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Are You Motivating Your Project Team?

Being a project manager isn’t just about the project. While assigning the right work, managing resources, and scheduling availability are important, keeping your team motivated is one of the most crucial duties of any good project manager. Your team is a group of individuals whose level of investment in the project may vary greatly. To combat a lack of motivation from harming your project, Paul Naybour gives six ways to increase your team’s productivity in …

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How to Facilitate More Productive Project Meetings

Project meetings are a necessary part of projects. But we waste billions on them every year because we don’t utilize them to their fullest potential. In an article for TechRepublic, Moira Alexander uses her own experience, as well as three other experts, to discuss how to facilitate productivity in project meetings. Producing More Productivity According to Skot Carruth, the CEO of software company Philosophie, a meeting can be broken down into three categories: decision meetings, …

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The 5 Biggest Myths about Stakeholder Management

Stakeholder management is difficult. It is made more difficult when people fundamentally misunderstand what it is. There are some myths that have created more complications and have even become widespread throughout the field. In a post for the PM Perspective Blog, Elizabeth Harrin discusses five harmful but popular myths of stakeholder management: Everybody is a stakeholder. You can manage stakeholders. You can identify all your stakeholders. It’s basically just communication. It addresses all the relationship …

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Managing the Inner Workings of Change

No one said change was easy. It’s hard to go from what is comfortable and familiar to something new, especially when asking a multitude of other people to join you in this change. But it’s an inevitable part of life, and those in charge of making such changes need to be best prepared for the possibility of pushback. In a post at Future of CIO, Pearl Zhu shares some thoughts on how to psychologically manage …

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The Internet Doesn’t Have to Be Bad for Democracy

It’s no secret that the Internet has become a major factor in the political sphere in recent years. But despite it being seen as a format that divides people politically, some are trying to change that. While such projects seem like large undertakings that are further off in the future, they are happening right now. In an article for MIT Technology Review, Tom Simonite covers how a new US startup, Pol.is, is already uniting people …

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5 Risk Management Processes and How to Improve Them

Project managers are in an important spot when it comes to risk management. They can talk as big as they want, but at the end of the day the results are what do the most talking. But sometimes the desired outcome isn’t achieved. What do you do in that situation? Simple: go back to basics and see what you can improve. In a post at the Project Risk Coach, Harry Hall outlines five risk management …

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7 Hidden Dangers of Project Management

Sometimes projects fail. Hollywood is littered with unfinished films, skeletons of failed businesses populate vacant buildings, and company mergers end in explosive fashion. We lose millions of dollars every year to failed projects, despite the best laid plans. However, most of these plans don’t account for the more covert dangers of the business world. In a guest post for A Girl’s Guide to Project Management, Maja Mrsic describes the hidden dangers of project management: Scope …

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How to Navigate Ageism in IT

Ageism has become a major problem affecting employment in IT. Companies seem far more biased in favor of the younger workers, even going so far as to put graduation year preferences when posting positions. But this blatant stereotype of “older” being equal to “outdated” is just as detrimental as other forms of discrimination. In an article for CIO.com, Bob Vilolino gives some ways to help combat the ageism you may experience in the workplace. Work …

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COBOL Is Still Around Because Nothing Better Has Replaced It

When COBOL was made in 1959, no one could have dreamed that it would outlive most of the hardware it wound up on. In an age that scoffs at floppy disks, corded telephones, and tube television, it would stand to reason that COBOL’s age would have made it a contender for the chopping block. However, COBOL is still alive and well in legacy systems, according to Evan Koblentz in an article for TechRepublic. A Legacy …

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Is It Time to Rethink Your IT Training Strategy?

New research adds a new wrinkle to the tapestry of IT training. Mindfulness, which is a practice that focuses on the present and has shown to have health benefits, may also have a benefit when training IT members. In an article for InformationWeek, Cynthia Harvey explores how the study was created and how it might be utilized in future IT training. Find Your Mind Jason Thatcher, a professor at the Clemson College of Business, was …

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5 Myths of Digital Transformation That Won’t Die

The writing is on the wall; transformation is IT’s only option. But not all companies feel comfortable with or even know where to start digital efforts. And while some of the concerns are practical, such as budgetary constraints, other issues can arise from misconceptions about what digital transformation entails. In an article for Computerworld, Mary K. Pratt highlights five big myths that are overcomplicating transformation: Transformation means completely recasting the business. Digital transformation is a …

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Design Coordination: It All Connects

ITSM has a lot of processes that are essential to maintaining quality service. The big parts of ITIL like incident management may take precedence, but the smaller and less exciting aspects can be equally as important in ensuring top-quality service. One of these less flashy processes is service design coordination. In a post at his website, Joe the IT Guy gives a blueprint of useful IT coordination tips to maximize your coordination. Coordination Maximization In …

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Is Your Decision-Making Style Holding Your Team Hostage?

Art Petty was in a rough spot when working under two executives at the same time. Granted, one was sales and the other ran marketing, support, and product management, but they shared one key similarity: They hated each other. And Art was forced into an awkward situation not too uncommon for the third wheel in a couple’s argument. However, the situation did teach him a thing or two about decision-making speed and how it affects …

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5 Tips to Use Project Reporting for Stakeholder Engagement

Project reports are an important part of the life of a project. They keep stakeholders in the loop on things such as milestones and costs. That said, just data dumping onto every stakeholder isn’t an effective means to communicate with those invested in the project. In a post for the Association for Project Management, Fran Bodley-Scott explores five tips for using the project report as an engagement tool: Be clear about what you want to …

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How to Align the All-Stars for a Project

All-stars make things easier on everyone else. They perform a cut above the rest and consistently produce more than the average worker can–between eight and 12 times more for creative work, in fact. But for most companies, they tend to keep these individuals separate from one another instead of putting them together. Michael Mankins, a partner in Bain & Company’s San Francisco office, explains how to properly manage a team of all-stars (and exponentially increase …

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