Leadership

3 Effective Strategies to Help You Stop Procrastinating

3 Effective Strategies to Help You Stop Procrastinating

by James Frankton Do you struggle with procrastination or a lack of focus in life? Are you sick and tired of waking up in the morning full of hopes for things you want to complete… but by the time you go to bed they haven’t been done? Would you like the ability to get...

Building innovation into project management

Building innovation into project management

If your organisation is going to do any sort of substantive innovation, it needs to take on risk. That needs a different style of project management. Why do you do projects? For most organisations, the answer is usually something to do with change. “We need to add new features to our product. We need...

7 Tips For Managing Teams

7 Tips For Managing Teams

It would be lovely to think that all project teams work together in harmony, striving for a common goal, but in reality that isn’t the case. People come to work with a variety of different motivations and because of their prior experiences they all see and interpret situations slightly differently. That’s fine, and it...

Project Creep and the Usability Pillar

By Darin Joncas Adopting a ‘think global, act local’ approach to your BI initiatives ensure projects don’t encounter “project creep”. This is where assets are pulled from the first project to make the second project successful then pulled from the second project to make the third project successful, and so on. While these assets...

The Emerging BA Role

The Emerging BA Role

Written by  Jas Phul The BABOK® Guide version 2 was published in 2009 by the IIBA® (International Institute of Business Analysis) and defined our discipline. It brought much needed structure to our work and helped communicate what we do. Fast-forward to 2014; our discipline is 5 years older and 5 years wiser. What are leading...

Eliminate the Fear Factor

By Lynda Bourne, DPM, PMP A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) and most modern management texts emphasize leadership and motivation over directive control. Yet if employee surveys are to be believed, around 70 percent of managers still operate in command-and-control mode. These managers rely on authority, discipline and fear to drive performance....

Do You Need A Project Management Certification?

Do You Need A Project Management Certification?

A group of us were discussing our qualifications and certificates the other day. We had people in the group who were highly qualified, one with an MBA with project management specialism, one with an MSc in project management, another with a whole string of letters after his name relating to individual project management credentials...

How to Audit Project Risk Management

By Harry Hall Are your project managers consistently meeting the objectives set by your management team? How do you know if your project managers are following the appropriate project processes? A few months ago, I conducted a Project Risk Management Workshop for a PMI Chapter. I recently received an email from a class participant...

Don’t Force Typical Templates on Packaged Software Projects

Don’t Force Typical Templates on Packaged Software Projects

Written by  Angela Wick One of the most interesting trends I’ve seen in my business analysis career is the shift from custom software development to package software implementation. Traditionally, large corporations created in-house teams that supported business functions by developing software from scratch. Gradually, package software made its way onto desktops via word processors and...

Are Portfolio Managers the Next Chief Strategy Officers?

By Jen L. Skrabak, PMP, PfMP A relatively new but increasingly important role is emerging: the chief strategy officer (CSO). From Starbucks to Siemens, many organizations now have a designated CSO. A CSO can be defined as an executive responsible for assisting the CEO with identifying, communicating, executing and sustaining strategic initiatives — basically, what...



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