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3 Tips for Corporate Battle Plans against Cyber-Attacks

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There are some things that can really ruin your day, like spilling a drink on yourself, or having your entire corporate network compromised by a crime syndicate. One of those might be a mildly bigger deal than the other. But let’s talk about the less important one: cyber-attacks. An article for Forbes shares three basic tips to fend them off: Hire and continuously train top talent. Demand collaboration between CIOs and CHROs. Ensure cultural fit ...

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Why the CIO Is Essential to Digital Transformation

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While 97% of businesses are taking on some digital initiatives, only 21% have implemented a company-wide digital transformation strategy, according to a recent survey from SAP and the Economist Intelligence Unit. The survey also found that the CIO is leading 37% of digital transformation efforts, but the IT team is only involved in finding innovative strategies 7% of the time. Alison DeNisco goes over why the CIO is essential to digital transformation for Tech Republic. ...

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Reducing Technical Debt with Incident Management

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Does technical debt spring to mind whenever you are talking about incident management? Maybe not, but it should probably factor into the conversation more often. In an article for DZone, Michael Churchman discusses the link, so that you can become more mindful of one more tool in the fight against debt. Incidentally Indebted Technical debt is what accumulates when gum-and-shoestring coding solutions are allowed to exist past what should have been their expiration dates. And ...

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3 Signs Your New Project Is Non-strategic

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What makes a project strategic versus non-strategic? A strategic tech project is one that contributes tangible business value, in direct and measurable ways. Strategic projects are key to an organization’s ability to prosper, while non-strategic projects usually deal with local or tactical issues. In an article for CIO.com, Pradeep Henry shares three warning signs to avoid launching non-strategic projects: The driving strategy is not aligned with organizational strategy. It is an independent technology project. There ...

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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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