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The Secret to Hiring the Right People

In this quick video, Jessica Mah, cofounder of InDinero, describes a straightforward process for making hiring decisions that eliminates all the ambiguity. Anyone involved in hiring will feel a sudden sense of enlightenment after watching this.

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The Factors You Can Learn from to Avoid Project Failure

Everyone wants to avoid project failure. But it happens anyway, for myriad reasons. One of them is that projects are rushed into existence as new “critical” priorities and not enough time is dedicated to actually understanding them. In a post for the Association for Project Management, Bruce Phillips falls back on the “three wise men” to help avoid project failure: People Process Technology Factors to Flip Failure to Success The first “wise man” Phillips says …

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What You Should Know about Web Typography

Typography has become an important part of creating a successful website layout. But typography itself means so much more than just finding the right font. Figuring out how to properly lay out a text to a reader is how you’ll be able to create a legible, hierarchical text. In an article for Business 2 Community, Tyler Keenan gives the basics of how to excel at web typography. Fast Track to Fantastic Typography The first step …

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5 Big Mistakes New Executives Make

Being a new executive in an organization is a precarious position. You have to be perceived as right for the organization, and their investment in you could easily backfire–within the first year and a half, there’s a 50% chance that you will leave an organization. While the reasons behind this are varied, most new hires seal their fate early on in their employment. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Sabina Nawaz describes five things …

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3 Ways to Avoid the Real Causes of Scope Creep

Everyone knows about scope creep and the detrimental effect it can have on a project. But we seem to have misplaced the blame for its causes. Traditionally the view has been that the project manager is responsible or that there weren’t proper change procedures in place. In reality, this comes from how the scope is defined in the first place. In an article for Project Times, Robin Goldsmith sheds some light on what the real …

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5 Ways to Get Data Analytics Working

Building up your data analytics is tough. The department can take in thousands of pieces of data that range from where products are bought to what’s selling the big bucks. But what are some of the ways that you can get your data analytics up off the ground? In an article for ZDNet, Mark Samuels interviews Andy Day and extracts five tips to make data analytics work for you: Get stuck into organizational change. Look …

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There Is No Room for Bimodal IT in Digital Disruption

Bimodal IT used to be the hot new trend to capitalize on waterfall and agile at the same time. It was deceptively simple: Split your IT in half and have one work in waterfall on the drudge work, the other the fast track with agile. Gartner continues to tout this concept as being one of the most used among CIOs, but in reality the process is feeling a lot older than it is. In an …

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Full Digital Jacket: Is Coding Boot Camp the Right Choice?

As the world quickly becomes more digitized and the demand for coders has increased, coding schools have started popping up all over the country. These schools are dedicated to taking the average person and turning them into adept coders who can cut it in the professional world. But as the trend continues, what are some of the need-to-know facts about coding boot camps? In an article for Computerworld, Michelle V. Rafter offers some pointers on …

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The Three Challenges to Worthwhile Communication in ITSM

The ability to communicate effectively is still a challenge for most people despite their line of business. Because of this there are countless books, articles, and experts on the subject of improving communication. My simple advice is to personally connect with the audience wherever you can. In the service management space, we need to ensure that we communicate consistently in language that the business community understands. If I have said this once, I have said …

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Self-Service Success: 5 Big Tips

Self-service is pretty great. It decreases the amount of work on your service desk and increases their job satisfaction as well. It’s a win for the service desk and the customer when everything goes smoothly. To succeed though, there are some pro tips to follow. In a post for SITS, Lena Stormvinge describes five areas for focus for creating a successful self-service implementation: Findability Completeness Access Navigation Marketing Self-Service with a Smile One key to …

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5 Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder

Balancing your personal life and work can be hard. Most people feel that there’s an extreme imbalance between these two and its rarely personal life overtaking work. But there are ways to remedy work consuming your life by working smarter, not harder. In a post at A Girl’s Guide to Project Management, Elizabeth Harrin lists some easy steps you can take to keep work from consuming your life: Know your strengths. Set clear boundaries about …

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Finding the Right Way to Say No to a Project

IT gets a bad rap for saying “no” way too often. This often puts it at odds with the business as it seems that both sides are fighting endlessly between requests and rejections. But this bad rap can be turned around just by changing the way you go about saying no. In an article for TechRepublic, Patrick Gray gives a blueprint on how to do just that. Knowing How to “No” Things The first step …

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Why Are You ‘Allergic’ to Other People on Your Project?

Sometimes someone just gets under your skin, and you may not be sure why. Daniel Ofman created the “core quadrant model” to help describe why you may have such a strong reaction to a person, or vice versa. It looks at how a person’s own traits can lead to character flaws and how those flaws can be properly addressed. In a post at the PM Perspectives Blog, project leadership coach Susanne Madsen discusses how this …

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