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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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How to Prepare Yourself for a Career Move in Project Management

Once a project manager, always a project manager? Not necessarily. Regardless of the situation, you reserve the right to explore your options and break out in a new direction. In a post at Strategy Execution, project leadership coach Susanne Madsen discusses the steps you can take to prepare yourself for a career change: Be specific about what you want. Analyze feedback and past successes. Identify skill gaps. Update your CV. Network and meet with recruiters. …

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3 Leadership Techniques for Success

Great leadership is not a single set of best practices. Great leadership is more like, well, a game like Pokémon—where there are hundreds of unique and specialized techniques to play out in hundreds of different occasions. So it is always useful to read up on new techniques to expand your repertoire. In a post for Project Management Tips, Elizabeth Harrin shares three such tips: Share the project goals. Manage by walking around. Shield the team …

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7 Tips for Highly Effective Software Asset Management

When time and money are saved, the business cheers. That means your business would be pleased to benefit from more software asset management (SAM), which can achieve both. In a post at his website, Joe the IT Guy shares seven tips for great SAM: Know your environment. Learn to walk before you run. Agree on a SAM policy. Engage with your “supporting players.” Understand the complexity of software licenses. Have a plan for audits. Keep …

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5 Ways You Can Recover from Mistakes

At work and in life in general, you’re going to make mistakes. When that happens, you can acknowledge them and work to fix them, or you can avoid facing them and let them balloon into something worse. This video provides five tips to do the former.

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How to Identify and Manage Secondary Risks

Have you ever created a problem in trying to solve one? Secondary risks, or risks created by responding to a risk, are issues that pop up in any project. In a post at the Project Risk Coach, Harry Hall gives advice on how to identify and manage secondary risks. Secondary Risk Response Time A secondary risk is ultimately caused by the risk owner, despite how well-intentioned their plan to solve the risk may have been. …

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