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How to Make Privacy a Priority

If the recent Equifax breach has proven anything, it’s that data privacy needs to be made a higher priority for businesses. Combined with the massive Yahoo hack, it has been a one-two punch to cybersecurity that puts data privacy into the public consciousness. In an article for ZDNet, Mark Samuels gives some ways you can help make privacy a priority in your company: Make privacy and protection core to your business strategy. Use the establishment …

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3 Ways to Improve Lessons Learned

The “lessons learned” session seems to have become less of a tool to help ensure the success of future projects and more of a reflection on how well a project went. These sessions aren’t meant to be footnotes, but rather ways to build up knowledge and an understanding for future reference. How can we turn this around? In a post for the Association for Project Management, Karlene Agard gives some ways in which we can …

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5 Reasons Why Projects Fail and What You Can Do about It

There are countless reasons why a project may wind up failing. Many of these reasons tend to lean more towards management and higher-level reasons, like a change in company direction. These are well beyond your control, but there are some reasons for failure that are wholly within your control. In a post for Project Management Tips, Elizabeth Harrin explains some reasons why projects fail and how to handle them: Poor scheduling Weak scope management Inadequate …

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6 Hard Truths IT Needs to Accept

The truth can be a hard pill to swallow. CIOs now function in a time where all the parts of IT that were once commonplace have now been upended. There are two approaches to these difficult changes: Ignore them in order to continue striving for unrealistic ideals, or accept the truth and plan the future of your business around that change. In an article for CIO magazine, Dan Tynan conveys six hard truths that IT …

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3 Steps for IT to Learn to Talk Business

The easiest way to capture someone’s attention is to offer them something exciting. However, what a system admin finds exciting might be different than what excites an executive. IT needs to recognize that nuance. In an article for Smarter with Gartner, Chris Pemberton gives three steps for how IT can learn to talk business. All the Right Words Pemberton says to focus on the business’s wants and desires first so you can tailor your response …

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4 Starting Ingredients for Successful Strategy Execution

Many people make that New Year’s resolution to go to the gym more often. But most of us don’t follow through on it and the plan utterly falls apart. Strategy efforts are the same way: There’s a lot of talk and unrealistic expectations for the future. So how do you bring your strategy to life and make sure it’s implemented properly? In a post at his blog, Art Petty discusses four ingredients to enable successful …

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How to Get Real Insight into Projects

No one likes to be in the dark when it comes to project management. Stakeholders want to get as much data as they can get their hands on, but sometimes you need more than just knowledge alone. In an article for Project Times, George Pitagorsky explains what genuine project insight is and how to best utilize it. Investing in Insight Pitagorsky defines insight as the following: Insight is seeing into or understanding the inner nature …

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The Science on Identifying High-Potential Employees

The top 20% of talent are responsible for upward of 80% of organizational output, and the mere presence of a star performer on a team increases the productivity of teammates. That means identifying employees with high potential in your business must be a major priority. But what should you be looking out for? In an article for Harvard Business Review, Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, Seymour Adler, and Robert B. Kaiser break down the areas where you should …

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How AI Will Change IT Service Management

AI is not right at your doorstep as some would like you to believe, but the time is now to start understanding what it can do to transform operations. AI will revolutionize multiple facets of how businesses operate. In a post for SITS, Marcel Shaw discusses three areas of ITSM that will be impacted by AI: Point of entry Automated backend processes Knowledge management Service Management Gets an AI Upgrade When it comes to incident …

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Five Skills with the Greatest Impact on Strategic Execution

There have been enough pieces on strategic execution to fill entire libraries with books. IT needs to be able to act effectively as it becomes a more integral part of day-to-day activities of many organizations. And while you may have a strategy already planned out, it doesn’t hurt to double-check it against new ideas. In a post for the PM Perspectives Blog, Rebecca Leitch gives five key skills that will have the greatest impact on …

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How to Engage Participants in a Project Management Workshop

A project management workshop needs to get the blood pumping for it to be effective. If you don’t engage your audience, then you’ve not only wasted someone’s time, but also their ability to grow as a leader. So how do you keep your audience’s attention in workshop? In a post at the Project Risk Coach, Harry Hall gives some tips on how to engage participants in your workshop. Enabling Participant Engagement The first step to …

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7 Traits CIOs Should Seek in Project Managers

What is the difference between “great” and “good enough” in project management? Great project managers empower teams and move organizational strategy forward. Good-enough project managers just manage their checklists and tell teams what to do. CIOs who care about the growth and relevance of IT cannot afford good-enough management. In an article for the Enterprisers Project, Kevin Casey lists seven desirable traits of your potential project managers: Know the people well Unify people and teams …

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