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Business Process Modelling Notation for Business Analysts

Workflow modelling has long been accomplished by technical resources attempting to add context to technical requirements. As industry has progressed along with complexities of business management, we have again found the need to specialise and segregate responsibilities. As a result, many business analysts have moved from a purely technical requirements management role to a business analyst role. The person in this role is responsible for understanding the business perspective and ...

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Matrix Structures: The Pros and Cons

A matrix organisation structure is one where there are multiple cross-functional, cross-business unit groups. Often individuals in the matrix have more than one line manager, or maybe one ‘solid line’ line manager and one or more ‘dotted line’ managers. It happens because work responsibilities aren’t linear any more. A role that is titled as ‘Marketing Manager’ may have elements of internal communications, digital marketing, sales, customer relations, complaints handling plus ...

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Successfully Launching an IT Project

In any organisation, the time comes when significant portions of the information technology (IT) back office infrastructure—such as Customer Relationship Management (CRM), order entry, marketing or accounting—need to be replaced. The system or systems in place no longer meet business needs and instead of enabling employees, they are an impediment to efficiency. After committing to the decision to make a change and following the initial excitement of selecting a vendor ...

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7 Factors of Good Project Governance

Projects ideally sit within a governance framework that is bigger than the project team. It’s actually easier to work in an environment where there is governance in place because it gives you boundaries. And, like toddlers, people respond well when they know how far they can go. But what does governance on projects actually look like? Here are 7 factors that make up good governance. How many of these do ...

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Stepping-Stones in a Project Management Career

A question often asked by project managers is “how do I transfer my career into a different sector?” We have been led to believe that project management skills are easily transferable – after all, the method, processes and techniques are quite generic – yet many project managers struggle when it comes to changing industry. I often give advice to people who are considering the change and here are some of ...

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Which Of These Project Reviews Do You Use?

Have you got project reviews built into your project schedule? I do (most of the time). There are five types of project review that we commonly use on projects. These are: Peer review Audit Project evaluation review Benefits review Post-project review Peer Reviews Peer views are an informal review of the situation at any point in the project life-cycle by someone of equivalent experience to the project manager. The objective ...

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Getting Started with Emotional Intelligence in Project Management

Why is Emotional Intelligence Important? Before we look at what Emotional Intelligence (EI) is, let’s first consider the reasons why it’s important. Several studies show that Emotional Intelligence is the single biggest predictor of personal and professional success. What this means is that people with high levels of EI outperform those with low levels of EI. In fact Emotional Intelligence is the strongest driver of leadership and explains 58% of ...

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7 Causes of Project Change

You know that nice neat project schedule you created? The one that you’ve saved in a fancy graphical format and turned into a PDF for your stakeholders? I’ve got news for you: tomorrow it will be in the recycling bin because it will be out of date. Project plans change daily as work gets done and you adjust what’s happening to meet the challenges of the tasks but sometimes we’re ...

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