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Creative Team Value

Does your in-house creative team suffer from being treated like a second-round draft pick? Is your team sidelined with too much work, too many rush jobs, and too many reviews and revisions?

And no matter how hard you work, is there still a perception by most of the company, even executives, that all your team does is design SWAG and pick out brand colors?

You may think that’s just the way it is—no matter what organization you work for. But it’s not. You can gain the respect you deserve and the resources you need by following a few simple steps.

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Business Case For MWM

In any in-house creative team or marketing agency, lacking the right workflow management solution can negatively impact the success of projects, prevent teams from meeting their objectives, and have a long-term detrimental impact on the business. While a comprehensive Marketing Work Management (MWM) solution exists, decision-makers often hesitate to act in today’s tight-budget environment.

Read this white paper to understand why staying with the status quo or implementing a partial or free solution is not only ineffective at solving marketing workflow issues, but could be costing in-house and external agencies tens of thousands of dollars every year.

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Process Is Not A Dirty Word

Many creatives despise process. They associate the word with spending hours tediously tracking every little detail on an Excel spreadsheet while their creative minds die slow, painful deaths. Creatives find process and structure so distasteful that one-fifth of all creative teams say they have zero processes documented, believing instead that freedom from process and structure allows creativity to blossom.

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Business Case For An Enterprise Work Management Solution

In any enterprise, the lack of the right work management solution can seriously impact the success of projects, prevent companies from meeting their objectives, and have a long-term detrimental impact on the business. While a comprehensive Enterprise Work Management (EWM) solution exists, decision makers often hesitate to act in today’s tight budget environment.

Read this white paper to understand why staying with the status quo or implementing a partial solution is not only ineffective at solving work

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Enterprise Work Management & Collaboration

Collaboration is about much more than meeting and talking about work. It’s about connecting workers to each other and to information whenever they need it, wherever they are, and however best they can receive it. Though it should be a given that all organizations will provide their workers with the processes and capabilities to empower them to do their best work, this is not often the case.

Many fail to understand that the future of work is evolving. Even the ways that we operate in the present are being challenged by many workplace trends, especially shifts in company culture towards greater and freer communication and sharing of information, flexible work arrangements, less hierarchical organizations, and the influx of the Millennial generation (who have an entirely different concept of how they perceive work as compared to previous generations).

Such changes prompt a massive transformation in how we need to work together in order to be high performing, innovative, productive, and profitable.

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Painless IT Work Management

WARNING: This book simulates real problems with enterprise IT work planning and processes, including projects. If this scenario hits close to home, a feeling of panic or unrest could ensue. Be prepared. Note: It is meant to be read with a playful sense of urgency in an extremely dramatic tone like that of Alec Baldwin, Morgan Freeman, or Kevin Spacey. Enjoy.

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The Unhealthy State Of Enterprise Work

Research indicates enterprises that undervalue work management or lack mature management practices are less likely to meet work goals and business objectives. These enterprises are also more likely to experience project failure, resulting in lost money. In fact, research shows that when

projects are over budget, delayed, or do not meet their goals, organizations risk wasting 14 times more money than those who consistently meet their performance measures. Even with such dire financial consequences, according to the Project Management Institute (PMI), since 2008, the percentage of projects that have met their original goals and business intent has declined 10 percentage points. This continued decline in work success illustrates that the majority of enterprises still struggle with how to achieve optimal work management practices.

Research in this report analyzes the current unhealthy state of enterprise work and examines why current tactics fail to eliminate work chaos.

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Master The Lifecycle Of Work

The problem is, it isn’t always quite so simple. Unexpected problems, hiccups in the workflow, do-overs, jumping ahead and trying to do too much with too few staff often result in critical oversights, missed deadlines, delivery delays and blown budgets. It seems more time is spent in meetings trying to figure out what to do next than is spent actually doing the work.

In short: work becomes a perpetual cycle of sheer chaos, turning even the smallest project into a huge production and taking a major toll on both human and capital resources.

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3 Project Management Best Practices For Healthcare IT Teams

Yesterday’s workforce came on the heels of what is often referred to as the “Second Industrial Revolution,” which bled into the early 20th century and gave rise to giant corporations in industries such as automotive, gas and electric, oil, and steel.

These work environments thrived in top-down, command-and-control management styles because processes at the time needed to be rigid and machine-like. Consequently, innovation and problem solving were separated almost completely from the actual labor tasks of production. In fact, many of the skills that came to be associated with project management included process optimization, increased automation, and tightly controlled resource management—all things that made it possible to continually make the entire machine more efficient. In these environments, every individual task performed by the factory workforce was clearly prescribed by management and could be easily adjusted. Work back then was predictable, repeatable, and scalable. All people had to do was show up and follow instructions. It’s not difficult to see that somewhere, somehow, sometime in the last 60-70 years, we’ve changed.

We’ve evolved.

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A Manager’s Guide To Mixing Agile & Waterfall

Project management is shifting. Teams that were siloed before are now asked to work together to ease reporting pains and increase visibility across all types of work. Choosing Agile or Waterfall is becoming less of a choice as more organizations require a mix of the two. Solve the pain of this new work management style and learn how to stay productive by mixing methodologies.

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How To Align Corporate Strategy With Project Execution

The biggest challenge for business leaders today is making sure initiatives that are undertaken at the project level are aligned with the strategic and financial goals of their organizations.

Unfortunately, business leaders who recognize the need to use tools to validate the business case of every initiative are finding relatively few truly viable options. Organizations looking to implement a project and portfolio management (PPM) solution to help ensure they pursue only those projects that provide the greatest business value are faced with a confusing array of solution options—many of which will only advance them part way toward their goal.

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5 Ways The Workforce Has Evolved & How To Keep Up

The workforce is evolving. Today’s workforce is more collaborative, distributed, and autonomous than ever. As a result, the traditional approaches to project management that were originally created for civil engineering projects are no longer suited for today’s teams. In order for project management practices to continue to be successful for our organizations, we must evolve them to support the needs and expectations of the people doing project work today by creating team and organizational atmospheres of autonomy, trust, collaboration, and recognition.

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3 Keys To Maximize The Efficiency Of Your Hospital IT Group

Key 1: Circle the Wagons and Put a Fence Around Your Teams

Key 2: Lather, Rinse and Repeat?

Key 3: Provide the Visibility Administration Needs to Inform Decisions

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Report: The Unhealthy State Of Enterprise Work

Research in this report analyzes the current unhealthy state of enterprise work and examines why current tactics fail to eliminate work chaos. This report identifies:

  • Six primary indicators of inefficient work management
  • The impact of work chaos on productivity, innovation, and bottom line
  • The importance of visibility in eliminating chaos and increasing productivity
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