3 Mistakes to Avoid When Pitching to a CIO

The role of CIO is laden with vital responsibility, and part of that responsibility is acquiring new supplies for the organization. So if you are trying to successfully pitch a sale to the CIO, how can you do so without completely aggravating them? In an article for CIO UK, Chloe Dobinson shares what not to do when pitching to the CIO. There are three rookie mistakes a salesperson should avoid: Do not be generic. Do …

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Trouble Hiring a Project Manager? 5 Possible Reasons Why

A good manager is a difficult asset to find, and an even greater one to retain. In an article for TechRepublic, Moira Alexander explains why there is so much adversity in hiring a project manager. Use these tips to learn how to solve your problems. Help Found It is important to understand why you are struggling to attract the right people to the job, so you can amend your practices for the future. According to …

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ITSM Can Address Business Continuity Management and Disaster Recovery

Always plan for the unexpected, because you never know when something detrimental may occur and derail everything you have worked so hard for. In a post at his blog, Joe the IT Guy discusses business continuity (BC) or disaster recovery (DR) plans and their importance. It is unfortunate, but most often the BS/DR plans are not kept in good enough shape to prove effective in a true disaster. They are left not updated, lost, or …

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Portfolio Governance: Ensuring Alignment to Strategy with Definitions

Out with the old and in with the new! In a continuation of a portfolio governance series, Jen Skrabak, writing for Voices on Project Management, elaborates on basic governance functions per PMI’s new Governance of Portfolios, Programs, and Projects: A Practice Guide. There are four fundamental elements to governance: Oversight Control Integration Decision-making Oversight, in reference to governance, refers to providing guidance in the creation of portfolios. Control is the monitoring and measuring of the …

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6 Ways to Destroy Your Project Management Career

The job of a project manager is a difficult one, riddled with snares that cause failure. So how can a project manager anticipate obstacles that may be problematic? In an article for TechRepublic, Moira Alexander elaborates on the less evident mistakes project managers tend to make. There are six acts that a project manager should avoid engaging in: Failing to plan Being exclusive Thinking you know everything Neglecting client needs Exuding a personal bias Maintaining …

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Failure Is Not Optional: Why Project Failure Is OK

Back when I was on active duty in the U.S. Navy assigned to a systems command, I was assigned as project manager in the development of a methodology to incorporate technical performance within the realm of overall project performance measurement and control. I sat down before my boss, who was a brilliant engineer, and he asked me this question: “What is the value of failure?” Then, after a bit of discussion, he said: “That is …

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Initiating Projects: What to Do When Process Gets in the Way

When supporting project initiation decisions, effective process can consistently lead to extremely effective decisions. The problem for most of us is that we don’t work in an environment where there is effective process. In actual fact, the presence of solid, well-meaning and useful initiation processes is incredibly rare. While most organizations claim to have formal processes for project initiation, in a large number of instances these do not lead to better initiation decisions. The challenge …

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Four Questions for Quenching Knowledge Management

The thirst for knowledge must be quenched. Every day people are looking for answers that they need. The question you have to ask yourself as a service provider is, “Are you positioned to satisfy their needs?” One of the fundamental challenges with knowledge management isn’t capturing the information; it is usually the ability to actually manage it. Part of the discovery process should lead us to ask ourselves why we need to do this in …

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5 Methods to Preempt Team Conflict

There is equilibrium in the team conflict spectrum. A little conflict can produce great, innovative results, but bad conflict can result in all-out anarchy. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Ginka Toegel and Jean-Louis Barsoux discuss how taking a proactive stance with team conflict often inspires the best outcomes. So Many Conflicts The best medicine is preventative medicine. Supervisors should set aside some time for teams to be encouraged to communicate with one another. …

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The Missing Link in Your Project Process

We are project managers. We know the importance of establishing a proper process to manage our project. It is a matter of effectiveness: We want to achieve the results. It is also a matter of efficiency: We want to use the most optimal process. Choosing and establishing the best processes for your project is an important step in managing your project. Let’s take the world of software development. The process can include many steps, such …

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