Finding ‘the’ system

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How long have you been looking for that ‘perfect’ system? You know….the project management ‘system’ that will be your savior. Or the governance process that will ensure that your IT group is running ‘right’. Or that Social Media approach that will make your marketing efforts ‘perfect’. Or…perhaps that perfect system that will make you money […]

The magic and mystery of 1 percent

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This post sponsored by the Enterprise CIO Forum and HP. What do you think about 1%? Its tiny isn’t it?  Minuscule even. I mean…1% of a a dollar is 1 cent. 1 measly penny.  Who cares about pennies these days? A 1% increase in salary is a slap in the face to many employees. Most argue that they’d rather […]

IT Projects – doomed from the start?

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I just ran across an interesting research report titled “Doomed from the Start? Why a majority of business and IT teams anticipate their software development projects will fail” The report provides the results of a survey completed by 596 IT and Business executives with the majority of respondents being IT professionals (476 out of 596 […]

Hope isn’t a tactic either…

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You’ve probably heard the old saying that “Hope isn’t a strategy”. I’ve written a few words on the topic of Strategy, Tactics and Hope in the past and have even talked about minding the gap between strategy and tactics. Most people and organizations understand – at least in theory – that they need a strategic […]

Rules and Systems

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A few months ago, I wrote a post titled How project management made me a better trader/investor where i talk about my experience and skills learned from years as a project manager and how they’ve helped in my trading and investing. In the world of trading and investing, you learn by failure and you learn by […]

Do projects matter for IT?

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This is a guest post by Aren Cambre. Aren is a manager of web technologies at an educational institution. The way he explains it is, “If the web site looks like crap, they’re yelling at public affairs. If it’s broken, they’re yelling at me.” He has a M.S. Computer Science and is plodding towards a […]

Done Never Is

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Last week, David Aponovich from ISITE Design wrote a nice piece titled Avoiding the CMS Death Spiral on ISITE’s CMS Myth blog. If you don’t know who ISITE Design is, you should…especially if you are in the digital marketing space. Those guys are top notch. I tried to hire them many times when I was […]

Oh boy! Another Project Management Certification…

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I just saw an announcement that the Project Management Institute has a new Project Management Certification for Agile that they are piloting now (hat tip to PM Bistro). According to the description on PMI’s webpage about their new Agile certification, the new certificate will: validate a practitioner’s ability to understand Agile principles and concepts. The […]

Three simple questions for project selection

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Neil Pearce just published a very nice piece titled “It is all about The Customer“. Go read it. In the article, Neil argues that IT needs to focus on projects that focus on The Customer.   He writes: Too often we in the IT department are seen as being out of touch by other people within […]

Are you ready to accept failure?

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Are you ready to accept failure?  Can you live with yourself if you don’t succeed? When I was growing up, winning was a big thing.  You won or lost. You won at sports.  You succeeded at school.  Or you didn’t.  There wasn’t anything good about losing…no ‘participation’ trophies…no recognition for losing. Succeeding and winning was […]