Use Feasibility Studies to Ensure Your Project Can Succeed

Pilot projects, management software, and agile implementations are all great avenues to getting a stronger hold on projects. But there might be something even simpler than those options for ensuring the viability of a pending project. In an article for Tech Pro Research, Mary Shacklett discusses the overlooked value of feasibility studies. Plausible Plans Shacklett describes feasibility studies as occurring during project preplanning, after project conception but before presentation of the project concept to management. …

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How to Find the Value of Service Improvement & Sell It to Leadership

In tougher economic times, many organizations will start to evaluate all the components that make up their operational model. In other words, they look for value. A challenge for those delivering services will be to illustrate not only the current value that they provide but also future-state value that can be added with some margin-of-improvement initiatives. When speaking about business value, we must first recognize that this term can be interpreted in slightly different ways. …

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The 4 Types of Project Manager

There is more than one way to grow a company, and project managers are actually at the core of that growth. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Carsten Lund Pedersen and Thomas Ritter identify four different types of project manager that can help the business grow in different ways. They say your organization should try to retain a healthy mixture of all four of these types: Executor Expert Gambler Prophet A Reliable Quartet The …

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5 Factors Complicating Today’s IT

IT is in a weird spot when it comes to innovation and internal maintenance. There’s a pressure to be on the cutting edge, but there’s also an expectation to maintain exceptional daily operations. The large majority of IT’s time is spent on the latter, and you can’t reinvent the wheel if all you do all day is make more wheels. In an article for InformationWeek, Tim Herbert identifies five of the biggest factors making your …

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Your Leadership Development Strategy Isn’t Good Enough

Anything that claims to have the silver bullet for a problem is usually wrong. Be it taking weight loss pills, becoming a millionaire, or even just getting your kids to eat cauliflower, solutions are a lot more complicated than that. This same principle applies to the epidemic of floundering leadership development. Drawing from research conducted at McKinsey & Company, Claudio Feser, Nicolai Nielsen, and Michael Rennie share four more effective strategies for developing leaders: Focus …

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8 Tips to Set and Manage Project Expectations

Managing expectations is crucial to keeping a project from imploding in on itself. If one camp thinks the project is a week late and another thinks it’s three months ahead, you have a severe conflict of views that could wreak havoc on the schedule and the budget. In an article for CIO.com, Jennifer Lonoff Schiff gives eight suggestions you can use for setting and managing expectations: Put together the right team. Build in a discovery …

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The Benefits of Closing Projects beyond Lessons Learned

Most people don’t see a lot of value in closing a project beyond lessons learned. It’s a stage most people skip and feels more like an obligation than an actual step to a project’s lifecycle. But skipping this step means missing out on what it provides later on down the line. In an article for Project Times, Andrea Brockmeier gives some ways that closing a project can be beneficial: Retrieval of project communications Captures thoughts …

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4 Signs Your IT Strategy Is Off-Track

It’s easy for an initially clear, focused technology project to wind up off track some point down the line. This can happen when the technology itself starts to lose its value in the eyes of the business, meaning something went wrong with strategy. In an article for InformationWeek, Andrew Froehlich identifies some signs your strategy is off track and how you can put it back on course: Emerging technologies aren’t as emerging as you thought. …

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6 Traits of Highly Effective Project Managers

Success as a project manager requires a lot more than just managing the time, budget, and requirements of your project. Companies are looking for someone who can adapt to change quickly and put the stakeholders’ needs first. You need to stand out from your peers as someone who can tick both of those boxes. So in an article for CIO.com, Moira Alexander gives six traits of the highly effective project manager: Be a strategic business …

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Stop Using ‘Change Is Hard’ as an Excuse

It’s almost inevitable that whenever organizational change comes up in conversation that someone will say, “Change is hard.” Now while this may just seem like someone stating the obvious, we tend to treat “hard” and “failure” as the same thing. Equating these two can skew our perceptions of success, which happens way more often than we may think. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Nick Tasler tackles how our perceptions of change are ultimately …

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