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Save Water with These 5 Landscape Planning Tips

The hot, dry summer season is rapidly approaching. In many parts of the world, including here in California, drought conditions are wreaking havoc on water supplies. Many jurisdictions are asking residents to voluntarily cut back on water usage. Mandatory rationing is possible. But wherever you live, landscape planning that uses native and drought-tolerant plants can conserve […]


Survey Says: Most Execs Doodle Visuals by Hand

A recent survey of business owners, executives, and managers revealed some startling facts. Perhaps the most surprising is this: Nearly two-thirds of upper-management business people who took the survey say they use a pencil and paper to convey visuals in their business. We aren’t talking about doodles on a note pad for their own amusement […]


Does Lean Work in Healthcare?

The term Lean is often followed by the term manufacturing, since that’s where the idea first took root. So it’s natural that many people—maybe most people—outside of manufacturing aren’t aware of Lean methods. If you aren’t familiar with Lean, it is what I like to call an organizational lifestyle change. Just as a commitment to […]


1031 Exchanges are Complicated. Explaining Them Doesn’t Have to Be.

Like a lot of information in the business world, a Section 1031 Exchange is complex. But it can be made a lot easier to understand and digest when presented in a visual way. Pretty much anything can. You say you don’t believe it? You say, “I’m from Missouri… show me!”? Okay, fair enough. Allow me […]


Helping Wounded Warriors and Other Stories from the SmartDraw Mailbag

One of my favorite things to do here at SmartDraw is to read through our customer comments and questions. They generally fall into one of three categories: SmartDraw Love. Comments like “Awesome software!” and “Your software is the greatest!” Probably 90% or more of our customer mail falls into the “Love” category. We love you […]


Lean Startup Toolkit

Two weeks ago, I wrote a blog post that asked of the Lean Startup… is it the right strategy or fool’s gold? For many of our customers and colleagues, the response has been overwhelming. For them, it’s clearly the right strategy; or at least worth trying. If you’ve decided it’s time to take the plunge […]

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