Many Strategies Fail Because They’re Not Actually Strategies

Shockingly few executives have faith in their corporate strategy. Could it be because they do not have a real strategy in the first place? In an article for Harvard Business Review, Freek Vermeulen points out the common serious flaws in corporate strategy and the right ways to rectify them. Strategic Reinterpretation According to Vermeulen, “A real strategy involves a clear set of choices that define what the firm is going to do and what it’s …

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5 Reasons to Implement an IT Self-Service Portal

IT self-service portals are like pizza. If someone asks if you would like to have it, the only answer is yes. And there are good reasons for it too. In a post for ITSM.tools, Per Mikkelsen shares five reasons to implement an IT self-service portal: People don’t always want to deal with other people. It can reduce ticket volumes. It’s more efficient for the agent and the end user both. It’s cheaper. It’s always there. …

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3 Simple Goals for Project Managers to Hit This Year

“New year, new you” is a saying that uses the position of Earth in space as an excuse to make you be a better person. This arbitrariness is probably why the gyms start emptying out around February. So in lieu of dropping 40 pounds, maybe just focus on being a better project manager. In a post for Voices on Project Management, Dave Wakeman shares three simple goals for project managers that you can surely achieve: …

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Project Managers: Are You Making the Most of Your Brain?

Personal health and wellness have an important influence on your ability to do good work, but it is seldom discussed enough. It is just taken for granted that you are going to be awake, energetic, and engaged every day. But is that really the case? In a post for Strategy Execution, project leadership coach Susanne Madsen discusses some tips to keep your brain in tip-top work-ready shape. Preserving Mental Agility According to Madsen, aerobic exercise …

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10 Questions to Ask before Starting a New Project

Assumptions are the icebergs that dot the path to shore in your project. If you do not seek clarity on them early, you might crash later. It is best to ask as many questions and get as many answers as possible before the project even begins. In an article at the Digital Project Manager, Joanna Leigh Simon shares 10 particular questions you should be sure to ask: What are we actually delivering? What are we …

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7 Habits of Highly Effective Configuration Managers

Service asset and configuration management might fall under the category of “boring but necessary” work. But if you are really passionate about it, you can make it “exciting and business-enabling.” In a post at his blog, Joe the IT Guy shares seven tips to be a great configuration manager: Watch for scope creep. Baseline your production environment. Share the load. Examine your lifecycle. Build checks into processes to verify the configuration management database (CMDB). Be …

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The What, Why, and When of Evaluating Project Risks

Every project is a journey of uncertainty. How can we complete the challenges of each journey successfully? By identifying, evaluating, and responding to our project risks consistently. Let’s focus on the what, why, and when of evaluating project risks. What is the best way to evaluate risks? There are many ways to evaluate risks. Each has its place. In general, project managers perform qualitative and quantitative risk analysis. What’s the difference? Qualitative risk analysis is …

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5 Trends That Will Drive Machine Learning Adoption

An insignificant percentage of companies are investing in machine learning right now, because it is just too early on to be a worthwhile investment for them. This will not hold true for very long though. In an article for InformationWeek, Lisa Morgan shares five trends that will accelerate machine learning development, taken from a Deloitte report: Automating data science Reducing the need for training data Accelerating training Explaining results Deploying locally Readying to Learn Everyone …

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Four Ways to Inspire Employees during Change

The lights at the office dim. Suddenly, Van Halen’s “Dreams” booms through the hallways as a laser light show fires up, and you parade down the hallways cheering on your team. Is that too far to go to inspire your employees? Of course not. But if you lack daring or laser lights, there are other options. In an article for the Enterprisers Project, Minda Zetlin shares four ways to keep employee spirits high amid change: …

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Four Ways to Thrive as CIO in 2018

At the top of the career ladder, there is no such thing as slacking off—you are always working on something. But whether you are working on the most valuable things is always a question worth asking. In an article for ZDNet, Mark Samuels describes four things CIOs can do in 2018 to maximize their value and excel in the role: View raised stakeholder expectations as a chance to shine. Educate people about why technology matters. …

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