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How to Be a Productive Project Manager: 7 Tips


Many project managers feel overwhelmed with emails, phone calls, and meetings. They often work overtime, but few feel as though they are making progress. Although we are all given the same amount of time each day, some project managers are able to produce greater value for their organizations. Some are more engaged. Imagine yourself as a more productive project manager, one with greater capacity and energy to complete each day’s tasks. Let’s look at common ...

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The Trickle-Down Effect of Good (and Bad) Leadership


Emotions are contagious. If you have a friend that is around you that is exuding happiness, the probability that you too will be happy rises by a surprising 25 percent. Behaviors additionally are contagious. So how much do “social contagions” actually impact leaders? In an article for Harvard Business Review, Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman analyze just that. The Viral Connection In order to answer this contagious question, they analyzed assessments of high-level managers and ...

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ITSM Tips They Don’t Always Tell You at ITIL School


As we understand well, you cannot learn everything you need to know in the classroom. Sometimes, things can only be truly learned in a real-world example. In a post at his blog, Joe the IT Guy elaborates on some skills that ITIL cannot successfully teach all by itself. Life Lessons ITIL books do an excellent job of emphasizing the importance of getting everyone to speak the same language; however, they fail to really explain how ...

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5 Trends That Will Transform Project Management


The project management field is evolving into a discipline that is demanding higher requirements and expectations.  In an article for, Moira Alexander elaborates on five trends that will impact project management the most moving forward. Some of these you have heard about before, but the urgency for them is on the rise. Trends to Transform More precise focus on strategy Monopolizing employee strengths Demanding more accountability Greater emphasis on “soft skills” Working remotely There ...

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8 Traps to Sidestep as an IT Innovation Leader


One of the most exciting jobs an IT pro can be tasked with is that of the innovation officer. This position allows for creative stimulation, but there are some traps that can be easily fallen into if you are not careful. In an article for ZDNet, Mary Shacklett elaborates on eight of the hurdles and how to best avoid them: Assuming there will be support for innovation Not adequately looking at the risks Not everyone ...

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The Top 10 Strategic CIO Issues for 2016


What is the most rough-and-tumble job in the cutthroat world of corporate America? The CIO’s position proves to be a real contender, but it brings with it a great amount of opportunity. In an article for Forbes, Bob Evans explores the 10 most prominent strategic issues CIOs will face in the coming year: Create new revenue streams. Create a new culture. Create new apps. Illustrate the benefits of the cloud. Illustrate the benefits of digital ...

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2016 Project Portfolio Management Trends


With the end of 2015 and the beginning of 2016, the time has come to analyze what worked well in the past and what predictions can be made for the future. In an article for TechZone360, Colleen Baumbach, the Vice President of PPM Product Strategy for Oracle, elaborates on some of her predictions for project portfolio management in the coming year. The Same, but Different Before we can look at the anticipated trends, it is ...

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Why Do We Overcomplicate IT Service Management?


There is a difference between an incident, a major incident, and a problem, but what exactly is this difference? Professionals too often struggle to classify obstacles when they arise. In a post at his website, Joe the IT Guy discusses the ways IT service management becomes overcomplicated and tries to clear the air. An incident, a major incident, a problem, and a service request are all important aspects of IT, but how can someone differentiate ...

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HR Insights: How Do You Succeed in a Job Interview?


This is the first in a series of interviews with Gail Rolls on critical HR topics. Interviews can be overwhelming endeavors, full of stress and anxiety. What are the steps you can take to properly prepare for them and alleviate your worries? Recently, I discussed with Gail Rolls, Senior IT Recruiter and Career Development Consultant for Computer Aid, what she is looking for in candidates while she interviews them. Gail is an award-winning IT and ...

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4 Reasons Why Your Project Board Isn’t Working


What is it exactly that is in a project board’s reign of authority? A project board is a necessary group for an organization to execute projects well. In a post for A Girl’s Guide to Project Management, Elizabeth Harrin explores the functions of the project board, and where things may be going awry. Playing the Board Game A project board is a group of key stakeholders who all have a vested interest in the project’s ...

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