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Faith in IT Is Dead: How Enterprise IT Must Reinvent Itself

If we are being frank, just about every IT article says IT needs to reinvent itself, but the arguments are becoming more compelling and precise. A white paper from Accenture by Mazen Baroudi and Matthew Taylor finds that many business leaders these days are actually choosing to work around IT, rather than with it, when it comes to selecting “as-a-service” providers. If IT is to change such attitudes, it must change itself. Floundering Governance The ...

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3 Tips for Managing Organizational Growth

It has been a trend that it is difficult to squeeze growth out of larger, more mature organizations. Instead of shying away from the challenge, project managers should take it head on. A great project leader is a strategic project leader, according to Dave Wakeman in a post for Voices on Project Management. These are the ones who make it their business to understand the organization’s vision for growth and take action to help realize ...

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Top Five Skill Areas for a New Project Manager

Life is a learning game, and it is constantly full of mini-exams to test the knowledge you should have acquired. It is through the trial and error of experience that people learn, grow, and thrive. In a post for the PM Perspectives Blog, Lindsay Scott explores how this concept is especially true for beginning project managers. There are five skills a new project manager should work on developing in their first few years: The foundation ...

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4 Questions to Ask When You’re Asked to Help Set Up a New PMO

It is an adventure when your organization decides to make the full jump from project management infrastructure to a formal project management office (PMO). However, if you are tasked with leading this transformation, you may find yourself wondering where to begin. In an article for Project Smart, Brad Egeland discusses the four questions that need to be asked in order to establish the best PMO: What types of projects will the PMO be responsible for, ...

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How to Execute Reliable Change Management

The motivation behind every project is to successfully implement change that will help the organization to progress further. Change management helps the people affected by the change to smoothly transition. In a post for the PM Perspectives Blog, project leadership coach Susanne Madsen explores the basics of starting successful change management. Changing the Way We Change Change management will never be effective if it sets out to “sell” a person the change, they should be ...

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Four Common Project Portfolio Dashboard Mistakes

Why are portfolio dashboards necessary? Portfolio dashboards track the metrics, as well as the progress, within an organization. The dashboards help to keep the big picture alive and vivid so that the organization can stay on target. In a post for PM Hut, Kristyn Medeiros elaborates on some mistakes to avoid when it comes to using project portfolio dashboards. There are four common ones to keep in mind: The information may not be useful. The ...

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Strategies for Eliminating Duplication within IT

Whatever the goal for IT ultimately is within the organization, efficiency is what is pushing it. Maintaining multiple systems that have the same function is a waste of resources. In an article for The Enterprisers Project, Hussein Badakhchani explores some of the most common areas that have unnecessary duplication and how to best get rid of them. There are five areas that are prone to duplication: Mergers and acquisitions Internal restructuring Managed services Poor governance ...

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The Culture of Sharing: New Learning for Service Management Staff

What is the foundation for performance of an organization? The people in the organization, and their capabilities, are the greatest asset and indicator of performance success. In a post for All Things ITSM, Michelle Major-Goldsmith elaborates on the importance of continuous learning and sustainable knowledge for those working in service management. There are a variety of different learning styles, and it all depends on the personality of the individual. The primary focus of the service management ...

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Why Organizations Forget What They Learn from Project Failures

Mistakes are seldom the end of the world. In fact, mistakes often provide wonderful learning opportunities for organizations to grow. What becomes a problem is when organizations forget what they have learned from project failures and go back to making the same mistakes. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Francisco Polidoro Jr. explores why businesses so quickly become amnesiacs. What Do You Remember? NASA unfortunately provides a quintessential example of lessons learned and forgotten from ...

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Legacy IT Systems: Hidden Risks Revealed

You may feel a commitment to your old legacy systems, but in some cases they might be leeches that will continue to suck your organization dry. In an article for InformationWeek, CIO Jonathon Feldman elaborates on his own personal experience with legacy systems, and how to finally let them go. When Old Systems Start to Sag There are two different types of legacy systems. The first are production systems that should indeed be used by ...

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