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5 Easy Steps to Maximize Project Management Failure

Doing well at project management is hard. There is just so much to do and to do it well takes time and effort. But being terrible at it can be so much easier to pull off. In an article from CIO Australia, Colin Ellis lays out the blueprint for failure in five easy steps: Set unrealistic targets. Ensure senior managers don’t have time for governance. Skip planning. Invest in processes but not leadership. Make everyone project …

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How to Control the App Sprawl

As companies in IT move towards becoming faster and more flexible, a unique problem has occurred. App sprawl has been on the rise as companies look to modernize themselves, but it’s proven to be a difficult problem as many organizations don’t know the full list of apps that are being used by their company. In an article by Samuel Greengard on CIO Insight, we get a plan of attack for how to get the app …

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Four of the Biggest IT Project Stressors (and How to Relax)

Being project manager can be very stressful. The expectation to perform all the necessary tasks and keep the project on track fries enough nerves as it is, not to mention the additional stress that may be present. However, some of these stressors can be alleviated rather easily. In an article for TechRepublic, Moira Alexander describes four solvable IT stressors: A boss who can’t say no to new projects Insufficient resources to get the job done …

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Simplicity: What’s Left When You Ignore Everything Else

Have you ever stopped at the supermarket to reflect on the constantly improving state of the art in maximizing grain yield per acre? Of course not. You simply grab a loaf of bread, glance at the “Sell by” date, and put it in your cart. You don’t feel a sense of gratitude that you and your family probably won’t die of starvation, as was so common for earlier generations. You don’t feel a sense of …

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Are You Coordinating Your Team the Right Way? 3 Strategies

One of the most important ways to ensure the success of a project is to properly design the team that will be completing it. Each team needs to be tailored to the task at hand and should be created with the functionality in mind. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Roger Schwarz states that there are three different types of interdependence that in turn align closely with three different types of coordination: Pooled interdependence …

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Diversity Works but We Don’t Know Why

More and more studies demonstrate a positive correlation between workforce diversity and business results. The challenges with such studies though are that the findings are correlative, not causal, and they typically cannot describe the right ways to become “diverse.” In an article for CIO.com, Paolo Gaudiano addresses these issues and describes what he sees as a more practical approach to diversity. Diverse and Quantitative To be clear, Gaudiano absolutely supports diversity in the workplace; he …

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7 Reasons to Not Multitask

Multitasking used to be considered the go-to for anyone looking to make enough money to be driving a Ferrari by 40. But as recent studies show, multitasking is actually more of a hindrance than a help. And as Kristy Dickerson says in a guest post for A Girl’s Guide to Project Management, multitasking can lead to negative consequences. Among the most notable of these consequences are the following: Loss of focus Loss of memory Decrease …

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5 More Tips for Getting Started with ITIL

What a wonderful world it would be if we could implement ITIL into every aspect of our lives. We could use incident management to clean up a carpet soda spill, or problem management to root out the cause of why Robert De Niro stopped making good movies. So in the pursuit of that noble goal, we can look to Joe the IT Guy, who is back in a post at his blog with five more …

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How Connecting with the Team Develops High Performance

There are a number of ways you can develop a team so that they excel at their work. Taking active steps to build a healthy relationship with the team can be the extra step that keeps everything flowing smoothly. In a post for the Association for Project Management, Richard Gedge covers some easy tips on how you can connect to build a high-performance team. Teaming with Progress One of the crucial parts of developing a …

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10 Things We Aren’t Doing Enough in Project Management

In project management, critical processes can start to feel like chores, so they do not always get fully implemented. Of course, the problem here is that they are not chores–they are critical processes. In an article for Project Times, Bola Adesope shares what he uncovered from studying project management in the African market, finding that the following important aspects are often absent in the projects: Project charter Project governance structure Physical sign-offs Proper and adequate scope …

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5 Simple Reasons Why Project Management Processes Fail

Not all project processes are created equal. Too often, processes are created and adopted just for the sake of having them, as if it is a box to be checked off. This of course defeats the purpose, and projects that have to crawl through the swamp of inefficient processes might be worse off than the ones that have no processes at all. Could your project processes use a leg up? In a post for the …

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4 Things Not to Do to Build Trust with the Team

The lazy way out is typically the wrong way out. Especially in business, if you want people to trust you, you need to put in some effort. In an article for Entrepreneur, Glenn Llopis shares four things you should remember not to do: Fail to build rapport: You need to engage people in conversations and get to know them, both their motivations and their apprehensions. Work with them and empower them to succeed, which will …

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The No-Brainers of Building Trust at Work

Everyone has to start somewhere. If you are a caveman recently thawed out of ice and need to learn how to build trust at work from the ground up, then Monster has the article for you. Pat Mayfield lays out the most obvious yet essential parts of building trust: Be honest, especially in situations where it might hurt you but will significantly help others. Practice good judgement, knowing that there are right and wrong times …

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The Trust Equation & 3 Tips

In an article for Inc., Jacob Morgan shares “trust expert” (yeah, allegedly that is a thing) Charles H. Green’s formula for trust. Do you think you can crunch the numbers to become trustworthy? The formula is “(credibility + reliability + intimacy)/self-orientation.” Those first three are pretty straightforward, but you may be wondering what “self-orientation” means. Morgan describes it essentially as willingness to look outside of oneself and help others. So the less self-oriented you are, …

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Building the 3 Types of Workplace Trust

Trust travels in different directions to create different effects. In an article for Fast Company, Mark Lukens describes three different types of workplace trust and explains their value. The first of course is trust with colleagues within the business. When there is higher trust among workers, job satisfaction increases and work tasks are more effectively distributed among workers. The second type of trust is trust with outsiders, such as customers and suppliers. Research from Korea …

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