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Facebook Is Changing Its Algorithms

Usually, a company changes its site algorithms to squeeze more pennies from users. Facebook is doing the opposite, trying to increase meaningful interaction between friends and downplay frivolous content. This is great for users, but will it hurt profits for everyone selling through Facebook? Facebook’s Vice President of NewsFeed, Adam Mosseri, doesn’t think so—but then again, he’s paid to say that.

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The Crime-Repelling Speaker

Are you paranoid? Like, really, really paranoid? Then have I got the technology for you! This speaker can be programmed to simulate the sort of sounds you make during the day, to make it sound like people are home even when your house is empty. It even flashes random lights for some reason!

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Building the Risk Management Plan

The risk management plan is the safety net that saves anyone from falling off the bridge. It might not be pretty, and maybe not everyone will have a blast building it, but it will save projects’ lives. In a post at the Project Risk Coach, Harry Hall discusses the components that go into making a robust risk management plan. These include the following: Project risk background Methodology Roles and responsibilities Timing Risk categories Definitions Risk …

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How to Execute on Strategy

The ongoing employee skill gap is frustrating for businesses, but nothing is as frustrating as the strategy execution gap. When something beautiful on paper turns ugly in practice, it leads to sour feelings on all sides. In an article for ZDNet, Mark Samuels discusses some ways to improve strategy execution. In Favor of Execution Most obviously, tighter lines of communication are one of the surest ways to improve strategy execution. Communication must be especially tight …

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When Should You Outsource IT in Government?

Due to a variety of factors, IT workers are more likely to flock to the private sector than to the public sector. So rather than suffer through long and difficult hiring periods, maybe the government should just outsource. In an article for StateTech, Alan R. Shark shares some thoughts for how local government can get started with outsourcing IT. Government Augmentation It is important never to treat outsourcing lightly. For the sake of the client …

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6 Trends Shaping IT Cloud Strategies Today

Cloud services are everywhere, and they want to help you with everything. But as always, the more choice you are afforded, the more important strategy becomes. In an article for CIO magazine, Clint Boulton shares six trends informing IT cloud strategies right now: Seeking more co-location services Seeking cloud cost containment Hyperconverging private cloud Increasing use of containers Refactoring apps to run on public clouds Enterprise apps coming to public cloud Clear Skies for Clouds …

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3 Misconceptions to Dispel about AI

AI used to be something exciting and futuristic, but IT organizations have already managed to turn it into something boring and confusing for the average person. IT leaders need to clarify what exactly AI is at this nascent stage to the business. In an article for the Enterprisers Project, Minda Zetlin shares three misconceptions of current AI to debunk: AI is comparable to human intelligence. AI will overtake human intelligence. AI is more trustworthy than …

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3 Ways to Burst Out of Your Professional Bubble

When you stay inside the same professional and media bubbles, you never get exposed to new ideas. But new ideas are the soil for growth in your skills and mindset. So in order to keep your career viable, you had better keep blowing bubbles. In an article for TechRepublic, Patrick Gray describes three ways to not get stuck in one bubble: Create the bubbles, rather than being trapped by them. Escape the physical bubble. Seek …

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Through Love and Hate, Keep Tightening the IT-Business Bond

The year 2018 is being looked at as a time in which IT-business alignment starts to enjoy the fruits of its labor. But there are bumps in the road with every relationship, especially business relationships. In an article for InformationWeek, Esther Shein shares how various businesses treat this relationship—through good times and bad. Ups and Downs One of the most common ways that the business and IT fall out of alignment is that the business …

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Why We Should Be Disagreeing More at Work

Too many people feel that saying, “I disagree,” is the same thing as saying, “You’re an idiot. I hate you. Why are you here?” So instead, they just go along with someone else’s faulty logic, like being in the passenger seat with a drunk driver. In this way, the desire to avoid conflict can sometimes explode into much more disastrous situations. That means it is time to change your attitude about disagreeing. Amy Gallo shares …

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The Three ‘Ins’ That Are Putting Our Projects behind Schedule

It was the short week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, and I had time to think while stuck in traffic between Seattle and Portland. Somewhere around Centralia, (Yes, that’s really what it’s called, and it really is about halfway.) it occurred to me that I’ve been seeing some common themes lately. Call them the three “ins”: indecision, inactivity, and indifference. Each takes a toll on one or more tasks, adding delays and uncertainty, forcing …

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