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November 30, 2022 | Insights | Helen S. Cooke

In a Crisis, Project Managers Are Needed

infamous tragedies remind us that the type of management matters

There has always been a distinction between two ways of managing. The first type, operations management, requires managers to be directive and hierarchical to standardize routine organizational functions. The second, project management, requires managers to be more flexible, process-oriented, and …

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  • September 17, 2022 | Insights | Denise Gifford

    The Future of Work: Freelancers Need Specialized Skills

    specialization paired with brand identity will help you compete

    If you had just a few minutes to convince a potential customer that you’re the perfect person for their freelance opportunity, what would you say? Which skills make you unique? Do you know your own value, and can you express …

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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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  • 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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