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5 IT Practices That Put Enterprises at Risk

Every year, millions of dollars are lost to cyber-related incidents. Cybersecurity has been put at the forefront of the conversation, and companies are trying to protect themselves the best they can. But there are some simple things that companies can do to protect themselves. In an article on Dark Reading, Darren McCue says which five IT practices are putting enterprises at risk: Using old printers Disregarding alerts Giving away admin rights Ignoring employee apps Being …

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How to Execute Projects That Support Business Strategy

Unlike with a box of chocolates, most people like to know what they’re going to get when a new project launches. Everyone wants to be on the same page, and one of the best ways to ensure that is to have repeatable, predictable processes in place at the project’s launch. In a post to Strategy Execution, Rebecca Leitch gives four steps to make the start of a project more predictable and repeatable: Ensure that there …

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Easy Ways to Reenergize Your Meetings

There are enough bad meetings in the universe that you would probably be hailed as a hero if you could be the one to run meetings that people actually like. Do you want to be that hero? In a post at the Project Risk Coach, Harry Hall discusses some low-maintenance ways to inject real energy into your meetings. Electric Results For semi-regular meetings, just changing the location or the time of day can be an …

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Four Key Digital Project Management Trends for 2018

Project management changes at an admittedly glacial pace. Best practices crop up, and they stay best until someone makes a really excellent case to do otherwise. But year to year, some trends in project management are worth tracking. In an article for insideBIGDATA, Digital Program Manager Nigel Kirkman predicts four trends we may see unfold across 2018: Emotional intelligence PM certifications losing value Blended methodology Accountability and social responsibility What’s Happening in 2018 Emotional intelligence …

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The Basics You Should Know about the PMI-RMP

Do credentials make the employee? Not necessarily, but they help. In a post at the Project Risk Coach, Harry Hall answers these five basic questions about getting certified as a Risk Management Professional: What is the PMI-RMP®? Why should someone consider becoming a PMI-RMP®? What is the PMI-RMP® exam like? How should I prepare to take the PMI-RMP® exam? What study materials do I need? Risk Management Certification Hall starts off by defining the PMI-RMP: …

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Foundational Issues to Revisit If You’re Struggling as a Manager

Not every manager has a rock-solid foundation to build their success upon. Sometimes, you’re just thrown into the position with little training and have to make the most of it. Anyone without the proper preparation is forced to fend for themselves and often find themselves struggling. In a post at his blog, Art Petty explains how you build or rebuild your foundations as a manager. Fixing the Foundation The first step to becoming a better …

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Managing Globally Distributed Project Teams

I started managing projects that included team members or customers outside the US in the mid-‘90s. In the beginning, it was one other country. Then two, and so on. These days, working with globally distributed project teams is my norm. A typical project will include people spread across five to 30 countries, three to five continents, and from three to seven time zones. As you would expect, it’s very different from managing a few folks …

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4 Secrets for Turning Insight into Execution

It can be incredibly rewarding to help an idea click in someone’s head. They now know what needs to be done or what was holding back success until this point. However, this bright idea can grow dim quickly if it’s not nurtured and reinforced. In an article for strategy+business, Elizabeth Doty explains how you can improve your follow-up in order to turn insight into execution: Document insights in real time, in vivid ways. Be rigorous …

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How to Align Project Goals to Strategy

Everyone likes to talk about aligning project goals to business strategy. There’s only one tiny problem: No one likes to explain how to do this. In a post for the PM Perspectives Blog, Elizabeth Harrin explains how to align project goals with strategy. Assessing Alignment One of the major challenges that alignment presents is that businesses are moving at a breakneck speed to keep up with emerging technologies and trends. There are constant shifts in …

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4 Questions You Should Never Ask a Developer

Developers and project managers are sometimes locked into a love-hate relationship with one another. Both have logical and calculated jobs that are meticulous in the actual work, but getting the two groups to work together isn’t always as black and white. Sometimes project managers need to know what not to say as much as what to say to developers. In an article for the Digital Project Manager, Kelly Suter says some questions that project managers …

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