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3 Signs Your New Project Is Non-strategic

What makes a project strategic versus non-strategic? A strategic tech project is one that contributes tangible business value, in direct and measurable ways. Strategic projects are key to an organization’s ability to prosper, while non-strategic projects usually deal with local or tactical issues. In an article for CIO.com, Pradeep Henry shares three warning signs to avoid launching non-strategic projects: The driving strategy is not aligned with organizational strategy. It is an independent technology project. There ...

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The What, Why, and How of Project Requirements

According to the Project Management Institute, 47% of unsuccessful projects fail to meet goals due to poor requirement management. In his post for the Project Risk Coach, Harry Hall explains what project requirements are, why they matter, and offers four ways to develop them. Assembly Required Merriam-Webster Dictionary says a requirement is something that is needed or must be done. The Project Management Body of Knowledge meanwhile defines a requirement as “a condition or capability ...

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10 Common Problems Project Teams Face

Project managers can get so bombarded by the day-to-day busyness that we sometimes do not address concerns like we should. Issues fall to the wayside in the hopes they will dissolve or resolve on their own. Sadly, that is not reality. Instead, Mandy Flint says in a post for the Association for Project Management that we must get proactive. Flint addresses 10 common problems project teams face: Lack of trust Conflict and tension Not sharing ...

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5 Questions to Develop a Simple Scope Management Plan

Running to the Project Management Body of Knowledge for advice can result in one of two mistakes: trying to apply too much of its processes, or seeing how dense its recommendations are and not bothering to do any of it. Instead, take a look at these five questions to ask when developing a simple scope management plan from Harry Hall in a post for the Project Risk Coach: Who is responsible for developing and managing ...

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Generational Leadership: A New Dimension of Diversity

The Generational Leadership of the workforce has changed significantly in the last 10 years. Today, more generations work together in single workplaces, and they have greater disparities than ever before. The workforce will continue to have dramatic shifts in age over the next 5-10 years. There is a new generation entering the workforce, and the experienced generation is leaving to pursue retirement and other employment that suits their lifestyles. Understanding generational issues can lead to wider ...

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5 Ways to Keep Your Project and Team on Target

Trust and believe that procrastinating is the easiest thing to do. Who can easily focus and stay on task? We are distracted and chained to our devices that can keep us connected all over the world with shenanigans that are sure time-killers. In the world of business time is money, and in an article for ZDNet, Mark Samuels gives us 5 ways to keep your project and team on target: Have a clear direction. Stick to your ...

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How to Pick Up a Project from Someone Else

Momentum is precious on work in progress. Too much stopping and starting creates delays and frustrations in equal proportion. So when you are depended upon to take over a project already in progress, it really tests your abilities. In a post at A Girl’s Guide to Project Management, Elizabeth Harrin discusses how to pick up a project from someone else smoothly. Momentum Maintained First, get the actual handover. You need a play by play from ...

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Use Stories to Sell IT Projects to the Business Effectively

Anyone can have an earthshattering idea. Not just anyone can find the funding to make the idea a reality. For IT leaders looking to gain support for their next big project, they better have a strategy. In an article for InformationWeek, Curtis Franklin Jr. shares his thoughts on how to get the executives to nod their heads for new IT projects. The Plot of Funding Franklin believes storytelling is the key to getting approval for ...

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How to Become a More Engaging Facilitator of Project Workshops

There are three important things you need to know and master in order to become a more engaging facilitator of project workshops. Project leadership coach Susanne Madsen reveals them in a post at her blog. Connected with Purpose First, understand that you don’t need to know it all. Don’t pile on the pressure thinking you must be an expert. Remember that you are there to facilitate and connect. You should have a general knowledge of ...

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Does Your Project Sponsor Work Like This?

Project sponsors should be the light shining down from the heavens to enrich and empower projects to succeed. As such, there are traits that good sponsors should possess. In a post for the PM Perspectives Blog, Raed Haddad describes these ideal project sponsors. Radiant Efforts Reliable sponsors do lots of things as a matter of good sense. They articulate precisely how a given project connects back to organizational strategy, for instance, including the specific benefits ...

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