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Nine Competencies to Elevate the CIO into a Business Leader

A survey by Deloitte found that the future of CIOs lies in stronger leadership. Right now, 55 percent of CIOs in the survey report they are primarily focused on operational tasks over strategic tasks, but 52 percent want to redistribute their focus. Deloitte says that transitioning from tech leader to business leader requires nine competencies in three functional areas: Driving agility Ensuring security and resilience Leveraging ecosystems Fusing business and technology strategy Developing talent Designing …

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How to Become a More Sophisticated Project Communicator

Effective communication with a variety of different people is pivotal to success as a project manager, yet people often underestimate how complicated effective communication actually is. In a post for the PM Perspectives Blog, project leadership coach Susanne Madsen describes how communication actually occurs across four different levels, and your communication will never be at its best until you can operate comfortably across all of them: Content Procedure and structure Interactions and behavior Feelings and …

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Agile at Scale Enables Your Grilled Cheese Sandwich

I had sharp cheddar cheese and butter in the fridge, but no bread. So, I opened Amazon Prime Now (also known as “assisted living for Millennials” in San Francisco) and ordered a loaf of dark rye, Greek yogurt with blueberries, a huge bag of Fritos, and a few other groceries to breach the $25 minimum. Then I got back into the Word document I’d been struggling with. Got an email confirming the order, and another …

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How People with Different Conflict Styles Can Work Together

Everyone falls under one of two categories when it comes to their approach to conflict: They’re either conflict pursuers or conflict avoiders. Neither of these is the “right” approach, and we actually switch between them at times. However, different approaches to conflict must be considered according to whether people avoid or seek it. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Amy Gallo gives a rundown of the two conflict styles and different matches that may …

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4 Symptoms and Solutions to Security Fatigue

The news has led us to believe that security breaches are happening everywhere, and, well, that is probably true. But the notion that people should always be in a heightened state of alert has led to “security fatigue,” where overall organizational security declines. Could you be at risk of fatigue? In an article for Dark Reading, Tom Pendergast diagnoses some of the symptoms of security fatigue and how to go about fixing it. Four Signs …

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Have You Sold Your Leaders on Asset Management?

In tough economic climates, companies are looking for ways to streamline their processes in addition to reducing overhead costs. One area for consideration should be asset management, if it isn’t already. The overall goal of asset management—whether it is hardware, software, or something else—is to ensure the governance over the assets throughout their lifespan. Simply put, you will know what assets the people in the business are using and the costs associated. If you were …

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More Processes, More Problems: Do This Instead

Complexity is, fittingly, complex. Susanne Madsen recently attended a lecture from Stephen Carver at the Cranfield School of Management, and she learned of the three types of complexity and how they affect our projects. In a post at her blog, she describes these three “buckets,” and then she explains how traditional project processes are only effective enough to handle one of them: Blue bucket: structural complexity Green bucket: emergent complexity Red bucket: socio-political complexity Bucket …

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7 Rules for Project Managers Devised from the Trenches

Being a project manager is not mindless busywork. In an article for Project Times, Davide Carboni instead goes so far as to call project managers pirates, ransacking the ships of opportunity by doing things unheard of before. And from his vast multitude of experiences, Carboni has developed seven rules of thumb for great project management–that nobody seems to talk about: A project must deal with no more than one serious challenge. A project is behind …

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10 Mistakes to Avoid When Troubleshooting IT Problems

Troubleshooting a problem can be a pretty tense time in the heat of the moment. There are a number of problems that can hinder the best of IT staff if they’re not properly handled. Whether the project is big or small, Scott Matteson believes there are common bad practices that should be addressed. In his article for the TechRepublic, he goes through some mistakes to avoid in order to ensure IT success: Working alone Downplaying …

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Conduct an Unshakeable SWOT Analysis in 2 Hours or Under

Where risk and opportunity are concerned, the SWOT framework is one of the most versatile go-to tools. Its ability to identify the internal and external factors of a project is what makes it so effective. However, the implementation can be a little tricky. To aid in this, Marian Haus gives a guideline on how to moderate a two-hour long SWOT meeting in her post for Voices on Project Management. Call in the SWOT Analysis Haus …

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