10 Ways Software Development Teams Can Master the Art of Releasing Upgrades

With the amount of upgrades that become readily available every year, you would assume that the process was almost automated. Unfortunately, it is still too common that upgrades are rushed and put together with glue and popsicle sticks. In an article for IT Business Edge, Don Tennant explores what project teams can do better to make upgrades an instant success. There are 10 areas to improve on: Time well. Remove bugs. Test for performance. Test ...

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12 Ways to Be More Productive at Work

If you are hit with that afternoon slump at work, you are not alone! The good news is that there are natural, non-caffeine stimulant ways to improve your productivity, and in an article for CIO.com, Sharon Florentine elaborates on how. There are 12 ways to improve your productivity: Get your sleep. Begin leisurely. Prioritize. Exercise. Minimize caffeine. Change locations. Minimize the multitasking. Clean. Take a break. Keep a routine. Avoid distracting web sites. Accept the ...

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McKinsey on the Organizational Cost of Insufficient Sleep

A good night’s rest can be the difference between a day of productive decisions and a day with you accidentally putting your lunch in the freezer. Sleep recharges the brain and helps to prevent silly mistakes–at home and at work. In an article for McKinsey & Company, Nick van Dam and Els van der Helm elaborate on the true cost to businesses of losing sleep. Save Your Energy Leadership behaviors tend to be associated with ...

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Keep Rank and Survive: Optimize Project Portfolio Management

In ancient warfare, the difference between winning and losing a battle was sometimes as simple as not breaking rank. A unit out of alignment could not protect itself or direct its energy in the right direction. The same survival principle applies to project portfolio management’s ability to align the organization. In an article for CFO.com, Mark A. Langley, President and CEO of the Project Management Institute, discusses how to better manage a project portfolio. Strategy ...

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How to Overcome the Most Common Mistakes in Risk Management

Good risk management demands more planning and greater creativity–two things that mediocre project managers cannot be bothered to spend their time on. But the biggest mistake you can make is believing you know everything, especially when it comes to risk management. In a post for the PM Perspectives Blog, Susanne Madsen provides a comprehensive explanation for how to overcome these common errors. Defanging Risks When risk management is done well, project managers are able to ...

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3 Steps to Make Project Portfolio Management a Business Process

If your business is not utilizing project portfolio management (PPM), you are alarmingly behind. PPM is a great asset that organizations must learn to use better and more often, and deploying PPM as a business process will maximize its potential. In an article for CIO.com, Bas de Baat elaborates on the three steps to transform PPM into a viable business process: Align leadership Implement Execute The Makings of Better Business In order to make ideas ...

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Why #NoEstimates Is a Rough Finish for Your IT Career

I live in the American Southwest—the Mojave Desert, to be specific. We have massive areas of land covered with nearly identical homes, built in clusters called “developments.” The term is meaningful, because the builders aren’t just building houses; they are developing entire communities. Complexity Lives at the Business Level We have a well-established process: The organization with the right to build on a tract of land proposes a plan, which is reviewed by a planning ...

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Knowledge Management: What You Don’t Know Will Hurt You!

Every organization inevitably develops a treasure trove of valuable knowledge, but when you do not transfer it effectively among relevant employees, it becomes like a pirate’s buried chest, forgotten and inaccessible. In a post for Voices on Project Management, Lynda Bourne elaborates on how to effectively implement knowledge management. A Socratic Process Knowledge management is a discipline that extends beyond simple lessons learned. Lessons learned are explicit knowledge that can be “transmitted” to other people. ...

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7 Essential Components of a Successful Improvement Program

Do you have the guts to change with the times? If you do not, you can just watch the business rust. But if you do, continual service improvement provides the means to maintain the business’s sheen for all times. In a guest post for Joe the IT Guy, Ian Clayton discusses the seven essential elements of a successful improvement program: Define the problem. Focus on the customer. Obtain the commitment of leadership. Socialize the program. ...

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Are You Really Collaborating? Too Much Communication Also Kills Projects

The value of collaboration within a project Project management is very task-oriented: focused defining and managing of all the tasks that must be done to achieve a specific objective. To accomplish these tasks, it is important to consider the people involved and impacted by the project. A good project leader will be able to develop a positive working relationship and maximize communication within the project. Let’s take the development of an enterprise IT application to support ...

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