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Project Governance Sounds Important—But What Does It Actually Look Like?

Governance is a buzzword that naturally sounds like something pretty relevant, maybe because it reminds us of government or of the verb to govern. However, many people would find it difficult to explain what governance is in practical terms. On an organisational level, most of us may see governance as a board of directors making difficult and strategic decisions aiming to make the business successful. That is not wrong, but governance also involves processes and …

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What Problem Does ITIL Solve?

IT needs speed, speed, speed. ITIL is associated with structure, structure, structure. But to think that ITIL plays no part in modern ITSM would be a grave mistake. In a post for ITSM.tools, Dan McCarthy offers a brighter, alternative perspective to gloomy ITIL outlooks. Solutions Abound In some organizations, ITIL has practically become a curse word, somehow becoming a comprehensive sponge for all of IT’s problems. And criticisms are swift. For instance, McCarthy finds ITIL …

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How to Engage Stakeholders through an Internal Blog

You deal with stakeholders on a daily basis through a variety of means. Have you ever tried blogging at them though? The idea actually holds a lot of merit. In a post at the Project Risk Coach, Harry Hall discusses how you can set up a useful internal blog that engages stakeholders. For the Self-Centered Projects Hall has used internal blogs as a mode of “pull communication” with stakeholders when implementing enterprise programs such as …

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How Change Management Fits into Projects

Project management and change management are two different dimensions, but they coexist and are always intersecting. In fact, many people are expected to play a hand in proper change management these days. In a post for A Girl’s Guide to Project Management, Elizabeth Harrin discusses the role of change management in projects today. Change Permeates All Harrin explains that change management is largely embedded into other roles and processes these days, and distributing it in …

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The Sponsor Makes or Breaks Your Project Success

Stormy times are upon us, literally, but also perhaps in the life of your project. A project sponsor is supposed to be your umbrella in the storm, in addition to the flashlight and the blinking directional signs. When the sponsor stops acting in any of those functions, you can get wet and lost real quick. In a post at Project Bliss, Leigh Espy explains the many benefits of great project sponsors—and what happens when they …

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Motivate Staff the Jack Ma Way?

No, Apple did not have the biggest conference this week. It was definitely Alibaba, whose chairman Jack Ma grooved to Michael Jackson in full costume for his employees at their annual conference. The next time you are looking to get your team excited, definitely (maybe?) draw inspiration from this performance.

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How Do We Prepare for the Coming AI Projects?

AI used to be the term we used to describe awesome dudes like C-3PO. Now it has been co-opted to mean boring things like game-changing business innovation. Alas, IT must make do with the coming of this less-exciting version of AI. In an article for ZDNet, Mark Samuels discusses what CIOs can do to prepare for AI projects. Artificial Ideas Right now, robotic process automation (RPA) to handle mindless tasks is the hot new thing. …

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Restore Trust to Turn Around a Languishing Project

Every once in a while, something will go so wrong that you might think to yourself, “Boy, how didn’t I see this coming?” And when that something happens to be your project, the feeling is even worse. In a post for Project Management Tips, Elizabeth Harrin shares a story from project manager Simon Murison about a project gone wrong and what was done to right it. Talk It Out A project in the retail sector …

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Develop the Mindset of the Next-Generation CIO

CIOs are wrestling for control of the technology budget with CMOs, among other competitors. What is at stake is IT’s credibility moving into the future. CIOs who can demonstrate a forward-looking mindset can remain the masters of their own destiny and ensure IT’s continued relevance. In an article for CIO magazine, Dan Tynan describes the skills and traits that “next-generation” CIOs will have to possess. Robust Priorities Chiefly, CIOs must make technology a customer-centric experience, …

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Use Feasibility Studies to Ensure Your Project Can Succeed

Pilot projects, management software, and agile implementations are all great avenues to getting a stronger hold on projects. But there might be something even simpler than those options for ensuring the viability of a pending project. In an article for Tech Pro Research, Mary Shacklett discusses the overlooked value of feasibility studies. Plausible Plans Shacklett describes feasibility studies as occurring during project preplanning, after project conception but before presentation of the project concept to management. …

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