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The Benefits of Keeping a Project Journal

No tip is too small if it is actually helpful. In a post at the Project Risk Coach, Harry Hall recommends the small tip of maintaining a project journal. Journaling offers you the power to take a step back to gain perspective and clarity on otherwise stuffy, complicated issues. Journaling also offers you the opportunity to reflect on lessons learned, and to decide what and what not to do moving forward. Maintaining a journal does …

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What Do You Do When Project Members Lack Needed Skills?

A big new client with a big new project means big new challenges to tackle. If you succeed in the face of them, you are a hero. If not, your name is mud. One reason a new type of project can fail is that a team’s skills were just insufficient for the task. In an article for Project Times, Greg Bailey discusses what you might do to confront skill problems in a project. Pursue Better …

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4 Ways to Experiment with Blockchain

Blockchain is a distributed database that will not lie to you; everyone has access to the same records. That makes it exciting because you do not even have to trust people. You just trust in the glorious word of blockchain. CIOs are still working out what to do with that glorious word though. In an article for the Enterprisers Project, Minda Zetlin describes four ways you might experiment with blockchain: Use blockchain-as-a-service Use a public …

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Is Active Supervision Dying?

The world has gone agile, yada yada, which means businesses are placing a premium on action. One way this idea manifests is when new employees are thrown into the deep end of the pool immediately, where they sink or swim. And the idea has merit, but are we taking this idea too far by using it as an excuse to just not supervise properly? Steve Cooper analyzes this problem in an article for CIO magazine. …

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Breaking the Code: When Everyone Can Create Technology

The buzz is building around the idea of “low-code” and “no-code” platforms, where anyone with a great idea can spin it into existence regardless of technical ability. Such days are not upon us quite yet, but they are coming. In an article for InformationWeek, CA Technologies CTO Otto Berkes discusses the implications of this coming technology. Dangerously Simple? Berkes likens low-code to when graphical user interfaces (GUIs) first emerged: GUIs enabled people to use technology …

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Building Digital Twins for the Internet of Things

The future is seeing double, at least where the Internet of Things (IoT) is concerned. According to analysts, making the best use of IoT could demand the use of the digital twin, which is a “digital representation of a physical object which also includes data from the object and the ability to monitor it.” Mark Samuels explains the details in an article for ZDNet. Dual Fates The idea of digital twins can be applied to …

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How to Deal with a Difficult Team Member

Some people are just pests, and if you are unlucky, you might find yourself managing one as part of your team on a project. This does not need to be the end of the world though. Maybe, just maybe, you can work with this person and squeeze out a positive outcome. In a post at Project Bliss, Leigh Espy discusses the steps you can take. Pest Control The first thing you have to do is …

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Before You Set New Goals, Think about What You Will Stop Doing

Deciding to accomplish something new with your life when your current schedule is already booked solid is impossible. This is a major reason why goals are never achieved—the person just never cleared out enough time to really dedicate to pursuing the goal. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Elizabeth Grace Saunders shares some advice to streamline your time to ensure there is room to achieve goals. New Goals versus Old Problems Her first tip …

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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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