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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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Weighing Prioritization Drivers; Choosing the projects of highest impact to your strategic goals.

Analysis paralysis is a struggle all decision makers in organizations can relate to. When so many project requests come in, how do they decide what to say yes to and what to devote an organizations’ limited resources to?  In our last post, we went over the concept of prioritization drivers. Prioritization drivers are target outcomes that align with your organizations overarching strategic objectives. However, it’s important to understand how these goals relate to one another in value and impact. Defining the weight of your drivers and aligning on priorities is a great place to start.  

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