How Do Project Management and Change Management Compare?

Project management and change management often overlap when a project is underway. They both work intimately with the people, processes, and tools of the project all in relation to company as a whole. However, these two disciplines have different objectives when it comes to how this information is used. In an article for CIO magazine, Moira Alexander explains the differences between project management and change management and how change managers are important to any good …

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How to Make Your Project Meetings Work for You

Meetings often seem like more of a chore than an actual part of work. It’s incredibly easy to take a laptop in to “take notes” when in reality you’re doing everything besides taking notes because there is no way you are going to pay attention to this meeting. But if you trade places and are now the one presenting, how can you get people interested in a meeting? In a post for the Association for …

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Are Your Project Documents Helping or Hurting You?

Once you have gotten your project management certification, you typically want to put that new knowledge and power to work pretty quickly. Reviewing process inputs and outputs and downloading dozens of templates may feel like a way to take the bull by the horns. But such zeal can actually easily overwhelm you. In a post at PM Hacks for IT Professionals, Cheryl Texeira gives some advice on how to approach project management documentation from a …

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Liberate Your Team with Clearer Processes

In recent times, process has become the villain. Agile or not, teams rally around a goal of keeping process to a minimum so that they can just get down to the business of completing work. The problem is that some teams go too minimal, resulting in disorganization and ultimately frustrations. In an article for strategy+business, Elizabeth Doty explains how to “liberate” your team by introducing better processes. Go with the Flow A dearth of process …

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When Is the Right Time to Innovate?

Okay, that does sound like a loaded question. The average executive would probably answer, “Right now,” while raising an eyebrow that the question was even asked. But the answer may not be quite that simple. In an article for Business 2 Community, Daniel Burrus adds a bit of additional nuance to the discussion. Innovate Soon On the one hand—yes, businesses should always be pursuing innovation of all kinds right now. On the other hand, when …

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The Psychology of Risk and How It Affects Business

Organizational risk, project risk, and personal risk are all different things, but the human brain addresses each of them from the same starting point. There is a genuine psychology to risk, and considerable effort has been put into studying it. In an article for Risk Management magazine, Katherine Heires discusses the psychology of risk and some takeaways to remember moving forward. Planning for Crisis From financial disasters to natural catastrophes, people’s inability to properly weigh …

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How to Work from Home When You Have Kids

Working from home may seem like a dream come true for a parent. You get the comfort of home without the hassle of the daily commute. But now comes the hard part: striking a balance between home life and work. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Daisy Wademan Dowling explains how to work from home when you have kids. Winning at Home Work Before you even start working from home, you need to be …

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5 Misconceptions about Microservices

New concepts come with new misunderstandings. Microservices are suddenly the new hot topic of conversation in IT, and because they are so new, not a lot of people actually “get” them yet. So to help clear the air, Kevin Casey identifies and corrects five misconceptions of microservices in an article for the Enterprisers Project: Microservices are basically a repeat of service-oriented architecture (SOA). Microservices eliminate complexity. Microservices have rigid implementation requirements. Microservices and APIs are …

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4 Ways to Manage Your IT Team through Company Transitions

Your business has reached a crossroads and could be on the precipice of big changes. During such times, it can be difficult to press ahead with big IT initiatives—since who can say if these initiatives will have any value after the changes? But there are still steps that can be taken to make IT best ready to act when the time comes. In an article for Tech Pro Research, Mary Shacklett discusses four ways to …

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5 Tips to Improve Your Writing

When it comes to leadership skills, one might place writing skills low on the totem pole. But writing is a pivotal way for business leaders to communicate information and needs to be utilized to its fullest potential. In an article for TechRepublic, Patrick Gray gives five tips you can use to sharpen your writing: Consider your objective. Take the time to write a shorter letter. Consider your reader. Validate before sending. Consider the medium. Whipping …

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