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Winning Over the CEO: What CIOs Can Do

by Michael Wood

What can CIOs do to close their perceived credibility gap? There are some pretty simple things the CIO can do to become more integral to the leadership process and win the trust and appreciation of the CEO and other leadership team members. Here are three things to ponder.

Continuously Evolving Strategy

by Kevin Coleman

A huge technology-driven game changer awaits us within the coming years. This is having a profound impact on businesses--the introduction of new technologies permits us to do things differently, or in some cases do things we could not do before. How will this affect our strategy on both an individual and organizational level?

Swimming in the Moat: The Business of Projects

by Ian Whittingham, PMP

For any project manager, knowing the business means knowing how their projects contribute to achieving that goal. This is important because the decisions and trade-offs made on a project need to be informed by an understanding of how they ultimately influence business outcomes.

Collecting Useful Business Strategy Information

by Joe Wynne

As a representative of the business, you need the appropriate strategy information for your analysis and planning. A complete package of strategy information that corresponds to your project can be a challenge to collect, so here are tips for finding information from four sources.

Going Agile with Bimodal IT

by Priya Patra

How can we bring about agility in an enterprise system that has existed for years? In this article, we look at an interesting concept introduced by Gartner in late 2014: bimodal IT, a solution for some enterprises to move from the slow lane to the fast lane.

Programs for Your Future: Projecting and Projects for Growth

by Mike Donoghue

Having steady growth can mean being able to strategically predict and anticipate when to make the necessary changes to keep the organization going without much interruption. But when the escalation of activity is dramatic, planning for change becomes very problematic and unsustainable.

Have PMOs Turned the Corner?

by Andy Jordan

A few recent events have left this project manager feeling very positive about PMOs--and that’s something that hasn’t happened in quite some time. While we can't yet proclaim PMOs as saviors of organizations, they are now on the journey to success.

Translating the Business Needs: The Role of the Project Manager

by Craig Curran-Morton

Project managers play many roles on projects--negotiators, coordinators, schedulers, planners…so many roles all crammed into a solitary person. We are complex beasts, and it's time to acknowledge another underappreciated role we play...

Can We? Should We? Are We? The PM as Business Representative

by Mark Mullaly, Ph.D., PMP

There is a caution that needs to be raised and addressed as we encourage project managers to build their strategic, business and leadership skills. We need to be clear about why these skills are needed, and how they are expected to be utilized.

How to Grow Your Business Awareness to Be a Better Project Manager

by Bruce Harpham

Our projects are shaped and heavily influenced by the environment. In this article, you will learn practical ways to develop your business awareness at work so that we can better understand the broader environment. These strategies will put you ahead of other professionals who never spend any time considering the big picture.

Driving Business in the Right Direction: Some Lessons Learned

by Craig Curran-Morton

Good project management leads to business results. Here are some insights into one project manager's recent experience with getting approval from executives--in large part because of the project management discipline.

Making the Case for a PMO

by Marc Lacroix

Consistent, repeatable delivery execution is a goal of every organization. For Professional Services Organizations of any reasonable size, a Project Management Office is essential to achieving this goal. Too often, however, organizations do not have one or have not adequately structured and funded them to be effective. This is a missed opportunity to bring more value to your organization.

Don’t Hire a Chief Innovation Officer

by Braden Kelley

One of the dangers of putting people in charge of innovation is that unless you carefully craft the positions and communicate their place and purpose across the organization, you can leave people feeling that innovation is not their job.

The Business-Savvy PM

by Michael Wood

It is incumbent upon a business person and a project manager to find a common ground for working together. Here are some of the core business competencies and capabilities PMs need to work more effectively with business leaders, managers and operations staff.

The Strategic Initiatives Challenge

by Kevin Coleman

Organizations that embrace the change brought about by emerging technologies are rapidly expanding into new markets. Project managers will be under considerable pressure to quickly deliver the strategic initiatives driven by emerging technologies.

Changing the Game: PM's Innovative Future

by Andy Jordan

Can project managers evolve from organizational contributors to organizational leaders? Can they fundamentally change the game they are playing? This writer gets innovative as he looks at our future.

Innovation: A Strategic Imperative

by Kevin Coleman

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.

Hot IT Jobs for 2015

by Michael Wood

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.

First Step to a Successful Project: A Complete RFQ

by Ethan Wei, Max Li

It’s safe to say that the project management skill set is most profoundly used in the realm of business. The completion of each project, whether profit or non-profit based, creates building blocks to allow further growth and opportunities. For business-related projects, the process usually starts with a Request for Quotation.

The Four Windows: Turning Opportunity into Innovation in Megaprojects

by Ian Whittingham, PMP

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.

The Coming Entrepreneurial Era

by Kevin Coleman

Throughout history, we have experienced a number of tech boom cycles. What's the next big thing, and what will it mean for innovation in project management?

Stakeholder Analysis Worksheet

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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.