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7 Tips for Future CIOs


When gunning for or being groomed for a high-level position, you need all the advice you can get. Alexander the Great notably studied under Aristotle, for instance. In an article for, Martha Heller shares advice from Thomas Lord, CIO of UGI Utilities, on the tips to remember to excel as a CIO in the not-so-distant future: Focus on fundamentals, not distractions. Resist the perfect solution. Ensure a shared understanding. Don’t over-govern. Maintain trust. Make ...

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What Barriers Slow Adopting Enterprise Performance Management Methods?


Why is the adoption rate for applying enterprise performance management (EPM) methods so slow? Technology is no longer the impediment. It once was, but software capabilities are proven. The barriers involve resistance to change and unfamiliarity. These are social, behavioral, and cultural issues, and few analysts are trained in behavioral change management. What is involved with these barriers, and how can managers and analysts overcome resistance and get organizational buy-in? Organizations that achieve competency with ...

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Achieving Software Excellence


Abstract As of the year 2016 software applications are the main operational component of every major business and government organization in the world. But software quality is still not good for a majority of these applications. Software schedules and costs are both frequently much larger than planned. Cyber-attacks are becoming more frequent and more serious. This study discusses the proven methods and results for achieving software excellence. The paper also provides quantification of what the ...

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The Dark Side of High Employee Engagement


Although employee engagement is generally a good thing, high engagement actually does not guarantee high productivity. In fact, high engagement can sometimes transmogrify into a “too much of a good thing” scenario. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Lewis Garrad and Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic provide four examples of how engagement can go bad: Embracing the status quo Pushing employees into burnout Giving an unfair edge to certain personality types Undermining the benefits of negative thinking ...

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7 Causes of Project Change


Change is just another component of a project, the same way time is just another dimension coinciding with height, width, and depth. The fact that it is not as easily managed should not be cause for concern. In a post for the PM Perspectives Blog, Elizabeth Harrin pinpoints seven common reasons that projects change, so you can be proactive about it: Stakeholders changing their minds Regulatory change Poorly defined requirements Change in sponsorship Business strategy ...

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5 Key Steps to Get a Derailed Project Back on Track


Failure does not have to be the end of the line. In fact, failure can often provide one of the greatest opportunities to learn something new. In an article for, Bas de Baat explains where to find the silver lining in a derailed project, and how to get the project back on track. There are five steps to getting a project gone askew headed back in the right direction: Listen to stakeholder groups. Document ...

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Creative Genius: Tapping the Edison Within


Ever wonder why some people seem so darned creative? The answer is because they, like you, see problems every single day. Something breaks too often. Something seems too difficult when it shouldn’t be. A solution is missing. In the classic television series Star Trek, Captain James Kirk actually sums up the sentiment of many when he says, “Genius doesn’t work on an assembly line basis. You can’t simply say, Today I will be brilliant.” (Episode: ...

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5 Ways CIOs Can Drive Profitable Customer Experiences


IT plays a very pertinent role when it comes to the overall customer experience. When the customer is happy, the business is happy and better poised to excel, so providing a positive customer experience is invaluable. In an article for the Enterprisers Project, Dan Roy shares five ways that CIOs can help to deliver a profitable customer experience: Discourage use of shadow IT. Make sure new systems integrate. Encourage collaboration between marketing and IT. Reconsider ...

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8 Team-Building Tips for Leaders That Actually Work


When the right mix of people is blended together the results are amazing, which makes team-building an essential. In a post for PM Hut, Richard Lepsinger, President of OnPoint Consulting, shares some ways to encourage team building the right way. He finds, “A great team has shared goals, clear roles, transparent processes for solving problems and making decisions, and the ability to deal with conflicts constructively.” With this in mind, there are eight tips for ...

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Managing Risks That Evolve over Time: 3 Cases


Most project managers are used to making a qualitative risk analysis in two dimensions: the likelihood that an event will occur, and the impact of the event. And most risk management plans include some sort of “T-shirt” sizing scale to facilitate classification of probability and impact as small, medium, large, and so on. While not particularly rigorous, this approach does have the benefit of getting SME participation without making great demands on their time or ...

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