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Is Enterprise IT Crazy?

In behavioral economics, it has been demonstrated that people behave irrationally—but in predictable ways. It stands to reason that predictable irrationality exists around IT too. In an article for CIO magazine, Hakan Altintepe examines the ways that IT might be off its rocker and what to do about it. Conflicting Motivations When it comes to gains versus losses, people are statistically risk-averse toward gains and risk-seeking for losses. This is described by the endowment effect, …

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10 Ways to Get Your New IT Boss Up to Speed

Just because your new boss is above you in the hierarchy does not mean that you cannot be of invaluable help to that person’s success in the role. And assuming you are not a bitter jerk, you should probably want to see your boss succeed! So in an article for TechRepublic, Scott Matteson provides 10 tips for you to help new IT leaders thrive: Serve as a resource. Offer an insider’s perspective. Don’t revise the …

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Four Key Digital Project Management Trends for 2018

Project management changes at an admittedly glacial pace. Best practices crop up, and they stay best until someone makes a really excellent case to do otherwise. But year to year, some trends in project management are worth tracking. In an article for insideBIGDATA, Digital Program Manager Nigel Kirkman predicts four trends we may see unfold across 2018: Emotional intelligence PM certifications losing value Blended methodology Accountability and social responsibility What’s Happening in 2018 Emotional intelligence …

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Is Execution Where Good Strategies Go to Die?

Ultimately, business strategy is one long, long game of telephone. Leaders set a direction for the business with a specific intent, and then they cross their fingers that everyone else will interpret that direction and intent correctly. But many times, excellent strategies fail just because the execution was all wrong. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Mark Bonchek identifies four mental gaps that are often at the root of bad execution. Mind the Gap …

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Managing Globally Distributed Project Teams

I started managing projects that included team members or customers outside the US in the mid-‘90s. In the beginning, it was one other country. Then two, and so on. These days, working with globally distributed project teams is my norm. A typical project will include people spread across five to 30 countries, three to five continents, and from three to seven time zones. As you would expect, it’s very different from managing a few folks …

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3 Metrics for Project Manager Performance

What is the measure of a project manager? People seldom actually discuss it. Many aren’t sure how precisely to measure a project manager’s performance. In a post for Voices on Project Management, Kevin Korterud gives three metrics that you can use to measure project manager performance: Project metrics Project manager engagement reviews Project manager histories Metrics for Manager Performance Gauging a manager through their project’s metrics is a practical and indirect way to gain perspective …

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5 Liabilities of Working in the Cloud

There’s always a catch for any positive innovation in the world. We invented the wheel, but the fallout from it was traffic jams; every positive has some negatives of it to take into consideration. It rings true for the cloud as well, as there are some liabilities that need to be taken into account. In an article for CIO magazine, Tim Molino highlights five different liabilities of the cloud: Transparency (or lack thereof) Open source …

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3 Steps for Midsize-Enterprise CIOs to Drive Better Business

Midsize enterprises aren’t quite the juggernauts pushing the latest trends in an underground bunker somewhere, but they’re also not the mom-and-pop shop on a shoestring budget. Despite their wide variations, midsize enterprises tend to face similar issues. In an article for Smarter with Gartner, Tim Stafford shares three steps midsize-enterprise CIOs can take to improve their decision-making: Build on the synergy that comes from two-party communication. Keep IT spending in tune with business economics. Be …

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5 Reasons Why Your Project Manager Has No People Skills

Having a manager of people without good people skills is like having an apple pie without apples. It shouldn’t be so hard to find someone who has high emotional intelligence and communication skills, but sometimes you’re stuck in a situation where they clearly lack either. So how on earth did they get this position? In a post at his blog, author Scott Berkun explains five reasons why some managers have poor people skills: It takes …

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Looking for a Better IT Project Manager? Try the Hybrid Model

IT project management used to be a highly technical job that focused on a small set of parameters. Nowadays, with technology and innovation at the forefront of most business strategies, the project manager has had to take on more responsibility than ever before on the business side of things too. In a post for strategy+business, Matt Palmquist describes the resulting “hybrid” model of project manager and why such a manager can be so useful. Heading …

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