We use the following management tools to measure and analyse business activity.
Our vision is that management applies to businesses of all sizes. We hope to apply our experience of information systems to help small businesses analyse their performance and organise their development.
Development and Design
The planning system
We use Simplemind for mindmapping to focus on specific areas, for design and pulling information together.
We might engage in more formal design using Enterprise Architect by Sparx Systems helps us to design our future business system in UML. A systems design tool is of particular use when working for a third party or customer.
Trello has comprehensive features which we use in everyday planning and across all GTD horizons.
I have observed a management process that we go through to determine next actions.
Business management tools are software which help to manage your business, fix objectives and plan for change.
If you are a small business owner, you would be well advised to read as many books as possible on techniques to manage your business. You will probably find that the greatest challenge is the one that you least expected.
You may have expected to just be able to exercise your trade or provide your services, without considering all the roles you would have to take on.
Keeping work and life in balance
If you want to keep your business in proportion with the rest of your life, you will need to be organised.
We discuss methods for organising your time and priorities, analysing your activity, setting objectives and planning to bring desired outcomes into reality.
If you like the idea of seeing your business keep pace with your environment, then you should find some material of interest here.
Many thinking hats
The greatest challenge in management is to address the multitude of roles that business demands. This means defining them and getting them to work together to fulfil orders and generate future business.
Business Management Techniques
We discuss techniques such as:
- Mindmapping and brainstorming your situation
- Evernote as the central document library
- Systems Analysis using UML
- Getting Things Done
- A choice of project management method
- Analysis of Strengths, Weaknesses (SWOT)
- Kepner Tregoe project definition and execution with Ayoa
- Working with Purpose and for enjoyment
Productionise and improve
The overall objective is to apply industrial techniques to productionise, make a profit and sustain business development. We hope that you find what you are looking for.