PofE 077: Thomas Edison's Innovation and Invention Process


"Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration." -Thomas Edison


Thomas Edison became an inventor and innovator who presented several breakthroughs that made a profound impact on the lives of those during his time and shaped the development of the standard of living for those today. As a boy, he would often travel back and forth between Detroit and Port Huron. He would bring fresh produce to Detroit consumers while returning to Port Huron with the most recent Detroit newspapers. He eventually hired others his age to expand his business. He understood from an early age the importance of recognizing the needs of consumers and setting out to create products to satisfy those needs.

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PofE 076: Wally, Famous Amos Innovator of the Chocolate Chip Cookie


"Most of us understand that innovation is enormously important. It's the only insurance against irrelevance. It's the only guarantee of long-term customer loyalty. It's the only strategy for out-performing a dismal economy." -Gary Hamel


  • The Founder of Famous Amos Cookies, Wally Amos was born Wallace Amos Jr. on July 1, 1936, in Tallahassee, Florida.
  • He began on the path to becoming an American entrepreneur when his Aunt Delia, who baked homemade, taught him how to bake her recipe for chocolate chip and pecan cookies.
  • His love of cooking led him to enroll in the Food Trades Vocational High School and he studied culinary arts for two years.

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PofE 075: PwC's 2014 Project Portfolio Management Trends and Insights

TrendsThree years ago, I published a post on Project Portfolio Management Maturity and the PwC's 2012 global project management report which includes key survey results on Portfolio Management insights collected from over 1500 IT leaders in 38 countries. In 2014, PwC published another report and I've provided my thoughts and insights from reviewing the report and I've provided a list of lessons learned or take aways I've gleaned.

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PofE 074: John Maxwell, The Thought Leader of Leadership


The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.

- Kenneth Hartley Blanchard Tweet: The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority. 
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John C. Maxwell is an internationally recognized expert on the principles of leadership. The founder of EQUIP, the John Maxwell Company, and the author of numerous books that have sold more than 19 million copies, John has spoken to Fortune 500 companies, international government leaders, and provided leadership training to the National Football League, the United Nations, and the Military Academy at West Point.


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PofE 073: Portfolio Management Categorization, Optimization and Re-calibration

Project Portfolio Management is one of the key activities that an organization can perform to consistently deliver business value to its stakeholders. According to Gartner, IT spending is on pace to grow by $3.8 trillion globally in 2015, which is a 2.4% increase from 2014. Despite this slow growth outlook, IT organizations can utilize the core competencies of Project Portfolio Management to drive greater value creation through the process of categorization, optimization and recalibration of their IT investment assets. This presentation will discuss the challenges of creating business value through the vehicle of project portfolio management by providing insight into:

  • A better understanding of value creation through project execution.
  • Aligning project selection and resource optimization with business needs.
  • Mapping project investment to organizational priorities.


PofE 072: 7 Principles For Developing A Culture That Works!

Great organizational culture accounts for a 20% to 30% performance improve according to Harvard Professor Emeritus James L. Heskett. Tweet: Great organizational culture accounts for a 20 to 30% performance improve according to Harvard Professor Heskett.  http://ctt.ec/Z5b0o+ #PMOT #CIO Leaders must implement the principles of great culture development to create a truly high performing organization. These are the same principles required to implement a world-class portfolio management capability for your chapters. This presentation reveals the 7 principles that successful organizations implement to develop a culture that works.

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PofE 071: 3 Ways To Improve Organizational Productivity With Portfolio Management

Productivity gains are key to the bottom line profits of your department and organization because they allow you to accomplish more with less. The purpose of this webinar is to discuss the 3 vital elements that can help you and your organization increase its productivity gains by:

  • Cascading Activity Alignment
  • Optimizing Resource Utilization
  • Increasing Throughput and Value Creation

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PofE 070: Making The Most of Your Constrained Resources

Achieving and maintaining an optimized resource allocation process is difficult and is a highly diffused process. During this webinar recording, I will discuss ways to address this issue and review the following how to items:  

  • Create a pull resource planning process 
  • Develop a systematic capacity process 
  • Implement a principles resource center decision framework
  • Practical Steps you can take to address this problem

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PofE 069: Dr. Willie Jolley, An Attitude of Excellence


The premise of “An Attitude of Excellence”, written by Dr. Willie Jolley is that excellence is the hallmark or touchstone for all high-performing organizations. Dr. Willie Jolley has delivered the content of this book to organizations such as Verizon Communication, Dell, Marriott, Walmart, and most notably Ford Motor Company. This book provides a new framework that he has developed to help organizations achieve two main objectives:

1)     To enable organizations to create a culture of excellence.

2)     For individuals to have a personal framework for doing their best personally and professionally.

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PofE 068: How to Improve Your Organization's PPM Maturity Level

The essence of an IT strategic plan is to align the IT department with the organization’s strategic intent, vision and business objectives in concert with the senior executive team. The goal is to develop a road map of initiatives and activities that will enable the organization to achieve the vision, and optimize the IT resource capability to deliver on the promised benefits and outcomes needed to accomplish the firm’s mission. The purpose of this webinar is to review the maturity levels of an organization’s Project Portfolio Management practice that will help the firm accomplish this mission.