5 Misconceptions about Microservices

New concepts come with new misunderstandings. Microservices are suddenly the new hot topic of conversation in IT, and because they are so new, not a lot of people actually “get” them yet. So to help clear the air, Kevin Casey identifies and corrects five misconceptions of microservices in an article for the Enterprisers Project: Microservices are basically a repeat of service-oriented architecture (SOA). Microservices eliminate complexity. Microservices have rigid implementation requirements. Microservices and APIs are …

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4 Ways to Manage Your IT Team through Company Transitions

Your business has reached a crossroads and could be on the precipice of big changes. During such times, it can be difficult to press ahead with big IT initiatives—since who can say if these initiatives will have any value after the changes? But there are still steps that can be taken to make IT best ready to act when the time comes. In an article for Tech Pro Research, Mary Shacklett discusses four ways to …

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5 Tips to Improve Your Writing

When it comes to leadership skills, one might place writing skills low on the totem pole. But writing is a pivotal way for business leaders to communicate information and needs to be utilized to its fullest potential. In an article for TechRepublic, Patrick Gray gives five tips you can use to sharpen your writing: Consider your objective. Take the time to write a shorter letter. Consider your reader. Validate before sending. Consider the medium. Whipping …

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4 Tips to Lead IT through Uncertainty

The future of IT as a whole is ambiguous at best, a digital Wild West at the worst. With that in mind, there are certain steps a business can take to stay competitive. In an article for CIO magazine, Alok Tyagi draws upon leadership training gained at West Point to give four things IT leaders can do to achieve success in the face of uncertainty: Build core values that come to work every day Embrace …

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Rethinking IT Automation to Deliver New Levels of Business Value

IT automation has scored lots of little wins for IT already, particularly in simple arenas like that of password resets. But there are higher, more valuable fruits on the tree still to pick. A post from SITS discusses the potential for automation to unlock new forms of value for the business, which will in turn position IT as a key partner in setting strategy into the future. The Wider Perspective In the view of Ivanti’s …

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5 Reasons Why People Fail the PMP Exam

The PMP credential is one of the most popular project management certifications out there. The exam to earn it can however be a challenge, and not everyone passes it, in spite of the availability of prep courses and other training materials. In an article for Project Times, PMP prep teacher Emil Tarka gives five different reasons he believes that people fail the PMP exam: Lack of preparation Difficult exam Turning the PMP exam into an …

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Stop the Infection of Scope Creep

Scope creep can infect any project at any time. The slow buildup of tweaks and adjustments to the plan can wind up costing an arm and a leg in the long run. While reasonable requests for change should be acknowledged and completed, scope creep is what happens there is not a clear-enough vision in place. In an article for InformationWeek, Shafat Qazi explains how to avoid scope creep from affecting your project: Define the project …

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Risk Response Strategies: Transfer or Avoid the Danger

As I’ve noted in other articles, a risk is an uncertainty that matters. Some event has a significant probability of occurring, and there will be a significant consequence if it does. A risk represents a threat, and a wise project team endeavors to identify project threats and analyze them for effective strategies, so that the probability of occurrence can be reduced or the consequences reduced. Or both. Of Mice and Risk Management Consider the following …

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Using the Hierarchy of Purpose to Prioritize Your Company’s Projects

Every business makes an effort to track and prioritize projects, but too many of those efforts are hollow. For instance, implementing a project management tool to track projects and compare benefits will do no good if nobody can be convinced to use it. It requires a comprehensive and committed strategy to understand a business’s project portfolio and plan accordingly. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez introduces the “hierarchy of purpose” to achieve …

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The Other Half of Project Kickoff You’ve Forgotten

For most, the project kickoff is just a one-and-done event where the project manager articulates the goals and context of a new project for the team. However, the kickoff can and should be more than that. As project leadership coach Susanne Madsen explains in a post at her website, the kickoff can also be used to define the team identity. Taking this extra step will greatly improve the odds of project success. Strong Team, Strong …

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