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This Focused Performance Weblog started life as a "business management blog" containing links and commentary related primarily to organizational effectiveness with a "Theory of Constraints" perspective, but is in the process of evolving towards primary content on interactive and mobile marketing. Think of it as about Focusing marketing messages for enhanced Performance. If you are on an archive page, current postings are found here.

Friday, August 31, 2001

MSI Magazine has a short article on TOC, APS, and Flow production management that describes both how they differ and how two of them can work together.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2001

Macworld magazine has a good review of my favorite tool for building and documenting trees and clouds -- Inspiration (at least when using a computer instead of post-its). I find it far more intuitive than some of the other flowcharting and diagramming packages out there. Those of you who are of the Windows persuasion should not be put off by the source of this review. Inspiration is one of the best cross-platform products I've come across. At the publisher's site there is also a free trial download for either Windows or Macs. (There is no connection between Focused Performance and Inspiration other than that of a very satisfied customer.)

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Saturday, August 25, 2001

For those interested in both project management and Peter Senge's system models, Gene Bellinger's page on Project Systems might be an interesting perusal. It contains the building of a neat system diagram on the vicious cycles that a project in trouble can get into. Starting with "schedule pressure," one can follow the loops to more schedule pressure. The one thing the article doesn't get into however is the source of initial schedule pressure.

For considerations on possible additional causes for schedule pressure, consider the too common attempts at trying to put 10 pound of projects through a 5 pound project pipeline and the effects of Parkinson's Law on the ability to keep project schedules "on track."

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Friday, August 10, 2001

Here's another take on the previous blog entry from CNN.com - Study: Multitasking is counterproductive - August 7, 2001. If both NPR and CNN pick up on the topic, it's probably worth looking at.

The Theory of Constraints -- the basis of Focused Performance's offerings is based on driving out the erroneous perceptions of the need for multi-tasking. In the most obvious area for organizational effectiveness, this is most applicable to project management, where pressures to multi-task across projects is far too rampant. For an antidote, check out a paper on multi-project management.

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Monday, August 06, 2001

Judy Collins once sang "Who knows where the time goes?" A recent feature on National Public Radio, Morning Edition: The Thief of Time talks about lack of focus on tasks and its impact not only on task times but on the brain as well.

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