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Project Management

Project Management is much more than meeting the scope, schedule, and budget of a project.  It is the view of The Mark Tallman Group that Project Management is work that converts strategy into action, vision into organization DNA, and holds an economic view of resource management; the study of the allocation and deployment of scarce resources which each have alternative uses.  Further we believe that projects have both bottleneck and non-bottleneck phases and tasks. 

By focusing resources on bottleneck phases and tasks, while procrastinating non-bottleneck tasks as much as possible, it becomes possible to bring projects to completion in less time, thereby saving money and decreasing resource opportunity cost by freeing resources for other projects earlier than planned.

It is our belief that too many project managers view their goal as completing the project.  We further believe that this is far too short-sighted.  Projects begin with a vision and a strategy.  The project deliverables derive desired outcomes that benefit the organization and its Customers.  It is these desired outcomes that become part of an organization's DNA creates a unique competitive advantage.

This full, 360-degree view is what separates The Mark Tallman Group’s perspective of project management from all others in this field.

Resilience

Resilience is a strategy that provides our Clients with the flexibility necessary to run their organizations in times of peril.  The Mark Tallman Group has designed, implemented, and tested resilience for the largest companies in the world, spanning more than 50 data centers, across five continents, 17 countries, and six different languages.  No other organization has this level of experience in the field of resilience.

A study of businesses in the seven buildings that comprised the World Trade Center Complex demonstrated that many offices, stores, restaurants, hotels, and services had no resilience strategy in-place at the time of the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001. Of those organizations with no resilience strategy, 43% never re-opened, 51% closed within two years of the attack, and only 6% remained in business beyond two years. It is for this reason every organization requires a comprehensive, global resilience strategy and must convert this strategy into action.  The Mark Tallman Group helps our Clients remain going concerns when peril strikes.

The Mark Tallman Group has completed global resilience projects for the largest companies in the world, spanning 17 counties, five continents, and six languages.  No other organization has this level of expertise in resilience strategy. 

Though a resilience strategy is comprised of three components

  • Business Continuity

  • Disaster Recovery

  • Pandemic Planning

it is necessary to begin with the end in mind.  To do this, all resilience strategies begin by focusing on the service level expectations of the business.  What are their functions?  What tools do they need?  What is the key technology and data they use in their work?  How quickly must they be operational after an impacting incident?  How many people do they need working in the first six hours, 24 hours, etc.? 

Once these questions, and many others, are answered, it is time to convert the resilience strategy into action.

Business Continuity

Business continuity addresses the people, places in which they work, their tools such as laptop computers, printers, phones, FAX machines, copy machines, and the processes they must follow to do their work. 

The Mark Tallman Group has extensive expertise to not only develop the business continuity plan, but how to help Clients find alternative work locations in the event of an impacting incident that causes their primary workspace to become inaccessible. 

The outcome of this work is a series of comprehensive business continuity plans that fully plan address the needs of the people, their workspace, and the tools necessary to perform their business functions in any situation.

Disaster Recovery

Disaster recovery addresses the data center facilities, the infrastructure, the network, the hardware, the firmware, the software, and the intellectual property including the data.

The facility and infrastructure includes the physical building, the raised floor, the power, cooling, the UPS, the generator, and the breakers.  The network includes both the local and wide-area networks.  The remaining items include the racks, the servers, the storage, the firmware such as adapter cards in devices, the software and the intellectual property which includes the data and the organization DNA imprint on the data center solutions.

The outcome of this work is a working model that ensure our Clients can continue to deliver enabling technology to both their employees and their Customers when peril strikes.

Pandemic Planning

Pandemic planning addresses how our Clients respond to unique staffing and service needs when widespread illness incapacitates or eliminates a significant percentage of an organization's personnel.

The outcome of this work enables our Clients to ensure they continue to function in the event of a pandemic, causing them to move forward with less than an optimal Team.