Insights

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • September 23, 2021 | Insights | Scotty Hendricks

    Machine Learning Has Advanced, But Natural Language is a Hurdle

    even with recent advances in AI, computers can’t really understand human language

    Most of us are familiar with attempts by computers and software systems to understand spoken language—like when you ask your phone to tell you where the nearest sandwich shop is, or ask Alexa to play a favorite song. You’re also …

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  • June 21, 2021 | Insights | Scotty Hendricks

    RPA Bots Perform Tasks, But Will They Take Your Job?

    Bot capabilities are constantly evolving, and it’s unclear what the future holds

    Anybody who has worked in an administrative role can attest that certain types of office work are dull or tedious. Filling out standard forms, data extraction, and processing simple data can certainly be unstimulating. These are also fairly standardized activities, …

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  • February 28, 2021 | Insights | Scotty Hendricks

    Artificial Intelligence and Business Management: A Growing Partnership

    for now, many management decisions are too complex for AI

    Discussions about the economic dangers and potentials of artificial intelligence (AI) tend to center around the ability of AI to do specific, clearly-defined tasks quickly and well. This is of great concern to employees whose jobs solely revolve around doing …

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

    Finding Project Management Jobs When There Aren’t So Many

    Gaining experience is more important than your job title

    In today’s rapidly fluctuating work environment, opportunities for project management positions may be fewer, but they’re still there. Indeed, capable leaders who can step in and adapt despite the unpredictability are sorely needed. You can build a career even in …

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  • December 29, 2020 | Insights | Scotty Hendricks

    Artificial Intelligence Takes Jobs—And Adds Them Too

    There is hope for the future of automation

    Americans tend to believe that technology will save us from everything. That holds for most things except automation, which many fear will lead to economic catastrophe or widespread job loss. A 2013 Oxford Study showing that nearly half of US …

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  • November 23, 2020 | Insights | Helen S. Cooke

    Building Project Management Experience in a Down Market      

    How to find opportunity when the job market is unpredictable   

    This is a down market. Jobs are hard to come by, competition is fierce, and even while some jobs are opening up again, there are far fewer than before the slump. So how do you keep your focus and build …

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  • November 8, 2020 | Insights | Scotty Hendricks

    Are Gig Workers Employees or Contractors?

    our models of employment don’t work like they used to

    In the decades before the gig worker boom, labor law concerned itself almost exclusively with people working either as employees or independent contractors. Those categories define how workers are regulated, taxed, what protections apply to them and the products of …

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