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Before You Set New Goals, Think about What You Will Stop Doing

Deciding to accomplish something new with your life when your current schedule is already booked solid is impossible. This is a major reason why goals are never achieved—the person just never cleared out enough time to really dedicate to pursuing the goal. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Elizabeth Grace Saunders shares some advice to streamline your time to ensure there is room to achieve goals. New Goals versus Old Problems Her first tip …

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7 Steps to Successful Project Requirements Gathering

Requirements are the direction and the guardrails on a project. They specify all the general work that must be done in order to satisfy stakeholders and push strategy forward with project completion. In an article for TechRepublic, Moira Alexander shares seven steps to get requirements gathering right: Identify all project stakeholders. Ask stakeholders the right questions. Determine the best requirements-gathering techniques. Document everything. Analyze the results. Verify the results. Obtain sign-off. A Humble Gathering While …

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There’s More to a System Design Than Requirements

A few years ago, I was asked to assist on a project where the client was replacing a highly-customized legacy system. As part of the discovery process, we were looking at the integrations to the other systems—internal, third-party administrators, and so on—currently in place. One integration in particular seemed unnecessarily convoluted; it received a file from one system, validated all of the data, and generated workflows to various roles in the event a particular transaction …

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3 Ways to Improve Your Decision-Making

Good decision-making comes from being able to make predictions about the future and judge the value of those outcomes. How can you bolster those abilities and tip the odds of making a good decision in your favor? In an article for Harvard Business Review, Walter Frick shares three straightforward tips: Be less certain. Ask, “How often does that typically happen?” Think probabilistically (and understand basic probability). Sharper Decisions On the subject of confidence, the discussion …

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10 Deceptive Project Management Myths

Myths and misconceptions crop up all over the place in project management. You have probably already heard about several of them before, and some of them are more obviously untrue than others. But in an article for CIO magazine, Moira Alexander collects a new set of myths to debunk, some of which sound deceptively believable at first: Everything within a project is fixable. Clients always know what they want. A previous project template is a …

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5 Steps to Becoming a Global IT Leader

Technology has connected the world in ways that could have been scarcely imagined decades ago, so it is not hyperbole to say that even the smallest businesses can make a global impact. CIOs and other IT leaders must embrace this globalization to make the best of its opportunities. In an article for CIO magazine, John Edwards (probably not the disgraced senator or the generally disgraceful TV psychic) shares five steps to be a better global …

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Many Strategies Fail Because They’re Not Actually Strategies

Shockingly few executives have faith in their corporate strategy. Could it be because they do not have a real strategy in the first place? In an article for Harvard Business Review, Freek Vermeulen points out the common serious flaws in corporate strategy and the right ways to rectify them. Strategic Reinterpretation According to Vermeulen, “A real strategy involves a clear set of choices that define what the firm is going to do and what it’s …

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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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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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Six Actions of Innovative CIOs

CIOs with a strictly technical mindset are fading away, because business demands more. Everyone is expected to have a head for business these days, at least on some level, and CIOs with strong business understanding are worth their weight in gold. These are the innovators of the IT space. In an article for CIO magazine, Mary K. Pratt discusses six things that innovative CIOs do: Sunset legacy systems Develop innovation-focused processes Reimagine work Leverage their …

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