Shed the ‘Thin Skin’

2020-01-24T09:14:16+00:00Categories: Industry Insights, Kevin Torf's Blogs, Project Management Insights, T2 Tech Blog|

What is an Olympic athlete without a coach to provide feedback and direction? For Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps, that coach is Bob Bowman. He first coached Michael at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club and later with the U.S. Olympic Team. The knowledge possessed by a coach can help an athlete achieve success throughout their playing [...]

Avoid Creating Avalanches

2020-01-16T13:25:35+00:00Categories: Industry Insights, Kevin Torf's Blogs, Project Management Insights, T2 Tech Blog|

Work piles up as more demands are thrown at you. Something’s got to give, and too often, the consequences are a deadline missed, or a project cycle falling short of the original objectives. It’s a project manager’s job to make sure teams are not overwhelmed and ensure team members are not having to make the decision [...]

Check Your Baggage

2020-01-07T16:52:24+00:00Categories: Industry Insights, Kevin Torf's Blogs, Project Management Insights, T2 Tech Blog|

Every team represents a unique entity. Each is comprised of distinctly qualified professionals who bring individual opinions, expectations, judgments, prejudices, and more, to the table. When engaging your team, it’s important all members check their emotional and intellectual baggage at the door. You need a clean slate. Obtain this by promoting a fresh working environment free [...]

Keep Your Team Humble and Prepared

2019-12-17T15:52:19+00:00Categories: Industry Insights, Project Management Insights, T2 Tech Blog|

The NFL always showcases some great talent and it’s inspiring to watch and consider how the world of sports relates to project management. As I reflect on the highlights of a past game in which the winless (at the time) Cincinnati Bengals went up against the Los Angeles Rams, I wondered if the coaches of the [...]

Emulate an NBA Team

2019-12-05T09:07:59+00:00Categories: Industry Insights, Kevin Torf's Blogs, Project Management Insights, T2 Tech Blog|

In the NBA, coaches give their team guidance and strategy leading up to each game and make adjustments in timeouts during the games. Then, the team members deliver their autonomous and specialized expertise, as they work together to ensure the win – all against a ticking clock. As a project manager, emulate the NBA coach model [...]

Let Your Team Feel the Pain

2019-11-26T11:50:12+00:00Categories: Industry Insights, Kevin Torf's Blogs, Project Management Insights, T2 Tech Blog|

In the gym, it’s the ‘burn’ bringing leaner, more powerful muscles. While we may initially resist the discomfort, once we push through the pain, and see how success feels, we’re back for more. The best project managers are mentors and growth coaches. One of their greatest challenges is guiding team members to become masters of their [...]

Motivate Your Team Using Stakeholder Power

2019-11-19T08:59:33+00:00Categories: Industry Insights, Kevin Torf's Blogs, Project Management Insights, T2 Tech Blog|

Yoda once said, “Only a fully-trained Jedi Knight, with the Force as his ally, will conquer Vader and his Emperor.” While your projects don’t have to contend with Darth Vader, or the Emperor, finding the right allies makes galaxies of difference to ensure a project’s success. Stakeholders exist at many levels within the organization, whether directly [...]

Celebrating Milestones at T2 Tech Group

2019-08-14T12:51:04+00:00Categories: Company Insights, Project Management Insights, T2 Tech Blog, Team Stories|

As the Business Development and Marketing Intern at T2 Tech Group, I’ve been able to meet and work with the team on a couple different projects. I was excited when I was presented with the opportunity to interview Leigh Sleeman, a Senior IT Project Manager and Partner at T2 Tech Group. Leigh is an office favorite [...]

Managing Converged and Hyperconverged IT Projects

2019-03-20T08:56:41+00:00Categories: Project Management Insights, T2 Tech Blog|

If you are a project manager in the IT space you’ve probably come across the terms converged infrastructure, and hyperconverged appliance, which both essentially mean taking storage, compute and networking, and putting them together to be managed by a single interface. As many of our customers are thinking about it in some way, shape, or form, [...]

An Insider Q and A: Adopting Our Methodology

2018-08-15T14:01:24+00:00Categories: Company Insights, Project Management Insights, T2 Tech Blog, Team Stories|

After reading our previous blog post about lessons learned through playing sports and “The Story Behind the Name”, you’ll get a sense of our company’s values, drive and commitment to clients and projects. While professional basketball is a part of his past, Christopher Jackson, our newest project manager, still carries his commitment to excellence and strong [...]