6 things small A/E firms should consider about QuickBooks (and why I love small firms)!

I have a 25 year history in the A/E industry that started at a small software company in Fort Collins, Colorado.  They shall remain nameless but we offered an accounting/project management system for small architectural/engineering firms.  Over the course of the first 18 years of my career I got to know how these firms manage […]

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“Kiss a lot of Frogs” or Strategies to Take Your Engineering Firm to the Next Level

I’ve spent the last two days in Phoenix at the ACEC Annual Fall Convention.  Not only is this an opportunity for us to exhibit and talk to engineering firms about Praesto (our project management system for small firms) but it’s also an opportunity for me to gather tidbits of information I can share with our […]

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Industry Association Involvement: Five ways to help convince your technical team it is worthwhile!

I have had the privilege of belonging to the Society of Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) for more than a decade.   I originally “targeted” this association because I was marketing/selling marketing database software to Architecture/Engineering firms.   I thought I would go to a few luncheons and get leads and sell software.   This organization was a prime […]

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Project Management Software – Push Your Limits for Success (and my attempt at 104 miles)!

I did complete the Century.  I can say I’ve ridden 100 miles.  In fact, I rode 103 but I was not successful at completing the 104 mile course.  I will tell you all about my ride at the end, for those of you following my story, but first let’s talk about Project Management software. As […]

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Architects/Engineers – minimize your non-billable time and focus on doing what you love!

I’ve been stuck running on the treadmill. I am sure that most of you have heard about the torrential flooding in Colorado.  I am lucky enough to be in an area that wasn’t hard hit.  We had some roads closed due to the flooding and the kids were out of school on Friday but today […]

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What derails your projects? Architects/Engineers need to manage “flat tires”!

My cycling training plans have taken some unexpected turns during the past few rides.  I’ve been derailed with a small accident, flat tires, dropped chains and even trains stopped and stuck in my planned path (twice!).   These are all things that a rider can recover from but it definitely changes the plans for the day […]

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The Business of Architecture/Engineering: It’s not the fun part?! Five things your systems should do!

You set out to build and design.  You wanted to make an impact in the built-environment.    You wanted to spend your days doing what you are really good at.   You got a degree.  You probably chose a specialty.   You found a job – or maybe started a firm of your own. Then came time sheets, […]

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