Mind the Gap: Eluding the ITSM Slippery Slope

Directing ITSM is an often arduous task because there is such a disconnect between all of the elements that go into it. Antonio Piraino, in an article for infoTECH, explores how to bridge the gaps between all of the components of ITSM that seem to be growing further and further apart. Finding Your Footing There are a few very relevant, important problems when it comes to capturing IT data. The progression from a mainframe all ...

Read More »

Software Nightmare at 37,000 ft.

There’s something about a long, nighttime flight that focusses the mind. Whether it’s the feeling of being held captive, or the grinning steward charging you an arm and a leg for a G & T and some nuts; it could just be the feeling of powerlessness, or perhaps the sense of injustice that the guy with the open-toed sandals and the adenoid problem has chosen to sit beside you. Hostages, extortion, injustice. It all sounds ...

Read More »

How Authentic Leadership Increases Project Productivity

Ralph Waldo Emerson stated, “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” Aligning with this sentiment, authenticity is the most coveted asset for a project leader to possess. Susanne Madsen explores this further and illustrates how to adequately execute plans to become a more authentic leader. Integrity as a Productivity Booster What does an authentic project leader look like? This leader has immense integrity ...

Read More »

The Best Managers Are Boring Managers

Is the best manager the kind who walks around like a superstar, lighting up every room and earning the envy of colleagues? As a matter of fact, maybe not. Thomas Chamorro-Premuzic, writing for Harvard Business Review, explores a very startling alternative: the best manager could be an absolutely boring person. The Management Problem In today’s business world, managers often get hired because of their flamboyant personalities and their ability to amaze their employees. A large ...

Read More »

Do You Understand Your Business?

Do you fully comprehend what is happening inside of your business? Ryan Ogilvie explores the implications of making the assumption that all complications are equally important, and how addressing problems at the wrong times can actually still be harmful. How to Know What You Know There are a few simple steps one can take in order to remedy this situation and refocus on the pressing elements that need the most attention. The most pertinent aspect ...

Read More »

A Formula for Perfect Productivity: Work for 52 Minutes, Break for 17

Can a person truly be productive while looking at pictures of adorable kittens? The answer is yes, and their productivity is dependent upon their ability to walk away from their career responsibilities. In an article for The Atlantic, Derek Thompson analyzes a study on how telecommuting improved a Chinese call-center’s performance and what implications this holds in other sectors. For most people, the concept of endless work is not conducive to an efficient environment. It ...

Read More »

Looking for a Good Project Manager: 5 Tips for Hiring the Right One

Is your organization in dire need of a new project manager? Or maybe you just want to be sure as a project manager yourself that you are still up to snuff? In an article for Project Smart, Brad Egeland shares his secrets for hiring the optimum project manager candidate. Hiring Tips to Remember Look for leadership skills. Look for tech skills. Look for passion. Get detail on past project successes. Emphasize experience over certification. Most ...

Read More »

The 6 Best Steps to Project Success

The move towards a more team-oriented environment represents a positive shift forward in business, acknowledging more and more that the individual is important, but the overall harmony is even more important. Andrew Garbutt, writing for the Association for Project Management, explores the essential steps to follow in order to properly implement transformational change: Provide clarity for all stakeholders. Implement clear and simple governance. Get the environment right. Have a holistic scope for the program. Work ...

Read More »

Why IT Pros Need to Accept the Premise of Intelligent Disobedience

What if you were approached by your CEO and asked to commit an action that you know is wrong, maybe even illegal? Don Tennant, writing for IT Business Edge, explores this idea of intelligent disobedience and how it differs greatly from civil disobedience. Intelligent disobedience is a situation in which you are approached by a supervisor and asked to do something that you know could have detrimental results. The key difference between this and civil ...

Read More »

4 Methods to Save Your Big Data Project from Failure

You invest valuable time and resources into developing a project, only to watch it abandoned in the beginning phases. In an article for ZDNet, Steve Ranger explores exactly why this predicament continually occurs and how to best prevent such failure. There are four practices that help to guide analytics projects away from the rocks of despair and into the horizon of success. The first of these actions is to select a problem in which there ...

Read More »