Resources and Tools
This is the tools and methods section of the 1stoutsource. Here you will find articles on methods and research many of which will have examples and templates for you to download – I do this to share knowledge and generate new ideas from feedback – so if you have suggestions for improvement please reply (below) or put a question in the Q&A forums and I will see what I can do.
I have loaded a simple contract template for consulting services – mostly clients will have a template already in hand from procurement. If you do not have anything you may find this one useful. It is pretty basic but contains the essential elements. I’ll post an affiliate version is there is any demand.
This is one of the short chapters from an ebook published by BizFace – its subject is hiring consultants. In the ebook you will be taken through a step-by-step guide into identifying the need, deciding what consultant is best for the job and selcting a suitable candidate. Comes complete with templates for the contract, problem are definition as well as a consulting person spec and seclection record. The full ebook is to purchase on the BizFace world forum.
I have created a generic Quality plan for the community that may be useful as a starter for you own efforts in your company. Below is an extract from the first page of this 35 page document. A PDF of the full thing is avaiable to download – a link back to this post or even a thank you would be appreciated.
MEA (Means-Ends Analysis) is an a approach that puts together aspects of both forward and backward reasoning in that both the condition and action portions of rules are considered when we decide which rules to apply. The logic of the process takes into account the gap between the current situation and the desired goal – where we wish to get to and proposes actions in order to close the gap between the two.
When you work from a home office, you automatically put yourself at risk for greater distractions than if you worked in a typical office environment. You may have to deal with the distractions of children, pets, your spouse, neighbours, radio, television, and your refrigerator. Don’t let home office clutter be added to the list! Having a messy or cluttered home office will do nothing more than add to your stress load and make you less productive.
The hardest part of writing is the first sentence. When you look at the whole project, it seems like an impossible task. That’s why you have to break it down into manageable tasks. Think of climbing a mountain. You are standing at the foot of it and looking up at its summit vanishing into the clouds. How can you possibly scale such an immense and dangerous mountain? There is only one way to climb a mountain ? step by step.