5 Survival Tactics for Enterprise CIOs in 2018

Enterprise technology has new competition in town with the emergence of startups that can generate servers at the drop of a hat. The startups can adapt to cloud technologies quickly and respond to customers in real time. How does an enterprise CIO respond to competition like this? In an article for InformationWeek, Jessica Davis shares some advice from Tim O’Reilly’s book WTF: What’s the Future and Why It’s Up to Us: Listen to your customers. …

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How to Kill an Undead Project

Some projects just rot out from the inside, and there are telltale signs of decay when you know what to look for. But how exactly do you kill these undead projects and limit the damage they can do to the business? Bob Lewis provides an in-depth answer in an article for CIO magazine. Herding Zombies There are many signs of an undead project. One is absolute, incurable team dysfunction, accompanied by finger-pointing. Another sign is …

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7 Social Media Marketing Trends That Will Dominate 2018

Social media—whether you hate it or whether you live on it, it has become a very significant new home of marketing. That means it would be prudent to keep an eye on how social media is evolving. In an article for Business 2 Community, George Beall predicts the trends we may see more of in 2018: Hiring talent for content creation Increased emphasis on video content Focus on user-generated content Increased use of stories Brand …

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Major Programs: Creating a Uniform Rhythm

When you feel like you have all the time in the world to be somewhere or get something done, you are setting yourself up for the most risk of being late. You lull yourself into a false sense of security! The same happens in major programs as well. In a post for the Association for Project Management, Neil McCrimmon explains how you can create a uniform rhythm in programs. You Got Rhythm Creating a rhythm …

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How to Be More Productive without Burning Out

While burnout used to be more common in lower-ranking positions, it has flipped and now it’s very common for higher-paid employees to put in more than 50 hours a week. That means the threat of burnout is real at all rungs in the career ladder now, but what can be done about it? In an article for Harvard Business Review, Matt Plummer gives some advice on how to be more productive without burning out: Be …

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CIOs: Don’t Beat Yourself Up for Being Behind on Transformation

The fact that everyone is talking about digital transformation does not mean that everyone is actually making deep strides with it. On the contrary, news outlets talk about digital transformation (and blockchain, and RPA) because it is exciting and developing and far from over. That means you do not need to feel terrible if your business’s digital transformation is slow-going. Along those lines, Tim Yeaton discusses three transformation misconceptions in an article for the Enterprisers …

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7 Habits of Highly Effective Release Managers

Release management is a big deal, in that it is usually the thing underscoring statements like, “Ugh, I hate the new version that just came out!” Of course, a release manager’s goal is to get people to say the exact opposite of that. So in a post at his blog, Joe the IT Guy discusses seven things release managers can do to work toward better releases: Understand the difference between change and release. Have a …

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Project Management Tasks That Maybe You Don’t Always Have to Do

There are some elements of projects that we take for granted as essential, and often they are. But there are still those who would like to get heretical and rock the boat anyway. In an article for the Digital Project Manager, Patrice Embry outlines a handful of practices that he thinks maybe are not always essential to project success. Not This Time First on Embry’s list are detailed budget and projection breakdowns: I have a …

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Avoid Ambiguity to Improve Performance

There are all sorts of factors that can plague a project that are outside of your control. Volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity (VUCA) can’t ever be totally eliminated from a project. However, ambiguity can be avoided because it is defined by how we communicate, and improving communication can decrease ambiguity. In an article for Project Times, George Pitagorsky explains how avoiding ambiguity can improve performance. Adios, Ambiguity! One of the ways that ambiguity can affect …

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Projects to Operations: Don’t Be a Butterfingers

The product handoff to operations is often thought of like death—it is an event far in the future, and it is best to think about the here and now instead. Of course, operations and death have nothing in common; operations is where the thing you worked so hard to create finally starts its life, so it is time for project managers to spend more time acing the handoff. Elizabeth Harrin discusses this in a post …

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