Project Management Best Practices that Need to Be Second Nature

Project Management Best Practices that Need to Be Second Nature

While modern technology allows us to amplify our abilities and do more than we ever could before, the sheer amount of inputs and information has led us to somewhat of a tipping point. Today, business communication is so ubiquitous that most employees spend the majority of their time responding to emails, answering phones, and participating in meetings, not to mention the time spent on Slack and other forums for discussion—not actually, you know, working. It’s enough to overwhelm even the most organized worker, but what about project managers who are responsible for codifying and making sense of countless bits of information for a particular project? Unless you have a system, it’s easy to spin your wheels endlessly, chasing down unimportant details and leaving yourself no time to deal with the bigger picture. After all, you’re not solely a documentarian, and an endless amount of data only serves to complicate issues further. Even worse, each project stakeholder has a different agenda and interest at hand, and odds are no one has the holistic birds-eye view you do, which is...
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IT Governance: Definitions, Frameworks and Planning

IT Governance: Definitions, Frameworks and Planning

Information technology is prevalent in nearly every industry and organization across the globe. It’s a diverse and challenging discipline with a lot of moving parts and critical scenarios. On top of it all, information technology is constantly evolving. IT governance ensures that IT departments are prepared for what’s next, without losing focus on what matters. What is IT Governance? At its base level, IT governance is one or multiple processes that enable the IT staff to better manage risk and operate at its most efficient to the benefit of the organization on the whole. IT governance is a process that fits firmly under the umbrella of corporate governance, which is its own collection of processes that are designed to keep the entire corporation effective and efficient. A flexible methodology, it can be slightly modified to suit the industry it is being used for. If you ask the business world, IT governance is all about managing performance for efficiency. But if you were to ask academia? You might get a definition that reads more about creating an accountability framework to create...
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