Evaluating Projects on the fly

Utilizing the weighted scorecard method gives the Project manager the ability to weigh out the specifics of the project or evaluate how the project is doing. There are different kinds of evaluations, such as employee evaluations, scheduling and cost control evaluation, which are all effective monitoring tools for a project manager. I believe that an affective way to evaluate products is to monitor their efficiency. Whether it is the efficiency of how they work, how well they work, how much they help or hurt the project, etc. Numbers and statistical evaluations are the easiest way to do this efficiently. There are limitations to evaluating the technical efficiency of the project (Shaw)
Some of the disadvantages are that the data doesn’t specify the criteria to narrow down the variables. They are limited by the narrow selection of inputs & outputs as well as performance indicators. The assumption of gathering and analyzing the data are when the data is analyzed and it has an efficient outcome, the projects achieve technical efficiency and they improve organizational project performance. The advantages are that the inputs & outputs selected provide an indicator of changes in the projects technical efficiency. However, the performance indicators provide an accurate indication of performance and determined how the projects objectives process could be improved to achieve the specified tasks (Kerzner).
Consequently, projects that don’t have an evaluation system or monitor their risks fail. Nearly 40% of all IT projects fail. This is caused by not having good project evaluation practices and a break down in the communication structure (Wang). Measuring performance on unfamiliar projects can be difficult to assess how well budgeting and scheduling goals are being met. If there is no prior project with similar objectives and goals, there can be a breakdown in the monitoring and evaluation process due to not monitoring and evaluating the right aspect of the project to ensure it’s success. Software tools can quickly produce real-time measurements that evaluate progress, determine actual cost and make accurate forecast about those projects (Shaw).
The similarities between the weighted scorecard and the statistical efficiency method are that they both rely on numbers, an equation and more specifically, correct data to be applied to each of the equations. Without these items, the outcome of each analysis will be construed and will not give an accurate reading. The differences are that one is a specific analysis and the other is more of a broad analysis. The weighted scorecard systematically analyzes the project by gathering information on specific phases, specific risks and specific evaluations. The statistical efficiency evaluation is more of a broad analysis that shows the efficiency of the project over a period of time, which is then compared to another project or another phase of similar characteristics. This will give the difference between the Mean Inefficiency in comparison to the standard deviation. This will portray how efficient or inefficient the project is doing during each phase or at the end of each scheduling pattern


Social Demise

…A high-speed, get what you want, find what you need information orgy at the tip of your fingers…. and only you know where you have been. This is the fad of the Internet; any one person can buy a kitchen place mat from Russia to sex toys from Taiwan. It is also the demise of our global society, with rise of the social networking forum; this will completely annihilate social society. The inter twining soap opera, vast information about where you are, what you are doing and where you are going every minute of your life.

Phones with GPS systems communicating to the fastest information highway in the world. People feeling the need to continuously report their activities or “check in” has become absurd. You spend your adolescent life reporting to your parents so they know what you are doing when. Then as a teenager, you spend your whole life trying to separate yourself, become independent, and do what you want, sometimes with nobody knowing where or when. However, with Digital Social Networking (DSN) society has regressed back to the “checking in” fad, or the need to simply tell everybody on the Internet, where you are going and what you are doing…. Another platform that proves humans are a creature of habit.

The World Wide Web…the information highway, which made encyclopedias obsolete.
Online shopping is putting stores out of business, cell phones with built in GPS and Mapquest are making the old state & city maps a thing of the past. Online University and trade shows are giving civilians an opportunity to increase their knowledge from the comfort of their own home…. Social Networking is taking the communication out of society.

Use Social Media Marketing to create awareness and brand your business online!

Social Media Optimization helps you streamline the online marketing of your business.
You competitors are taking advantage of this new marketing tool to grow their business and your customers are using it to stay in contact with friends and family while shopping, researching and just “killing time”until the next Video is downloaded to their hard drive.

By implementing a Social Media Strategy and creating leverage with your brand on the web will create followers. Followers are important to your business because these are the people who support what you door what you sell. These followers can give you feedback about your product/service as well as spread the word about what you are doing or how much theyenjoy your product!

Incorporating Social Media Marketing to your businesses marketing strategy will increase the awareness of your business to the community and will get people to recognize or otherwise become interested in your line of work.

Is Social Media Networking effective?

Are Social Networking websites actually benefiting businesses and really making a difference in the marketing of your company? Hell Yeah it is!
Today there are over 150 million users on Facebook, over 191 users on MySpace and 12.5 million users on Linkedin! Out of those millions of Social Network users, over 50% became a fan or a follower of a company or a brand.

Is this kind of Social Network Marketing here to stay?
With over 100 social networking websites on the Internet today people are becoming internet junkies and starting to do everything from shop, research, report, purchase and support all tyes of businesses, events, groups & foundations. It is super impressive that with all the Social Media that is out there less than 25% of the users had something bad or negative to say about a brand or company. But that’s OK! We call this feedback, Isn’t this a business owners dream…Indirect feedback on your company service or product? It’s like those little comment cards that everybody asks you to fill out. “How was our service? Were you satisfied with our product? Would you shop with us again?”
Except, now it is on the World Wide Web for everybody to see.

Over 90% of the businesses that are on Social Networking sites say that Social Network Marketing is working for them and is a vital platform to the visibility of their business. Consequently, the same percentile says Social Network Marketing has positively increased the reputation and branding of their company.

So I ask you…. Is Social Network Marketing effective…? I say Yes!!

That Ragged ‘ol Flag

I walked through a county courthouse square
On a park bench, an old man was sittin there.
I said, “Your court house is kinda run down,
He said, “No, it will do for our little town”.
I said “your old flag pole kinda leaned a little bit,
And that’s a ragged old flag you got hanging on it”.
He said “have a seat”, so I sat down,
He said, “is this your first time you been to our little town”
I said, “I think it is”
He said “I don’t like to brag, but we’re kinda proud of
“That Ragged Old Flag”
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“You see, we got a little hole in that flag there,
When Washington took it across the Delaware.
It got powder burned the night Francis Scott Key sat watching it, writing
“Oh Say Can You See”
It got a bad rip in New Orleans, with Packingham & Jackson tugging at its seams.
It almost fell at the Alamo beside the Texas flag,
But she waved on tho.
It got cut with a sword in Chancellorsville,
Got cut again at Shiloh Hill.
There was Robert E. Lee and Beauregard and Bragg,
And the south wind blew hard on
“That Ragged Old Flag”
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On Flanders Field in World War I,
She took a big hole from a Bertha Gun,
She turned blood red in World War II
She hung limp and low a time or two.
She was in Korea, Vietnam, She went where she was sent by her Uncle Sam.
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She waved from our ships upon the briny foam,
And now they’ve about quit waving her back here at home.
And here in her own good land,
She’s been abused, burned, dishonored, denied and refused,
And the very government for which she stands
Has been scandalized throughout out the land.
And she’s getting thread bare, and she’s wearing thin,
But she’s in pretty good shape, for the shape she’s in.
Cause she’s been through the fire before
and I know, she can take a whole lot more.
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So we raise her up every morning
And we bring her down every night,
We don’t let her touch the ground,
And we fold her up right.
On second thought
I do like to brag
Cause I’m mighty proud of
“That Ragged Old Flag”