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The 3 Layout Elements That Will Make Your Reports Sparkles

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When presenting reports for your project the last thing you want is for them to be dull, boring, and unclear. You want your stakeholders to be engaged and left with no questions. In a post for Project Management Tips, Elizabeth Harrin discusses three basic layout elements that will make your reports the cream of the crop: Subheadings Color Lists Simple, yet Effective Instead of looking down at a laundry lists of paragraphs, using subheadings will ...

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Skills the CIO Wants from the CDO

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With the recent and rapid growth of the CDO’s role changing to support the CIO, many are left unclear on the skills and requirements needed to help transition smoothly to this shift. In an article written by Chloe Dobinson in CIO UK, four skills are discussed that every CIO wants from their CDO: Analytically-minded Security-aware Strategic Grasps the business Not-So-Surprising Qualities First, CDOs need to create a data and analytics strategy in gathering information across ...

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How to Deal with a Boss Who Behaves Unpredictably

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One minute your boss is hot, the next your boss is cold. One day the biggest ally and the next a mortal enemy. This can make any employee’s head spin about how their boss feels towards them. But you need to realize it is not your fault, and more than likely it has nothing to do with you. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Carolyn O’Hara offers six ways to deal with a moody ...

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Six Ways to Help Your IT Staff Learn the Business

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Big or small, every employee plays a role in business success. And the more employees understand their business, the better equipped they are to help propel business forward. In an article written for Tech Pro Research, Mary Shacklett offers six ways to help your IT staff learn the business: Put it on the agenda. Let IT staff work in a business area. Have IT develop relationships with super users. Make business education a goal. Send staff to ...

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Measuring Change Performance: Easy or Not?

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Are things changing for the better or for the worse? And can you prove it? In a post at his blog, Joe the IT Guy discusses how to measure the success of change management. As usual, it seems straightforward, but it comes with some caveats. Define Success First Before anything else occurs, Joe actually takes a timeout to discuss how important it is to define what the words “change” and “success” mean. ITIL calls change ...

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Stepping Stones in a Project Management Career

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In a post for the PM Perspectives Blog, Lindsay Scott offers guidance to project managers who are considering a change in industry. First, don’t make a far leap. Carefully consider the industry you want to move into. Making a total 180 is not a good plan. Consider what sector or type of organization is most likely going to view your previous experience as similar. Hop and a Skip Think about the stepping stones. It is ...

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The What, Why, and How of Project Requirements

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According to the Project Management Institute, 47% of unsuccessful projects fail to meet goals due to poor requirement management. In his post for the Project Risk Coach, Harry Hall explains what project requirements are, why they matter, and offers four ways to develop them. Assembly Required Merriam-Webster Dictionary says a requirement is something that is needed or must be done. The Project Management Body of Knowledge meanwhile defines a requirement as “a condition or capability ...

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10 Common Problems Project Teams Face

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Project managers can get so bombarded by the day-to-day busyness that we sometimes do not address concerns like we should. Issues fall to the wayside in the hopes they will dissolve or resolve on their own. Sadly, that is not reality. Instead, Mandy Flint says in a post for the Association for Project Management that we must get proactive. Flint addresses 10 common problems project teams face: Lack of trust Conflict and tension Not sharing ...

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Get Responsive about Communication with Deadlines

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Procrastination works when nobody cares about anything but the final product—but realistically, in business, people are going to want regular updates on your work progress. Thus, get responsive to your deadlines with tips from Eva Rykrsmith in a post for The Fast Track. She essentially says that great work is accomplished when you actually care about the work, as opposed to great work resulting from merely millions of hours being thrown at it. Ideally, you ...

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Ways to Relax While Working on a Deadline

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The walls are closing in around you. How do you keep it together just a little longer to meet deadline? Greig Anderson and Nindya Retnasatiti share some tips that work for them in an article for Creative Bloq. A frantic, messy brain is sometimes the product of a messy desk. Clean up your workspace in order to invite peace of mind back into your field of vision. If you find yourself generally lacking energy though, ...

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Live Free or Deadline: 5 Tips

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You can manage your deadlines with tact, or you can hop from one crisis to the next and hate yourself. Margot Carmichael Lester shares five tips to get your affairs in order and not hate yourself in an article for Monster. He says to begin by making a list of all deadlines, including the work that does not actually have a definitive due date. This paints an immediate picture of how busy you really are. ...

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Bend Deadlines to Your Will

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Deadlines, as their dramatic names would suggest, are helpful in the sense that they have prioritization built into them. They inherently create pressure for you to focus on them. Glenn Santos considers this and other ways to work with deadlines in a post for Endless Entertainment. Aside from the usual advice you hear, Santos says to avoid Monday deadlines, since they will probably cause you to waste your weekend on them. He also says to ...

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Get Organized: Tips for Meeting Deadlines

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The more organized an individual is, the more resilient that person becomes to changes. In an article for PCMag, Jill Duffy gives some tips on how to get organized to fight a deadline. Her first tip is to always build padding into your schedule, in order to account for the unexpected (e.g., a boa constrictor vacations at your cube for a day). Beyond that, make your deadlines physically visible in order to increase urgency. Mark ...

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Deliver on Deadline Every Time: 6 Tips

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The clock is ticking, and nothing is clicking. How do you avoid a situation like that? In an article for Inc., Harvey Mackay shares short but decisive tips for getting on top of deadlines. First, get absolute clarity about the deadline: What precise time is the work due, what precise result is expected, and how will that result’s success be measured? Next, negotiate if necessary to have the deadline shifted if it is unrealistic, or ...

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Redundancy: You Can Say That Again!

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On Monday, August 8, the Atlanta headquarters of Delta Airlines suffered an “electrical problem” at about 2:30 a.m. Technicians from Georgia Power quickly determined that it was a failed switchgear, a high-capacity circuit breaker box that routes power from two or more sources to the various systems that use it. It allows the orderly disconnect of power for service—until it fails, of course. This particular failure was important because the switchgear provided power to Delta’s ...

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