No project runs its course without some project team issues or concerns. Any time you have a group of highly-skilled and highly-focused individuals working closely – yet often individually – on a team working toward a common project goal, you're bound to have conflicts and issues. Usually small, sometimes big. But you will have them – probably on every project to some degree. What I'd like to do here is discuss four tips you can use on each project going forward to help get the most out of the team and therefore also realise the best success and performance on each project you manage. Consider the following...
Artificial intelligence holds promise as a way to improve IT project management, but there are some hurdles to overcome.
In the tech world, it's common for the DevOps team to be responsible for the project management aspect of software development. DevOps workers have a strong reliance on analytics, so it's not surprising that there is a push toward using artificial intelligence — which does analyses of its own — in project management. This trend has both pros and cons — here are two of each.
Pro: AI could be ideal for handling large amounts of data
One task in which AI excels when compared to humans is processing vast amounts of data. There are countless examples of how teams applied AI to their work and achieved the desired results in days when it would otherwise take months...
Agile methodology includes various methodologies in itself. Agile methodologies like Scrum, FDD, etc. are all part of the agile manifesto, which was introduced in the year 2001. Agile methodology is often compared with the waterfall model in the software development industry. However, agile approach is considered to be better.
It uses an incremental approach where a sample prototype is discussed with the customer. The prototype helps in understanding the key aspects, including the requirements. The consecutive prototypes reflect the changes done in the previous prototypes. This keeps happening till the customer is satisfied, providing better end-product to the customer. The idea is to maintain product’s quality in the entire phase of development. In the year 2001, several agile principles were discussed and agreed upon under the Agile alliance. The principles were to be followed for agile software development.
While comparing the Waterfall model and the agile methodology, Royce concluded that:
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In the risk-filled world of cryptocurrency, "sorry for your loss" has a very specific meaning. In the case of Canadian crypto-exchange QuadrigaCX, it's become a rather grim double entendre.
The exchange's founder, 30-year-old Gerald Cotten, died unexpectedly in December 2018. According to a Jan. 31 affidavit filed by his widow Jennifer Robertson and dug up by Coindesk, it also just so happens that Cotten had sole access to most of the exchange's $190 million worth of crypto held in cold storage.
Or, rather, what looks to be the exchange's customers' $190 million worth of crypto. And no one appears to be able to access it. Because when he died, it seems Cotten took the keys with him...
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We are now one year away from 2020. Like 20/20 vision, will we be able to look back on 2019 with perfect hind sight? So, I’m thinking that maybe I could look ahead to the year with perfect “foresight.” To do that, how about just pretend that today is Jan. 2, 2020 and I’m looking back at all the projects I pursued in 2019. Did they “pencil?”
In my context – “Pencil” is an Engineering term. A quick search on google though shows it as a “finance” term. What it means is the project or idea economically viable?...
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You can certainly wing it if you want to. It’s not recommended to manage your complex project engagements without the use of a solid project management software tool. That means we spend lots of money on several site licenses and start training, reading and the long learning curve to productive PM engagements and efficient management of project tasks and delivered projects, right? Not so fast.
There are now literally hundreds of tools out there – some good, some excellent, and some you probably shouldn’t bother even trying…a few of those come to mind. There are free ones, expensive ones, and everything in between. I am always intrigued by those I have never heard of. Those are the ones I tend to investigate. I’ve chosen 14 of those to share with you today because I’ve discussed the products with their creators and I know they are good people who are passionate about their products and stand behind them. Please read about these PM related software products that may be new to you…and give them a try. You won’t be sorry. Then feel free to comment and tell me – and all your fellow readers and project managers – what you thought of them...
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Two things primarily facilitate Big Data: cloud computing—which provides a variety of infrastructurally enhancing applications—and the Internet of Things (IoT). IoT technology is everywhere. Smartphones, tablets, laptops, smart cars, and even city utilities like traffic lights or parking meters utilize this technology. It’s additionally used in many corporate atmospheres for a variety of purposes.
As an example, consider production. IoT can help manage machinery such that you get the greatest lifespan out of it, and avoid having it break down in a way which stalls production. In terms of office management, IoT can manage physical utilities proactively, you can use it to more efficiently heat or cool a building, you can track employees, and when IoT is applied to the cloud, it can even be used to outsource your office.
Cloud computing surrogates an internal network. This can be done on a public or private cloud, and there are also hybrid solutions available where sensitive information is stored on the private cloud, while that which isn’t so integral to operations is on the public option. Altogether, you can “float” your network such that is decentralized; perpetually available online.
This allows BYOD, or Bring Your Own Device, solutions. BYOD has been shown to yield increased employee productivity for a number of reasons, and because it utilizes remote devices accessing the network through proper credentials and a secure connection, data can be collected which increasingly reveals secrets about your operation.
Big Data’s Part
All of these things working in concert yield Big Data. Big Data works on a level where terabytes can be processed in real time—and the speed at which such datasets are processed is increasing as technology blooms outward at Moore’s Law intervals.
What this means is if you, for example, had a supply chain across several continents, Big Data utilizing IoT and the cloud to process information in real-time could reveal trends to you that have never been visible to large-scale companies before. Application monitoring via the cloud is possible, but likewise, supply chain management is possible.
You can navigate a fleet of vehicles around road construction and weather patterns. The most optimal routes can be calculated using data coming from fuel consumption and vehicular wear and tear. The potentiality is billions in savings with no loss of operational quality—in fact, there can be an increase in infrastructural efficiency and output.
Certainly, the scope of savings will depend on the size of your operation, but one thing is beyond doubt: Big Data represents a substantial solution for many businesses and failing to utilize it is akin to leaving money on the table.
Managing BYOD Solutions
As a brief hypothetical case study, let’s look closer at BYOD solutions. Desktop as a Service (DaaS) can be used to get remotely operating employees on the same page. You can either allow them to use their own device, or you can use another DaaS protocol--Device as a Service—to ensure all employees have the same end-user tech.
Both have their advantages and disadvantages. The disadvantage of essentially “renting” devices for your employees is that there is a higher cost. The disadvantage of always allowing workers to use their own tech is that some software may not be aligned with that in management, and there could be malware which enters the network.
Untrusted connections can also initiate malware, meaning you’ve got to have MDM solutions in place. Mobile Device Management ensures that end-user portals acting as IoT nodes and interacting via the cloud aren’t threatening your network. There are many software packages you can use which can help collect MDM data and lessen the management load.
For example, with SolarWinds’ software, you can automate user rights management through Access Rights Manager, simplifying management of a large infrastructure with many diverse employees working remotely.
Conserve Assets And Optimize Infrastructure
So say you had a hundred employees that you transitioned to a BYOD model utilizing DaaS for the network, and DaaS for devices. You essentially eliminate the cost of the servers for the network, the cost of individual user portals internally, the cost of “unknown quantities” from personal user portals that have a different software configuration, and the real estate cost of office space. Altogether, that could result in savings of tens of thousands—or even hundreds of thousands—a month.
In addition, you get more productive employees who continuously produce data pertaining to their operational activities. This data can be managed using Big Data protocols to determine trends, and help further optimize your business such that it is at its highest operating potential.
When such Big Data protocols are additionally applied to marketing, production, distribution, damage control, core operations, and R&D, suddenly the potentiality for exponential forward development is on the table.
In today’s world, technology has continued an exponential doubling of itself about every eighteen months since Gordon Moore observed the trend in the sixties. The next technological innovation is on the horizon, and you’ve got to keep the most viable, sustainable pace you can with IT in order to maximize your operational ability. Utilizing Big Data and infrastructural management software is key.
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