Phantom Advisor was a special group of Standish Analysts, IT executives, and notorious consultants that conducted a research project on how the big consulting firms manipulated their customers to maximize their fees and revenue. The Phantom Advisors conducted interviews, focus groups, and surveys to come up with a list of 21 common activities that consultants use to maximize revenue. The research was conducted in the spring of 1997 long before the book and HBO series “House of Lies”.
After 35 years as a corporate lawyer in Silicon Valley for companies such as Atari, NetLogic Microsystems and Global Motorsport, Lon Allan is now an educator of directors and C-Suite executives of public, private, venture-backled and non-profit entities at both the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University and the Stanford Senior Executive Leadership Program.
Dave Bealby is an international management consultant and venture angel. Dave is currently the VP Global Services at Avenue Code. Mr. Bealby is a high-technology leader and strategist with in-depth experience in creating structure, maintaining focus and providing clinical execution in sales, services and marketing organizations. Dave has thirty years of demonstrated success developing commercially profitable businesses.
Chip R. Bell is the founder of the Atlanta-based Chip Bell Group, helping organizations build a culture that supports long-term customer loyalty.
Danek Bienkowski is the president of ITConsulting, Inc., an information technology consulting company. Prior to starting ITC, he co-founded ABT Corporation, which provided Enterprise Project Management solutions to major companies.
Bookworms is a group of Standish and non-Standish contributors that like to read books and who spends a lot of time reading and studying. Bookworms provide reviews with a rating from 5 (best) to 1 (worst) butterflies. The rating is based on the value of the information to project managers, sponsors, and the general success of projects. Bookworms include Jim Johnson, Mark Snow, Jennifer Lynch, and Jim Crear.
Gene Bounds is the president of Bounds Associates. Bounds Associates provides advice, assistance, and training on business management, project/program management, acquisition management, and financial management. Mr. Bounds worked for Booz Allen Hamilton and Robbins-Gioia.
Cafe CHAOS is a Standish Group’s blog that provides our opinion of critical project performance issues. The Standish Group specializes in group-reflection. Group-reflection is the art and science of harnessing the deep knowledge, sentiment and understanding of an organization or a group of organizations to improve the well being of the information technology project delivery environment. The Standish Group provides a platform that produces actionable items that yield meaningful results. Café CHAOS provides practical information on this platform.