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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 You Need to Know about Ergonomics for a Healthier Work Life

A desk job can be hazardous to your health, as sitting in the same spot for a long time can induce many serious health problems. Instead of being stagnant all day, taking a break to stretch your body or alternating with other activities can ensure the health of your spine. The concept of ergonomics is all about adopting healthy work habits to achieve efficiency, productivity, and a good physical condition at work. However, does everyone …

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The 4 Deadliest Traps of Scaling a Tech Startup

There can be no debate about which is the most precarious period in the life of a tech startup—it is the early days. Trying to merely survive until the next round of funding can be an ulcer-inducing experience, and most tech startup founders cannot wait for this period to end. Unfortunately, many of them are so happy when they get out of the woods that they mess up the next step—scaling up their startup into …

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Shin Godzilla: An Unexpectedly Agile Monster Movie

Last weekend, I had the good fortune to catch a limited screening of Shin Godzilla (sometimes known as Godzilla Resurgence), a brand new Japanese reboot of the classic franchise. Not to be confused with the 2014 American film, this movie puts Godzilla back in Tokyo, where he promptly destroys everything. Yet there is a baffling second nemesis at the forefront of the movie: government bureaucracy. Equally surprising, a shift toward agile practices seems to be …

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Making Your Boss Happy Is Not Your Job

Job security is important. Nobody ever wants to worry about where their next bank deposit will come from. One of the most direct ways you might seek to ensure your job security is through making your boss happy. But no matter how this decision is viewed, the underlying logic is fundamentally flawed. If you treat making your boss happy as an end goal in itself, you are jeopardizing your career. The Motivation to Please Getting …

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Seizing Opportunity: The Current State of ITSM

Overview: A CIO’s Priority There is no denying that businesses worldwide run on applications and data. However, the success quotient of any business relies on its IT infrastructure and network as they support and carry the applications that represent the essence of an organization. Thus, keeping these things up and running, connected, and responsive is on the top priority list of today’s CIO. In this regard, these are the key concern areas dreaded by a …

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Does My Small Business Really Need Brand Management?

Brands are often associated with large businesses. However, a brand can be used effectively by small businesses as well to increase their profitability. Branding a new business is just as important as insuring your business and knowing when to hire an employee. Your business will not be maximizing its profitability if you are not building a strong brand. Build Loyalty By creating a distinctive brand, your business will be able to cultivate brand loyalty, which …

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Risk and Rio: Where to Begin?

The Olympics are well underway, and already risks have been averted and risks have been realized. In conducting any kind of comprehensive risk analysis of the Rio Olympic Games, the challenging question is where to begin. The Olympic Games have a history of risk. But when examining the Games as a project, those in charge would be wise to take a project management perspective. That means by establishing the risk boundaries for the entire event …

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The 3 Major Differences between a Leader and a Manager

Despite the fact that leadership and management are complementary positions, they are not one and the same. While managers are responsible for controlling or administering a company, not all of the individuals who fill these critical roles have the proper skills to be effective leaders. In order to gain a better understanding of the contrast between leaders and managers, it’s important to take a closer look at these three key variances. 1. Reactive vs. Proactive …

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What Should You Do When Your Project Goes Wrong? 7 Steps

Any project manager can tell you war stories about how some of their projects went terribly wrong. In fact, projects rarely go according to plan because it’s impossible to plan out every possibility that may happen in the future. That’s why the Project Management Institute (PMI) recommends setting aside a contingency budget before the project begins to deal with emergencies when projects don’t go according to plan. Since projects are more risky by nature than …

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