5 Tips for Project Managers to Work with the IT Help Desk

Most projects today involve some sort of IT-related element, and this means that you will likely be interacting with the IT help desk. In a post for A Girl’s Guide to Project Management, Elizabeth Harrin discusses how to build a better working relationship with the help desk, service desk, or whatever they are called in your organization. Let’s Help Each Other When the project ends, you will likely move on, but IT will still be …

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Project Portfolio Management Is a Game Changer

If you do not want to fall behind your peers, or risk your very existence in your competitive market, then you need project portfolio management (PPM). In an article for CIO.com, Bas de Baat elaborates on why PPM is the key to unlocking an organization’s full potential. Flip the Board The forces that immediately impact an organization’s ability to perform are volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity (VUCA). These forces can be managed with the help …

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A Five-Phase Approach to Launching a PMO

Having a project management office (PMO) is never a bad idea. PMOs offer the potential to positively transform a business, making them a hot area for improvement. In a post for Voices on Project Management, Mario Trentim explains the five-phase process to best implement a PMO: Assess Define Implement Improve Close out The Office Is Open The first step is to understand your organization and assess the current state of any project management practices. Before …

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The Seven-Step Model for Managing Project Quality

When it comes to quality, everyone wants to claim that they have the best of the best, but do they really? Unfortunately, organizations too often fall short in the quality department. In a post for the PM Perspectives Blog, Kenneth Rose establishes a step-by-step plan to help managers ensure quality. There are seven steps to success: Identifying the customer Identifying requirements Establishing specifications Quality assurance Quality assurance plan Quality control Continuous improvement The Look of …

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5 Lesser-Known Tricks to Make Your Meetings More Productive

The office life is rampant with dull meetings and uninspired lectures. Although the material itself may be important for the audience to retain, it is presented in a fashion that is more likely to inspire a nap than hard work. In an article for Project Smart, Brad Egeland shares five tricks of the trade to keep those attendees awake and focused on the important information at hand: Say no to whiteboards. Avoid those morning and …

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Getting Flexible: How to Project Manage Non-Nine-to-Fivers

Flexibility is rapidly becoming the new norm when it comes to work schedules. The days of the conventional 9-5 are gone and are rapidly being replaced with options that employees can customize to suit how they want to work. In a post for the Association for Project Management, Jade Attwood discusses various insights into creating success with looser work structure. On the Clock off the Clock Work days that are flexible can be intimidating for …

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6 Ways You’re Getting Teamwork Wrong

Teamwork can help to inspire innovative ideas, as well as better manage a long project to-do list. However, if you do not know how to use teamwork properly, you could make things worse instead of better. In an article for CIO.com, Sharon Florentine elaborates on simple ideas that can help maximize the potential of teamwork. There are six areas of flawed teamwork that need some reworking: Understanding what actually makes a good team The overemphasis …

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6 Ways to Grow Your Team Members that Will Please Clients

In state government IT, teams very likely will be made up of a blend of state employees and consultants. These days, skilled workers are not content to keep the same skills. They hunger for newer and better ways to develop solutions. These are exactly the type of consultant you want on your team, but you won’t keep them long if you don’t make an effort to help them in their development. You as the project …

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What Will Make Your Development Run Faster?

The world may be rotating just about the same speed as it ever has, but everything else about the world is speeding up, especially IT processes. In a post for Valorize IT, the push for bimodal IT is analyzed for how it might accelerate development. Bimodal IT is the adaptation of two different processes. One process is likely the new red racer, speeding past the other, slower processes. The second is the older processes that …

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Business and Technology Transformation Leadership: The Critical Factor

Today’s technology-enabled business landscape, rapid innovations, new business models, intense competition, global operating environment, constraining legacy systems, increasing regulations, and ever-changing customer expectations are making the business environment highly complex. Organizational transformation is the complex endeavor of innovating and redesigning the organization, which significantly impacts all or most aspects of the business. The Business Problem Many recurring research studies by Economist Intelligence Unit, Project Management Institute, McKinsey, et al. over the last few years have …

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