Our “Wintern” Kaylee Ann Shares What She Learned

I had the pleasure of serving as a “Wintern” for Impact Makers over my Winter Break. My name is Kaylee Ann Shwartz and I am a freshman at James Madison University. I was ecstatic when I was offered the ability to work with the Marketing department. Impact Makers is a founding B Corp, which means […]

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Riding Through the Heart of Virginia For a Great Cause

Cyclists hopped on their bikes to start and dismounted to end all at the same place, but the journey wasn’t the same for everyone. The race started and ended at the Hanover County Courthouse. Cyclists were able to pick their routes through the Heart of Virginia, depending on riding experience and sheer gall: English Century […]

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John Daniels

HIMSS Analytics Q&A w/ John Daniels

Impact Makers knows first-hand the complexities healthcare organizations face. As the first firm to be certified on all four HIMSS Analytics maturity models, we have significant in-market experience partnering with healthcare organizations and a proven track record of success. HIMSS Analytics is solely-focused on supporting and measuring healthcare transformation enabled by information technology. As an […]

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Surprise! The Scope of this Project Isn’t What You Thought

by Doug Couvillion, former Impact Makers’ consultant When I first began meeting with the project team, things seemed to be going well.  The project had been in progress for several months and was previously managed by the technical team.  My assignment was to provide the project sponsor with more insight into what was happening and […]

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How to Identify Assumptions

by Doug Couvillion, former Impact Makers’ consultant Introduction As we move about our day we constantly face unknowns.  To get past these uncertainties we make assumptions.  The assumptions we consciously make are usually not so dangerous because we are well aware of them.  It is the assumptions we don’t recognize that most often get us […]

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The Power of Work Breakdown Structures

by Doug Couvillion, former Impact Makers’ consultant Introduction A Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) is a simple, tool used to quickly and concisely define the activities required to complete a project.  Used properly a WBS can be a very power.  It is well suited to group collaboration and helps ensure all activities needed to complete a […]

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Five Techniques to Manage Your Stress

Life is busy and for many of us that’s particularly true at work. I can’t think of a client I’ve worked with in the last 10 years where the employees didn’t feel at least a little over worked. A little bit of tension and stress can be motivating and can drive some creativity but the old cliche of “doing more with less” seems to have become the new normal. With all this extra pressure sooner or later we’re bound to feel a little stressed out. Having a few coping mechanisms can help, at least in the short term.

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Plan to Achieve Your Goals in 2013

At the start of a new year lots of us take time to sketch out our goals for the coming year. It just seems like the right time to reflect and plan. This year, try a five step planning process to keep focus on those activities that will result in achieving your goals.

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How to Get the Most from Your Project Management Office

Whatever the reasons your organization wants a project management office, make sure it’s purpose and goals are well understood and don’t expect miracles. PMOs take years to mature and won’t produce dramatic results when they first get started. Most PMOs will not lower project delivery costs, so if that’s the reason your organization wants a PMO, you may need to reconsider. A flexible PMO that helps project teams where they need it most will eventually be respected by, if not embraced by, the project teams and their sponsors. Here are five actions you can take to make your PMO successful.

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The Irony of Unexpected Success

There are many ways for organizations and individuals to innovate and find new, creative means of improving productivity, increasing effectiveness or building better products. Ironically one of the most overlooked methods of innovation is exploiting unexpected success. That is, paying attention to those things that are working well, even though they were not proactively pursued as innovative opportunities.

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