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How to Plan Your Risk Management from End to End

Project risk management continues to hold the championship belt for the most important-yet-ignored aspect of project management. That is not a wrestling league you want to be a part of. So in a post at the Project Risk Coach, Harry Hall shares some quick advice for planning your risk management from start to finish on a project. Whatcha Gonna Do, Brother? Hall says that your risk management plan is not your risk register, but rather …

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The CIO: We Hardly Know Ye

Inevitably, you get the gist of the CIO role already. But if you are not actively working in that role every day, then there are nuances to the position you might not see. In an article for ZDNet, Mark Samuels provides a primer on everything there is to know about being a CIO. The Truth of the Role The CIO is the “most senior technology executive” in the organization, and the CIO’s role is to …

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5 Ways to Get Ready for Augmented and Virtual Reality Technology

Are augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technology the future? Absolutely. Are businesses doing a whole lot with them right now? Heck no. So this is your big opportunity to get a leg up on the competition by exploring them now. In an article for TechRepublic, Mary Shacklett provides 5 tips to get started: See what’s available in ready-to-go AR/VR technology. Evaluate business processes to see where the technology will best fit. Educate your …

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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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What Should CIOs Do When They Feel Overwhelmed?

Figuratively speaking, there are days where the ceiling just collapses all over you. And counterintuitively, the higher up the ladder you are, the harder the ceiling hurts. What can CIOs do to push through these times (without befriending Everclear)? In a post at the Accidental Successful CIO, Dr. Jim Anderson makes some tough-love suggestions to push through the feelings of being overwhelmed. Ready to Crack In the first place, Anderson says to… get over yourself. …

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How to Break into an Analytics Career

There will be an estimated 2.7 million job listings for analytics-oriented roles in 2020. If you want a piece of that digital action, the time to start thinking about it is now. In an article for InformationWeek, Jen Underwood shares some pointers for entering into an analytics career. Downloading Job Prospects Firstly, just from a personality standpoint, Underwood says it is good if you are inherently curious, enjoy looking at things from different perspectives, and …

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Problem Management Is Like Watering Plants

I can remember the first place I lived in on my own without roommates. A friend dropped off a potted palm tree as a housewarming gift. They said, “It will make your place look better, more lived in.” I shrugged and placed it in a spot where it would get loads of light. In the first few months I took good care of the plant, watering it and providing regular doses of fertilizer and so …

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How to Identify Your Work in Progress in ITSM

Work in progress (WIP) is kind of like the “promise of value.” Eventually, that work will amount to something—but not yet. WIP has many applications in business, and they are growing in IT. In a post at his blog, Joe the IT Guy discusses the significance of WIP for IT service management. Progress and Pauses WIP is fine when it is actually being worked. WIP is bad when it allows for idle time or its …

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4 Tips for Getting Your First Project Management Job

Thinking about becoming a project manager? Or do you have a kid who has project management in his or her blood? (You might want to see a doctor about that, but I digress.) Then consider this post from Helen Sabell for the IIL Blog. She has four basic tips for how to land your first project management job: Research what employers want. Review your experience and know your limitations. Get qualified. Prepare yourself to step …

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5 Ways to Use Visual Project Management

In school, people learned that there are different types of learners: audio learners, visual learners, etc. And the rise of YouTube and similar services has reawakened the visual learner in all of us. It might be useful to retool your project management style to accommodate for visual learning. In a post at A Girl’s Guide to Project Management, Elizabeth Harrin reviews five ways to make for “visual project management”: Visual planning tools Mind maps Dashboards …

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