Tag Archives: Action Plan

Action Item Log – MS Excel/Word – Software Testing Templates

Download the Action Item Log Excel and Word templates to help your Software Testers improve the quality of their QA documentation. Learn more about the Software Testing Templates. What is an Action Item? An action item is a single task, activity, or action that is typically performed by a single individual. In software testing, an action […]

9 Mistakes to Avoid When Starting Your First Business

In 1996, I downloaded Netscape Navigator 2.0 and got on the web. It was incredible. If you weren’t there, it’s hard to explain the sheer excitement of getting your first AOL account, dialing up to go online, waiting for your first page to slowly download, and then going WOW!

The first day I went online—it was a lovely Sunday, I still remember it—I stayed online for 7 hours straight. I was transfixed. The world outside melted into the background. Hook, line and sinker. I was pulled in.

What’s the one habit wealthy people practice that you don’t?

Goethe, the author The Sorrows of Young Werther, was once asked how he’d achieved so much. I don’t play chess, he replied. Chess was the TV of its day. Or maybe social media. Or sports. You get the idea. According to a report from Business Insider, the main difference between rich and poor really boils […]

Project Manager’s Dilemma: Soft Deadlines v Hard Deadlines?

In the fairy tale, The Boy who cried Wolf, the villagers stopped believing the child. There was no wolf, they thought which was true until one day… The same thing occurs when you – or someone above you – creates an artificial deadline. I’m looking at a report that says we have a hard deadline […]

The One Surprising Benefit of a Daily Action Plan (Excel templates)

I’m not the type of person that likes to plan, but I do see the benefit. Taking f.a.t., for example. It’s really hard to get rid of. Try as I might it just won’t budge. Actually, that’s not totally true. If I create a goal, stick to it, and measure my success, the pounds do […]

10-Step Action Plan to Increase ‘Offline’ Sales

It’s easy to confuse Action Plans and To Do lists? From one angle, they both have the same objectives. What I find is that I often end up with lots of to do lists, which are really hard to keep track of. And, it’s very difficult to see if they’re working or making any real difference. After […]

The Michael Phelps Action Plan Tip

He’d just won. The first time I saw Michael Phelps was the interview that followed afterwards. Somehow I’d missed the race. ‘We’re not there yet.’ What caught my attention – and this came up a lot during the Olympics – was that even though he’d just won his fourth of fifth medal, his focus was […]

The Jennifer Hudson Guide to Size Zero Writing

You have to admire Jennifer Hudson. When most celebrities go from ‘full-bodied’ to size zero, there’s a backlash, especially from loyal fans who feel they’ve sold out. Jennifer seems to be the exception. As a business writer, I try to look at situations like this. What makes it so different? What kernel of an idea […]

How to Improve Action Plans with To Do Lists

To bring your Action Plan to life, create a To Do list in MS Excel. Once you have developed your Action Plan, you need to allocate time to each activity. To Do lists are one of the simplest ways to track, monitor and improve your Action Plan’s tasks. Action Plans: Creating To Do Lists The […]

The Lazy Man’s Guide to Action Plans

If you have never written an Action Plan before, you want to know, how do I get started, what needs to go into the Action Plan, and can you show me some samples? In this series of tutorials, I will help you define your Action Plan; give examples to download; show you how to format your MS Word templates.