The Request for Proposal (RFP) (also known as Request for Quotation) process is a very common way for the Canadian government to procure products and services from private suppliers. The federal government has recently increased procurement opportunities for Canadian businesses, and several funding programs have shifted towards gated applications and
Most companies that use Canadian government funding approach the process by matching their project to one funding program. While this is a step in the right direction for many businesses (since only half of companies use grants and loans), it’s also a missed opportunity to leverage even more funding for
Canadian government funding programs often use terminology that is difficult for applicants to understand. These terms may be uncommon, but they are significant and important to comprehend when it comes to developing competitive government funding applications. Applicants should have a basis to understand government funding programs, including the terminology used
Lean and Six Sigma initiatives are popular amongst medium and large manufacturing firms. These data-driven approaches to managing quality, waste, and continuous improvement are ideal for complex manufacturing environments where a large volume of data can be collected and analyzed, however businesses of all sizes and sectors can use the
Cost overruns, scheduling delays, reduced ROI, frustrated customers, and frustrated team members – all of these issues can be the result of poor project management.
For some reason we are willing to accept poorly managed projects in so many aspects of our lives. When a public construction project is announced, delays
For almost 10 years I’ve held management roles in both for-profit and non-profit organizations. As a young manager, I thought that in order to motivate others, I first needed to show them how to achieve desired results. This was a grave mistake, as it was only part of the picture.
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