3 Tips to Simplify Project Complexity

Everyone wishes the world were just a little bit simpler, especially if they’re a project manager. Juggling complex projects and the expectations of stakeholders is an exhausting act for project managers and requires some real skill. In a post for Voices on Project Management, Dave Wakeman gives some tips on how to simplify complexity: Focus on logical steps. Emphasize clear communication. Always work to improve your processes. Keep It Simple While focusing on the end …

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10 Things New Project Managers Should Know

One of the big ideas behind mentoring, knowledge management, and lessons learned (among other similar principles) is that we want to save others from making the same mistakes that we already have made. But often, people end up making those same mistakes anyway. So in a post at A Girl’s Guide to Project Management, rather than give warnings, Elizabeth Harrin just shares 10 good-to-knows about project management: Manage scope. Learn the vocabulary. Review success continually. …

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Risk Management Rules You’re Breaking All the Time

There are some general rules and guidelines that we all need to follow when it comes to risk management, but we don’t always follow those rules as closely as we should. In a post at the Project Risk Coach, Harry Hall points out some of these things that we need to start doing again. Risk Rules Broken The first, and easiest, thing to remember about risk management is to not overcomplicate it. When writing down …

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How to Recruit IT Talent without Having Top-Dollar Perks

Hiring new talent is one of the biggest problems facing IT today. The Google and Amazon tech giants seem to be able to scoop up all the best workers through great salaries, name recognition, and plenty of perks to go around. But in spite of all this, you can get and retain employees through some simple practices that can make all the difference. In an article for the Enterprisers Project, Minda Zetlin explains how to …

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Is It Time to Confront an Underperforming Vendor?

It’s hard to miss when you have a bad vendor. They’ve caused irreparable damage to a project and might need to be cut loose. But how do you have this conversation with the vendor and stay professional? In an article for ZDNet, Mary Shacklett explains the steps you should take before having that confrontational meeting with a poor vendor. Steps to Stop Bad Vendors With poor vendors, awful service isn’t usually a big bang occurrence; …

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How to Identify and Remove Resistance to Change

Most people don’t like having their workplace rhythm disrupted by change. The uncertain future that change brings can be pretty daunting, regardless of where you are in the company. So naturally, there’s going to be resistance from people affected by it. In a post for the PM Perspectives Blog, Elizabeth Harrin explains how to assuage the apprehension toward change. Responding to Resistance Resistance is a completely natural response to change, especially if similar changes were …

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CIOs Need to Start Applying Logic to Salaries

There are really no steadfast rules when it comes to working out employee salaries—and that can be a problem. In essence, someone new could come along to your team, and determining what to pay them can be greeted with a shoulder shrug and a guesstimate. In a post at the Accidental Successful CIO, Jim Anderson asks if it is time for CIOs to start applying logic to salaries. Salaries Need to Make Sense Salaried positions …

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3 Tips for Better Security Investment

The time has come for IT leaders to shift their focus to next year’s budget. Information security will play a major role in the growth of any company that is looking to stay competitive, but security is a difficult position. Having to juggle limited professionals in the field, tighter timelines, and a broader scope of activities will create complications for the field moving forward. In an article for InformationWeek, Andrew Horne gives some tips for …

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There Are No ‘Remote’ Employees Anymore

If current trends are any indication, the “workplace of the future” has just become the living room. Telecommuting is on the rise as more and more individuals each day begin working from home instead of the traditional office. But this change isn’t as bad as it might sound. In an article for Computerworld, Mike Elgan delves into the implications, namely, that there no longer a “remote” employee if everyone is working from home some of …

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How You Can Improve Business Support

While on a support call recently, I had the misfortune of suffering through long hold times, dreary music, and being transferred from person to person with no end in sight. While I waited I had plenty of time to think about what could be done better not just for this experience, but also from my own perspective to improve interactions with my own business. Listen More, Speak Less First, start by listening to your business—really …

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