How to Be More Productive without Burning Out

While burnout used to be more common in lower-ranking positions, it has flipped and now it’s very common for higher-paid employees to put in more than 50 hours a week. That means the threat of burnout is real at all rungs in the career ladder now, but what can be done about it? In an article for Harvard Business Review, Matt Plummer gives some advice on how to be more productive without burning out: Be …

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CIOs: Don’t Beat Yourself Up for Being Behind on Transformation

The fact that everyone is talking about digital transformation does not mean that everyone is actually making deep strides with it. On the contrary, news outlets talk about digital transformation (and blockchain, and RPA) because it is exciting and developing and far from over. That means you do not need to feel terrible if your business’s digital transformation is slow-going. Along those lines, Tim Yeaton discusses three transformation misconceptions in an article for the Enterprisers …

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7 Habits of Highly Effective Release Managers

Release management is a big deal, in that it is usually the thing underscoring statements like, “Ugh, I hate the new version that just came out!” Of course, a release manager’s goal is to get people to say the exact opposite of that. So in a post at his blog, Joe the IT Guy discusses seven things release managers can do to work toward better releases: Understand the difference between change and release. Have a …

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Project Management Tasks That Maybe You Don’t Always Have to Do

There are some elements of projects that we take for granted as essential, and often they are. But there are still those who would like to get heretical and rock the boat anyway. In an article for the Digital Project Manager, Patrice Embry outlines a handful of practices that he thinks maybe are not always essential to project success. Not This Time First on Embry’s list are detailed budget and projection breakdowns: I have a …

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Avoid Ambiguity to Improve Performance

There are all sorts of factors that can plague a project that are outside of your control. Volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity (VUCA) can’t ever be totally eliminated from a project. However, ambiguity can be avoided because it is defined by how we communicate, and improving communication can decrease ambiguity. In an article for Project Times, George Pitagorsky explains how avoiding ambiguity can improve performance. Adios, Ambiguity! One of the ways that ambiguity can affect …

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Projects to Operations: Don’t Be a Butterfingers

The product handoff to operations is often thought of like death—it is an event far in the future, and it is best to think about the here and now instead. Of course, operations and death have nothing in common; operations is where the thing you worked so hard to create finally starts its life, so it is time for project managers to spend more time acing the handoff. Elizabeth Harrin discusses this in a post …

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Ways to Use Business Intelligence to Your Advantage

Big data without purpose is just a big mess of data. You need to have a logical strategy if data is to act as genuine business intelligence. In an article for ZDNet, Mark Samuels uses Julian Burnett, CIO of retailer House of Fraser, as an example of someone who uses big data in the right way to create a competitive advantage. Smart Data Use Burnett has created a strategy for effective data consumption, and it …

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Command Logic and Emotion Both to Lead the Way

What stimulates employees to put in their best work? The answer is a strong sense of purpose that speaks to their hearts. To be an effective leader, you need to have a strong idea of when to invoke logic versus when to evoke emotion. In a post at his blog, leadership coach Art Petty describes how to do this. Open Palms and Hard Fists To get people on board with a new program, you might …

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3 Ways Robotics Affects the CIO Role

A survey has found that IT decision-makers believe that “59 percent of business processes can be automated in the next five years,” so the challenge right now is just to figure out how to get there. Robotic process automation (RPA) is one of the next big frontiers for IT. In an article for the Enterprisers Project, Dennis Walsh pinpoints three ways that RPA will affect the CIO role moving forward: Added opportunity to be strategic …

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CIOs Must Build Adaptive IT Workforces

Traditional workforce models have always attempted to be like castles: strong, sturdy, and reliable. But when it comes to IT, rigidness is a fatal flaw that has kept organizations years behind the curve. With new technologies, processes, and programs coming out every day, IT needs to find ways to take on a more rapid pace. In an article for CIO magazine, Diana Bersohn and McCree Lake explain why CIOs need to develop adaptive workforces. Working …

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