Time Management, Do you Do It Well?

Is time management a skill that you would like to improve on?

Could you use an increase in your personal productivity?

Do you struggle to meet your most critical activities with quality?

Our Educational Component at our next Project Management quarterly meeting, on 5/17/18, to be held in Michigan City at Dwyer Instruments, Inc., will provide techniques and a working session to allow you to address these time management improvement areas.

In addition, you will spend quality time with manufacturing professionals that are interested in continuous improvement with their project initiatives, whether in lean manufacturing or new product development.

Our agenda is as follows (times are Central time):

8:00 Network and light breakfast

8:30 Educational Component – Time Management Techniques

9:30 Overview of Dwyer Instruments (including use of Agile philosophy)

10:15 Tour of Dwyer Instruments

11:00 Round Table – Project Screening / Prioritization

Please contact me if you are interested in attending. — Ken Riches Forum Leader Renaissance Executive Forums PMCkenriches@gmail.com Mobile: 574-584-4749

Warsaw Area Field Trip Learning

On Tuesday, April 25, our Renaissance Executive Forum (REF) members went on a field trip to the Warsaw area to visit three manufacturing companies and one service organization.  There are always useful things to take away from every location, and the conversation that occurs on the ride between locations provides valuable learning opportunities as well.

As a REF Project Management Forum member, you would have the opportunity to participate in such a field trip and meet and network with like minded manufacturing and business professionals.

Key Takeaways from each of our four stops:

Woodenware:  Two key learning’s; pay for performance (1/3 pay is hourly rate, 2/3 is bonus based on weekly performance), and everyone is QC (no assigned role, as a matter of fact, all workers have ability to roam and help where needed).

Harmony Marketing Group: Their premise is to “Solve Customer Problems”.  They do not just do what asked, their customer service representatives (almost a 1:1 match to their sales persons) will get to the bottom of the need and based on their extensive experience, present a solution that the customer may not even have thought of.

Grace College: How to adapt to changing times and provide real value to their customers.  Ability to get a three year degree with an option for a fourth year resulting in a Master’s Degree.  In addition, the tuition is frozen for all four years, and even goes down slightly year over year (oh, and books are provided for no cost).  Innovation in service at it’s best! And if that was not enough, they have unique and extensive relationships with their key suppliers, providing long term solutions and a family environment.

Chase Manufacturing: Creating a niche in the extreme high quality end of the RV market.  They are using technological solutions in the upfront design and production of quality wood products.  The focus is on quality and exacting solutions, not on high volume.

All in all, it was a great learning and networking day!  Contact me if you would like to be a part of such experiences in the future.

Project Management Considerations…

Improving organizational performance through project management!

How I Can Help

  • I make complicated processes easy for anyone to understand so options for continuous improvement can be readily identified and implemented. 
  • Experienced facilitator.
  • I help professionals improve their leadership skills.
  • I connect leaders who want to learn about project management problems and solutions.

Solving Your Pain Points

  • Organizational Project Management Process Development
  • Projects Maturity Assessment
  • Project Management Training
  • Problem Solving, Corrective Actions and Continuous Improvement

Training Classes Available

  • Strategic Planning
  • Effective Meetings
  • Conflict Resolution
  • 10 PMI Pmbok Knowledge Areas
  • Tailored Project Management Workshops
  • Project Management as a Core Competency
  • PMP Preparation Study Group or Bootcamp
    • (10 classes over 10 weeks, or 1 week intense)







Project Management will improve your organizational performance!

IMG_3347My marketing materials arrived yesterday, and the timing is perfect.  After next week, I am truly on my own as my current contract ends.

I am looking forward to conducting some training sessions and workshops to help spread the message of how Project Management can improve organizational performance.

Also, I have a tremendous library of guidelines and templates, I endeavor to improve your organizational performance through project management.

Let’s make project management a core competency!

PM Consulting: Settling into a bit of a routine!

The two relevant blog entries that precede this entry are from July 5, 2017 when I formed Project Management Considerations, LLC and September 15, 2017 when I resigned my position and entered the Project Management Consulting arena.

It has been an interesting journey so far, all on the positive side, and no real downsides so far.  I still had quite a bit of activity on my calendar through my PMI activities and other commitments, but most of that is past me now (I still have a weeklong commitment in April and October for PMI, but those are planned and on the calendar).  I am loving the work I am doing, and my passion has been rekindled.  

My routine has developed into consulting work activities during the day, and in the evening work on PMI activities, building my brand, and networking.  I also balance into both day and evening routines my other endeavor in Renaissance Executive Forums and our Project Management Forum.

Look forward to making more regular updates here (an evening activity), and I have been giving a lot of thought of how to expand this website.  I have lots of ideas, and am definitely energized and excited for this journey, and I look forward to sharing it with you.

PM Forum Meeting, 3/1/18

Behind every project is an idea. Some organizations are trying to improve efficiencies, while others are trying to increase margins or drive innovation. Regardless of the benefits, organizations are using projects to achieve their business objectives. Come learn about our PM Forum to help move your organization from “accidental” project managers to project management as a “core competency.”

This will add real value to business performance.

03/01/18 Project Management Forum Quarterly Meeting

Thursday, March 1, 2018 (0800-1200)

8:00 AM Casual Breakfast / Networking

8:15 AM Welcome/Introductions

8:30 AM EC – IT Steering Committee, Clifford Clark, CEO of C2 IT Advisors

9:30 AM AeroTek Overview 10:00 AM AeroTek Tour/Business Case/Strategy

10:30 AM Round Table Discussions –How to get your organization comfortable with non-emotion based decision making .

Contact me if you are interested in discussing this learning opportunity!