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Academic Design Trends

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

This interview follows on an FMCC webinar with principal designers and teachers Lisa Killaby, Kay Sargent, and Greg Tew with the title, Back to School, How Academic Design Trends Are Reshaping The Workplace. In a convincing way, Lisa, Kay, and Greg make the point that the modern academic and corporate built environments can be indistinguishable from each other. We FMs are wholly aware that the organizations we serve increasingly seek a dynamic and diverse workforce and a culture of mentorship, collaboration, community, discovery, innovation, and well being in a variety of physical settings. A welcoming environment for data center administrators, say, might look and feel different from one for marketing, but the same elements can be present to confer positive business results. All the same, FMs must contribute to life cycle models that include ROI in order to support executive decision making and to plan our budgets. Academic facilities and their use can give us a look ahead. And in these times, “ahead” becomes “right now” very soon.


IFMAFMCC Eastern Live Webinar – “Un-Sensored! Analytics for Lower-Tech Facilities” by Nitin Bangera & Dwayne Henclewood

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

IFMAFMCC Eastern Live Webinar – “Un-Sensored! Analytics for Lower-Tech Facilities” by Nitin Bangera & Dwayne Henclewood


Haven’t been able to attend @ Facility Fusion 2016 Montreal? Check out our Twitter Collection by Markus Groll

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Not able to attend @ Facility Fusion 2016 Montreal? Check out our Twitter Collection Facility Fusion 2016, Montreal . If you did not have the opportunity to attend, my twitter collection furnishes impressions and some great highlights. FF 2016 Montreal//


Did you miss Facility Fusion 2016 Indianapolis? Check out our Twitter Collection by Markus Groll

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

Did you miss Facility Fusion 2016 Indianapolis? Check out our Twitter Collection Facility Fusion 2016, Indianapolis is nearly over. If you did not have the opportunity to attend, my twitter collection furnishes impressions and some great highlights. FF2016 Indi//


FM Consultants Podcast 2015-12 – Discussion by Jon Martens (USA), Stephen O. Jagun (Nigeria), Chris Payne (UK) & David Reynolds (USA)

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

FM Consultants Podcast 2015-12 – Discussion by Jon Martens (USA), Stephen O. Jagun (Nigeria), Chris Payne (UK) & David Reynolds (USA) on “Eko Atlantic City”

Recorded on: June 9th, 2015

Panel:
Jon E. Martens, IFMA Fellow, President, JEMCOR LLC
Stephen Ola Jagun, Principal Partner, Jagun Associates
Chris Payne, CSS Consultancy & FMCC STAG Member as Social Media Coordinator
David Reynolds, FMCC STAG Member as Podcast & Audio Coordinator

Overview:

The Nigerian government/Lagos State was in search of a permanent solution to protect Bar Beach in Victoria Island from the impact of severe coastal erosion, and to safeguard Victoria Island from the threat of flooding. This area is expected to become the new financial epicentre of West Africa by the year 2020. By that time, Nigeria will be one of the world’s 20 largest economies. Eko Atlantic is the essential city for Lagos currently under construction off Bar Beach, Victoria Island. The impact on the FM is significant, as it will demand a paradigm shift in the current state to a future state that combines influence and capabilities, the utilization of expertise and the reduction of cost, and the creation of a transparent environment requiring more effective communication. It is the transformation from management to leadership, from facility management to organizational leadership.

Questionaire:

1. Have there been any steps taken to identify, recruit and train the facilities management personnel that will be required?
2. How does the Eko Atlantic planning process include occupant input while the city is not yet built?


FM Consultants Podcast 2015-11 – Discussion by Teena Shouse (USA), David Reynolds (USA) & Chris Payne (UK)

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

  FM Consultants Podcast 2015-11 – Discussion by Teena Shouse (USA), David Reynolds (USA) & Chris Payne (UK) on “Benchmarking: It’s Much More Than Just a Bunch of Numbers” Recorded on: May 28th, 2015 Panel: Teena Shouse, CFM, IFMA Fellow David Reynolds, CFM,FMP, Jackson Mississippi, USA (HOST/Interviewer) Chris Payne, CSS Consultancy & FMCC STAG Member as Social Media… Read the full article »


FM Consultants Podcast 2015-10 – Discussion by Kit Tuveson (USA), Bill Conely (USA) and David Reynolds (USA)

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

FM Consultants Podcast 2015-10 – Discussion by Kit Tuveson (USA), Bill Conely (USA) and David Reynolds (USA)on “Communication in consulting Projects”

Kit Tuveson and Bill Conely condense a wealth of FM experience with consulting project communications into a few minutes of accurate and sharply focused guidance on a topic that can never receive too much attention. Bill begins by asserting that the consultant carries the load for project communication concerning every project member, activity, and development: current and future.

A consultant can never communicate too much, nor too well, nor receive too much feedback, even when progress is steady and uneventful – and especially when not. Staying positive doesn’t get the job done on its own, but nothing else works nearly as well without it.

How does a consultant know what, when, and whether project communications are working? Kit engages this question by collecting the communication tools available and dialog with the client as to which to employ, in what style, when, how, and how to make adjustments when needed. A client should experience a consultant as proactive and transparent, exceeding expectations in communication. Doing so stands against the hazards that hide in assumptions that work is going smoothly, on the way to the next milepost, and more after. Assume everything is fine until it turns out that it’s not? Bad idea. Communication is how you and your client will know what’s happening, and what to do.

You may notice the quality of Kit Tuveson’s voice is raspy. Kit was ill with cancer when he recorded this podcast in March of 2015. He has since passed away and we deeply regret his loss. We will always be grateful for his commitment to IFMA’s FM Consultants Council. We invite you to listen. In Kit’s typical fashion, he will lead you to enjoy and to glean something worthwhile.


FM Consultants Podcast 2015-08 – Discussion by Ted Ritter (USA), Joachim Hohmann (Germany) and David Reynolds (USA)

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Dr. Joachim Hohmann and Ted Ritter (of Germany and U.S. respectively) are partners in surveying of FM technology use and trends. On the date of this podcast, they presented a much longer FMCC webinar (archive available), detailing the background and implications arising from the subjects this brief interview.

What approaches can a consultant use to ensure value to a client over the life cycle of a technology? Prof. Hohmann focuses on the life cycle itself, as the hub of a project that introduces a critical technology, emphasizing that, at the present time, a technology should realize value promptly to meet a life cycle of approximately five years. Ted Ritter outlines the technical and organizational characteristics and trends making a short a life cycle feasible and desirable: cloud computing, viewing technology as an operating expense versus a capital expense, and pushing down technology decisions to business line managers. Despite globalization of technology, a consultant must be mindful of customs and expectations in the client’s country in guiding the project.


#IFMAFMCC at your fingertips – The FMCC APP featured on #WorldFMDay The IFMA FMCC App for iPhone and Android:

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

  The FMCC App for iPhone and Android: We proudly announce the publishing of our APP (of course for iPhone and Android)! Access a wealth of consultancy knowledge through IFMA’s Facility Management Consultant’s Council app. Facility management thought-leadership at your fingertips. We are delighted to announce that the FMCC has recently launched version 1.0 of… Read the full article »


FM Consultants Podcast 2015-05 – Discussion by Daniel Goldsmith (USA), Chris Payne (UK) and David Reynolds (USA)

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Consultant knowledge, skill and confidence, and, notably, character, form the foundation of the client relationship. Daniel Goldsmith builds on these pillars with what the consultant brings to the growing relationship from each of the three. But how does an FM consultant know that the relationship is firm and healthy? Chris Payne contributes a variety of indications, useful separately and together. Finally, the panelists emphasize how FM consulting is much more than subject matter expertise. Consultant integrity, being an effective communicator, and fitting smoothly into the dynamic work environment, and carrying through with valuable deliverables bring trust to sustain the relationship.