After years of wage stagnation, it looks like 2015 is promising to be a great year for those in the IT jobs market. There are great opportunities out there as hot technologies are creating new opportunities. Here is an update on what the hot IT jobs are shaping up to be over this and the next few years.
Innovation must become second nature to organizations large and small. The more ambitious the organization, the more it tends to focus on innovation. Failure to do so can have catastrophic results, and that is why innovation is becoming a much more frequent topic at the executive and board level.
Apart from the size of their budgets and the reach of their ambition, one defining characteristic of megaprojects is their desire to create enduring legacies. Crossrail--the United Kingdom’s largest infrastructure project--hopes it will have an even greater impact in the field of innovation.
by Kevin Aguanno, PMP, MAPM, IPMA-B, Cert.APM, CSM, CSP
Project delivery organizations need more than just a bimodal approach. While waterfall and agile are very different delivery approaches, if you put them on a spectrum with one at each end, you will find that many projects would ideally be situated somewhere along the spectrum between those two extremes. Instead, optimal delivery would be achieved with a tetramodal delivery approach.
Given that people have expanded the use of the Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control methodology beyond strict use on improving quality and reducing variability to be used on continuous improvement projects, why not stretch it a bit further and create a DMAIC for innovation?
In a world where project management maturity is a generally accepted form of goodness, have we--in the process of increased governance and prescribed and repeatable PM processes--engineered away the potential for real innovation within the discipline?
In case you haven’t noticed, the threat of your information being breached has commonly been considered a not so much “if” but “when” kind of scenario. And the truth is that small companies are not beneath the notice of data crooks--some statistics even show that about half of small businesses are targeted by cyber attacks. What can you do?
What challenges do project management professionals face with Project Portfolio Management in 2015? There continues to be a high rate of misaligned IT projects and lack of resources for successful project execution, according to a new survey.
Once again, the Big Data market ranks high on the hot technologies list. It seems that over the past few years the pundits have been saying that this market is primed to explode, but it hasn't yet. What does the future look like for Big Data? Here are some tidbits to consider when determining if it's cup is half empty or half full.
As a project manager, do you have a recognition strategy in place? If not, you may want to tune in to repeat episodes of Seinfeld to learn the consequences from Jerry's mistake of refusing to say "thank you".
Agile projects may look like untethered pinwheel rockets spinning away on unpredictable paths. How do we align them to IT strategies so they don’t adopt all kinds of crazy technologies the organization has to support or replace?
We need to be clear about what we are talking about in the context of alignment. And we need to be clear about what alignment actually gives us in the context of portfolio management. In other words, just what is the problem we are trying to solve here?
There is an implementation gap that contributes to the failure of good strategies. The root cause? Most organizations don’t have actionable strategies for implementing strategy (got that?). Here is some practical advice for project practitioners.
What is innovation? This expert has been refining his definition for several years while doing research, speaking with Chief Innovation Officers at numerous Fortune 500 companies and traveling the world as an innovation keynote speaker. Here he shares some of the key themes that kept emerging in what leads to successful innovations.
The unmistakable message to PMOs from the Gartner PPM & IT Governance Summit this year was that disruptive (and possibly catastrophic) winds of digital change will soon be buffeting your organization. Here are some takeaways from this year's event...
Have you heard of the Magic Quadrant? If you are an IT or project management leader, you should understand what the Magic Quadrant is and how it can help you make smarter and more informed decisions. The analytical tool developed by Gartner is a snapshot of an industry or market based on Gartner’s research and analysis, and was on display at its recent PPM & IT Governance Summit in Grapevine, Texas.
The Gartner PPM & IT Governance Summit this month raised awareness of a number of different issues and trends important to CIOs, IT executives and PPM leaders. Here are a few lessons that struck one seasoned project manager as most important.
Change is driving the evolution of project management, driven by the growth of portfolio management and the increased alignment between strategy and execution to improve the chances of a portfolio delivering success. These changes are also occurring in the PMO. But the leader that got PMOs this far is not the same as the one that will take it further.
Improving our lives through better data--it’s an exciting prospect. Better insights and analysis lead to better decisions. As leaders, we have the responsibility to understand this trend and evaluate whether it will add value to our organizations.
An innovative technology strategy has become essential and will become more critical as technology develops and innovation accelerates. But establishing a technology strategy that supports and enables the organization is a highly challenging task.
The organizational world within which project managers operate is going through rapid and unprecedented change, driven by forces of globalization and digital technology. So, the choice is yours: change now, become PM 2.0 and survive. Don’t change, and await extinction...
Every project has stakeholders. Your job is to get to know the ones who will be crucial to your project. This analysis worksheet will help you get a feel for what to expect from various key parties who have an interest in your project.
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