8 Top Skills of the Best CIOs and Business Technology Leaders

Some say that leaders in the technology sector need to be chameleons, able to change with their environment, but they would probably be better off as octopuses. They can blend in too, but with the benefit of many extra arms! In an article for CIO UK, Arif Harbott explores eight skills a technology leader needs to possess in order to make an impact: Foremost, be a business leader See and experience Take responsibility Be bold …

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10 Surprising Insights about How Your Brain Works (that Improve Productivity)

The human mind is a highly complex but extremely fascinating thing. In an article for Fast Company, Belle Beth Cooper explores several different facts about mental functions. These are tips you can take with you to work more productively in every aspect of life. There are 10 interesting facts about how the brain works: When you are tired, creative work is better. Stress changes the brain. You cannot multitask. Nap time is a good time. …

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Death by a Thousand Cuts: The Decisions That Bleed Projects Dry

Decisions in project management From the project initiation to project closure, decisions are an essential part of project management. For simple projects, it will rarely be an issue. The most usual problem would be that project decisions are only made informally. There is a temptation on simple projects to keep processes simple. However, while it is important to keep the processes aligned with the size of the project, it is essential to correctly manage decisions. …

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Top Five Skill Areas for a New Project Manager

Life is a learning game, and it is constantly full of mini-exams to test the knowledge you should have acquired. It is through the trial and error of experience that people learn, grow, and thrive. In a post for the PM Perspectives Blog, Lindsay Scott explores how this concept is especially true for beginning project managers. There are five skills a new project manager should work on developing in their first few years: The foundation …

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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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