Projects at Work

Innovation


Turn Naysayers into Innovators

- by Ed Harrington

Individual and collective negativity can derail new product ideas and innovations before they ever have a chance. Here are three useful practices to overcome our inherent bias against the unknown, and to give adept thinking a seat at the strategic planning table.

'Future-Proof' Innovation

- by Kathleen Ryan O'Connor

There is no such thing as business-as-usual anymore. Organizations can’t sit back and wait for innovation to happen. It has to be part of their culture, technology and processes. Here, a digital transformation specialist shares insights on innovation barriers, buy-in and passion projects.

Top 10 Tech Trends in 2017

- by ProjectsatWork.com

Artificial intelligence and advance machine learning, virtual reality, conversational systems, and digital platforms are among the top technology trends that will be strategic priorities for most organizations in 2017, according to research presented by Gartner.

'Out of This World' PM Initiative

- by ProjectsatWork.com

The Space Foundation has received a grant from the Project Management Institute Educational Foundation to fund an initiative to help teachers and students prepare for the demands of the future workforce.

Here's An Idea…

- by Ransom Stephens

Our thought process relies on pattern recognition, categorization and prediction, and we tend to search for pathways we have followed in the past. This “efficiency rut” can limit the flow of ideas. Here are 5 keys to unlocking your innate creativity, from cultivating a resilience to failure, to silencing our tendency to predict results.

Have Some Ambiguity

- by Beth Spriggs

Most project managers welcome clear-cut goals and processes. Likewise, they are uneasy around uncertainty, be it open-ended objectives or vague direction. But ambiguity can present an opportunity — to think creatively, to take a risk, perhaps, and try something new that just might lead to an exceptional outcome.

Build an Innovation Culture

- by Steve Blue

How do you spark new innovation in an organization with set ways? Start by making innovation part of everyone’s job description. Provide the training, time and space to do it. Fight fear and resistance early and often. Lastly, recognize and reward innovation every chance you get.

Too Efficient to Thrive?

- by Kathleen Ryan O'Connor

By focusing exclusively on efficiency, organizations have lost their ability to innovate, says business school dean, author and entrepreneur Jim Dewald. They need to invest in discovering opportunities, value transparency, and support managers who can balance the tension between individual initiative and structural controls.

Digital Tops Strategic Priorities

- by ProjectsatWork.com

Digital business transformation will be substantial in the next five years, and will drive strategic investment, product innovation, customer satisfaction and profits, according to a Gartner survey of CEOs and senior business executives.

The Agile Education Compass

- by Dave Prior

European and U.S. leaders of the Agile education movement met at the Scrum Gathering last month to create a learning manifesto — the Agile Education Compass — to serve as an adaptable guide for applying agile principles and values in schools and classrooms of all kinds. [17 min.]

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Andy Jordan

President, Roffensian Consulting Inc.
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Director, Software Development, Audible.com
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President, Forward Momentum, LLC
Vicki Wrona is the founder and President of Forward Momentum, a PMI Regi…

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Vice President, Technology, Leadership for Educational Equity
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