Navigating Scope Creep: How SMART Strategies Saved a Utility Client Thousands
Smart Solutions Inc.
by Operations
2M ago
Are you faced with ever expanding goals and parameters for your project? Falling into scope creep is easy. One of our utility client’s found themselves facing scope creep that would lengthen the implementation of their project by over a year and cause missed regulation deadlines in addition to costly penalties. See SMART Actions and Results! See how SMART helped a major utility client identify scope creep and develop a business case to determine the pros and cons of adding to the project scope. Using these findings, the client denied the scope creep, saving the company hundreds of thousands ..read more
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Navigating Scope Creep: How SMART Strategies Saved a Utility Client Big Bucks
Smart Solutions Inc.
by Operations
7M ago
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SMART Communication: How Strategic Messaging Saved a Project from Disaster
Smart Solutions Inc.
by Operations
9M ago
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Stress Management Apps
Smart Solutions Inc.
by Alayna
1y ago
Stress Management Apps November 16,  2022 Busy, busy, busy! Professor Hinkle from Frosty the Snowman isn’t the only one to feel that way. This time of year are you starting to feel the stress of the approaching holiday craziness? From exercise to mediation and reading to video games, everyone has their own way of relieving stress. Did you know there are a variety of apps to guide you through the relaxation process as well? Headspace is a great one to go through meditation/mindfulness exercises to unwind before bed on those days you can’t stop thinking about the mountain of to dos ..read more
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Active Listening
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by Alayna
1y ago
Active Listening November 9,  2022 Are you really listening or just waiting to talk? There’s a difference. Active listening is a skill that doesn’t necessarily come naturally to many of us, but it is a critical IMPACT skill and, thankfully, one that can be developed. The benefits of being an active listener are many. It ensures you don’t miss important information, it helps you absorb more knowledge, and it aids in building trusting relationships. This Forbes article suggests some solid techniques for building your active listening skills. You could start by asking Clarifying ..read more
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Develop Your Resilience
Smart Solutions Inc.
by Alayna
1y ago
Developing Your Resiliency October 26,  2022 “Resilience (or resiliency) is our ability to adapt and bounce back when things don’t go as planned.” Hmm, can you relate to things not going as planned? In today’s workplace, quite often, the plan keeps changing. We may be dealing with organizational change, competition, staff shortages, and changing priorities. Our professional success relies heavily on our capacity to adapt, cope, and thrive when faced with challenges. We found this article presented some great strategies for developing a resilient mindset. One that jumped out is to d ..read more
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Protecting Smart Devices
Smart Solutions Inc.
by Alayna
1y ago
Protecting Smart Devices October 19,  2022 From a smart fridge to a video doorbell to a smart speaker, what can you do to protect them from hacking? We all know we should be using strong, unique passwords, but are you checking your Wi-Fi network protocol and updating the firmware as Jason Cohen calls out in his article on smart home security? First, be sure to use the highest security protocol available to your Wi-Fi network. WPA2 is the best unless you have a newer router with WPA3. You’ll also want to update the firmware, which is the low-level software that powers your router an ..read more
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Speeding Up Your Device – Windows 10 & 11
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by Alayna
1y ago
SMART.tech - Speading Up Your Device - Windows 10 & 11 September 21, 2022 We’ve all been there, staring at the spinning circle of death as the PC loads a program at the speed the queues of the DMV move.  Take heart, if your device runs on Windows 10 or 11, we’ve got two helpful tips to speed things up and improve performance. Change your power settings: Desktops and plugged-in laptops should opt for “High performance” and an unplugged laptop on the “balanced” option. The power saver plan reduces your PC’s performance to save energy and is not needed if you keep your ..read more
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Thoughtful Disagreement
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by Alayna
1y ago
SMART.remark - Thoughtful Disagreement September 14, 2022 Disagreement in the workplace is inevitable as we all come to the table with different ideas, perspectives, and experiences.  Instead of viewing disagreement as uncomfortable and something to be avoided, healthy teams welcome conflict and understand a respectful exchange of ideas is key to innovation and success. How you engage in disagreement is key to a positive outcome. Start with separating yourself from your idea.  “You are not your idea, and if you identify too closely with your ideas, you will take offense when ..read more
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Inversion Thinking
Smart Solutions Inc.
by Alayna
1y ago
SMART.remark - Inversion Thinking August 24, 2022 As companies drive to innovate, employers list Critical Thinking as one of the most valued skills in the modern workplace.  With AI and Automation evolving at a rapid pace, we need to be sure our human skills are keeping pace. Critical Thinking is one such skill we can develop and capitalize on. Inversion Thinking is one framework that could help you strengthen your critical thinking approach.  “It allows you to step outside your normal patterns of thought and see situations from a different angle. Whatever probl ..read more
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