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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How to Disagree with Someone More Powerful than You

Whether it is an argument about where to go for dinner or a spat over who the best team is, everyone has disagreements on a regular basis. What may be problematic, and intimidating, is when these disagreements are with a person who has more power than you. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Amy Gallo explores some options when you have a different idea than your superiors. The Thrilla over Vanilla Envelopes It is …

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4 Questions to Ask When You’re Asked to Help Set Up a New PMO

It is an adventure when your organization decides to make the full jump from project management infrastructure to a formal project management office (PMO). However, if you are tasked with leading this transformation, you may find yourself wondering where to begin. In an article for Project Smart, Brad Egeland discusses the four questions that need to be asked in order to establish the best PMO: What types of projects will the PMO be responsible for, …

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How to Execute Reliable Change Management

The motivation behind every project is to successfully implement change that will help the organization to progress further. Change management helps the people affected by the change to smoothly transition. In a post for the PM Perspectives Blog, project leadership coach Susanne Madsen explores the basics of starting successful change management. Changing the Way We Change Change management will never be effective if it sets out to “sell” a person the change, they should be …

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10 Powerful Questions in a Checklist to Save Your Projects

The CHAOS Reports have been published every year since 1994 and are a snapshot of the state of the software development industry. The Standish Group 2015 Chaos Report studied 50,000 projects around the world, ranging from small enhancements to massive systems implementations. It revealed that 29% of the projects were successful, 52% were challenged, and 19% failed. Successful projects were defined as projects that were completed on time, on budget, with a satisfactory result. If …

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Three Roles of Senior Leaders in IT Governance

If IT is not properly supporting all the initiatives that matter to the business, weak IT governance could be to blame. Do not feel bad if this sounds like your organization. IT alignment is still an area that many business executives are struggling to integrate. In an article for the Wall Street Journal‘s Deloitte Insights, it is explained why a CIO cannot achieve perfect governance without senior support. A Little Help from My Friends Could …

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The Top Three Ways Project Managers Need to Improve

Project managers have come a long way with their craft, but the best leaders understand that there is always more room for growth. In a post for the PM Perspectives Blog, project leadership coach Susanne Madsen elaborates on three areas in which project managers can improve to make their position even more effective: Managing their workload through delegation Improving emotional intelligence Engaging the team collaboratively Better Manager, Better Project Many project managers find their workload …

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Meet Is Murder: Alternative Solutions

Meetings are often thought of as the “necessary evil” of corporate American culture, but how truly necessary they are is increasingly coming into question. Should executives find themselves in multiple meetings a day? In an article for The New York Times Magazine, Virginia Heffernan explores alternatives to traditional meetings, as well as how to understand different personality types and how they function in mundane meetings. Reconsidering the Meeting There are two different types of people, …

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