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Stick to Your Principles in Project Management

Everyone has their own particular set of ideals that guide their decision-making. Having integrity, goals, and missions are important to your ability to work in any area, especially in project management. They shape how people view you and how you interact with your work. But the point is that people can’t trample all over your ideals, and you need to be able to enforce them. In an article for Project Times, Brad Egeland explains how …

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How to Convince Your C-Suite to Commit to Digital Transformation

Committing to digital transformation is now a must for businesses to stay competitive. However, the C-suite isn’t always completely on board with the idea. For starters, there isn’t a big technology or practice to rally around as a sure-fire means to digitally transform. So how can you translate this for your CXOs to understand? In an article for Tech Republic, Alison DeNisco Rayome explains how you can convince your C-suite to dive into digital transformation. …

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Learning the Hard Way about Projects Is the Best Way

Mistakes are the building blocks of life, so it’s no surprise that organizations are keen on using them to help prevent mishaps from recurring. This creates a dilemma because we learn more from our own mistakes than the mistakes of others, but it’s ineffective to have everyone make the same mistakes in an organization. There has to be a better way, right? In a post for the PM Perspectives Blog, Elizabeth Harrin explains how to …

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Put an End to Your Feedback Loop

On one hand, we want to always be improving how we work in order to become stronger leaders. On the other hand–change is hard. Sometimes we put off addressing or outright ignore feedback we receive, but there is nothing more damning than receiving the same negative feedback more than once. In an article for strategy+business, Jesse Sostrin gives tips on how to end this feedback loop. Snipping the Loop Sostrin lists off four different ways …

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A Guide to Email Design Best Practices

In spite of all the new options that exist, email is still a major marketing tool. A good email campaign can crack open the gates to new business—but only if the design of the email is stellar. In a post at MageMail, Amanda Ng shares a comprehensive guide to email design best practices. The Email Starter Pack Ng touches upon almost everything one could think of, so here are just a few highlights to munch …

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Building Your CIO Resume to Become a COO

IT leaders have gained some major influence and power in recent years. Some have taken this has a chance to tackle new positions, such as COO. However, not many people have attempted to make this transition to a higher-ranking leadership position. In an article for CIO magazine, Brian P. Watson gives some tips on how to best prepare for a shift from CIO to COO: Seek opportunities outside of IT. Take advantages of M&A activities. …

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3 Ways to Inspire a Product Mentality in IT

In recent years, IT has been tasked with making more money (or money, period). The top businesses have been able to adapt to this rather easily and now have the keys to the kingdom. But how’d they do it? They shifted from a project mentality to a product mentality. In an article for the Enterprisers Project, Laurianne McLaughlin explains how to ignite this change: Inspiring ownership and accountability Prioritizing the user experience Developing different metrics …

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Tactical Performance Is Eroding Your Bottom Line

It turns out that “familiarity breeds contempt” may be true on an organizational level just as much as on a personal one. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Lindsay McGregor and Neel Doshi share their research that indicates an adherence to strategy—measured as “tactical performance”—can actually hurt business performance, unless it is balanced out by a crucial second factor. Process Gone Astray Everyone knows that a business should not develop processes just for the …

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Practical Advice for Project Managers

I’ve been managing projects for about 30 years or so, far longer than I’ve been writing about it. Along the way, I’ve collected a few useful thoughts that never made it into an article or blog post or book. At first, I was just jotting notes on paper. Then I took to creating short text files, saved to a folder. The last few years, I’ve been using OneNote to capture those fleeting thoughts. Here are …

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4 Tips for Managing Project Escalations

No one necessarily wants to escalate an issue. It implies that something went wrong and that now you have to call in the big guns to help fix it. Escalation needs to be handled carefully and properly so the issue can be solved in a timely manner. In a post for Voices on Project Management, Marian Haus gives some best practices for managing project escalations: Be prepared. Assess and qualify the risk. Communicate the escalation. …

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5 Tips for Making Process Improvement Easier

Improving prior processes keeps business viable, and technology is enabling new sorts of improvement. It’s like the Wild West, except there aren’t shootouts over browser preferences. But there some little tips and tricks for improvement that can make the transition to a new process even better. In a post for the Digital Project Manager, Alexa Huston gives some tips to help make process improvement easier: Be empathetic Be strategic Be realistic Be dedicated Be patient …

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How to Use User Error to Your Advantage

It’s relatively easy to write off a user error. The name itself implies that the cause of the issue is the person behind the keyboard, not the system as a whole. But that has the expectation that technical knowledge and intelligence are the same thing. In a post at his blog, Joe the IT Guy explains how user errors can be a constructive tool. Updating Your Approach to Error User errors might seem like something …

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