How Do You Handle Event Risk versus Non-Event Risk?

What is the difference between risk and uncertainty, or event risk and “non-event” risk? It is not just a question of semantics; it can have legitimate effects on the course of a project. In a post for the PM Perspectives Blog, Rick Graham examines the roots of project risk and uncertainty. Eventual Risk Graham thinks that many things get added to project risk registers that do not actually constitute “event” risks; they are just uncertainties …

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5 Liabilities of Working in the Cloud

There’s always a catch for any positive innovation in the world. We invented the wheel, but the fallout from it was traffic jams; every positive has some negatives of it to take into consideration. It rings true for the cloud as well, as there are some liabilities that need to be taken into account. In an article for CIO magazine, Tim Molino highlights five different liabilities of the cloud: Transparency (or lack thereof) Open source …

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Nudge Some Ethics into Your Employees

Everyone is familiar with when public policy projects seek to “nudge” the public in some way, like the “Truth” anti-smoking campaign. But now businesses have deliberated over adopting a similar approach with their employees. In a post for strategy+business, Matt Palmquist says how to go about giving employees a subtle nudge in the right direction. A Nudge Goes a Long Way Nudges can work wonders when done right. They aren’t expensive and can be pretty …

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The Evolution of Open Teams in IT

Democracy and transparency are coming to IT, and in a big way. Slowly but surely, people are realizing that teamwork and open communication are more effective than command-and-control and lone wolves. In an article for the Enterprisers Project, Mike Kelly traces the history of the open mentality in IT and what it means for CIOs. A Wider Opening As Kelly explains it, once upon a time in IT, “openness” referred to extremely technical people sharing …

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IT Cost-Benefit Analysis: It’s Important, so Do It Right

Cost-benefit analysis is so important to knowing whether a certain course of action is worthwhile, but performing it correctly is sometimes more art than science. Understanding cost-benefit analysis will increase IT’s favorability by the business in a big way. So in an article for TechRepublic, Mary Shacklett provides some solid tips for getting it right. IT and Cashback Shacklett provides a lengthy example of a hypothetical IT project and breaks down its potential benefits and …

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3 Steps for Midsize-Enterprise CIOs to Drive Better Business

Midsize enterprises aren’t quite the juggernauts pushing the latest trends in an underground bunker somewhere, but they’re also not the mom-and-pop shop on a shoestring budget. Despite their wide variations, midsize enterprises tend to face similar issues. In an article for Smarter with Gartner, Tim Stafford shares three steps midsize-enterprise CIOs can take to improve their decision-making: Build on the synergy that comes from two-party communication. Keep IT spending in tune with business economics. Be …

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5 Top Tips for Better ITAM Metrics

IT asset management (IATM), when done right, can work wonders for your company. But while it can help save time and money as it is, it can be taken to the next level and do even more for your company. In a post at his site, Joe the IT Guy gives five tips for better ITAM metrics: Understand why reporting matters. Look at the potential benefits. Align ITAM to the rest of the business. Design …

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Managing the Stakeholder Attitudes That Control Your Project’s Fate

Stakeholders’ attitudes are going to drive their reactions and approaches to your project. So if you want your project to have a maximum of support, you need to observe and manage these attitudes to the best of your ability. In a post for Voices on Project Management, Lynda Bourne explains how to manage stakeholder attitudes and perceptions. Addressing Attitudes The first step is to gauge the current level of support that is behind the project. …

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How to Manage a Team Member with a Negative Attitude

In an ideal world, everyone who worked on a project would have a positive attitude about the work they were doing. But not everyone necessarily cares about their work or the environment, and it can cause issues to your project as a whole. In a post at A Girl’s Guide to Project Management, Elizabeth Harrin describes the options at your disposal to manage a team member with a negative attitude. Containing Negativity Harrin is quick …

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5 Reasons Why Your Project Manager Has No People Skills

Having a manager of people without good people skills is like having an apple pie without apples. It shouldn’t be so hard to find someone who has high emotional intelligence and communication skills, but sometimes you’re stuck in a situation where they clearly lack either. So how on earth did they get this position? In a post at his blog, author Scott Berkun explains five reasons why some managers have poor people skills: It takes …

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