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Crashing the Schedule is Not Your Only Choice When Facing Delays!


When it looks like a delay is on the horizon for your project, there are things you can do beyond asking the team to work overtime or begging for additional resources. In a post for PM Hut, Kiron D. Bondale explains why these options are not always the best, in addition to offering some less costly ways to prevent a late sunset for your project. Obvious is Not Best There are a couple issues with ...

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How to Succeed at Project Governance


Why can’t IT organizations figure out how to avoid the high project-failure rate experienced by so many companies? You would think that with all the project portfolio management (PPM) solutions available today, companies would be able to successfully deliver projects on time, within budgeted cost, and achieve the desired business results. Peter Weill has been studying project governance for years. Weill is Chairman of the Center for Information Systems Research and Senior Research Scientist at ...

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Top 10 Leadership and Management Tips for All-Around Success


If what you’ve been doing so far as a manager/leader isn’t getting you the right results, then it’s time to try something new. “It can take years to become an overnight success,” jokes Roberta Matusen in an article for TLNT, and that’s only if you are willing to work hard and follow the good advice of others. Here are some tips to become the best you yet. Feedback For instance, have you considered the idea ...

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Could Better IT Support Make Users More Ignorant?


Could the very IT support innovations that are making life easier now actually hurt business in the long run? Possibly, answers Kevin Fogarty in an article for Computerworld, if IT assists end-users without also educating them in turn. He shares research from Pennsylvania State University’s Erika Poole that shows too much help can leave a person enfeebled rather than empowered. An assistant professor of Information Sciences and Technology, Poole recorded several weeks’ worth of interactions ...

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Ready, Set, Launch! 7 Questions to Ask for Successful Project Management


What is the cost of too little scrutiny? Any project that lasts longer than a year or that costs more than $1M ought to be given special attention, as this class of project is more likely to fail than most. Before your next big project launch, John Collins writing for Business 2 Community suggests seven tips for stellar project performance. 1. Objectives Q – Are the project objectives clear and achievable? A – Any successful ...

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7 Techniques to Stop Wasting Valuable Time


Well-planned executive meetings too often go awry. Perhaps time gets eaten up over a contentious marketing proposal, causing important agendas to get swept aside and forcing a proposal to be hastily approved without thorough consideration. If this sounds familiar, then consider seven time-saving tips for meetings by Michael Mankins and Jenny Davis-Peccoud in an article for Bain & Company: Separate operations from strategy. Focus meetings on decisions, not discussion. Prioritize high-value items. Move items off ...

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7 Steps to Excellent Service Delivery


I’m sure you remember the times your email system slowed to a crawl or one of your business applications crashed. A senior vice-president of an electronics manufacturing company told me that when this happened to him, he said to himself, “If the CIO were standing in front of me right now, I would give him a piece of my mind.” Read on to find out how CIOs get themselves into this dilemma and discover a ...

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Cheap IT Will Cost You


Usually technology costs are framed in terms of savings and efficiency. Seldom will you hear a professional or business sponsor declare, “Under-invest in IT!” Jonathan Feldman explains for InformationWeek why the “thrift logic” behind IT spending is not just unwise, it’s often downright expensive: The truly uncomfortable truth is this: Spending too little on IT in the digital age is ineffective, maybe borderline irresponsible. Food for Thought Like most IT-driven organizations, the New Zealand company ...

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5 Ways to Change Change Management


Seventy percent of change programs fail, which means change needs to change. In an article for McKinsey & Company, Boris Ewenstein, Wesley Smith, and Ashvin Sologar highlight five areas where change management can be digitized to maximize gains. Digital dashboards and personalized messages are just some of the ways that this will be a change for the better. 1. Just-in-time Feedback Just-in-time feedback gives recipients the opportunity to make adjustments to their behavior and to ...

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How to Manage a Team of B-Players


What do you do with the B-Team, those lovable losers who never rise above adequate? Strong leaders will use their high emotional intelligence and good judgment to produce team success greater than the sum of its parts. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic explains how to get that top-grade work out of a middle-of-the-road team. Structure It all starts with a goal that people can actively realize – a vision for how ...

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