Far too often, companies are ignoring the basic business rules by moving from one extreme to another with regard to tools, methods and processes instead of managing the change as an evolution. And regardless of the evolution in technology, the social economy and market changes, there is one simple formula that remains constant, one that will maintain the main muscle of your business.
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Industry and subject matter experts believe that we are in the early stages of an era of technological advancement that will dwarf the Internet era of the mid to late 90s. Having a basic understanding of these technologies and their current status will provide program and project managers with the tools they need to move forward.
This webinar is designed to bring program and project managers up to date on the cyber risks that have become typical these days.
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While numerous key performance indicators (KPIs) typically influence IT projects generally, the benefit of tracking all of them may be outweighed by the cost to do so. Therefore, each project must carefully select and manage those KPIs most relevant to its specific situation. This sample template can be used to define KPIs; also included is a table with examples of possible KPIs for each of the previously defined project-critical success factors (PCSFs) and a metric (measure and dimension) for each KPI. Use in conjunction with the article Determining IT Project Health.
Change management requires continuous communication, active sponsorship, stakeholder buy-in and tailored training. Project leaders can use this spreadsheet-based assessment tool to evaluate their organization's change readiness and to provide guidance on better preparing for change initiatives.
Individuals or teams may react negatively to change for a variety of reasons, from lack of information, to fear or misunderstanding about the implications, among others. Use this worksheet to invite communication and develop an appropriate response that addresses concerns while conveying the need and vision for the change.
By bridging strategy with project and portfolio management, integrated roadmaps help organizations make decisions that align with long-term goals and deliver more significant innovation, from NPD to IT efforts. This five-step guide to building a roadmap covers needs and drivers, products and capabilities, delivery gaps, and resource opportunities.
Do your change initiatives create high levels of uncertainty, frustration and wasted effort? Is the human side of change valued through coaching, communication and recognition? This review template can help executives, project/program managers and implementation teams evaluate the effectiveness of change leadership in their organization.
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Aligning business and IT strategy at the top level is helpful, but only as far as it is put in to practice at the lower levels of an organization.
We’re already halfway through the year, and it’s time for the annual technology update! So get your geek on and let’s have a look at the hot information technologies for 2017...
For organizations operating in disruptive environments with rapid, unpredictable change, long-term strategic planning must evolve. A clearly articulated, forward-looking destination is as important as ever, but the route to get there must remain flexible on the specifics of how it will be achieved.
Trustworthy assessments of project health are necessary. This article advocates an approach using proactive, objective and metrics-based project health indicators and communication of assessment outcomes by simple executive-level and project management-level dashboards.
We are all coming face to face with the need to change. Someone with continuous learning on their resume and a knowledge of new and emerging strategies, technologies and processes can position themselves as an attractive hire. Are you maximizing your potential?
How do the business functions of project, program and portfolio management bring about change within organizations? In Part 1, where we establish context, the author looks at two examples when he asks why some succeed where others don’t.
Software infrastructure such as databases and core applications must be available 24/7 to support the business. As these infrastructure elements age, you should start planning when they will be updated or replaced. Take a look into three main areas of achieving this—making decisions, design success and selecting vendors.
When economic downturn presented challenges to the insurance industry, a leadership council was convened to lay out a strategy to improve operational effectiveness. But the tension between urgent business needs and the project discipline required for appropriate action led to unintended results.
Organizations have long acknowledged the role that strategic planning plays in future success. Here we discuss the role project management can play in strategic implementation, as well as the function of the PMO—particularly the enterprise-wide PMO within this context of strategic implementation, using project management to drive the process.
How can practitioners make sure that the projects they are working on align with organizational strategy at every stage of the project? Find out why having a strategic mindset is vital—and how practitioners can develop and strengthen those skills.
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