The fallacy of productivity measurement is when people try to quantify dollars saved based upon the incremental productivity gains of employees. Overestimated productivity gains can destroy project credibility.
If you want to make sure something doesn't get done…. make it a project. This is a common statement often heard from senior executives, including CIOs. Companies often have too many projects going on at one time. This leads to a high rate of failure, here's a look at how to change that.
Project management lessons can be found in the strangest places. Lessons in communication, transparency, planning, control, task management, process, negotiation, leadership and much more can all be learned from one bad meal out.
Big Bet projects are inherently risky. But decision makers are often prone toward tunnel vision on optimistic outcomes. This produces very high failure rates, costing companies millions, even billions of dollars. But there are three proven techniques that can dramatically improve your chances of success.
As a CIO, project leader, or IT manager, you might find it difficult to get your organization or project team to recognize the need for change, and the even greater need to control change. So, how do we handle it?
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.
How many times have your eyes seen one thing, but your mind believed another? 'Sleight of hand' is present when it comes to our interpretation and analysis of data. Understanding how our perception varies of data based on how they are presented through graphs and charts will help us change our analysis and improve the way we make decisions.
The project management landscape may look different in 2016. As clients, stakeholders, businesses, government and environmental expectations change, the need for PM certifications, technical knowledge and training will be in higher demand – but that’s not all.
To define business objectives, most large organizations host strategic planning sessions to set roadmaps to allocate budgets and resources for specific projects in the new year. Here are six strategic projects any business, regardless of size, should plan to implement in 2016.
A cable television network requires round-the-clock programming, an agile development team, some impressive software and a whole bunch of project management. CIO.com’s Matthew Heusser sat down with Tara Nicholson at Scripps Networks Interactive to find out how this complicated operation works.
Remote project management may be a great alternative to traditional project management for most organizations, project managers and team members, but is it realistic? There are tangible advantages here, but this is not for the faint-hearted.
In project management, communication is key to success. Part of that communication will be face-to-face meetings, which is a very effective way to communicate. However, face-to-face meetings can take up valuable time from other tasks and activities and they can feel like a black hole that’s sucking the life out of your day.
Within most large organizations – as well as smaller businesses – time and resources are in short supply yet high demand, making project selection more difficult. Evaluating and prioritizing projects can be complex, but this vital first step can negatively impact the business if not assessed carefully.
While many companies regret building enterprise software because it is much more expensive than expected, there are times when custom software is best. This article describes how to answer the build vs. buy question.
We IT professionals like to think that the critical path to getting a project done is the speed at which we can convert data, back up and restore a system, or add capacity to a server. But the true limit is the speed at which your users or your customers can absorb change.
Ever wondered why selecting enterprise software is so difficult? Use the Software Selection Maturity Scale to evaluate the state of your organization’s selection process, and as a roadmap for improvements.
A significant number of IT projects are failing to achieve full investment value, according to CEB research. Why are projects failing to achieve full value and what can the CIO do about it? Start by avoiding these three major pitfalls.
As in most fields, pursuing a project management certification can be as murky as a bowl of alphabet soup. Here’s how to determine which PM certification offers you the knowledge needed for real-world application and promising job prospects.
Gathering requirements is simple: just ask the users what they want. However, experience shows this fails dismally. In this article, we look at why gathering requirements is so hard, and what can be done about it.
Mentoring and coaching have been buzzwords within management for many years. However, traditional mentoring methods are not as efficient or successful as they were in the past. Here are some foundational pointers that might help you with mentoring in your organization.
Almost all project managers and organizations have heard of MS Project when it comes to project management software. But there are some impressive project management mobile apps out there that you may not be aware of – here are seven of them.
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