Elaina Buzzell

Everyone’s an Account Man

If you’ve watched Mad Men at all, you’ve heard variations of this line thrown around at least a few times. Likewise, if you’ve been in nonprofits for very long, you’ve heard our sector’s variation, “Everyone’s a fundraiser”. These phrases are used so often, that it seems like there is an assumption that everyone knows what they mean, but in both cases, it’s clear that everyone could use a bit of explanation. Read the rest of this entry »

Guest Post On Project Management Today at Idealware

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Many nonprofit technology projects have gone south near the finish line due to a departure of a key staff member. Today, I have a guest post up on Idealware‘s blog sharing good planning tips to make sure that your tech project can withstand a staff change. Bonus, if you’re a Marvel Comics fan, this post takes inspiration from the Captain America story.

Check out the full post here: A Project Management Lesson from Captain America

The Right Tool for the Job

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I love multi-tools. I love when form meets function and when items have many uses – for instance, I love my 20-function pocket bike tool as it allows me to handle most minor repairs on the road.

That said, I also recognize a limit to multi-function usefulness, and sometimes it’s best to find the best tool rather than one that does everything. To this end, when I’m working on my bike at home, I rarely reach for that beloved multi-tool, because the full-sized tools will allow me to finish the repair much more quickly and efficiently. Read the rest of this entry »