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7 Tips for Successfully Managing Your Team Virtually During the Coronavirus

 

Alluvionic’s expert project managers have been managing virtual teams successfully for years, so we wanted to share some tips to help you if this is new to your entire organization.

 

  1. Have video meetings if your network can handle it. This helps keep your team connected and helps to avoid miscommunications.

 

  1. Have regularly scheduled 15-minute “stand-ups” with your team. This allows you to discuss priorities and make sure your teammates are all on the same page and engaged.

 

  1. Send out updates as needed, but at least once a week to your entire team during this stressful time. This can be as formal or informal as appropriate, but it is important that your team trusts that you are keeping them informed.

 

  1. For larger projects and organizations, make sure each team member is part of a smaller team to ensure connectivity and communication. You don’t want to leave anyone alone on an island.

 

  1. Over communicate with your team so they will over communicate with you. It’s a lot harder to pick up what’s going on when your team is not physically together in one location. To keep that synergy, you need forced communication while transitioning to this new virtual world.

 

  1. Make sure your IM is running properly. It is important that your team can reach each other easily for quick questions. This can help reduce the number of extra meetings, which saves you time and money.

 

  1. Keep an Action Registry. With communication happening virtually at the speed of email and conference calls, it’s easy for tasks to pile up.   Keeping an action registry will organize and track your activity and can help you plan your virtual workday.

Employee Spotlight: Lori Spencer

“I joined Alluvionic because Glassdoor had consistently high reviews, and  I liked that the company was energetic, customer focused, and family oriented.”

Lori Spencer, a project manager that has been a part of the Alluvionic team for 16 months, graduated with a BS in mechanical engineering from U.C. San Diego, and is PMP® and PMI-ACP® certified.  Her main responsibility is to provide project management and process improvement consulting, primarily for CMMI® implementations. Lori supported Health First in defining and deploying processes to the organization, as well as successfully project-managed the effort to attain CMMI® Maturity Level 3 and ISO 9001:2015 appraisals for Advanced IT Concepts (AITC).  Currently she is the project manager for CostPoint implementation for DRS Naval Electronics.

Lori started her career at Panasonic Aero as a software developer, creating in-flight entertainment systems, before branching into integration testing and project management, where she was fortunate to travel to exotic places, such as France and Singapore.  In the years that followed, she performed roles as a developer and project manager, finding her niche in PMO and process improvement.  Lori has worked with government, commercial, and private companies ranging in size from 10 employees to more than 10,000, and her experience includes working with IT, airline, healthcare, law enforcement, real estate, and legal marketspaces.

“Alluvionic brings together a great group of people who care about each other, support each other, and it truly feels like a team!” Lori said.  “I am thrilled to be a part of the Alluvionic team and hope this is the last job that I’ll ever have!”

In her spare time, Lori loves to do anything outdoors: snowboarding, hiking, camping, and riding her motorcycle.  She loves spending time with her two dogs by taking them on daily walks at a local park.  Lori also enjoys making handmade greeting cards.

Alluvionic Expands Business Line, Awarded GSA Schedule Contract

Alluvionic, a Melbourne-based, woman-owned, 8(a) certified solutions provider, announced it was awarded a GSA Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) Contract.  This five-year U.S. federal government contract is renewable to 20 years and establishes through vigorous evaluation that Alluvionic has fair pricing, experience, financial stability, and is identified as highly capable and qualified for government contracts.  There are just under 12,000 small businesses operating under the GSA MAS Contract with sales increasing by 16% over the past five years to a 2018 total of $13.6 billion.

“We are thrilled to be a GSA Professional Services Schedule holder and know this contract will make it easier and faster for government agencies to purchase our services,” explained Wendy Romeu, president and CEO of Alluvionic.

A 2019 Congressional Research Service report identified that the federal government had difficulty meeting the federal prime contract award goals of five percent awards to woman-owned small business.  In noting these statistics, Romeu said, “Alluvionic is here to help the government meet those goals, and we look forward to the new opportunities it will bring.”

There are multiple benefits of purchasing from the GSA Multiple Award Schedule.  Government buyers do not need to draft or post the solicitation, announce or post an award, and search through countless offers.  It is in full compliance with the Federal Competition in Contract Act (FCICA) and the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR). Compared to 180 days when purchasing through a “full and open competition,” the average time from the GSA Schedule to receive the desired products or services is 30 days.

About Alluvionic:

Founded in 2013, Alluvionic is an SBA 8(a) and EDWOSB certified solutions provider that services clients through project management, process improvement, and product development. Known as the project management experts, Alluvionic works with companies to help them achieve success by establishing processes aimed at meeting organizational goals. The company has worked with notable clients such as Leonardo DRS, Health First, Sentry View Systems, KBR, DCCA, Google, IZTEK, Jabil, Mack Technologies, NRG, Novel Engineering, Orange County Government and many others. 

 

Catch the Wave With Alluvionic

Happy New Year from the Alluvionic team! Although 2020 has just begun, so many exciting things are underway.  It’s hard to believe, but last week we celebrated our 7th anniversary! We don’t know where the time went, but we are so thankful for what we’ve accomplished over these last 7 years.

During this time, we have had the good fortune to help so many customers achieve their process and implementation goals.  Thank you to all our customers, employees, friends, and family for your continued support of Alluvionic.  You have been essential to our success and we couldn’t have done it without you!

Since our last newsletter, we received some exciting news — Alluvionic was awarded a GSA Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) Contract.  This contract allows government agencies to find and purchase our services in a much easier and faster manner and opens doors for us for continued growth!  Just last month, Alluvionic welcomed four new team members to support our internal and external projects.

To kick off the new year, we want to share with you our updated corporate vision: “To be the catalyst for innovation and progress; enabling organizations to achieve their most demanding goals.” Alluvionic is here to help your organization be the very best that it can be so don’t hesitate to contact us if there is any way we can assist you.

It has been an amazing seven years, and we feel with our start in 2020, the next seven years will be just as amazing.

Sincerely, Wendy

Alluvionic Continues to Collect and Deliver Supplies to the Bahamas

Ricardo Romeu, Alluvionic’s VP of Product Development, along with Cordell Rolle, CEO of Rolle IT, have been doing targeted drops to the Bahamas.  They deliver hundreds of pounds of food and other supplies with each drop, and they have delivered to the West End, Walkers Cay and Treasure Cay.

Alluvionic and Rolle IT will continue to support the relief efforts as this will take years, not months. We continue to be a Brevard County drop off location for specific supplies, some of which will go by boat and others by plane.  Thank you to everyone who has donated!

They are still in need of building supplies such as:  wood, drywall, planks, electrical wiring, concrete blocks, and concrete mix.

Alluvionic Joins Department of Defense SkillBridge Program

Alluvionic is proud to announce that wehave  signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Department of Defense (DoD) to become a national employer partner for the DoD SkillBridge Program.  The DoD SkillBridge program is an opportunity for military service members to gain valuable civilian work experience through specific industry training, apprenticeships, or internships during their last 180 days of service.  SkillBridge connects service members with industry partners like Alluvionic to earn real-world job experiences.

Throughout the service member’s career the Department of Defense invests tens of thousands of dollars in training for its service members.  This formal training is additionally supplemented by extensive on-the-job training and years of accumulated hands on experience.  Through the SkillBridge program, Alluvionic will tap into the expertise of transitioning service members by sponsoring internship and pre-apprenticeship opportunities through the SkillBridge program.  Alluvionic is the 84th employer partner to establish a MOU with the DoD since the program started in 2015.

Visit https://dodskillbridge.usalearning.gov/index.htm to learn more about the DoD SkillBridge Program.

Alluvionic Becomes Certified Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.) by PMI®

“Over 90 percent of organizations believe that to truly succeed, project practitioners need to have training in technical project management skills, leadership, and strategic and business management. PMI Registered Education Providers are the resource for organizations and individuals to find the right training.” – Project Management Institute (PMI)®

At the end of August, Alluvionic joined more than 1,500 R.E.P.s in more than 80 countries. These organizations include commercial training providers, academic institutions, and corporate training departments within corporations and government agencies. The Project Management Institute, the world’s largest project management member association, has named it as a Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.).  R.E.P.s are organizations that have been approved by PMI to help project managers achieve and maintain the Project Management Professional (PMP)®, Program Management Professional (PgMP)® and other PMI professional credentials. These organizations have met PMI’s rigorous quality criteria for course content, instructor qualification, and instructional design.

“We have worked hard to become an R.E.P. for PMI, and we are excited to announce that Alluvionic provides world-class, PMI approved project management training. We look forward to continuing to train project practitioners in our community and beyond to be successful project managers with the utmost excellence by following the PMI global standard,” says Wendy Romeu, President and CEO of Alluvionic.

Organizations should choose Registered Education Providers for their trainings, because not all project managers implement effective practices and principles.  According to PMI, the R.E.P. designation certifies that the organization can deliver world-class, PMI approved project management training.  R.E.P.s teach standardized project management practices, and help organizations adopt a project management mindset.

About Project Management Institute (PMI)
Project Management Institute is the world’s leading not-for-profit professional membership association for the project, program and portfolio management profession. Founded in 1969, PMI delivers value for more than 2.9 million professionals working in nearly every country in the world through global advocacy, collaboration, education and research. PMI advances careers, improves organizational success and further matures the profession of project management through its globally recognized standards, certifications, resources, tools academic research, publications, professional development courses, and networking opportunities.

Visit us at www.PMI.org, www.facebook.com/PMInstitute and on Twitter @PMInstitute.

Wendy Romeu Represents Florida in Women’s Entrepreneurship Roundtable in Washington, D.C.

On Tuesday, September 24th, Wendy Romeu, Alluvionic President & CEO, participated in the Center for American Entrepreneurship’s (CAE) Women’s Entrepreneurship Roundtable hosted by the Senate Entrepreneurship Caucus in Washington, D.C.  The event was co-hosted by Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tim Scott, and was moderated by Wendy Guillies, President & CEO of Ewing Marion Kauffmann Foundation. The roundtable, made up of 22 remarkable women founders from across the United States, discussed the issues, challenges, and obstacles experienced by women entrepreneurs.

In recent years, 17 percent of new businesses were launched by women.  The purpose of the Caucus is to bring organization, coherence, and consensus to a multi-issue agenda like entrepreneurship.  The CAE seeks to close the gap between male and female entrepreneurship, which requires evidence-based understanding of why the disparity exists.  This historical event was an important first step towards revitalizing American entrepreneurship, and understanding the obstacles that women entrepreneurs are facing.

More about CAE:

The Center for American Entrepreneurship (CAE) is a non-partisan Washington area-based 501(c)(3) policy and advocacy organization. CAE’s mission is to engage and educate policymakers in Washington, and at state and local levels across the nation, regarding the critical importance of entrepreneurs and start-ups to innovation, economic growth, and job creation, and to pursue a comprehensive policy agenda intended to significantly enhance the circumstances for new business formation, survival, and growth.

CAE’s mission is to engage and educate policymakers in Washington, and at state and local levels across the nation, regarding the critical importance of entrepreneurs and start-ups to innovation, economic growth, and job creation – and to pursue a comprehensive policy agenda intended to significantly enhance the circumstances for new business formation, survival, and growth.

Catch the Wave with Alluvionic October 2019

Wendy Romeu

Family, an Alluvionic core value, is the perfect way to describe our Brevard County community as we joined together to provide support and supplies to the people living in the Bahamas after the devastation of Hurricane Dorian.  Our Alluvionic team is so thankful to be a part of a community filled with leaders who rose to the challenge when our neighbors were in need.  Thank you all who have donated supplies to be delivered to the Bahamas.

Since our last newsletter, Alluvionic has continued to gain momentum by receiving our Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.) certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI)®, multiple speaking engagements, community involvement, and by expanding our team.  We have had opportunities to share our knowledge of technology, and our journey with our SBA 8(a) certification at events such as the AUVSI Pathfinder Symposium in Huntsville, Alabama, and the Florida SBDC’s SBA 8(a) Panel at Eastern Florida State College.  We have also represented the State of Florida on a roundtable in Washington, D.C. to advocate for women entrepreneurs nationwide.

This month, Alluvionic proudly signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Defense to become a national employer partner for the DoD SkillBridge Program.  The SkillBridge program is an opportunity for Service members to gain valuable civilian work experience through specific industry training, apprenticeships, or internships during the last 180 days of service.  Alluvionic is the 84th employer partner to establish a MOU with the DoD since the program started in 2015.  Members of our Alluvionic team have also joined the PMI® Space Coast Board of Directors.  We are grateful for this opportunity and look forward to furthering the mission to advance the project management profession on Florida’s Space Coast.

Alluvionic has had amazing opportunities and successes this year, and we are excited to finish out 2019 strong.  We will have a booth at the NASA Business Opportunities Expo on October 23rd, and we look forward to seeing you there!

Alluvionic Hires Military Veteran Alec Hall as VP of Government Programs

(Melbourne, Fla.) – Alluvionic, an innovative solutions provider that services clients with any project in any industry® through project management, process improvement and product development, is proud to announce the hiring of Air Force veteran Alexander “Alec” Hall as the new VP of Government Programs, bringing with him over 20 years of leadership within the federal government.  His exceptional experience with a wide variety of military programs will help develop greater business opportunities and better poise Alluvionic to support a variety of government projects.

“We are so excited to have Alec join our team.  His military background and program management experience is a perfect fit for the strategic direction of Alluvionic.  He believes in our vision and will contribute significantly to our mission,” said Wendy Romeu, president and CEO of Alluvionic.

Hall, a native of Ewa Beach, Hawaii, served 28 years with the U.S. Air Force prior to joining Alluvionic.  A cybersecurity practitioner and project/program manager by trade, his military career included 15 years of overseas assignments, 7 contingency deployments in support of military operations, 13 commendations for meritorious service, and achieving the Air Force’s highest enlisted rank of Chief Master Sergeant.  Hall also earned national recognition with the “Difference Maker in Cybersecurity” Award from the SANS Institute in 2015.   He has his bachelor’s in Computer Science from Grantham University, and maintains certifications as a Project Management Professional and in CompTIA Security+.

Hall says he’s thrilled to be a part of the Alluvionic team.  “I was drawn to the fast-paced entrepreneurial spirit of the team.  They truly believe that success is found in improving the journey, not racing for the destination.”

For more information about Alluvionic’s services, visit www.alluvionic.com.

About Alluvionic:

Founded in 2013, Alluvionic is a solutions provider that services clients through project management, process improvement, and product development.   Known as the project management experts, Alluvionic works with companies to help them achieve success by establishing processes aimed at meeting organizational goals. The company has worked with notable clients such as Leonardo DRS, Google, IZTEK, Jabil, Mack Technologies, NRG, Novel Engineering, Orange County Government and many others.