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August 30, 2022 | Insights | Helen S. Cooke

As the Economy Changes, Project Management Is Still In Demand

economic transformations hit different industries in different ways

Forty years ago, John Naisbitt, author of “Megatrends” (1982), predicted not only the shift of America’s industrial economy to less developed nations around the globe, but also the significantly reduced role of management in the U.S. workforce. Our economy moved …

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  • July 31, 2022 | Insights | Denise Gifford

    7 Reasons to Start a Business During a Recession

    the worst of times might actually be the smartest time to launch your company

    Starting a business during a recession may not seem like a great idea, but in fact it just might be the best time to launch your new venture. Companies such as Airbnb, Uber, and Venmo started during the recession that …

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  • June 25, 2022 | Insights | Helen S. Cooke

    How Project Managers Assess Project Value

    understanding value is one of the most important parts of the job

    One key aspect of project management is assessing the value of a project—but unfortunately, value assessment doesn’t always get the attention it deserves. As project managers, we all know it to be true: the definition of project success belongs in …

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  • May 31, 2022 | Knowledge | Denise Gifford

    Moving Beyond Stalemate in Your Business Negotiations

    these 7 tricks might convert your stalemate into a renewed relationship   

    If you’ve ever played chess, you know that sometimes you and your partner reach a “stalemate.” A stalemate is a position in which no action can be taken. You’ve likely experienced negotiating situations in life where there has been a …

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  • April 14, 2022 | Knowledge | Helen S. Cooke

    Five Strategies for Successful Stakeholder Management

    How to manage complex projects while keeping stakeholders happy

    Anyone who works in project management knows that a lot of planning goes into preparing a project team to do its work, before the project itself even begins. Deliverables are spelled out; estimates are made regarding how long the project …

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  • March 28, 2022 | Insights | Helen S. Cooke

    Projects Need Strong Leadership and Executive Support & Need to Build That from Day One

    projects often focus on the end goal, but a strong beginning is just as important

    Why do organizations create a project? Projects are created when important objectives cannot be easily obtained by doing “business as usual,” and when getting results is important to organizational success. Whether the project is created by an executive or an …

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  • February 26, 2022 | Resources

    6 Must-Reads About DAOs

    Recent opinions, perspectives, and research

    We’re all familiar with the common ways in which businesses are structured: corporations, limited liability companies, and sole proprietorships are examples. But there is a new type of organization that is gaining traction. Although it is very early days, DAOs …

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  • January 20, 2022 | Insights | Scotty Hendricks

    COVID-19 Has Increased Job Automation, And That’s a Mixed Bag

    in some industries, the pandemic accelerated automation trends

    Many words come to mind when thinking about how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the economy, but perhaps chief among them is uncertainty. The manifestations of this were everywhere—unemployment spiked, the stock market crashed, and speculation on securities ran wild. A …

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  • December 22, 2021 | Insights | Helen S. Cooke

    Managerial Roles Have Changed & Here’s Where Project Management Fits In

    as some management types disappear, project managers fill an important gap 

    As technology changes how we work, the workforce has evolved in many different ways. One of the major evolving areas is how organizations are managed and controlled. In past decades, layers of management were put in place to supervise and …

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  • November 11, 2021 | Interviews

    Marjorie McShane on Artificial Intelligence, Natural Language Processing & the Frontiers of AI

    InfoWorks spoke with the pioneering researcher about computational linguistics, intelligent agents, and the untapped potentials of knowledge-based systems 

    Most businesspeople are aware of the myriad ways that artificial intelligence has impacted the labor market. Ranging from fast food orders to invoicing, chatbots to supply chain management, AI is taking over roles once performed by human workers. As we …

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  • October 26, 2021 | Insights | Helen S. Cooke

    ‘Managing By Projects’ is Different From Project Management, And Here’s Why

    Some organizations use a methodology called “managing by projects,” but it’s not traditional Project Management  

    As organizations scramble to adapt to rapid changes in the contemporary work environment – including increased automation – there is a new focus on improving work methods and getting results by whatever means necessary. In the realm of project management, …

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  • October 5, 2021 | Insights | Denise Gifford

    The Hybrid Workplace Introduces New Challenges and Novel Solutions

    Employees working from home are at risk of becoming second tier

    The hybrid workplace seems to be here to stay, and many are welcoming this change to a model that mixes remote work with time in the office. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, workers stated a preference to work at home …

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