What’s Behind the Bimodal IT Trend?

Bimodal IT

Bimodal project management has generated a lot of noise since the recent Gartner PPM Summit. The need for bimodal project management arises from the growing issues around bimodal IT, which relies on two IT modes: Mode 1 is more traditional, and targets back end systems. Mode 2 is Agile for new development projects. These two …Continue reading »

Why You Should Get Your Team to Challenge the Status Quo

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Have you ever worked in an environment where the manager came across as controlling, and shot down all the team’s great ideas? It simply wasn’t a priority to explore how the team could be working more effectively or inventively, or to increase teamwork and engagement levels. All that mattered was to get the current assignments …Continue reading »

How to Be a GTD Person in a Waterfall World

Waterfall Methodology

I’ve been with the same cell phone carrier for over 10 years. My money has been kept in the same bank since I moved to Canada many years ago. By all accounts, I am a very loyal person to any product, service or system that works for me. Project management and all of its principles—like …Continue reading »

5 Reasons to Use Story Maps for Your Next Project

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Ever since I attended the Agile and Beyond 2015 conference, I’ve become engrossed in story maps. I don’t think I’ll ever gather project requirements or plan software releases any other way. Whenever I mention “gathering requirements,” IT professionals tend to tune out at the prospect of defining customer requirements in a mammoth Microsoft Word document. …Continue reading »

How to Use Summer to Advance Your Career

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Ah summer. Half-day Fridays, family vacations, long patio lunches—it’s amazing any work gets done at all this time of year. So how do you leverage your summer months? You can ride the slack train of bare minimalism or you can use this time of year to powerhouse the engine of your career. The trick is …Continue reading »

SaaS Benefits and Considerations

SaaS

Software as a service (SaaS) businesses are on the rise. According to Forrester Research, global SaaS revenue was $63.2 billion dollars in 2014, with the market expected to grow by 110% to $132.6 billion in 2020. What continues to drive SaaS adoption and growth? For starters, it’s a more cost effective and streamlined way of doing business. Historically, …Continue reading »

How to Lead a Team Through a Challenging Project (Without Making Them Hate You)

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So here you are, heading up an important technology project for your company. There’s a lot at stake for your organization, your team and you. If you don’t take steps to prepare yourself, it could be a long, difficult process. And more importantly, if you don’t lead your team effectively, you could wind up being …Continue reading »

Does Listening to Music at Work Affect Your Productivity?

Music and productivity

Music has officially entered the workforce. With the advent of open working environments and the rise of computer desk jockeys, it’s rare to find someone who doesn’t have a pair of headphones or earbuds at their desk. At some offices, seeing co-workers pounding their keyboards with headphones on is status quo. At other companies, this …Continue reading »

Using Technology to Engage Millennials at Work

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Millennials, also known as digital natives (and Generation Y), were born between the early 1980s and early 2000s. Millennials grew up with instant access to information, making them the first truly hyper-connected generation. In fact, technology is so ingrained in their lifestyle that the US Chamber of Commerce found that they are 2.5 times more …Continue reading »

Flipping the Switch: How to Transition From Desktop to Cloud-Based Project Management Software

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Embracing the current generation of cloud-based project management software can be a bit thorny for some enterprises. For starters, there can be negative preconceptions on the part of project managers and teams who are accustomed to desktop project management tools. More importantly, security concerns over how project information is distributed—and made transparent—in collaboration software change the …Continue reading »