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Austin J. Gruver

Austin is a Staff Writer for AITS. He has a background in professional writing from York College.

January, 2018

  • 12 January

    How to Identify and Manage Secondary Risks

    Have you ever created a problem in trying to solve one? Secondary risks, or risks created by responding to a risk, are issues that pop up in any project. In a post at the Project Risk Coach, Harry Hall gives advice on how to identify and manage secondary risks. Secondary Risk Response Time A secondary risk is ultimately caused by the risk owner, despite how well-intentioned their plan to solve the risk may have been. …

  • 12 January

    3 Steps to Fix the Economic Problems of Workforce Digitization

    As we continue to digitize the workforce, reports are making it clear that digital skills are now a must-have for accessible “good” jobs. But it raises an important question: How do modern companies deal with workplace digitization? In an article for TechRepublic, Conner Forrest gives three steps on how to fix the economic problems caused by workforce digitization: Expand the talent pipeline Expand digital literacy Grow soft skills Navigating Digitization The first step to fixing …

  • 12 January

    5 Survival Tactics for Enterprise CIOs in 2018

    Enterprise technology has new competition in town with the emergence of startups that can generate servers at the drop of a hat. The startups can adapt to cloud technologies quickly and respond to customers in real time. How does an enterprise CIO respond to competition like this? In an article for InformationWeek, Jessica Davis shares some advice from Tim O’Reilly’s book WTF: What’s the Future and Why It’s Up to Us: Listen to your customers. …

  • 10 January

    Major Programs: Creating a Uniform Rhythm

    When you feel like you have all the time in the world to be somewhere or get something done, you are setting yourself up for the most risk of being late. You lull yourself into a false sense of security! The same happens in major programs as well. In a post for the Association for Project Management, Neil McCrimmon explains how you can create a uniform rhythm in programs. You Got Rhythm Creating a rhythm …

  • 10 January

    How to Be More Productive without Burning Out

    While burnout used to be more common in lower-ranking positions, it has flipped and now it’s very common for higher-paid employees to put in more than 50 hours a week. That means the threat of burnout is real at all rungs in the career ladder now, but what can be done about it? In an article for Harvard Business Review, Matt Plummer gives some advice on how to be more productive without burning out: Be …

  • 8 January

    Avoid Ambiguity to Improve Performance

    There are all sorts of factors that can plague a project that are outside of your control. Volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity (VUCA) can’t ever be totally eliminated from a project. However, ambiguity can be avoided because it is defined by how we communicate, and improving communication can decrease ambiguity. In an article for Project Times, George Pitagorsky explains how avoiding ambiguity can improve performance. Adios, Ambiguity! One of the ways that ambiguity can affect …

  • 5 January

    CIOs Must Build Adaptive IT Workforces

    Traditional workforce models have always attempted to be like castles: strong, sturdy, and reliable. But when it comes to IT, rigidness is a fatal flaw that has kept organizations years behind the curve. With new technologies, processes, and programs coming out every day, IT needs to find ways to take on a more rapid pace. In an article for CIO magazine, Diana Bersohn and McCree Lake explain why CIOs need to develop adaptive workforces. Working …

  • 3 January

    Emailing While You’re on Vacation Damages Morale

    Picture you’re enjoying yourself on a beach somewhere, or maybe off in the mountains, or maybe even going to a good friend’s wedding. You have the time away, but there’s an unshakable urge to check your emails for work. Who could it hurt to just send out an email or two to see how things are going? In an article for Harvard Business Review, Katie Denis explains why this can be quite harmful to a …

December, 2017

  • 22 December

    Should Media Companies Fear Amazon?

    Amazon is a modern marvel in the consumer space. So as they move into media world, should other businesses be concerned? In a post for Gartner, Ted Chamberlin gives reasons why Amazon should and shouldn’t be feared. Fearing the Amazon? Chamberlin start off by stating why Amazon should be revered as an immediate industry threat: Amazon Video has really begun to move into a higher profile with projected investments in original content to tune of …

  • 22 December

    Dig into the Data So You Can Have Happier Customers

    In a world where Amazon, Facebook, and countless other industry titans are using data to help keep their customers happy, not using this advantage would be foolish. The goal now is to create a great experience between the customer and the brand so that the customer remains happy and continues to consume content. In an article for ZDNet, Mark Samuels gives some advice for how to use this data to your advantage: Get customer consent …

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