IT Project Management for project managers
  • Does the Next Generation Even Do Projects?
    What did project management look like in 1998, and how has it evolved since? And what will it look like 20 years into the future? What do you see? What are the processes? How are we thinking about projects?
  • Planning Is Important...but the Plan Isn't
    As organizations become more agile, the importance of effective and efficient planning becomes ever more crucial. Ironically, as that happens, the project plan as we know it will head the way of the dinosaur.
  • Using Data to Focus Your Customer Strategy
    Analytics is vital to understanding customer behavior and optimizing operations to attain sustainability. It can be leveraged to avail data-driven decision making-and extrapolated and customized to accomplish numerous objectives, such as reducing costs and optimizing profits from a customer or project. The article seeks to propose four features to reap long-term benefits through concentrated investments.
  • Why and How You Cancel Projects
    Unfortunately, not all projects successfully deliver what they set out to achieve. The harsh reality is that some projects end up being cancelled. In this article, the author explores why some projects should be cancelled, identifying two main categories of cancellation-and how they should be handled.
  • Transforming Life Insurance: A 7-Stage Journey Just to Get Started
    Intending to transform the established life insurance business of a leading insurer is a multi-dimensional challenge. It is also a story of the level of adaptability, perseverance and collaboration. In this case study of a leading Swiss insurance Company, the author shares the insights gained from the four-year journey as the company prepares for implementation.
  • Be Smart About Being Agile
    The use of agile methods lean toward faster delivery of results at a more frequent pace and in a more cost-conscious manner. However, not every project is best suited to be delivered in an agile way. As an agency partner, you need to be honest with yourself about where you are in your agile journey.
  • Commitment Issues
    Most agile practitioners admit to an important truth: we often don't know what we don't know. This brings into question the concept of commitments, which can become impractical, even in shorter increments, when new information is constantly emerging that requires individuals and teams to adapt.
  • From Agile Practitioner to Agile Coach: A Journey
    Despite resistance to change from team members, this practitioner went through a coaching experience that gave him a sense of fulfillment. Read about his challenges-and the three simple stages he took with coaching.
  • The Growth of the Agile Workforce
    The future of work is going to be very different, and agility is going to be a very important part of that future. There are profound implications and wide-open opportunities. Are you ready?
  • When Do Agile Iterations Make Sense?
    Planning goes into what projects will entail and what their timelines will be-and agile is a medium to get there and achieve goals. Is your project really agile? Agile iteration makes sense if certain conditions are met...
  • Topic Teasers Vol. 105: Strategic Analysis for Typical and Non-Typical Projects
    Question: With the new emphasis on strategic and business skills for project managers, I know I should do some more concrete analysis of project success. But the projects I do are non-typical, and the "success" is more difficult to measure than number of units sold or even the profit margin. How can I calculate value in a more intangible environment?
  • Understanding Collaboration and How to Leverage It for Project Implementation
    When problems are tackled collaboratively, usually the organization wins. Effective collaboration requires more than technology. There's a subtle, but important, fact that the most powerful solutions are only as good as the people using them.
  • Code Red: Prioritization Over Optimization
    In a custom equipment manufacturing environment where unforeseen work causes projects to slip on schedule, prioritization is key. "Code red" meetings can help.
  • Digital Age: What Challenges Await Project Managers?
    Young project management practitioners-who are relatively new to the profession and started their career during this exciting new age of landscape-shattering business paradigms and technology innovations-hold the key to the next phase of successful project management for organizations globally.
  • Effective Metrics: What is Measured, Improves
    Management philosophy believes that what is measured gets managed. Hence, metrics suggest whether the process is in order or needs external interference. They form the basis of control in any organization. Learn more about the key features of effective metrics.