Bas.DeBaat

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Bas de Baat is an independent management consultant with over 20 years experience in leading high-performing teams that deliver and sustain enterprise business solutions. He is an expert in navigating and managing technology-driven-change initiatives, and adept in putting them back on track when they have derailed.

Bas is coaching business leaders and top talent to achieve better business and/or personal performance. In his blogs he writes about practical project management and shares his knowledge and experience on how to make things happen when people, process and technology need to change.

Bas is located in Toronto, Canada. You can learn more from Bas or contact him through www.basdebaat.com

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of Bas de Baat and do not necessarily represent those of IDG Communications, Inc., its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.

Articles by Bas.DeBaat

Digital is out, smart is in
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Digital is out, smart is in

It's not about how digital you can become, but about how smart. The majority of emerging technologies exist and evolve to enhance our cognitive capabilities. They are there to make us smarter.
April 24, 2017
3 top priorities for a Chief Data Officer
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3 top priorities for a Chief Data Officer

The main responsibility of the Chief Data Officer is to manage data as a corporate asset. Having said that, the boundaries of the role vary by organization. Whereas some organizations draw a clear line between data and information, others blur the two and that's a problem. What are the 3 top priorities for the Chief Data Officer in an era where artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies only deliver value when data is of high quality?
February 22, 2017
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Get your company ready for artificial intelligence

Companies need to resolve issues regarding data quality, ERP and business process improvement first, before implementing artificial intelligence solutions.
January 17, 2017
Artificial intelligence is transforming ERP solutions
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Artificial intelligence is transforming ERP solutions

Without a doubt, artificial intelligence (AI) will have a profound impact on the footprint of enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions in the foreseeable future. AI will enable organizations to further optimize their operating model made up of business processes, software applications, governance structures and technology infrastructure.
October 17, 2016
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Augmenting the project manager

The enthusiasm for the application of artificial intelligence is encouraging and indicating that people's readiness to adopt the technology in their life and work is bright. The technology will replace some of the tasks of the project manager but, in general, enhance and scale the role.
September 14, 2016
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Functional areas where machine learning is applied first

AI solutions like machine learning transform how people interact and make every day decisions. The intent is to make people, organizations and society smarter by making global intelligence widely accessible and meaningful in our actions. The application of machine learning is going to be fascinating, because it is so close to the existence of human beings.
September 12, 2016
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How cognitive computing will change project management

Cognitive computing is rapidly making inroads into the professional services workspace. The emerging technology will have a lasting impact on all jobs across all industries, with health care, finance and legal as early adopters. As much as it changes current jobs, it will also create new jobs.
August 16, 2016
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How to keep your project in a state of happiness

Moving and keeping a project in a state of happiness takes a lot of effort and care. When you focus on setting people up for success you will notice that it has the biggest impact on happiness, quality of work and project outcome.
August 4, 2016
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5 key steps to get a derailed project back on track

When a project derails, you have an opportunity to learn and course correct. Through the years I have been asked to recover a number of troubled projects and followed five key steps.
July 27, 2016
How do you put your project team in the zone?
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How do you put your project team in the zone?

What do high performing project teams do to thrive together? There are five very unique behavioural characteristics that set them apart from others. Some of them you see in the sports world as well. Clarity of purpose is on of them. What are the other four?
July 20, 2016
A leader changes the ground rules
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A leader changes the ground rules

A leader knows when the ground rules have to be changed in order to get better performance. Deep-rooted problems demand leaders to look at their operating model and make adjustments, sometimes significant ones. Course corrections aren't easy, and not meant to be.
June 17, 2016
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3 things world-class achievers do nonstop

World-class achievers find success by having three qualities — three things they have or do nonstop — that let them outperform their peers. Have you ever wondered what those are?
May 9, 2016
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Under pressure everything becomes fluid

There is a misunderstanding that under pressure people perform better. Pressure to a certain degree is fine and can have a positive impact on performance, because people become aware of the fact that things have to get done. But too much pressure will have a negative effect on the quality of output. And if that happens the probability of rework at later stages in the project goes up significantly.
January 12, 2016
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The 5 A’s on the program manager’s report card

Program managers are primarily measured on traditional metrics like scope, schedule and budget. In today's world there are other critical qualifications that apply to deliver a program successfully
December 4, 2015
Who moved my schedule?
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Who moved my schedule?

Project schedules are subject to change all the time. When you think that you have it clearly defined and communicated, something unexpected happens and before you know it, you are making changes.
November 10, 2015
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5 things elite coaches do with top talent

Every single human being has a natural aptitude or skill that can make them a top talent. Some of us have more than one talent. The trick is to find it. That takes time, effort and dedication. A valuable coach who can really unlock and extend talent is able to push you forward repeatedly by applying specific and meaningful tactics. What are the 5 things elite coaches do with top talent?
October 21, 2015
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Why business transformation programs fail

Business transformation programs fail because of lack of awareness, trust and structure. Root causes of failures are less related to technology, more to process, and most to people.
October 5, 2015