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Creative Genius—TODAY?

It’s not often that an article about genius starts with a reference to William Shatner’s iconic Star Trek sci-fi character, James T. Kirk. In the 1968 TV show, Kirk is discussing one of the greatest minds of his century when he says, “A genius doesn’t work on an assembly line basis. Did Einstein…produce new and revolutionary theories on a regular schedule? You can’t simply say, ‘Today I will be brilliant.’ ” I would contend that ...

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Business Capabilities in Business-IT Alignment

This article explores(and debunks) the traditional notions of IT-business alignment and offers a more pragmatic approach to keeping IT in sync with business objectives through business capabilities. It also considers the critical role that enterprise architecture (EA) can play in this process. You can view the white paper here at AITS:   Brian Cameron will be presenting a free webinar with ITMPI on February 2! Sign up here: Business Capabilities in Business/IT Alignment

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An Overview of Guardrails: Keeping Aligned and on Track

Introduction Solution delivery is a complex process. However, it is possible to see if one is on track in a relatively straightforward manner. In essence, lean-agile methods are about achieving the highest level of business value realization in the shortest amount of time in a predictable and sustainable manner. This requires working on the most important business value requests within the proper capacity to implement them quickly. This is often complex and difficult; however, it ...

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Is Your Organization Ready for Project Portfolio Management?

Most of us believe that project portfolio management (PPM) is a good thing… and it is. After all, what organization wouldn’t want to maximize their return and minimize their risk? The simple answer is they all do. So what’s the issue? Well, introducing a concept such as PPM is difficult enough even in a company that is ready to undertake it. When the company is too immature, it may be at the very least a ...

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Generational Leadership: A New Dimension of Diversity

The Generational Leadership of the workforce has changed significantly in the last 10 years. Today, more generations work together in single workplaces, and they have greater disparities than ever before. The workforce will continue to have dramatic shifts in age over the next 5-10 years. There is a new generation entering the workforce, and the experienced generation is leaving to pursue retirement and other employment that suits their lifestyles. Understanding generational issues can lead to wider ...

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How to Lead Change on a Project

Project management historically creates value by delivering results and outcomes through people. Today’s organizations need to recognize the conscious awareness of the impacts and implications of how projects bring about change. A few years ago, I attended the Business Innovation Factory (BIF) and heard great stories on how to make change. It’s my experience and philosophy that projects are a place for innovation, change, and leadership that may include failure and success along the way. ...

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Scrum Teams: Hard Skills and Results

Introduction There is a trend in the agile/scrum world to focus on soft skills rather than hard skills. When I talk to a typical “agile coach” or “agile transformational coach,” they are able to summarize scrum and might have some good skills on organizational change, dealing with resistance and getting introverted developers to talk. These are soft skills, important but limited. The lack of hard skills (e.g., requirements, design, estimation, risk management, and verification) leads ...

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Connect Agile Teams to Organizational Hierarchy: A Sociocratic Solution

This article was co-authored by Pieter van der Meché and Jutta Eckstein. Many agile teams suffer from the mismatch of agile and organizational leadership with the latter being reflected by the organizational hierarchy. Based on self-organization and iterative processes, the teams run into trouble with the top-down steering of their environment. Consequently, very often agile proponents believe that a supportive agile organization should be structured without hierarchies. This is the reason why several companies in ...

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Personal Credibility and Leadership

IT project management is a troubled discipline. In June 2016, the Sacramento Bee reported that the California Department of Veterans Affairs spent nearly $28 million on a computer system designed to improve patient care. An audit found that the system was launched years later than planned, wasted staff time, and was never implemented fully. According to a 2015 US Government Accountability Office report, the Department of Defense’s (DOD) Expeditionary Combat Support System was canceled in December ...

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How to Train Your Sponsor: 13 Critical Tips

The number one factor in determining success or failure of your change initiative is… sponsor engagement. Thought it was communication, didn’t you? Well, yes, the right communication matters a lot, but don’t forget that all of the communication in the world could fall on deaf ears if your sponsor isn’t backing you up.  The engaged sponsor tells everyone that this initiative matters and they are willing to remove barriers to prove it. So, that is ...

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