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AJC Expanding to Better Support Clients 

Clients of Andrea Jones Consulting® (AJC®) have appreciated the real work and the value our team adds at every step in the process.   Our client base continues to be diverse, ranging from global pharmaceutical companies and non-profit organizations, to a southeast regional equipment distributor and local manufacturing plants, to name just a few. There is …

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How to Execute With Agile

There are always opportunities to improve. Yet somehow these opportunities take a backseat to the immediacy of day-to-day work. Weeks, months, even years pass by, and nothing seems to change or get better. At AJC, we believe that the seven most expensive words in business are “we have always done it that way.” We have …

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AJC Playbook:  How do we Communicate about what is important to the organization?

Spoiler: Go to Reviews and Create and Execute a Strategic Communications Plan It is challenging to keep everyone in an organization, especially as it grows, informed and aligned to goals, plans, and progress. Within the context of executing the most important strategic work to the company, however, clear and timely communications are critical. The easiest …

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How to Hire and Inspire Employees with a Looming Recession?

With looming uncertainty of an upcoming recession despite record low unemployment rates, employers need to crack the code on hiring and inspiring employees more than ever. To do this, leverage the brain’s desire to avoid uncertainty and offer stability. Macroeconomists are predicting the possibility of a recession, defined by two consecutive quarters of shrinking Gross …

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How to have a Productive Meeting (or “Avoid the Agenda-Less Meeting!)

No one likes to waste time in meetings, and this is especially true in a virtual environment. Learn about AJC’s flexible Core Team Meeting Agenda that we use to structure project team meetings. And it’s not just us at AJC who wants to stop wasting time in meetings. Check out this Harvard Business Review article …

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How to Prioritize Processes for Improvement?

AJC’s Prioritization Matrix helps prioritize not only projects, but processes that need to be improved as well. Watch this short video to learn how! If you liked that video – here is the link to the full 20-minute Lunch and Learn for how to use this Prioritization Matrix in project prioritization, as well as two …

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How to Kick Off an ERP Implementation when you are starting NEXT WEEK!

Getting ready to implement or integrate a new ERP system? Here is a “Quick and Dirty” Agenda that we recommended to a client to prep their team – they literally had scheduled this all week Face-to-Face to start the week after we signed the contract to represent them as their ERP Implementation Project Management team, …

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What Does an ERP Consultant do?

ERP Consultants help guide selection and implementation of ERP systems. Many will say they are “System Agnostic,” which theoretically means they will not push any particular system or vendor. There is a new trend that vendors will recommend ERP consultants. Clients may then wonder what it means when that same consultant says they are System …

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Will a new ERP take my job?

When you implement a new ERP (or other) system, it is possible (read: probable!) that not everyone in your organization is going to be super thrilled. After all, change is hard, and resistance to it is normal. Check out this ~3 minute video for an example of a story of a common concern: that a …

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AJC Playbook: How to Implement Strategic Projects?

Now that you know WHAT you are going to do, it is time to implement. There are two facets to this.  First is the Project Management Office or PMO, keeping tabs at the high level of all initiatives and continuing to prioritize between existing work (back to WSJF). Second is the individual project implementation work. …

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