6 Traits of Highly Effective Project Managers

Success as a project manager requires a lot more than just managing the time, budget, and requirements of your project. Companies are looking for someone who can adapt to change quickly and put the stakeholders’ needs first. You need to stand out from your peers as someone who can tick both of those boxes. So in an article for CIO.com, Moira Alexander gives six traits of the highly effective project manager: Be a strategic business …

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Stop Using ‘Change Is Hard’ as an Excuse

It’s almost inevitable that whenever organizational change comes up in conversation that someone will say, “Change is hard.” Now while this may just seem like someone stating the obvious, we tend to treat “hard” and “failure” as the same thing. Equating these two can skew our perceptions of success, which happens way more often than we may think. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Nick Tasler tackles how our perceptions of change are ultimately …

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Nine Competencies to Elevate the CIO into a Business Leader

A survey by Deloitte found that the future of CIOs lies in stronger leadership. Right now, 55 percent of CIOs in the survey report they are primarily focused on operational tasks over strategic tasks, but 52 percent want to redistribute their focus. Deloitte says that transitioning from tech leader to business leader requires nine competencies in three functional areas: Driving agility Ensuring security and resilience Leveraging ecosystems Fusing business and technology strategy Developing talent Designing …

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How to Become a More Sophisticated Project Communicator

Effective communication with a variety of different people is pivotal to success as a project manager, yet people often underestimate how complicated effective communication actually is. In a post for the PM Perspectives Blog, project leadership coach Susanne Madsen describes how communication actually occurs across four different levels, and your communication will never be at its best until you can operate comfortably across all of them: Content Procedure and structure Interactions and behavior Feelings and …

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7 Rules for Project Managers Devised from the Trenches

Being a project manager is not mindless busywork. In an article for Project Times, Davide Carboni instead goes so far as to call project managers pirates, ransacking the ships of opportunity by doing things unheard of before. And from his vast multitude of experiences, Carboni has developed seven rules of thumb for great project management–that nobody seems to talk about: A project must deal with no more than one serious challenge. A project is behind …

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10 Mistakes to Avoid When Troubleshooting IT Problems

Troubleshooting a problem can be a pretty tense time in the heat of the moment. There are a number of problems that can hinder the best of IT staff if they’re not properly handled. Whether the project is big or small, Scott Matteson believes there are common bad practices that should be addressed. In his article for the TechRepublic, he goes through some mistakes to avoid in order to ensure IT success: Working alone Downplaying …

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Conduct an Unshakeable SWOT Analysis in 2 Hours or Under

Where risk and opportunity are concerned, the SWOT framework is one of the most versatile go-to tools. Its ability to identify the internal and external factors of a project is what makes it so effective. However, the implementation can be a little tricky. To aid in this, Marian Haus gives a guideline on how to moderate a two-hour long SWOT meeting in her post for Voices on Project Management. Call in the SWOT Analysis Haus …

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The 4 Types of Innovation and the Problems They Solve

Innovation is the cornerstone of an organization’s survival. It’s sometimes the difference between a problem costing a thousand dollars or a million to solve. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Greg Satell finds we tend to use a “one size fits all” mentality when it comes to innovation, and it’s horribly ineffective. He believes there isn’t a single, foolproof plan for innovation–but rather an innovation matrix that can be followed in conjunction with how …

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Watson Can Tell You Your CEO’s Secrets

IBM’s Watson seems to be able to do it all: From learning medicine to Urban Dictionary, he’s shown to be quite the versatile supercomputer. So it was only a matter of time before Watson and his Personality Insights program were used to analyze what makes people tick. Paysa has conducted research using Watson to analyze business titans and tech leaders for the personality traits that define them. Are you curious if you have traits in …

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3 Tips to Succeed as an Introverted Project Manager

IT harbors a workplace where the loudest people tend to get a lot of the credit. This doesn’t mean that you should change who you are as a person and start going on Wolf of Wall Street-esque tirades to get people to respect you. There are some things you can do to improve the way you lead so you can be effective while staying true to yourself. In an article for Project Times, Lee Grinberg …

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