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The Three ‘Ins’ That Are Putting Our Projects behind Schedule

It was the short week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, and I had time to think while stuck in traffic between Seattle and Portland. Somewhere around Centralia, (Yes, that’s really what it’s called, and it really is about halfway.) it occurred to me that I’ve been seeing some common themes lately. Call them the three “ins”: indecision, inactivity, and indifference. Each takes a toll on one or more tasks, adding delays and uncertainty, forcing …

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How to Kill an Undead Project

Some projects just rot out from the inside, and there are telltale signs of decay when you know what to look for. But how exactly do you kill these undead projects and limit the damage they can do to the business? Bob Lewis provides an in-depth answer in an article for CIO magazine. Herding Zombies There are many signs of an undead project. One is absolute, incurable team dysfunction, accompanied by finger-pointing. Another sign is …

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CIOs: Don’t Beat Yourself Up for Being Behind on Transformation

The fact that everyone is talking about digital transformation does not mean that everyone is actually making deep strides with it. On the contrary, news outlets talk about digital transformation (and blockchain, and RPA) because it is exciting and developing and far from over. That means you do not need to feel terrible if your business’s digital transformation is slow-going. Along those lines, Tim Yeaton discusses three transformation misconceptions in an article for the Enterprisers …

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Projects to Operations: Don’t Be a Butterfingers

The product handoff to operations is often thought of like death—it is an event far in the future, and it is best to think about the here and now instead. Of course, operations and death have nothing in common; operations is where the thing you worked so hard to create finally starts its life, so it is time for project managers to spend more time acing the handoff. Elizabeth Harrin discusses this in a post …

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CIOs Must Build Adaptive IT Workforces

Traditional workforce models have always attempted to be like castles: strong, sturdy, and reliable. But when it comes to IT, rigidness is a fatal flaw that has kept organizations years behind the curve. With new technologies, processes, and programs coming out every day, IT needs to find ways to take on a more rapid pace. In an article for CIO magazine, Diana Bersohn and McCree Lake explain why CIOs need to develop adaptive workforces. Working …

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How to Become a Better Coach to Your Team Members

When you make an honest-to-goodness effort to help your team members improve, they notice, and they appreciate it. Or at the very least, they appreciate it when you actually do a good job of it. Toward that end, in a post at her website, project leadership coach Susanne Madsen discusses a few potent tips for becoming a better coach. Coaching for Specific Effect First of all, it is important to understand the difference between giving …

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The Anatomy of an IT Strategic Plan

As IT’s place in a business environment grows increasingly important to success, proper IT strategic planning must occur. Surprisingly though, not many businesses have put effective strategies in place for IT to work with. In an article for CIO magazine, Stephanie Overby shares some practices that can be implemented in order to develop a successful strategic plan. Strategizing for Strategy The first step to creating a worthwhile IT strategic plan is to use the business …

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How to Be More Forward-Thinking in Your Project Decisions

Projects involve a constant stream of decisions. Some decisions are quick and easy. Others are difficult, take lots of time, and have significant impact. Let’s look at three decision models that can help you be more forward-thinking in your project decisions. Few project managers think deeply enough about how their project decisions will be made. Using the wrong decision models results in weak decisions that often change later, in turn resulting in adverse impacts to …

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Signs You Are Doing a Great Job as Project Manager

Every project manager has had to deal with the inevitable rise of problems in a project. And while some of these problems may be completely outside of your control, it’s human nature to have your morale worn down when they show up. So in an article for the Digital Project Manager, Lina Calin gives some ways you can tell you’re a good project manager to bring your spirits back up. Simple Signs of Success The …

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3 Big Insights into What Fuels Strategic IT Leadership

Not many people think about the psychology underlying what motivates IT to become more strategic. But Mark J. Schiller got curious, so he started asking. The answers are both surprising and—in some cases—very worrisome. From his discussions with various IT leaders, Schiller compiled three big insights into an article for CIO Insight: IT strategy is about people, not technology. Stakeholders are not the problem (yet). Developing a strategic voice is the biggest challenge for IT …

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