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Michael Coxhead

Michael Coxhead

Michael is responsible for the Business Process & Analysis practice. He works with clients on a wide range of business process & analysis engagements, including data modeling, process improvement and requirements engineering for strategy, dec...

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Potential versus Production

Potential versus Production

Watson seems to be all over the news lately. From tax preparation IBM Watson and H&R Block, to diagnosing cancer IBM Watson Fighting Cancer, IBM’s AI product seems to be having a resurgence.  I say resurgence because over five years ago Trillium managed projects that successfully in... Continue reading…

What’s the big deal anyway?

What’s the big deal anyway?

Some people believe resume, LinkedIn and Internet sourcing is so easy that sourcing is either dying or dead or can be performed for $6/hour. After all, resume and LinkedIn sourcing appears simple and easy on the surface, however – it is deceptively difficult and complex. Anyone can find cand... Continue reading…

Finding some people is easy… finding the best people IS NOT!

Finding some people is easy… finding the best people IS NOT!

In addition to the individuals that recruiters find while searching a system for job candidates, there are people that could be a good fit, but aren't found because of the lack of a specific keyword in a text box or missing value from a dropdown. Clues to a great candidate are hidden in the fr... Continue reading…

What Do I Know?

What Do I Know?

Trillium staff have hands-on practical experience, (read that as trying to find people to fill real jobs), with many of the industry leading search applications specifically designed for human capital data, so when I talk on the matter of semantic search, I’m not throwing around empty opinio... Continue reading…

Watson is Relatable

Watson is Relatable

If you search YouTube, you can find the historic Jeopardy episode and watch as IBM’s Super Computer “Watson” blows away Brad Rutter, Jeopardy’s all-time biggest money winner, along with Ken Jennings, the show’s record holder for longest championship streak. The formid... Continue reading…

5 Goals of a PM

5 Goals of a PM

These goals are generic to all industries and all types of projects. I set these 5 goals for every project I manage. Goal 1: Finish on time This is the oldest but trickiest goal in the book. It’s the most difficult because the requirements often change during the project and the schedule ... Continue reading…

What’s the difference between a user story and a task?

What’s the difference between a user story and a task?

Well that’s an easy question, I thought. I began to think and realized it wasn’t actually such an easy difference after all. I’d been using the two terms, "user story' and “task” for years, and they seemed pretty distinct in my head. User stories were on the ... Continue reading…

How You Gather Requirements Sends a Message!

How You Gather Requirements Sends a Message!

You are the customer and I am the consultant working with you to develop some software changes for your packaged software. As the consultant I can take two approaches for gathering requirements: Option #1: “What would you like?” An open-ended question that will generate a lot of feed... Continue reading…

Big Thoughts about Big Data

Big Thoughts about Big Data

Big Data is Not a Technical Issue, it’s About People For 95 percent of all problems, the technology and tools are available to handle everything you need to do.  It really comes down to people, politics, and policies. The technology is there to implement, but you need buy in, you need... Continue reading…

“AND” not “OR”

“AND” not “OR”

Wikipedia, my favorite source for definitions of things I already think I know, defines analytics as “the science of analysis …”. Overtly simple and in my opinion, too simple. The next statement is " … analytics is the process of obtaining an optimal or realistic decision... Continue reading…

Time to Recover

Time to Recover

OK, if I asked, everybody would tell me that they are backing up their data.  And some are even testing their ability to restore data from those backups, but even for those companies that go through that exercise, few of them are aware of how long the recovery process actually takes. The ol... Continue reading…

Being Agile

Being Agile

Someone asked me how agile project management is different than traditional project management. I thought about it for a while, as there are several differences, but I wanted to give an answer that described those differences in a meaningful way. Finally, I decided one of the best ways to describe... Continue reading…

Accepting Disruption

“A definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” (Albert Einstein) Thankfully, that makes a lot of sense. As much as industries are calling for (in fact need) innovation to take competitive advantage, there appears to be a reluctan... Continue reading…