Does Your Staff Consider You a Boss or a Buddy?

Is it wise to befriend your subordinates? In an article for CIO Insight, Dennis McCafferty analyzes how not taking your work relationship to the friendship level is beneficial and where this line is drawn. Keep It Professional The majority of professionals would consider their manager to be their boss, not a friend. This in all actuality is a great thing, because subordinates feel comfortable approaching their boss about work-related problems since their relationship is not ...

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CIOs: 5 Steps to Take Digital Disruption from Theory to Reality

The digital disruption is here, and Forrester is here to help! But how can a business actively defend against such dastardly disturbances? Forrester’s Steven Peltzman proposes five steps that will protect against this wicked villain without entirely destroying the budget. The Steps to Managing Disruption Be close to the customer Keep innovation quick Analyze the tools being utilized Create “lab” testing for new innovations Partner with companies The first step is to look to the ...

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8 Tips for Managing Outsourced Projects

Instead of thinking about how dangerous bad communication is to a project, think about how wonderful good communication is! A project’s success is all but guaranteed when everyone is in the loop and informed on what is taking place. In an article for CIO.com, Jennifer Lonoff Schiff elaborates on manners in which to improve communication, especially for a project that is outsourced. Tips for the Best Outsourcing Help the outsourced partner understand the business values. ...

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How to Prioritize When Everything Is Important

It is easy to prioritize a few tasks, but what do you do when everything is “important?” In an article for Lifehacker, Alan Henry uncovers the tactics to decipher what in actuality is important and how to effectively prioritize tasks. Tactics to Employ When it comes to deciding what is really important, there are a few tactics to take to truly unveil the tasks of urgency. Begin by grilling the boss. Part of a manager’s ...

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4 Guiding Principles for Aspiring IT Leaders

What does it take to become a leader in the IT industry? In an article for TechRepublic, Patrick Gray elaborates on four pieces of advice he gave graduating MBAs that are seeking to pursue a role in leadership. Here are the sorts of behaviors a promising leader should engage in: Be a lifelong learner. Avoid the elusive “expert game.” Practice what you preach. Have a career plan. Leading Means Learning Particularly in IT, novel approaches ...

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5 Things Unsuccessful Portfolio Managers Do

Knowing what not to do is often as important as knowing what to do, especially when it comes to something with consequences as costly as that of project portfolio management. On that note, how might we imagine a lousy portfolio manager? In a post for Voices on Project Management, Jen Skrabak reveals five things ineffective portfolio managers do, and where they can redirect their focus. Five Bad Behaviors Worrying about what they cannot change Giving ...

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3 Ways to Become a Strategic Project Manager

Does strategy only apply to old-time war generals or the elite CEOs of modern time? Of course not! In a post for Project Management Hacks, Bruce Harpham elaborates on why maintaining a strategic view can help any person be better equipped to handle the barrage of challenges life may throw their way. Developing Business Perspective There are three trends that are challenging leaders today in their efforts to keep the strategic view clear of debris. ...

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3 Technologies that Have Made Project Management Easier

Technology has a huge impact on effective project management. In the recent times, application of technology has played an integral part in the effective running of a project. Applying the right technology to a project can streamline the procedures to be undertaken in that project and simultaneously speed up task completion time. It can also improve risk assessment techniques, communication, and control scheduling. Therefore, project management can be exponentially easier if only you apply the ...

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5 Lessons for Managing Massive IT Projects

Change can be hard on even a small project, so can you imagine the growing pains of change on a massive project? In an article for TechRepublic, Conner Forrest shares the five tips Eben Hewitt, CTO of Choice Hotels International, uncovered as the secrets to success to projects of any scale. Hewitt conducted a session in which he shared five lessons for project management in the grandiose sense: Find what is necessary. Find where the ...

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7 Steps to Overcome Your Worst Project Problems

Rather than approaching a problem with hesitation, why not see it as an opportunity? Think of how much more pleasant the movie Frankenstein would have been if the monster had been offered a cup of tea instead of being chained up! In a post for the Project Risk Coach, Harry Hall proposes a seven-step process to help you better handle problems and improve their outcome: Define the problem. Define the cause. Define the decision criteria. ...

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