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How to Make Hard Choices

Hard choices are hard for very good reasons, but if you frame them in the right ways, you can alleviate the pressure. If you have a few minutes, watch this TED talk that could expand your perspective wide open.

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A Sprinkling of Tips to Properly Manage Your Stakeholders

Maintaining good relationships with your shareholders is integral to success in IT. This doesn’t mean taking an entire organization to dinner or schmoozing a high-ranking company member; there is some skill and tact to ensuring successful stakeholder management. In a post at the Project Risk Coach, Harry Hall gives some ways to rock at stakeholder management. Relationship Building for Stakeholders You should take steps to maintain a stakeholder register that can be updated as need …

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Warning Signs of Strategic Project Failure and How to Avoid Them

When you order a burger and receive chicken, you send it back. When you plan a project one way and it turns out another way, there is no sending it back. This often unintentional shift will create headaches for you and your team. In a post for the PM Perspectives Blog, Rebecca Leitch gives five warning signs of strategic project failure and how to avoid them: The project is not aligned with the company’s strategic …

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How to Support Employees’ Learning Goals While Juggling Day-to-Day Work

Most people can picture a circus balancing act: Someone is balancing their body on a rope or ball while juggling several hard-to-handle items. When it comes to business, this act isn’t far off from what managers have to do every day. So how can managers also be expected to help employees learn and develop on top of other work? In an article for Harvard Business Review, Nick Gidwani explains how to support your employees’ learning …

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The Benefits of Closing Projects beyond Lessons Learned

Most people don’t see a lot of value in closing a project beyond lessons learned. It’s a stage most people skip and feels more like an obligation than an actual step to a project’s lifecycle. But skipping this step means missing out on what it provides later on down the line. In an article for Project Times, Andrea Brockmeier gives some ways that closing a project can be beneficial: Retrieval of project communications Captures thoughts …

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Everyone Doesn’t Need to Learn How to Code

Teaching everyone code seems like a great idea on paper. Our world is increasingly run by it now, so the logic follows that everyone should become a coder to keep up. But the line of thinking, according to Matt Asay at least, is “complete and utter rot.” In an article for TechRepublic, Asay explains why he believes everyone learning code isn’t a great idea. Debunking Universal Coding Asay says that the Silicon Valley types will …

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The 3 Ways to Make IT Change More Palatable

Large-scale change in any organization is going to result in a lot of information being thrown around without any real explanation of who it’ll affect and why. You need to be able to effectively communicate with everyone who is being affected by this change, which can be aided by implementing a simple principle into how you communicate. In an article for the Enterprisers Project, Jen L. Skrabak explains what the three C’s are and how …

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CIOs and CTOs Must Work as Partners

The collaboration between CIOs and CTOs used to be fairly simple: CIOs managed and adapted preexisting technology, while the CTOs focused on creating the new tech aimed at value creation. But the two have become increasingly intertwined with one another to the point where the traditional model of business no longer works. In an article for CIO Insight, David Sovie explains why the CIO and CTO need to work as partners. Put ‘er There Partner …

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4 Signs Your IT Strategy Is Off-Track

It’s easy for an initially clear, focused technology project to wind up off track some point down the line. This can happen when the technology itself starts to lose its value in the eyes of the business, meaning something went wrong with strategy. In an article for InformationWeek, Andrew Froehlich identifies some signs your strategy is off track and how you can put it back on course: Emerging technologies aren’t as emerging as you thought. …

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How to Make Your Service Catalogue Customer-Centric

Service catalogues are the next big step in elevating your service desk to more than just a “break-fix” setup. Transforming your service desk into a customer-centric model isn’t easy though. In a post for SITS, Ron van Haasteren gives advice on how to successfully make this shift to a more customer-driven format. Creating Your Catalogue One of the big missteps made by most IT is solely working to make life easier for IT, not the …

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