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Look at the Glass Half Empty – a Pre-Mortem Exercise

Anyone who has worked with Echo Consulting knows we like to end each meeting with the question "are there any other risks or issues we have not discussed today and need to be added to our project log?". At Echo Consulting, we are passionate about risk management. We believe wholeheartedly that the best way to mitigate risks is to create a safe space for team members to bring forward risks ahead of time to discuss mitigation strategies. That’s one of the reasons we love the concepts of pre-mortems. It creates an environment for the team to share their personal lessons

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Team Member Highlight: Kelly Pratt

As I reflect back on my experiences as well as on what I hope to contribute to Echo Consulting, it all centers around that client relationship and how I use a consistent set of values each time I have the opportunity to work with and consult with clients.

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Inspiring Women Pioneers who Paved the Way

March is Women’s History Month – a subject very close to Echo’s hearts. As a woman owned and lead business, we are aware of the barrier’s women face in the workforce and the gender gap that still very much exists today that we fight to change daily. Statistics from Adeva IT state that as of 2018 women hold only 25% of tech jobs and data from Property Management Institute (PMI) suggest that women currently make up only 20-30% of project management staff worldwide. We also are aware and grateful for the many women who came before us to break down barriers and pave the way for the opportunities we have today. We want to take a moment this March to recognize the many women who have fought to break down the barriers and the women who continue to shatter the glass ceilings.

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Creating a Project Intake Process for Success

     Teams of all sizes know the pain of communication breakdowns between when a project or initiative is first introduced and when it is completed. Without a defined process, projects and initiatives are introduced through all different forms of communication whether that’s casually mentioning during a meeting, a phone call, chat in the hall, or sending an email, instant message, or text. This leads to communication breakdowns, lost initiatives, and often not completing the projects of the highest value but rather the projects requested by the “squeakiest wheel”. One of the easiest ways to overcome this is to

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