan for success

Forest Service shield
"A goal without a plan is just a wish" said Antoine de saint-Exupery. I'm not sure who he is but I like the thought.  Working closely with our friends at the the Forest Service Land Mobile Radio (LMR) group, we developed a strategic plan to implement key changes and improvements. We reviewed original data sources and wrote the draft, created charts with layouts, and a PPT roadshow for regional discussions. We also sketched next steps and responsibilities to facilitate discussion. The communications Read more

How to picture Service Oriented Architecture (SOA)

It's fun (for me anyway) to find ways to visually describe a complicated idea so anyone can understand. Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) is one of those technology topics that benefits greatly from a visual spin. Below are some alternative sketches developed for the Forest Service as they work to build smart new apps for work and recreation. From Wikipedia: Service-oriented architecture is less about how to modularize an application, and more about how to compose an application by integration Read more

Illustrate new product information

When an interesting new product was acquired in a merger, Mercer needed a way to differentiate it from the other, similar report products available. We offered three visual options for describing how a human resources executive might benefit from this new product. The workforce modeling tool enables careful analysis of important decision points like compensation strategies, expansion planning, or demographic modeling. How can a company use the valuable reports to most efficiently address all these Read more
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Domain migration planning

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Many enterprises find their file servers and the means employees use to log into them evolving rapidly. This can leave a patchwork challenge of software resources on various network and authentication venues. Explaining this challenge is very difficult for technologists and nearly impossible for mere mortals to imagine. Take for example this recent project, in which multiple development streams needed to be brought together thoughtfully for the benefit of one future client access platform. Read more
a national infrastructure model

Business case stories are very persuasive when illustrated

a national infrastructure model
If you're trying to convince an audience that your approach works, it helps to use a good case story. Illustrating those cases can add the interest of a graphic novel, without being super nerdy about it. While working with the Forest Service we developed a series of cases describing the benefits of cloud-based collaborative mapping data, or geospatial data. Here are a few examples. As we discussed the benefits and opportunities, additional applications came to light for Read more