Exceeded Plaxo’s maximum connections | Relationship Capital

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I’m wondering how Plaxo expects me to build relationship capital… It seems I have exceeded Plaxo’s maximum number of connections. I remember a day when Plaxo was pushing their new “Pulse” platform. At that time there were no connection limits because it was to their benefit to have die hard social net-workers recruit early adopters to this platform. Then they exceeded their capacity to support the onslaught of users. Just my opinion but, this looks like poor planning that still has not been resolved to the benefit of those who built much of Plaxo’s user base.

I really did like their address book for capturing and retaining updated and accurate information on my contacts with a minimum of effort. I even upgraded from the standard free account to the premium account to support my networking efforts. Then they were acquired by Comcast and the communication from support became very lean. They were often evasive when I asked questions regarding this “maximum connections limit” and then began to blame it on their new owners.

From a customer’s point of view, shutting down the communications and transparency were more than I could tolerate. As it relates to customer management, this is a fine example of setting stakeholder expectations and then failing to negotiate any change to those expectations.

It is highly likely that your projects have changes on a constant basis that need re-negotiating with your stakeholders. Inherent in any expectation there are commitments that build trust which in turn increases relationship capital with the customer. In this case, that hard earned capital has been erased from the balance sheet. Successful projects and life are filled with value derived by both parties, and increasing trust built on precise communications and renegotiating of commitments and expectations as reality and circumstances dictate.

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My Eternal Student Blog

Welcome to the beginning of my eternal student blog. I know I am bit old to be formalizing this but, now seems a fine time to be learning how to blog and start passing on to a younger generation some of what my life lessons have taught me.

I have learned a great deal from having been in several industries and having played many roles throughout those experiences. I have been in construction, law enforcement, retail, the military and now IT project management . With this background I am finding that my formal studies are making much more sense as I have points of reference to attach the content of the materials to. It is a great benefit to be able to think back to previous work experience and be able to correlate current course content to particular situation or problem resolution. This gives me mental practice formulating a relevant responses and remedies for future clients.

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Unilever Contract #2 – Project Management

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RD Watkins inks new contract with Unilever for Project Management / Coordination

Unilever North America Global Infrastructure request Robert D. Watkins to assist with several ongoing projects. These projects include the Manufacturing for the Millennium SAP Project, Business Objects Upgrades, Gentran Migration from NT to Unix migration and Legacy Integration, Targeter for the Web enabled AMPs sales,  Video Conferencing Production Turnover, Manugistics Enterprise Forecasting as well as  the preparation for various Sales Office infrastructure build-out projects. These Projects will be managed for the Home an Personal Care Business Unit.

RD Watkins has been employed prior to this contract with Unilever in a Technical Project Manager role assisting in development of Wise Scripts for delivery of business applications via Microsoft SMS and for 8 locations / business unit deployments in 2001.

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