Finding Value in Event Monitoring

Fact: Your IT operations are monitoring your infrastructure in some capacity. Whether it is network traffic, database activity, application health, or a combination of these, your goal is to ensure stability. How well is this working out? Depending on your IT organizational structure, each “silo” may answer that everything is working rather well, so you might want to reframe the question to determine what value your monitoring is adding. If you were to look at …

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How to Fix the 3 Biggest Project Management Problems

Any time you are managing human beings, there is no one-size-fits-all solution, but there are general practices that can help. In an article for Forbes, Maren Hogan shares some problems that can arise during project management, and how to sidestep them in an agile fashion. There are three problems any project manager needs to be alert to: The team does not understand the project. The project manager is either too rigid or too laid back. …

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A Grim Portrait: The Current State of IT Project Failure

Where do we stand with IT project failure? Are success rates in the industry improving? Frankly, not really. At best, the same dreary old rates are holding steady. Let’s examine recent big-name stories and industry statistics of IT project failure in order to both understand what exactly is going on and also to find ways to buck the trend moving forward. Recent IT Project Failures NHS IT Projects (£5bn) at ‘High Risk’ of Failure – …

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Partnering to Shape the Future: IT’s New Imperative

It is no longer the norm for IT to work in its isolated bubble; rather, they are a major player at the executives’ table. And if that is not the case, then there is a problem. In an article for McKinsey & Company, Naufal Khan, Jason Reynolds, and Christoph Schrey share data from a survey about where IT stands as a business partner. Challenges to IT Evolution Despite the immense benefits that can be reaped …

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6 Tips to Ensure You Meet Project Deliverable Dates

Any good business seeks to make their customers happy, and project deliverables are one way to ensure that you have the happiest, most loyal customers. In an article for CIO.com, Moira Alexander shares the six tips that will ensure that you are meeting project deliverable dates: Have accurately defined deliverables. Keep good documentation. Avoid the lure of informal agreements. Never assume. Everyone must pitch in. Remember the dependencies. Document and Agree When deliverables are inaccurately …

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3 Mistakes to Avoid When Pitching to a CIO

The role of CIO is laden with vital responsibility, and part of that responsibility is acquiring new supplies for the organization. So if you are trying to successfully pitch a sale to the CIO, how can you do so without completely aggravating them? In an article for CIO UK, Chloe Dobinson shares what not to do when pitching to the CIO. There are three rookie mistakes a salesperson should avoid: Do not be generic. Do …

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Trouble Hiring a Project Manager? 5 Possible Reasons Why

A good manager is a difficult asset to find, and an even greater one to retain. In an article for TechRepublic, Moira Alexander explains why there is so much adversity in hiring a project manager. Use these tips to learn how to solve your problems. Help Found It is important to understand why you are struggling to attract the right people to the job, so you can amend your practices for the future. According to …

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ITSM Can Address Business Continuity Management and Disaster Recovery

Always plan for the unexpected, because you never know when something detrimental may occur and derail everything you have worked so hard for. In a post at his blog, Joe the IT Guy discusses business continuity (BC) or disaster recovery (DR) plans and their importance. It is unfortunate, but most often the BS/DR plans are not kept in good enough shape to prove effective in a true disaster. They are left not updated, lost, or …

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Portfolio Governance: Ensuring Alignment to Strategy with Definitions

Out with the old and in with the new! In a continuation of a portfolio governance series, Jen Skrabak, writing for Voices on Project Management, elaborates on basic governance functions per PMI’s new Governance of Portfolios, Programs, and Projects: A Practice Guide. There are four fundamental elements to governance: Oversight Control Integration Decision-making Oversight, in reference to governance, refers to providing guidance in the creation of portfolios. Control is the monitoring and measuring of the …

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6 Ways to Destroy Your Project Management Career

The job of a project manager is a difficult one, riddled with snares that cause failure. So how can a project manager anticipate obstacles that may be problematic? In an article for TechRepublic, Moira Alexander elaborates on the less evident mistakes project managers tend to make. There are six acts that a project manager should avoid engaging in: Failing to plan Being exclusive Thinking you know everything Neglecting client needs Exuding a personal bias Maintaining …

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