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Squads and Tribes over Silos and Towers

To phrase it one way, scientific management is the idea that labor should be divided to a point of optimal simplicity so that the processes become reliable in spite of the human dinguses actually doing the work. It is not the most optimistic business philosophy, but its popularity for many years was unchallenged. In a post at his blog, Joe the IT Guy explains how scientific management still permeates ITSM and how that may not …

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Four Categories of Motivators at Work

Nobody does work just for the heck of it. There has to be a motivation compelling people to put in the effort. Research has been conducted into the various different ways that people are motivated to complete work. In a post at her website, project leadership coach Susanne Madsen shares Gretchen Rubin’s four categories of people and how they motivate themselves at work: Obliger Questioner Upholder Rebel Upholding Motivation Each of these categories has to …

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How to Get Engagement for Your Strategic Projects

Setting the strategy is one thing, and doing the strategy is another. No matter how great a pitch an executive gives for how strategy will better position business, it will not come to anything if the right projects with motivated workers are not built around it. In a post for Strategy Execution, Elizabeth Harrin shares some advice to spur employee engagement with your strategic projects. Connect and Empower To back up a bit—a good pitch …

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7 Steps to Successful Project Requirements Gathering

Requirements are the direction and the guardrails on a project. They specify all the general work that must be done in order to satisfy stakeholders and push strategy forward with project completion. In an article for TechRepublic, Moira Alexander shares seven steps to get requirements gathering right: Identify all project stakeholders. Ask stakeholders the right questions. Determine the best requirements-gathering techniques. Document everything. Analyze the results. Verify the results. Obtain sign-off. A Humble Gathering While …

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The Fish Robots of Pyeongchang

A wide variety of new robots are being shown off at the Pyeongchang Olympics, as this video shows. Some of them have obvious, functional purposes, but my favorites are the fish robots they have swimming in the aquarium. Just look at these things!

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The Return of Smart Glasses

Intel is designing smart glasses that look like regular glasses, and they’re not annoying and intrusive like Google Glass was. These glasses shine a non-dangerous laser directly into your retina, and they give you basic, helpful notifications. The Verge has an exclusive on the details.

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There’s More to a System Design Than Requirements

A few years ago, I was asked to assist on a project where the client was replacing a highly-customized legacy system. As part of the discovery process, we were looking at the integrations to the other systems—internal, third-party administrators, and so on—currently in place. One integration in particular seemed unnecessarily convoluted; it received a file from one system, validated all of the data, and generated workflows to various roles in the event a particular transaction …

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How to Unite Enterprise and Project Risk Management

Enterprise risk management (ERM) is essentially just what it sounds like—taking a business-wide view of organizational objectives and addressing the multifaceted risks that might arise from pursuing them. Project risk management takes the same principles and shrinks them to the project level. Both are necessary for healthy business, but ERM and project risk management are not often linked well enough. In a post at the Project Risk Coach, Harry Hall discusses how to more effectively …

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The Increasing Value of the CDO

The C-suite is getting increasingly crowded, and the Chief Digital Officer (CDO) is one of the more recent entries. CDOs are seeing their stock increase as organizations look to them to help build an analytics strategy. In an article for InformationWeek, John Edwards describes the many challenges that CDOs are currently eagerly confronting. Expanding Digital Leadership CDOs are providing the enterprise-wide data governance that allows data of all types to be used in effective ways: …

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5 Tactics for IT Leaders to Better Use LinkedIn

LinkedIn is about making connections and closing deals, which means it can be pretty exhausting. Still, IT leaders would be wise to make a basic effort to keep on top of it. In an article for the Enterprisers Project, Kristin Burnham shares five tactics to make the best use of LinkedIn without spending all day on it: View LinkedIn at least once a week. Garner trends from your inbox. Participate in groups to crowdsource ideas. …

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Facebook and Amazon Are Causing a Memory Shortage

This is a curious piece of news: Server DRAM is going up, up, up in price, and it is because giant tech companies are buying all of it. The culprit is hyperscale data centers, which are larger than a football field according to Andy Patrizio in an article for Network World. “Hyperscale” means a minimum of 5,000 servers across 10,000 square feet. This is the natural consequence of the IT-as-a-service philosophy, and $547 billion will …

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