8 information technology predictions for 2016

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8 information technology predictions for 2016

‘Today, the goal is simplification: allowing business needs to define IT, and enabling IT to react quickly’

Only three times in the past 50 years has such a level of change occurred: in the 1970s when distributed computing replaced the mainframe; in the early 1980s with the introduction of the PC and x86 processing; and in the late 1990s when the internet took hold.

Now, it’s happening again – another fundamental shift in the way organisations approach IT problem solving.

Here are eight technology predictions for 2016 that Pluribus Networks believes will drive this next era of computing.

1. IoT gets practical

The Internet of Things (IoT) has come from concept to reality quickly, but many still ask what does ‘connected’ mean and why should they connect everything?

The key in 2016 is IoT will provide the telemetry to allow these devices (and a trillion more) to report without having to work too hard. It could potentially usher in an age of ‘predictive living’, where organisations can anticipate potential issues far in advance of what was possible before.

The long-term benefits in terms of boosting productivity and making smart business decisions will be profound.

2. Converging towards simpler IT

Businesses will increasingly adopt converged IT offerings (building blocks) for the purpose of simplification.

The mantra in IT used to revolve around best of breed at the component level. Every device was viewed as a building block, and IT professionals prided themselves on knowing how to stitch together enough boxes to make a total solution.

Today, the goal is simplification: allowing business needs to define IT, and enabling IT to react quickly. Simplification does that.

3. The rise of co-location and cloud

Data centre builds – ‘brick and mortar’ – will be eliminated in favour of co-location and cloud.

Several years ago Fortune 500 companies were still talking about building new data centres. They had budget and projects underway to break ground and create new space for their in-house IT.

Those days and construction projects are all but gone today. In any case, data centre space is at a premium and the choices available are wide in range.

For 2016, new co-location providers will come onto the scene, and existing providers will continue to build new structures in more markets.

4. 100 gigabit switches are born

A dozen years ago the networking industry was focused on creating networking switches that ‘ran at wire speed’ to deliver 1 gigabit, and each of the mainstream networking players made a significant investment with test labs to prove they could do so.

Today, wirespeed switching is commonplace. In 2016, we will see 100 gigabit switch offerings of at least 32 ports in a single 1U chassis. We will also likely see commercial-grade samples of high-end chassis-based switches with capacities (at ‘wirespeed’) of 512 or more 100Gig ports!

5. Everything security

2016 will continue to focus on security for every aspect of IT. From networking security to physical access security, each organisation will continue to ‘catch-up’ on the topic, and will make huge investments to secure their information and prove they have taken every means possible to attempt to do so.

Nobody wants to be on the business end of a WSJ article about a data breach. So in 2016, with a renewed interest and the right ‘motivation’, organisations will speed their search for the tools and technologies they may have overlooked.

And most importantly, in 2016 organisations will likely begin to pro-actively speak about the extreme lengths they are going to secure their data, rather than trying to defend their actions after the fact.

6. Analytics and business intelligence

The creation of relevant key performance indicators and their use in business management will be part of every board meeting. Organisations have always believed they were being successful, but in today’s world these same organisations need to be able to defend their success.

They need to be able to publicise their efforts in quantifiable terms. This is increasingly important as technology permeates all parts of the business and lines of business outside of IT become more involved in IT’s technology decisions – and in some cases directly own and control their own technologies.

In 2016, IT will focus on forecasting their business based upon hard facts and other KPIs.

7. SDDC gets real

The software-defined data centre (SDDC) will become reality as virtualisation of compute, storage and networks all become part of the corporate IT strategy for forward-looking companies.

Historically, computing was virtualised with servers, and then a few years ago storage virtualisation came into view with robust offerings popping up. What was missing was the virtualisation of the network.

For an SDDC to exist, all of the main components (compute, storage and networks) must be software-defined (virtualised). In 2016, expect to see broader adoption of SDN-based approaches by large companies as enterprises aggressively realise the benefits of a complete SDDC.

This next iteration of the data centre is essential to support many of the other initiatives enterprises are pursuing, such as mobile, IoT and greater use of cloud services.

8. BYOD finds balance

Enterprise adoption of BYOD will increase with introduction of new ‘enterprise ready’ devices and services. Mobile management has been impacting enterprises for years. From a data centre perspective it creates an increase of traffic within the data centre as applications are now decomposed into functional services that intercommunicate with each other.

Mobile and viewer-oriented optimisation will be at the heart of data centre optimisation in 2016. Enterprise-ready devices and services will be introduced from all of the major vendors, each with bigger screens, lighter footprints and more connectivity options.

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Using The Best Technology For Small Business Growth

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How to Utilize Technology to Grow Your Small Business

All business owners begin their venture with a focus on growth.

With the rapid advances in technology, new and effective opportunities are opening up for businesses to quicken their progress. Small businesses, nowadays, are increasingly tapping into the many resources that technology has rendered accessible. This is because, technology can provide a competitive advantage to businesses worldwide.

Technology brings forth innovation. These innovations have the potential to empower businesses and help them stand out from among the competition. However, it is crucial to devise strategies that can optimize the usage of these technologies in order for these to be effective for your business.

Let’s take a look at how you can utilize the boon of technology to your business’s advantage.

Using Technology for Small Business Growth

Utilize the Power of the Cloud

For businesses worldwide, ‘Cloud’ is the buzzword. Cloud is a global network of online servers that allows you to carry out a number of business activities over the Internet. Most of us are already using the cloud to conduct our online banking transactions. In fact, you are already using the cloud as we speak, to read this article. The primary appeal of the cloud lies with the fact that you can manage your business operations from anywhere, any device and any time.

The benefits of the cloud are immense. Shifting your business to the cloud not only eases the workload but also increases productivity and coordination, facilitates mobility and reduces expenditure. Additionally, the multiple backups reduce the chances of loss of important data significantly.

With businesses migrating to the cloud, business clouds have evolved to accommodate the requirements. However, many businesses feel that safety is a concern while shifting to the cloud. Therefore, it is always wise to take proper precautions to keep your data secure.

Harness the Potential of Social Media

The number of active social media users has been found to be a whopping 2.307 billion. This number is expected to grow to 2.55 billion by 2018. That’s where your business’s expected traffic is. Therefore, you need to tap into the realm of social media to attract customers for your business.

The first step is to build a compelling social media presence for your business to increase visibility. The next step is to utilize these platforms as marketing campaigns. On social media, you can:

  • promote your services and products
  • provide personalized offers and deals to your consumers based on their online behavior
  • build channels with influencers
  • engage your customers through various activities like quizzes, contests etc.
  • enable buying options directly from social media platforms
  • gather customer feedback

That being said, it is important to keep in mind that most social media users access these platforms through their smartphones and tablets. Ensure that your website’s design is responsive to facilitate a seamless experience for your customers.

Leverage the Scope of WiFi

The scope of WiFi usage in businesses has expanded recently owing to the scores of benefits it provides. Nowadays, everyone wishes to stay connected wherever they go. Therefore, offering free WiFi to your customers can prove to be an effective marketing tool.

Providing free WiFi to your customers opens up the opportunity to build quality networks and accumulate valuable data regarding your clients’ online behavior. This can help you devise effective and customized strategies to promote the services and/or products that your business provides. Increased client satisfaction could mean further customer acquisition prospects for your business and, consequently, increased profit.

The right strategies to harness the power of WiFi can help you expand your business in no time.

Keep Track of Your Progress

The reach of technology has penetrated the domain of monitoring a business’s growth and productivity. Scores of business productivity software are available in the market that can track progress during each stage of attaining a goal. Numerous technology tools can help boosting the performance by identifying what doesn’t work and providing the right reinforcement to keep things up and running.

You can also monitor business performance by using tools to analyze the metrics in real time and make tweaks accordingly. You can utilize these reports to devise foolproof strategies.

Technology for small business growth is booming. It is important to be aware of the tools and the latest trends that can benefit your business and invest in the right tech-implementation techniques to optimize your benefits.

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If a business is still not utilizing technology at this year then they are definitely missing out. People are always wired to their devices so it is very important to use these technologies. After all, they are free so business owners don’t really have anything to lose.

Also, technology is not just limited to devices. There are softwares and online technologies that must be harnessed for better operations.

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Online Learning Attitudes #Infographic

In 2017, our annual student technology survey coincides with our biennial faculty technology survey, giving us the opportunity to directly compare the technology attitudes, experiences, and preferences of these two groups. Although there is considerable overlap in student and faculty opinions about technology, the differences highlighted here reflect their respective roles and present the actionable opportunities for IT leaders. Tens of thousands of respondents participated in the EDUCAUSE student and faculty studies to shape the higher education IT community’s understanding of higher education technology use in 2017.

Imagine how great universities could be without all those human teachers

BY Allison Schrager & Amy X. Wang, Quartz

Jill Watson is the best damn teaching assistant you could ever want. She fields hundreds of questions at a time from frantic 19-year-olds, always answering them in full and at record speed. She hardly makes mistakes. She is, above all, stunningly patient.

“I got comments like ‘Mind blown’ and ‘I want to nominate Jill for outstanding TA award’,” says Ashok Goel, a computer-science professor at Georgia Tech—and Jill Watson’s creator. Jill is an AI education tool. Her birth came about last year, when Goel was teaching an online class on artificial intelligence; his 300-odd students in the course were sending in thousands of questions at a time, and they piled up, disastrously.

Mississippi schools use online resources, technology to expand course offerings

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October 31, 2017

5 signs of a tech-friendly district

BY JOHN JENNINGS, eSchool News

The tech-friendly district is almost always the more attractive option for prospective students, families, and employees alike–here are the signs for identification.

The efficiencies afforded us by technology can play a central role in a district’s mission. That’s not to say we need to overwhelm our parents, students, and employees with apps and devices, but there are plenty of things district leaders can do behind the scenes to improve the experience of those stakeholders. How can you tell whether your district is ahead of the curve in technology adoption?

3 ways community colleges can slash costs with this technology

BY HARI SANKAR, eCampus News

Smaller community colleges outside of major urban areas can have less access to capital, so they suffer more financially than their four-year university counterparts. As the majority of community colleges are public institutions or not-for-profit organizations, they rely almost completely on state funding for their entire budget and annual planning. In fact, community colleges often do not have the same luxury of receiving research dollars, endowments or generous alumni donations, as their students often only attend for a couple of years before moving on to the workforce or other educational systems. For them, an ever-decreasing financial pie gets stretched even further. Determining a strategy on how to make up for that revenue loss is absolutely crucial for their future. Without an effective and sustainable financial structure, community colleges will fall behind in this volatile education market, which is where cloud technology can help.

Can artificial intelligence learn to scare us?

by MIT Media Lab

Just in time for Halloween, a research team from the MIT Media Lab’s Scalable Cooperation group has introduced Shelley: the world’s first artificial intelligence-human horror story collaboration. Shelley, named for English writer Mary Shelley — best known as the author of “Frankenstein: or, the Modern Prometheus” — is a deep-learning powered artificial intelligence (AI) system that was trained on over 140,000 horror stories on Reddit’s infamous r/nosleep subreddit. She lives on Twitter, where every hour, @shelley_ai tweets out the beginning of a new horror story and the hashtag #yourturn to invite a human collaborator. Anyone is welcome to reply to the tweet with the next part of the story, then Shelley will reply again with the next part, and so on. The results are weird, fun, and unpredictable horror stories that represent both creativity and collaboration — traits that explore the limits of artificial intelligence and machine learning.

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US military reveals a device that increases learning by 40%

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The idea of a headband you can wear to make you smarter may sound like a device from the latest science fiction blockbuster. But experts have revealed such a device in reality – and claim it could increase learning by 40 per cent. And it may not be long before you can get your hands on one, with the designers predicting its use will be common in just five to ten years. The device, which is described as ‘non-invasive transcranial direct current stimulation’ (tDCS) was designed by researchers from HRL Laboratories and McGill University in Montreal, with funding from the Defense Advance Research Project Agency (DARPA). The device applies a current to an area of the brain called the prefrontal cortex. This causes changes in connectivity between different brain areas, and increases learning.

Cyberlearning Research Report Peeks into Future of Ed Tech

By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal

People researching education technology and learning science — cyberlearning — populate the landscape. A new report from the Center for Innovative Research in Cyberlearning has undertaken the ambitious project of sifting through what those researchers are exploring to uncover the major trends and help us understand where education — pre-K-12 and post-secondary — may be headed over the next decade or two. According to “Cyberlearning Community Report: The State of Cyberlearning and the Future of Learning with Technology,” this work stretches beyond research on whether 1-to-1 programs work or if gaming can accelerate improved learning outcomes. Among the questions those hundreds of research projects are attempting to answer are these: How will students “use their bodies and minds to learn what will be important in the 21st century, such as collaboration, scientific argumentation, mathematical reasoning, computational thinking, creative expression, design thinking and civic engagement?”

3 Keys to Successful 1-to-1 (and BYOD) Implementations

By Greg Thompson, THE Journal

The bring-your-own-device (BYOD) and/or 1-to-1 culture is firmly in place across much of the American educational landscape, with many districts entering a third year of implementation. Such is the case at the Prince William County District in Northern Virginia, where students at Mary Williams Elementary school, Dumfries, VA, use iPads in kindergarten and first grade, and Lenovo Laptops in grades second through fifth. Every device is provided by the district on a 1-to-1 basis, and three years into the program the biggest challenges often involve elements that people can’t see. “There are a lot of hidden things that you must have in place,” said Lynmara Colon, principal at Mary Williams. “First is your internet connection. And usually it’s difficult to fund because people don’t see it as infrastructure.”

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Where will STEM education be in 5 years?

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Worryingly, only 16 percent of students graduating high school are proficient in STEM and also interested in a STEM career. The natural response to such a low percentage would be to prioritize improving STEM education efforts in the classroom. However, this is unfortunately easier said than done. The economic climate in the US has seen both budget cuts and increasingly diverse opinions among educators and administrators about where to spend the money made available to them. We must work to find ways of blending STEM education into all elements of the classroom, inspiring student interest at a young age.

Chromebooks are at the head of the class in Canada’s K-12 schools

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Around the world, education has undergone a technological revolution. Cloud-connected devices and learning applications are shaping new ways of teaching and learning. Across Canada, school districts are using Chromebooks and G Suite for Education to expand learning opportunities for students from diverse communities and backgrounds. And now, Futuresource has reported that Chromebooks are the number-one-selling educational device for Canadian K12 schools. With this news, Canada joins the U.S., Sweden, and New Zealand, where Chromebooks are also the top devices used in classrooms.

Report: 2 in 5 Kids 8 and Under Have Their Own Tablets

By Joshua Bolkan, THE Journal

Nearly half — 42 percent — of children eight years old or younger have their own tablet, according to a new report from Common Sense. That number is up from just 1 percent in 2011. Dubbed the Common Sense Census: Media Use by Kids Age Zero to Eight, the report is based on a survey of 1,454 parents and is the third in a series, the first two installments of which were published in 2011 and 2013.

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5G: The next great media disruption

by Luke Richards, ClickZ

The advent of 5G has the potential to be massive for marketers. When it does hit, mobile download speeds are expected to average 100mbps, and latency will drop to near zero. Consumers in dense urban environments will suffer fewer problems with overloading networks, and those in remote regions will experience new levels of connectivity. 5G is an opportunity for brands and marketers to reach more consumers, to be even more innovative with how they engage people, and to strive to be more responsible as customers give over more of their private space to a swathe of newly connected devices.

Rethinking MOOCs

by Duke Chronicle Editorial Board

Education innovators thus must work with academic partners who are willing to invest in bridging the gap in quality, prestige and credibility between four-year institutions and online education without increasing costs for users. These investments will most likely have to come from philanthropic and public-sector actors. Until then, MOOCs, while a boon for democratizing information, still have a long way to go before they actually fulfill their ambitious promise of providing affordable higher education to the digital masses.

What Parents Need to Know about Blended Learning

By Cait Etherington, eLearning Inside

While virtual K-12 schools may not be widespread yet and may never become the norm, blended learning is already widespread and likely here to stay. However, as blended learning, which includes the use of online learning systems and virtual strategies (e.g., the flipped classroom), expands, parents now face new challenges on the homework front. So, how can parents support their children as the classroom increasingly merges with the family home?

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By Matthew Lynch

Edtech users seem to have a love-hate relationship with the edtech industry. They love what edtech can do but hate that the industry has not lived up to expectations as quickly as had been hoped. There are many reasons for this. The possibility of viral edtech success may lure potential developers into a field for which they have little interest and less passion. Creating edtech isn’t the same thing as creating partnerships. In all fairness, edtech users haven’t provided the edtech industry with long-range objectives, either.

Zoom Is Hot in Higher Ed

By Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

I’m always on the lookout for the hot technology in higher ed. This year, the winner seems to be Zoom. Zoom is the web conferencing system that everyone I know across higher ed seems to really like. When talking to colleagues at other schools, they often mention that they have moved from some other platform to Zoom.

What folks seem to like about Zoom is that the application is: a) simple to use, b) has consistently high video and audio quality, and c) has a great mobile experience.

Who is keeping student data safe in the era of digital learning?

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As students spend more time on digital devices in school, data security becomes increasingly important. Baltimore County has become a leader in student data privacy and security, and is one of only 13 districts in the nation to earn a Trusted Learning Environment seal from CoSN, the membership group representing the nation’s K-12 school technology leaders. The seal identifies Baltimore County as going above and beyond mere compliance with laws that require schools to protect the privacy of student records. Among the extra steps the district has taken to foster trust is posting online a complete list of all third-party vendors that receive student data and exactly what type of data they get. Parents can also read the student data privacy agreement, a strict set of expectations with which vendors must comply to do business with the district.

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Move over, Bitcoin: Ethereum is the next big thing in cryptocurrency

While both Bitcoin and Ethereum are public blockchain networks, Bitcoin only offers one use of the blockchain technology: a digital monetary system that can be used for online Bitcoin payments. The Ethereum blockchain, on the other hand, uses a more advanced scripting language that allows it to run the programming code of virtually any decentralized app, from title registries to electronic voting systems. What’s more, Ethereum’s cryptocurrency (called the ether) runs on “smart contracts,” a type of blockchain technology that uses an “if:then” system — meaning it can only be traded if certain conditions are met. It’s easy to see why Ethereum has quickly become the second most valuable cryptocurrency on the market just two years after its launch. With the help of The Complete Ethereum Blockchain Mastery Bundle, a collection of four online courses taught by Certified Bitcoin Professional Ravinder Deol, you can become an early adopter of this valuable new cryptocurrency and reap the resultant rewards for less than $30.

Quiet Power

by Karen Costa, Inside Higher Ed

I completed course work for my most recent graduate degree almost entirely online. I’m confident in saying that I was one of the most active participants in my courses. One of the things that I noticed as an online student is the importance of the time I was allowed to reflect on ideas due to the asynchronous nature of my courses. When I took traditional 55-minute land-based courses, I often thought of an answer to my professor’s questions four hours after class ended. I always felt like I was two steps behind everyone else, because introverts need time to process and consider internally. Like Joe, land-based courses made me feel like a fish out of water. As an online student, I could finally swim. Very little has been written about whether introverts are more successful in online courses, but Rick Harrington and Donald Loffredo did consider the question in their 2009 article “MBTI Personality Type and Other Factors That Relate to Preference for Online Versus Face-to-Face Instruction.” In their admittedly small study, they found that introverts were more likely to prefer online courses while extroverts were more likely to prefer face-to-face.

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These days, it can seem more difficult than ever before to keep kids excited about learning. With tablets, online games and text messages, students seem so easily distracted. But the good news is that this technology does not have to be the bane of your existence. You can use those devices in the classroom to make learning fun with these trustworthy, user-friendly apps and tools.

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The end's in sight. But before you put that bottle of champagne on ice, make sure you're entering the final phase with the right mindset and approach.

Project Managers Are Having Fun in IT Offshoring Projects

Significant growth is taking place in the global IT offshoring market. The aim of this research is to give insight into challenges that IT offshoring projects face.

Building a Project Management Office from Scratch

By Brad Egeland

What ingredients should go into a newly created project management office? Brad Egeland discusses a handful of key concepts and actions that go into the best PMOs.

Has Your Project Jumped the Shark?

By Brad Egeland

It's no fun when we fail. But we can learn from it. Find out the top three signs that your project likely cannot be saved.

Are You a 'Tell' Manager or a 'Sell' Manager?

By Duncan Haughey

Tell or sell, two different approaches—both get work done, but some team management methods are more effective than others.

Executing Large Transformation Projects

By Swadhin Mishra & Preeti Jain

This article focusses on sharing some insights on what to expect in these large and complex projects, how to handle them and what makes or breaks the programme.

Looking for a Good Project Manager: 5 Tips for Hiring the Right One

By Brad Egeland

Are you looking to hire a new project manager? Brad Egeland has five tips for hiring the best Project Managers for your organisation.

Strategy vs. Luck: Managing Projects in the Face of Uncertainty

By Kenneth Darter

Whether you're playing a game involving luck or you're managing a project with unknown variables, always look ahead and plan for random elements.

Creating or Recycling

By Kenneth Darter

Depending on the project, you can sometimes recycle, but sometimes need to create new deliverables. Getting it right affects the quality of project outputs.

Balancing Out the Fun Projects

By Brad Egeland

Three techniques to liven projects up and help ensure that activities on your less exciting projects don't fall through the cracks.

Generating Momentum in a Project

By Kenneth Darter

The hardest part of a project is often just getting started. Next time you're struggling to get the ball rolling, try one of these ideas.

Top Tips on How to Succeed in Human Resources

By Helen Sabell

To be among those who evolve and create a successful career in Human Resources is simple—assuming you do the right things, of course. Here's how.

How 20 Minutes Each Morning Can Transform Your Day as a Manager

By Sebastian Bos

Stressed? It's time to consider doing things a bit differently. See how setting your alarm just 20 minutes earlier could transform your day.

Protecting Sensitive Project Information

By Brad Egeland

Three key suggestions to make yourself and your project and personal information safer when working from public WiFi hotspots.

Seeing the Project Through to the End

By Brad Egeland

Running a project from beginning to end uninterrupted is awesome, but what steps should you take when you're forced to hand it off part way through.

Seven Habits of Failing Managers

By Duncan Haughey

Do you recognise any of these traits in yourself or your colleagues? I have met people who do exactly as I describe and, in the process, have damaged their teams and themselves.

How to Build a High-Performance Project Team

By Duncan Haughey

What makes a winning project team? Why do some teams achieve greatness while others struggle? Let's look at the factors present on winning project teams.

Building Teamwork

By Kenneth Darter

Teamwork isn't something that just happens. The project leader needs to put in the time and effort to build the team and help everyone get along. Here's how.

Perception Is Not Always Equal

By Brad Egeland

Just when we think everyone is on the same page, they may not be. How do we ensure that this doesn't cause our project to go off the rails at a critical point?

Moving From Project to Programme

By Kenneth Darter

How to move from project to programme when projects grow, and you need to combine several projects into an effective programme.

Soft Power for Success

By Mike Griffin

Soft power is the ability to get people to work with you by attracting them to be part of what you stand for; rather than to coerce, force or pay them.

Starting the Project With Both Feet on the Ground

By Brad Egeland

When you have a new project, what should you do to make sure you start with both feet firmly on the ground?

Looking for Blue Skies

By Kenneth Darter

There will always be problems with any project you work on. Looking for blue skies is learning to see the silver lining on the clouds that darken your day.

Looking Forward to Spring

By Kenneth Darter

Life on projects sometimes feels like winter. The never-ending meetings. The schedule overruns. The unexpected problems. But, spring is just around the corner.

Estimating Project Work Gone Wrong

By Brad Egeland

Estimating project work is fraught with opportunities for things to go badly. Read Brad's five common issues and solutions for better estimates.

It's Easy to Give the Good News

By Brad Egeland

How do you deliver bad news on a project? Let's consider what we can do to best prepare for, and then effectively deliver, the bad news.

Getting In Over Your Head

By Kenneth Darter

Everybody gets in over their head at some point in their project management career. The question is, what can you do about it other than fake a panic attack?

3 Reasons We Say Yes to Impossible Projects

By Brad Egeland

Superman. OK, he has his Kryptonite weakness, but that's it. Let's get one thing straight - as a group, project managers are not comparable to Superman.

How to Make Changes on a Project

By Kenneth Darter

It is never fun to make changes, especially amidst a big project, but at times change is necessary. These tips will help ensure all bases are covered.

A Brief History of Project Management

By Duncan Haughey

In this history of project management, I chart all the major developments and events in the discipline as far back as there are records.

The Project Manager's New Year Wish List

By Duncan Haughey

As we close the door on another year, I thought it would be a good time to look at five items project managers should have on their wish list for 2015.

My Wish List for Project Management in 2015

By Brad Egeland

What's on your wish list for project management in 2015? As you read, please consider the changes, additions or deletions you'd like to see happen.

A Brief History of SMART Goals

By Duncan Haughey

In this history of SMART goals, I look at where the acronym came from, who developed it, what the critics say and why it has become popular.

Get Your Projects on Track: Remember the Baseline!

By Kenneth Darter

The baseline is the project's measurement stick. It helps you meet the objectives of the customer. In short, the baseline helps you get the project completed.

Portland, Maine…I Don't Know Where That Is

By Brad Egeland

You know those times when a project customer wants something on a project that no one on your team has ever heard of? What do you do?

The Four Stages of Recovering a Project

By Kenneth Darter

If a project is in trouble, the project manager needs to work to recover it and get back on track. Four steps will help the PM facilitate the recovery.

How to Avoid 12 Common Mistakes in Project Management

By Duncan Haughey

A back-to-basics look at why so many organisations run projects poorly, with twelve common mistakes in project management and how you can avoid them.

What Do Best Practices Mean to You?

By Brad Egeland

There are likely almost as many best practices as there are project managers in the world. These are a few of the 'core' project management practices.

4 Reasons for Missed Project Deadlines and How to Get Back on Track — Part 2

By Brad Egeland

There are nearly limitless reasons project deadlines are missed. It's how we handle these bumps that define us as good leaders and successful project managers.

4 Reasons for Missed Project Deadlines and How to Get Back on Track — Part 1

By Brad Egeland

Four scenarios that often cause missed project deadlines and possible ways to work around those issues and keep or get the project back on track.

Project Commitment = Project Success – Part 2

By Brad Egeland

If team participation is so effective, why don't more people do it? Learn two factors that breed commitment and contribute to project success.

Project Commitment = Project Success – Part 1

By Brad Egeland

Team members who understand the project are more committed to making the project successful. To understand is to make sense of what is required of you.

Dealing with Problems on the Project

By Kenneth Darter

Problems come in all shapes and sizes on projects. So, what as a project manager must you do to deal with problems on your projects? Let's discuss.

The Six Project Management Trends You Need to Know

By Duncan Haughey

Six important trends shaping the project management profession today and likely to continue shaping it in the foreseeable future.

6 Steps to Turning Around a Financially Failing Project – Part 2

By Brad Egeland

Projects fail for many reasons, but I believe that the hardest one to handle and to dig out from is the one that is heading for financial ruin.

6 Steps to Turning Around a Financially Failing Project – Part 1

By Brad Egeland

Six actions you can take to gain control over a project budget that isn't too far gone or to make strides on gaining some degree of control.

Spreading the PM Knowledge

By Brad Egeland

Mentoring new project managers as they learn is rewarding. No amount of classroom training can take the place of working alongside an experienced project manager.

Forget the Cookie Cutter Approach to Project Management

By Duncan Haughey

Why the cookie cutter approach doesn't work as a guarantee of project management success and how you can avoid becoming a slave to a methodology.

Being Prepared for the Unexpected

By Kenneth Darter

Project managers cannot create policies and procedures for every eventuality that might occur during a project, but they can prepare for unexpected problems.

Avoiding Project Failure: It's Not Rocket Science

By Duncan Haughey

Don't become the casualty of a failed project. Always put measures in place that address these five common problem areas to help secure your project success.

Giving Proper PM Oversight on the Project - Part 2

By Brad Egeland

Brad Egeland continues his look at being all we can be as project managers to help ensure customer satisfaction and enhance our career prospects.

Giving Proper PM Oversight on the Project - Part 1

By Brad Egeland

Customer satisfaction is critical. It is the basis of your livelihood. It is the difference between a referenceable customer and a dissatisfied customer.

5 Best Practices for Effective Project Management - Part 2

By Brad Egeland

Are you just going through the motions on your projects? To keep your customers coming back for more, you will need to be creative and dedicated.

5 Best Practices for Effective Project Management - Part 1

By Brad Egeland

This article considers a few best practice litmus tests to perform (if only in your head) to make sure you are delivering well on every project.

Three Steps to Better Customer Relations

By Brad Egeland

It is impossible to make everyone happy all the time, but you can certainly do everything within your power to give customers your best performance.

10 Qualities of Successful Business Partners

By Duncan Haughey

Business partnering is not about jumping when the business shouts, but working together collaboratively to achieve the best possible results.

Documenting Lessons Learned: What Have You Learned?

By Kenneth Darter

Lessons learned can make all the difference on future projects and help them to succeed, but first, they must be documented correctly.

The Paralysis of Getting the Project Started

By Brad Egeland

This article is about the paralysis one feels when trying to get the project schedule in order and everything properly in place to get started.

Keeping Top Management Informed - Part 2

By Brad Egeland

What should your status report contain, and how long should it be, to avoid overloading everyone with information and doing more harm than good.

Keeping Top Management Informed - Part 1

By Brad Egeland

If your company does not need a project status report from you, it might be wise to suggest such a policy and produce one anyway.

Creating a Project Budget: What You Need to Know

By Duncan Haughey

The ability to create an accurate budget is an essential skill for a project manager. Here's what you need to create an accurate budget for your next project.

Ten Key Project Issues to Avoid - Part 3

By Brad Egeland

What do you find to be your key project issues or common problems that can get in the way of overall success? Check these 10 project issues to avoid.

Ten Key Project Issues to Avoid - Part 2

By Brad Egeland

Avoiding the icebergs of project management is not easy, but avoid them we must, before they sink our projects. Keep these areas in mind during your next project.

Ten Key Project Issues to Avoid - Part 1

By Brad Egeland

No matter how well prepared we are, there are icebergs out there waiting to sink our projects. Review these 10 recognisable issues and be ready to manage them.

Teaching Your Team to Deal With Deadlines

By Kenneth Darter

Deadlines are ever present in project management, which does not mean that the team working on the project can deal with those deadlines very easily.

Managing the Risk Factor - Part 2

By Brad Egeland

Outside factors may introduce risk to our project engagements. How we handle those factors could be the key to the success or failure of our projects.

Managing the Risk Factor - Part 1

By Brad Egeland

No project in the history of projects has entered into existence without the presence of a few risks. Here's how to manage risks and protect your project.

Better Coaching Using the GROW Model

By Duncan Haughey

How to improve your coaching skills using the GROW model, including 40 example questions for aspiring coaches.

What it Takes to Lead - Part 2

By Brad Egeland

In Part 2 of this series, Brad Egeland looks at three more ways that project leadership is set apart from normal project management participation.

What it Takes to Lead - Part 1

By Brad Egeland

What does it mean to lead? If you've led a large project, you know that project leaders do a lot more than plan, organise, control, coordinate and budget.

Facilitating a Summit

By Kenneth Darter

If you want to have a successful summit meeting, then it is time to practise your people skills and learn to play well with others.

Cutting Through the Chaos

By Duncan Haughey

Where should we focus our effort to improve the performance of IT projects? The Standish Group has identified ten areas in their Chaos Manifesto 2013.

Why Project Managers Should Coach

By Duncan Haughey

Can you be a good project manager without being a coach? How to unlock your team's potential and maximise their performance with coaching.

When Project Management is a Four Letter Word

By Brad Egeland

As project managers, we can add considerable value to any project engagement, but what do you do if your customer is not project manager friendly?

How to Run the Most Productive Project Meetings Possible - Part 2

By Brad Egeland

Brad Egeland's final four key concepts for highly productive project meetings. How we manage our meetings says a lot about us professionally.

How to Run the Most Productive Project Meetings Possible - Part 1

By Brad Egeland

Seven rules for planning and conducting meaningful project meetings, the ones that will help you manage your projects and provide attendees with value.

Praise Loud, Blame Soft

By Brad Egeland

We all need more praise than correction. A happy, positive team with a basic plan will outperform a miserable team with a brilliant plan every time.

Coming to Terms With the Finish Date

By Kenneth Darter

Every project has a finish date. This article looks at how the finish date for a project is derived and how a project team comes to terms with that date.

PMP vs. PRINCE2 Certificates

By Nader Khorrami Rad

What's the difference between the PMP and PRINCE2 certifications? Which one should I choose? Which one's better for my career?

How is the Project Going? - Part 2

By Brad Egeland

For projects lasting six months or more, it's a good idea to pause at least twice as a team to discuss the project's health from the team's perspective.

How is the Project Going? - Part 1

By Brad Egeland

It's critical to stop periodically and take the pulse of your project. If you neglect your customer, you may find yourself out of a job or without a project.

Shaking Things Up on the Project

By Brad Egeland

How do you stop your projects from getting mundane? This article considers how we can change things around and add some excitement to our projects.

Three Paths to Approaching Stakeholders

By Kenneth Darter

When it comes to approaching stakeholders, there are many different paths you can take to get your message to the right person. Here are some ideas on formulating your path.

Work Breakdown Structure 101

By Duncan Haughey

Work Breakdown Structure is a tool project managers use to break projects down into manageable pieces. Here's why you need one and how to create your own.

Change Orders are a Four Letter Word

By Brad Egeland

Change orders are hard to bring before a customer. Here's how to leave no question in your customer's mind that you and your team know what you're doing.

Delivering the Tough News - Part 2

By Brad Egeland

Brad's final two steps in his personal four-step process of preparing for and delivering bad news to a project client.

Delivering the Tough News - Part 1

By Brad Egeland

Have you ever had to deliver tough news to a customer on a project? Here's four steps to help you prepare and deliver the bad news.

Tracking a Risk

By Kenneth Darter

Risk management is a vital part of project management. Learn four key steps to help you evaluate and mitigate any risks on your project.

The Proactive Project Manager

By Brad Egeland

How to remain in control of projects, rather than always being in reactive mode to the issues that arise and threaten to knock us off course.

Building a Business Case for Your Project

By Kenneth Darter

To get stakeholders or management to approve your project, you will need to build a solid business case. Here are the basic steps for creating a business case.

Ensuring Accountability on Your Projects - Part 2

By Brad Egeland

You can't guarantee accountability from everyone on your projects, but the key to keeping them involved is to let them know exactly what is expected of them.

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2016 articles on technology

Advice

Technology’s great. We love it! Emily Post would have owned an iPad the very first day it was available. When you use your cell phone, iPhone, BlackBerry or smart phone, be polite! When you write, email or text, think before you send! Apply a little common sense to the use of your cool tech tools and you’ll be an etiquette superstar.

Confrontations with Management

When you have a complaint or criticism, how you present your case can make all the difference to the outcome. View more business advice

Common Bridal Dilemmas… Solved!

From the ring to your dress and bridesmaids to mothers-in-law, we have answers to all your wedding questions. View more wedding advice

Ten Tips for Holiday Shopping

The Holidays: the joy, the snow, the rush…the frustration, the bad tempers, the rudeness! Here are ten tips to keep your cool this holiday season, and even spread some cheer along the way. View more lifestyle advice