About Dennis Stroud

Dennis Stroud is Spitfire's President, resident Microsoft Excel guru and the go-to guy for all questions about Budgets, Forecasts, Schedule of Values and project accounting. His postings on this site are all his own and do not necessarily represent Microsoft or Spitfire's positions, strategies or opinions.

Who Cares?

If you have been following the recent blogs of my colleagues, the collection portrays an interesting tapestry of middle-class USA. They write about people, specifically about traits like experience and wisdom, effort versus skill, and the status of modern day written communication.

WHO CARES?

That only applies to Gen-X and Baby Boomers

Apparently, the 21st century’s impression of you is reduced to your ability to articulate an entire hypothesis in 140 Twitter characters, how great your Facebook page is, your count of followers on LinkedIn, and how tech savvy you are. “Old school” values like those depicted in the blogs don’t seem to matter anymore, especially to Millennials.

Marketers tend to focus on a lot of energy on Millennials. Their lives are deconstructed on many different levels, and there’s research to be found on anything ranging from their top financial goals to the ways in which they use their phones. Those analyses are all helpful in their own right, but—stepping back to the big picture for a moment—how many of these prized individuals are there in the U.S.? The latest data out from the Census Bureau gives a sense of how large this coveted generation is:

  • Ages 18-24: 31.2 million (9.7%)
  • Ages 25-34: 44.1 million (13.7%)

In their last published stats, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicted that by 2015 millennials would overtake the majority representation of the workforce and by 2030 this hyper-connected, savvy generation will make up 75% of the workforce.

Millennials are accustomed to being connected anywhere, at any time. As Alastair Mitchell wrote in Wired:

Millennials are a generation that will seek to solve problems themselves and if they’re not satisfied with the technology being offered to them, they’ll find something else to use. While 16% of office workers use Dropbox to store work documents, this rises to 31% of 18-24-year olds and 24% of 25-31-year olds. 22% of both age groups also use Google Drive and 29% of 18-24-year olds use iCloud.

Millennials are not just influencing the direction of software but driving expectations and forcing supplies to evaluate and revise “old school” business processes to accommodate the 21st century business model.

Software developers, like Spitfire Management, who accept change and endorse, rather than ignore, the Millennial force will flourish.

A founding principle of Spitfire is the requirement to be on the leading edge of technology. So how have we responded to the Millennial force for years?

Here is a short list about our Spitfire Project Management System; our roadmap for the future is even more exciting.

  • 2003 Web/cloud-based project management
  • 2004 Integration with Microsoft Office suite
  • 2005 Advanced web/cloud collaboration
  • 2008 Optional ERP extensions
  • 2010 Android mobile app
  • 2012 API’s streamlining system integration
  • 2014 Multi-Cloud cloud to “play well in the sandbox with others”
  • 2014 Cloud synchronization with Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.
  • 2016 Active cloud synchronization version control with audit trails

To pull this off we relied on some “old school” traits like experience, wisdom, effort, skill and communications. So, while we learn from the Millennials, we still have a thing or two to offer them too. Maybe they do care!

If you are looking for a project management application that will keep your company on the leading edge of market demands, give us a call.

 

 

Is a Picture Worth a Thousand Words?


Recently, I sat through a product demo where the presenter filled most of the presentation time flipping from graph to graph to illustrate the power and flexibility of his product.

I must admit the presenter had put a great deal of thought into his storyboard and how to best show “what sells.” His delivery was crisp and polished.

He had me sold on a great graph presentation tool—but that wasn’t what I was really looking for.

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When It’s Broke

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“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” — an English proverb credited to Bert Lance (1931-2013) in 1977.

I stick with this motto when it comes to almost everything, but most assuredly when it relates to the technology I use while doing business day-to-day. Do you want to see my productivity go down the toilet? Then change something that impacts my routine!

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Realign and Redefine

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As everything is changing around us, it is imperative that we remain open-minded, flexible, adaptive and able to leverage the flood of everything new.

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has exited our solar system to explore the Kuiper Belt (a 10-year trip), Juno just entered orbit around Jupiter (a 5-year trip) for a 20-month review before a career ending dive through the atmosphere, and Hitomi recorded x-rays from 240 million light years away while tracking a supermassive black hole in February of this year.

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