7 Rules for Project Managers Devised from the Trenches

Being a project manager is not mindless busywork. In an article for Project Times, Davide Carboni instead goes so far as to call project managers pirates, ransacking the ships of opportunity by doing things unheard of before. And from his vast multitude of experiences, Carboni has developed seven rules of thumb for great project management–that nobody seems to talk about: A project must deal with no more than one serious challenge. A project is behind …

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10 Mistakes to Avoid When Troubleshooting IT Problems

Troubleshooting a problem can be a pretty tense time in the heat of the moment. There are a number of problems that can hinder the best of IT staff if they’re not properly handled. Whether the project is big or small, Scott Matteson believes there are common bad practices that should be addressed. In his article for the TechRepublic, he goes through some mistakes to avoid in order to ensure IT success: Working alone Downplaying …

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Conduct an Unshakeable SWOT Analysis in 2 Hours or Under

Where risk and opportunity are concerned, the SWOT framework is one of the most versatile go-to tools. Its ability to identify the internal and external factors of a project is what makes it so effective. However, the implementation can be a little tricky. To aid in this, Marian Haus gives a guideline on how to moderate a two-hour long SWOT meeting in her post for Voices on Project Management. Call in the SWOT Analysis Haus …

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The 4 Types of Innovation and the Problems They Solve

Innovation is the cornerstone of an organization’s survival. It’s sometimes the difference between a problem costing a thousand dollars or a million to solve. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Greg Satell finds we tend to use a “one size fits all” mentality when it comes to innovation, and it’s horribly ineffective. He believes there isn’t a single, foolproof plan for innovation–but rather an innovation matrix that can be followed in conjunction with how …

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Watson Can Tell You Your CEO’s Secrets

IBM’s Watson seems to be able to do it all: From learning medicine to Urban Dictionary, he’s shown to be quite the versatile supercomputer. So it was only a matter of time before Watson and his Personality Insights program were used to analyze what makes people tick. Paysa has conducted research using Watson to analyze business titans and tech leaders for the personality traits that define them. Are you curious if you have traits in …

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3 Tips to Succeed as an Introverted Project Manager

IT harbors a workplace where the loudest people tend to get a lot of the credit. This doesn’t mean that you should change who you are as a person and start going on Wolf of Wall Street-esque tirades to get people to respect you. There are some things you can do to improve the way you lead so you can be effective while staying true to yourself. In an article for Project Times, Lee Grinberg …

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Meeting the IT Profitability Objective

Cutting costs only takes a business so far, especially as it pertains to IT. When faced with constricted budgets, Steve Heilenman, CIO of Computer Aid, Inc. (CAI), believes we should take this as an opportunity to “reposition technology to assume new roles in meeting the objectives of the business.” In an article for CIOReview, he shares the methods he uses to make IT a critical business enabler. Building Self-Sufficient IT To better support CAI, which …

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The Way You Describe a Risk Is What Makes It Manageable

Project managers know that risk management is an ongoing process, and risk identification happens throughout the project life cycle. In many projects, the team is empowered to draft risk log entries. Of course, one of the basic requirements in identifying project risks is describing each risk in such a way that it is meaningful to management and other stakeholders who aren’t part of the project team. If you’ve ever seen a risk log entry like …

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Continual Service Improvement: More Than Process Improvement

Continual improvement is an important mentality to have because it pushes you to constantly upgrade in all areas of your life. IT service management (ITSM) incorporates this philosophy in a big way, and in a post at his blog, Joe the IT Guy discusses ITSM’s pursuit of excellence. ITSM, CSI, AOK ITSM focuses on continual improvement so that they can constantly improve the delivery of their services to their customers. However, it is wrong to …

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4 Management Tactics to Maximize Potential of Average Performers

The majority of the workforce is made up of the average performer, or the performer who does not break his or her neck to go above and beyond, but they always get the job done. In an article for TechRepublic, Mary Shacklett shares some ways to keep these individuals motivated and engaged. There are four tactics that will help to keep the average worker progressing: Establishing defined work duties. Acknowledge and reward superb work. Investigate …

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