Frontline Festival: Leaders share about favorite apps, technology, and productivity hacks

Let's Grow Leaders

This month’s festival gives tips about favorite tools and technology. Becky Robinson of Weaving Influence shares “My team uses Basecamp for every project, and using Basecamp helps us stay focused to deliver what we’ve promised.

How Agile Project Management Can Improve Your B2B Business

Strategy Driven

Agile project management can seem to be complex and daunting to undertake but it doesn’t need to be. The success of projects is dependent on various factors, some of which are beyond the control your business. Agile management will take project management one step further.

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BPM should focus on people, not technology

Chartered Management Institute

The breadth and variety of BPM tools has never been greater, yet the increasing availability of tools has not increased the success of BPM projects. To prevent this from happening, managers should resist the urge to get greedy with their BPM efforts and start out with a small project first.

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High performing project management orgs are more agile — PMI

Crossderry Blog

The Project Management Institute’s latest “ Pulse of the Profession ” report just came out, and it’s full of provoking findings. It clarifies the benefits of high-performing project management, and it highlights what the top organizations do differently. So what does it mean to your organization if it’s a project management top performer? Agile principles have a been a lifesaver on a number of my projects and programs.

Troubled Projects and Root Causes

Crossderry Blog

UPDATE: Our Troubled Projects webinar is scheduled for 12 April 2016. Our colleagues at PM Solutions just put out another great white paper: Troubled Projects? It synthesizes multiple project research studies into a straightforward approach to project review and recovery. Which, not so coincidentally, is the title of our course on the topic: Project Review and Recovery. The second comes from our own research, Strategies for Project Recovery.

A Successful Project / Assignment Starts With How It’s Handed-Off

Michael VanBruaene

Successful projects start at the stage when they are initially handed-off to be planned and implemented. I recently met with a client who complained that a direct report was not completing projects that met her expectations, and that she had to make too many corrections to the projects while underway or when completed. Project Assignment/Acceptance Framework. The extent to which the framework is used will depending on the nature and complexity of the project.

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Digital Project Leadership – “Re-Imagining the Client Experience”

Lead Change Blog

With the technological advances that occur every day, it is important that Project Leaders stay on top of these changes by developing a “Digital Project Leadership” mindset to stay relevant.

Before You Say Yes I Will Do That Work Or Project Consider These Questions

Michael VanBruaene

You’ve been asked to take on a new work task or develop and implement a project; and of course you say “yes I will do it”. Is it related to other projects or work processes; and if so how is it related and how it they impact my work or vice versa? Are there any important sensitivities related to people, confidential information, technology, public or employee perception; or client / customer satisfaction; or other than normal expected requirements?

Work/Life Balance Across Time Zones and Technologies

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from an article written by Elizabeth Harrin (London) for The Glass Hammer, an online community designed for women executives in financial services, law and business. Visit us daily to discover issues that matter, share experiences, and plan networking, your career and your life.” To read the complete article, check out a [.].

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How to Prioritize Your Company’s Projects

Harvard Business Review

Behind that problem was a deeper one: We had more than 100 large projects (each worth over 500,000 euros) under way. The bank was using a project management tool, but the lack of discipline in keeping it up to date made it largely fruitless. Capacity, not strategy, was determining which projects launched and when. If people were available, the project was launched. I have over 20 years of experience in prioritizing, selecting, and managing projects. Projects.

All Boards Need a Technology Expert

Harvard Business Review

Like almost every other major industry today, banking relies on hugely complex, enormously expensive technology. I discovered that only one bank had a board member with some direct experience in technology and in that case it was as a sales executive. Jennifer Maravillas FOR HBR.

Working Remotely – 10 Best Technologies

CO2

You can create collaborative project blogs and put scheduled events right into your Google calendar. Google Apps – As a life longtime Microsoft user, migrating with each new version of Office and Outlook, I never thought I would break free. And then came Goggle Apps.

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How RFID Technology Improves Hospital Care

Harvard Business Review

The successful experience illustrates the role that relatively simple technology (e.g., The project was launched in 2013, and the RFID system was rolled out in stages starting in the summer of 2015. Use technology to identify and address barriers.

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The Software Project Management Tale – Technology First!

Utpal Writes

The newly assigned project manager asked. Sure, we will be able to solve client’s business problems but we will lose the opportunity of working on latest technology and eventually become inferior.”. Let me tell you a story,” the project manager said tranquilly. But, we want to use latest version of C# for building this application so that we can seize the opportunity of working on latest technology.”. “So, ” See Also: I’m not a project manager.

Can Technology End Poverty?

Harvard Business Review

If you believe the hype, technology is going to help us end global poverty. Berkeley researcher Kentaro Toyama has a blog dedicated to calling out naïve or inappropriate uses of information and communication technologies (ICT). Social enterprise Technology

Can Technology End Poverty?

Harvard Business Review

If you believe the hype, technology is going to help us end global poverty. Berkeley researcher Kentaro Toyama has a blog dedicated to calling out naïve or inappropriate uses of information and communication technologies (ICT). Social enterprise Technology ICT

The 4 Types of Project Manager

Harvard Business Review

Your organization’s growth opportunities fall into four different categories, and in order to develop your business in a commercially sustainable manner, you need four specific types of project manager to pursue them. These types emerged from our ongoing work of understanding how different business development projects can drive strategic renewal in organizations, and the matrix below has helped in capturing potential misalignments between employees and projects.

The Internet of Things Needs Design, Not Just Technology

Harvard Business Review

Reaching these lofty projections over the next four years, however, will require a fundamental reorientation in the way that technologists and product designers work together to create successful “connected” personal devices and home appliance products.

Better Project Staffing with Social Technology

Harvard Business Review

Asking a colleague, "Do you have bandwidth to work on this project?," Project timetables, deliverables, and scope can unexpectedly change. Social technologies can be designed to visibly broadcast employee availability. Social media Technology Time management

The Technology We Will Read About Soon – The Online Buzz Last Week

First Friday Book Synopsis

We have provided synopses for many books on technology over the now completed 14 years of the First Friday Book Synopsis. Clearly, there are many avid readers who embrace technology and can’t wait to see what’s new. It is called Project Glass, and [.]. Karl's blog entries Facebook first friday book synopsis Google Project Glass technology Twitter Wall Street Journal

How to Break Up with an Innovation Project

Harvard Business Review

Breaking up isn’t easy — especially if you are a leader “breaking up with” an innovation project that one of your teams still believes in passionately. ” And the project breakup process has begun. Innovation Giving feedback Project management Article

To Really Help the Global Poor, Create Technology They’ll Pay For

Harvard Business Review

Investing in technology can help lift people out of poverty, and investments that use technology for development are good for business, creating millions of new customers. But the development landscape is littered with projects that never got past the pilot stage.

Samsung Pay’s Older Technology Could Be an Advantage

Harvard Business Review

The stakes are high in the mobile wallet market, projected to be over $140 billion by 2019. The irony is that they are embracing an older payment technology to pave the way for new growth, new visibility, and new strategic wiggle room. Mobile International business Technology Article

New Technology Won’t Automatically Improve Your Operations

Harvard Business Review

The technologies and trends shaping tomorrow’s businesses. In a project with an analog chip company, I worked with senior management and engineering to find innovative ways to leverage detailed performance data of its equipment and the integrated circuits that it manufactured.

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What Makes Big Data Projects Succeed

Harvard Business Review

In conversations with executives, many of the same misconceptions about big data projects — and what makes them successful — keep coming up. Technology: The most popular misconception many organizations have is that big data projects are all about technologies that are specific to big data—Hadoop, Python, Pig, Hive, etc. It is certainly true that those tools are important and useful to big data projects. Change management Information & technology Innovation

Design a Work-Life Improvement Pilot Project

Harvard Business Review

Executives can also clarify the “rules of engagement” related to technology and boundary setting to limit “always-on” burnout. Imagine you’re standing in front of a heaping buffet, featuring all of your favorite foods. What’s your plan of attack?

Weekly Round-Up: On Leadership, Public Speaking & Technology

leaderCommunicator

Bold Leadership from Young Leaders By Angela Maiers, Switch & Shift “Two months ago, Steve Snell , Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum for the school district in Hutto, Texas, wrote for advice about technology in school…”.

Top 10 Project Management Mistakes You Should Avoid

QAspire

Home Go to QAspire.com Guest Posts Disclaimer Top 10 Project Management Mistakes You Should Avoid I was recently studying the anatomy of failed/troubled projects and following came out as a learning. Here are top 10 project management mistakes that should be avoided: Estimating project tasks based on poor inputs on scope and too many assumptions. Starting project without 102% clarity (100% clarity on scope/technology and 2% knowledge of how you can add value).

Eurocom 2011 survey indicates 38 percent of technology firms are due to invest more in social media in the next 12 months

Krishna De

‘Are technology firms adopting social media’ is one of the areas that the recent Eurocom Worldwide 2011 Annual Technology Confidence Survey explored. And what about the projected investment in social media in the next 12 months?

Future Healthcare Technologies

Leading Strategies

Technology has influenced every aspect of human life and it has immensely changed the whole way of how we think of healthcare. Recently, out of curiosity, I was searching for latest technologies that can change the future of healthcare and I came across an amazing article.

Zombie Projects: How to Find Them and Kill Them

Harvard Business Review

The “them” the leader was referring to were zombie projects: the nefarious enemies of well-intentioned innovation efforts around the globe. Every year scores of people spent months reviewing recent performance and sanity-checking future projections.

IT on Steroids: The Benefits (and Risks) of Accelerating Technology

Harvard Business Review

Agile projects have focused on standard, non-critical systems. To the extent that agile becomes the default method to build large-scale IT projects, demands to speed up the delivery of IT projects will increase. In turn, the corporate IT project portfolio needs to adapt.

Get Your Passion Project Moving Without Quitting Your Day Job

Harvard Business Review

What’s the best way to get your passion project moving? ” Next, make a timeline based on what you think you can reasonably accomplish toward your project in the time you have. As you chip away on your project, continue to give your job the attention it needs.

How Digital Technology Is Changing Farming in Africa

Harvard Business Review

For Africa, which is projected to be home to about 2 billion people by then, farm productivity must accelerate at a faster rate than the global average to avoid continued mass hunger. Those that do look to leverage new technologies run into financial issues. Foreign-made farm technologies remain unappealing to farmers in Africa because they are cumbersome for those who control, on average, 1.6

Leadership Development Carnival: June 2014 Edition

QAspire

In a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) business environment where technology is constantly changing how people collaborate and work, the paradigms of leadership are changing. Namaste! Welcome to the June 02nd 2014 Carnival of Leadership Development.

The Stage Where Most Innovation Projects Fail

Harvard Business Review

The problems arise when projects need to be transferred to the business units for a large-scale launch. Does the business unit feel like the project is something they had a hand in shaping — or is it like a perishable package left on a doorstep? Is anyone responsible for ensuring these projects don’t fall through the cracks, or drop to the bottom of the sales force’s priority list? Freedom to explore long-term ideas and emerging technologies is important.

The Foundation of Collaborative Leadership

QAspire

With technological advances, our world of work changed dramatically. Most successful projects and teams I have seen have one thing in common – effective collaboration. In an industrial age, people went to factories and worked together to produce the outcomes.

The IT Project That Brought a Bank to Its Knees

Harvard Business Review

The factors contributing to the failure cited in the report are ones that we all too frequently have encountered when we have reviewed challenged or failed projects. that has both organizational and technological components. We continually find that most major transformation initiatives end up being managed as IT projects, with responsibility abdicated to the CIO. IT management Leadership Project management

You Need to Manage Digital Projects for Outcomes, Not Outputs

Harvard Business Review

When is a project finished? The project may be “done.” Most companies manage projects in terms of outputs, not outcomes. This problem of uncertainty, combined with the nature of software, means that managing our projects in terms of outputs is simply not an effective strategy in the digital world. Taproot had to work with vendors, and ended up choosing our firm for the project. What guarantee did they have that we would complete the project?

Is Technology Really Helping Us Get More Done?

Harvard Business Review

Twenty years ago, new office technologies like email and teleconferencing contributed to a dramatic boost in productivity. Companies have continued to invest in new technologies for white-collar workplaces, but the benefits are no longer visible.