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10 Questions to Ask before Starting a New Project

Assumptions are the icebergs that dot the path to shore in your project. If you do not seek clarity on them early, you might crash later. It is best to ask as many questions and get as many answers as possible before the project even begins. In an article at the Digital Project Manager, Joanna Leigh Simon shares 10 particular questions you should be sure to ask: What are we actually delivering? What are we …

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7 Habits of Highly Effective Configuration Managers

Service asset and configuration management might fall under the category of “boring but necessary” work. But if you are really passionate about it, you can make it “exciting and business-enabling.” In a post at his blog, Joe the IT Guy shares seven tips to be a great configuration manager: Watch for scope creep. Baseline your production environment. Share the load. Examine your lifecycle. Build checks into processes to verify the configuration management database (CMDB). Be …

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The What, Why, and When of Evaluating Project Risks

Every project is a journey of uncertainty. How can we complete the challenges of each journey successfully? By identifying, evaluating, and responding to our project risks consistently. Let’s focus on the what, why, and when of evaluating project risks. What is the best way to evaluate risks? There are many ways to evaluate risks. Each has its place. In general, project managers perform qualitative and quantitative risk analysis. What’s the difference? Qualitative risk analysis is …

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5 Trends That Will Drive Machine Learning Adoption

An insignificant percentage of companies are investing in machine learning right now, because it is just too early on to be a worthwhile investment for them. This will not hold true for very long though. In an article for InformationWeek, Lisa Morgan shares five trends that will accelerate machine learning development, taken from a Deloitte report: Automating data science Reducing the need for training data Accelerating training Explaining results Deploying locally Readying to Learn Everyone …

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Four Ways to Inspire Employees during Change

The lights at the office dim. Suddenly, Van Halen’s “Dreams” booms through the hallways as a laser light show fires up, and you parade down the hallways cheering on your team. Is that too far to go to inspire your employees? Of course not. But if you lack daring or laser lights, there are other options. In an article for the Enterprisers Project, Minda Zetlin shares four ways to keep employee spirits high amid change: …

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Four Ways to Thrive as CIO in 2018

At the top of the career ladder, there is no such thing as slacking off—you are always working on something. But whether you are working on the most valuable things is always a question worth asking. In an article for ZDNet, Mark Samuels describes four things CIOs can do in 2018 to maximize their value and excel in the role: View raised stakeholder expectations as a chance to shine. Educate people about why technology matters. …

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How to Keep Your Company Competitive despite a Talent Shortage

The Recession is over, and businesses are hiring again. That is great news for employees, but the businesses themselves are having trouble finding all the talent they need. In an article for TechRepublic, Patrick Gray makes a few suggestions for how to cope. Make Lemonade First of all, now that employers need employees more than employees need employers, it is up to employers to be more humble. You should offer more to employees, like flexible …

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The 4 Foundational Pillars for Better IT Service Desk Performance

The IT service desk always has one mission: to make life better for everyone it serves. How it goes about achieving that goal can vary from day to day and from organization to organization. But in a post for ITSM.tools, Nancy Van Elsacker Louisnord suggests that there are four overall pillars of modern service desk improvement: Customer centricity Continuous optimization Culture of innovation Agile approach Holding Up the Desk Louisnord actually uses Amazon as a …

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Tips to Be Prepared for a Returning Project

Every time your organization makes a project proposal, do they win that business? If so, wow, you work for the greatest company on Earth. It is more likely that many projects slip away from you though. That is normal. What is also normal is that, sometimes, these projects boomerang back to your business for one reason or another. You need to be prepared to work on these projects that you thought got away from you. …

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How to Derive Projects from Strategy

Everything begins with strategy. Strategy leads the way. What it does not necessarily do is answer all of the “how” questions involved in realizing it. In a post for Strategy Execution, Elizabeth Harrin shares some advice for how to derive actionable projects from an established strategy. From Nothing, Something Whether your corporate strategy exists in a PowerPoint presentation or as a fat stack of paper, it has some big key points somewhere. These are the …

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