When I say ‘template’, I don’t mean a single-paged document with a few headings that you have to try and craft a report from.
I mean a multi-paged, fully branded document based on a company-wide style sheet.
And I mean a structured document with standard headers, footers, sections, headings, and lots of instructions to explain what’s expected of the author.
So, why go to all that bother?
Because those sorts of templates make good business sense. Continue reading
Every project document explains or reports some part of the process.
So it’s important your project documents are consistent and clear. And that they accurately represent your process.
You’re most likely using templates to create your project documents.
But the templates may not be put together in a way that’s helping you get the best result.
What impact is this having on your project schedules and budgets?
Probably more than you think. Continue reading
But have you watched someone adept at using them, like a carpenter?
They know how to use this simplest of tools in a way that I can’t. And a hammer only does two things: puts in nails and takes them out.
So where does that leave us using complex tools? Say, business productivity tools?
You know the tools I mean: the ones most people use; the ones from the Microsoft Office suite.
I’m not talking about the specialist tools for scheduling (Project) and drawing (Visio).
I’m talking about the word processor, the slideshow and the spreadsheet tools: Word, PowerPoint and Excel. The ones you use all the time. Continue reading
How easy was it to put together?
How long did it take?
How consistent were the responses you received?
How long did the evaluation take?
Do you want to do something about these issues?
Then spend the time to develop better procurement document templates. It’ll save you time in the long run. Continue reading