Finding Middle Ground in the Business Process Tug-of-War

As IT consultants, we deal with challenges daily.  Of those, the more frustrating ones can be those challenges which seem completely out of our control.  Office politics, silo-building, and power struggles most certainly fall into this category.  And as much as I would like to retreat to the comfort of my desk to do something productive, I feel it is in everyone’s best interest to facilitate some sort of framework for moving forward.  But how can you do this?

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Rolling Timeline Excel Template (v1.3)

Like most consultants, I live in a project-oriented world.  Occasionally, I am dealing with larger projects which justify the use of enterprise level project management tools such as Microsoft Project.  However, I frequently find myself involved with smaller sized projects where those enterprise level tools are a burden and an overkill.  Starting a few years ago, I began developing my own Excel-based project management template which I have successfully used to help organize projects of various size and scope.  I have refined it to the point where I feel comfortable making this available to the general public which is what I am doing now.  I refer to this template as my “Rolling Timeline” and it’s available as a .XLSX file here:  Rolling Timeline Template v1.3.  Read on to learn more.

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