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3 Tips for Better Security Investment

The time has come for IT leaders to shift their focus to next year’s budget. Information security will play a major role in the growth of any company that is looking to stay competitive, but security is a difficult position. Having to juggle limited professionals in the field, tighter timelines, and a broader scope of activities will create complications for the field moving forward. In an article for InformationWeek, Andrew Horne gives some tips for …

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There Are No ‘Remote’ Employees Anymore

If current trends are any indication, the “workplace of the future” has just become the living room. Telecommuting is on the rise as more and more individuals each day begin working from home instead of the traditional office. But this change isn’t as bad as it might sound. In an article for Computerworld, Mike Elgan delves into the implications, namely, that there no longer a “remote” employee if everyone is working from home some of …

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How You Can Improve Business Support

While on a support call recently, I had the misfortune of suffering through long hold times, dreary music, and being transferred from person to person with no end in sight. While I waited I had plenty of time to think about what could be done better not just for this experience, but also from my own perspective to improve interactions with my own business. Listen More, Speak Less First, start by listening to your business—really …

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How Do Project Management and Change Management Compare?

Project management and change management often overlap when a project is underway. They both work intimately with the people, processes, and tools of the project all in relation to company as a whole. However, these two disciplines have different objectives when it comes to how this information is used. In an article for CIO magazine, Moira Alexander explains the differences between project management and change management and how change managers are important to any good …

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How to Make Your Project Meetings Work for You

Meetings often seem like more of a chore than an actual part of work. It’s incredibly easy to take a laptop in to “take notes” when in reality you’re doing everything besides taking notes because there is no way you are going to pay attention to this meeting. But if you trade places and are now the one presenting, how can you get people interested in a meeting? In a post for the Association for …

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Are Your Project Documents Helping or Hurting You?

Once you have gotten your project management certification, you typically want to put that new knowledge and power to work pretty quickly. Reviewing process inputs and outputs and downloading dozens of templates may feel like a way to take the bull by the horns. But such zeal can actually easily overwhelm you. In a post at PM Hacks for IT Professionals, Cheryl Texeira gives some advice on how to approach project management documentation from a …

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Liberate Your Team with Clearer Processes

In recent times, process has become the villain. Agile or not, teams rally around a goal of keeping process to a minimum so that they can just get down to the business of completing work. The problem is that some teams go too minimal, resulting in disorganization and ultimately frustrations. In an article for strategy+business, Elizabeth Doty explains how to “liberate” your team by introducing better processes. Go with the Flow A dearth of process …

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When Is the Right Time to Innovate?

Okay, that does sound like a loaded question. The average executive would probably answer, “Right now,” while raising an eyebrow that the question was even asked. But the answer may not be quite that simple. In an article for Business 2 Community, Daniel Burrus adds a bit of additional nuance to the discussion. Innovate Soon On the one hand—yes, businesses should always be pursuing innovation of all kinds right now. On the other hand, when …

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The Psychology of Risk and How It Affects Business

Organizational risk, project risk, and personal risk are all different things, but the human brain addresses each of them from the same starting point. There is a genuine psychology to risk, and considerable effort has been put into studying it. In an article for Risk Management magazine, Katherine Heires discusses the psychology of risk and some takeaways to remember moving forward. Planning for Crisis From financial disasters to natural catastrophes, people’s inability to properly weigh …

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How to Work from Home When You Have Kids

Working from home may seem like a dream come true for a parent. You get the comfort of home without the hassle of the daily commute. But now comes the hard part: striking a balance between home life and work. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Daisy Wademan Dowling explains how to work from home when you have kids. Winning at Home Work Before you even start working from home, you need to be …

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