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How Project Management Can Help Fight the “IT and the Business” Paradox

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Have you ever heard the term “IT and the Business?” ” Have you ever said “IT and the Business?” ” Did you know every time you say “IT and the Business” a baby kitten dies?

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Project242: Build Strength in Multiple Areas, Not Just a Few

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Project242 (P242) is my journey to bike 242 miles in 24 hours, across the state of Minnesota on gravel roads, in August, 2021 (the Day Across MN, or the DAMN). I’ve found many lessons experienced riding a bike can be applied to our careers. In these posts, I will share the correlations.

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Project242: Don’t Get Too Wound That You Snap

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Project242 (P242) is my journey to bike 242 miles in 24 hours, across the state of Minnesota on gravel roads, in August, 2021 (the Day Across MN, or the DAMN). I’ve found many lessons experienced riding a bike can be applied to our careers. In these posts, I will share the correlations.

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Project242: Embrace the Climbs

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Project242 (P242) is my journey to bike 242 miles in 24 hours, across the state of Minnesota on gravel roads, in August, 2021 (the Day Across MN, or the DAMN). I’ve found many lessons experienced riding a bike can be applied to our careers. In these posts, I will share the correlations.

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Insiders' Guide to Self-Service Analytics

Self-service analytics are vital for how your users interact and engage with your application. As you explore analytics solutions for your application, see why self-service analytics can prove critical to the adoption and stickiness of your application.

What’s Your Learning Plan?

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I learned early in my career that professional growth and development was my responsibility, not my employers. I learned this lesson when I asked my boss what my professional development should be. He said “How the hell do I know. It’s your development.”

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What is Your PMO’s “Marketing Plan”

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This post was originally written in 2019. But, out of respect for the PMO manager who asked not to be named or have this published until his retirement in March of 2021, I held off. Today, 3/11, was his last day. Thank you, good sir, for being a leader, mentor, and friend.

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Project242: Building a Solid Foundation

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Project242 (P242) is my journey to bike 242 miles in 24 hours, across the state of Minnesota on gravel roads, in August, 2021 (the Day Across MN, or the DAMN). I’ve found many lessons experienced riding a bike can be applied to our careers. In these posts, I will share the correlations.

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Project242: A Career is Like an Ultra Endurance Event

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Project242 (P242) is my journey to bike 242 miles in 24 hours, across the state of Minnesota on gravel roads, in August, 2021 (the Day Across MN, or the DAMN). I’ve found many lessons experienced riding a bike can be applied to our careers. In these posts, I will share the correlations.

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Working in the “Gray Zone”

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“Yeah, well, you know gray is my favorite color I felt so symbolic yesterday If I knew Picasso I would buy myself a gray guitar and play” – Mr. Jones by the Counting Crows. I heard this on a “Classic Hits” station (released in 1993) and had to chuckle.

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4 Approaches to Data Analytics

As the analytics landscape continues to evolve, application teams who need to embed dashboards, reports, and other analytics capabilities in their applications can choose from dozens of solutions. How do you differentiate one solution from the next?

Traits Shared by Effective Project Professionals

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Every project manager knows they need to execute on projects within the constraints of time, cost, scope, and quality. They also know to be successful requires meeting project requirements consistently.

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Not Every Story Your PMO Tells Will Have a Happy Ending

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I’m sure you’ve all seen them. Those Disney movies where life is happy and carefree in the beginning. Then, bad s**t happens and there’s chaos, sadness, and destruction. The hero, or heroes, fight evil with help of their friends and in the end, triumph!

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Project242: Defining Your “WHY”

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Project242 (P242) is my journey to bike 242 miles in 24 hours, across the state of Minnesota on gravel roads, in August, 2021 (the Day Across MN, or the DAMN). I’ve found many lessons experienced riding a bike can be applied to our careers. In these posts, I will share the correlations.

Project242: You Can’t Fix All Problems By Yourself!

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Project242 (P242) is my journey to bike 242 miles in 24 hours, across the state of Minnesota on gravel roads, in August, 2021 (the Day Across MN, or the DAMN). I’ve found many lessons experienced riding a bike can be applied to our careers. In these posts, I will share the correlations.

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2021 State of Analytics: Why Users Demand Better

As organizations become more data driven, their analytics requirements grow. Find out how knowledge workers use analytics and explore their needs and preferences.

Project242: Being Visible vs. Being Invisible

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Project242 (P242) is my journey to bike 242 miles in 24 hours, across the state of Minnesota on gravel roads, in August, 2021 (the Day Across MN, or the DAMN). I’ve found many lessons experienced riding a bike can be applied to our careers. In these posts, I will share the correlations.

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New Year’s Resolutions: Three Words You Need to Know

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Tis the season to make New Year’s Resolutions! This time-honored tradition happens when a person resolves to change undesirable habits, or, more commonly, accomplish a personal goal. Yes, we hear them every year, and probably make a couple ourselves.

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Project242: Is It Failing If You Learn?

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Project242 (P242) is my journey to bike 242 miles in 24 hours, across the state of Minnesota on gravel roads, in August, 2021 (the Day Across MN, or the DAMN). I’ve found many lessons experienced riding a bike can be applied to our careers. In these posts, I will share the correlations.

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Project Management Trends for 2021 and Beyond

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The dumpster fire of 2020 is slowly being extinguished. Project management, like many professions, has undergone a transformation in the past 12 months. Project managers (PM’s) have experienced disruption and needed to adapt. The way they, and their teams, have worked shifted.

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Report by Dresner Advisory Services: Embedded Business Intelligence Market Study

According to the 2020 Dresner Embedded Business Intelligence Market Study, embedded business intelligence is crucial for application success. This report explores the current state of BI and why application teams are increasingly choosing an embedded solution.

I Quit 6 Months Ago, But I’m Telling You Now! How Bad Leaders Lose Good People

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“Will you be a reference for me?” ” I’ve worked with this person a couple times over the past 6 years. She’s smart, driven, can see the big picture and knows how to tactically plan to realize company goals. Anyone would want her on their team.

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Make a [insert cuss word] Decision!

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Over the weekend I was driving on a single lane city street. To my left was an elevated median that has trees and bushes planted on it. To my right was the street curb. And in front of me, a driver doing 12 miles per hour!! I was trapped.

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Problem Solving: Tips on Solving the ACTUAL Problem

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“Doc, my right knee’s been hurting for a while. When I run I have to slow down after about 15 minutes. Do you know what the problem is with my knee?” ” My chiropractor is really good. A former Ironman, he understands the human body and the stresses it can be put under.

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2020: A Retrospective

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At the end of 2019, I had a completely different view of what was to come in 2020. The new year started with a trip out of the cold and snowy conditions of North Dakota, to the sunny and warm golf courses of Phoenix, Arizona.

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Are Your Embedded Analytics DevOps-Friendly?

Does your analytics solution work with your current tech stack and DevOps practices? If not, any update to the analytics could increase deployment complexity and become difficult to maintain. Learn the 5 elements of a DevOps-friendly embedded analytics solution.

Tips for Managing a Creative Team

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“Well, that conversation didn’t go as planned!” ” This is something I’ve said to myself a few times in my career when working with creative teams and team members (including very recently, working with a website & marketing team).

Dealing With the Project Saboteur

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There is a presentation I have given where I talk about a “Supportive” stakeholder. These stakeholders understand WHY a project is important and will assist in its execution and completion.

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Don’t Crash on the PPM Mountain Bike Trail!

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I listened to a podcast recently where the guest compared entrepreneurship to riding a mountain bike down a hill. Until that point, the talking was background noise. But, because I love all types of biking, they had my attention.

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What Type Of Motivation Moves Your Team?

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If you’re a runner and had a race calendar planned out for 2020, it probably fell apart sometime mid March to early April. Races postponed, postponed again, or outright cancelled. It’s sad, but a reality we all face.

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Analytics Best Practices: 5 Key Dashboard Design Principles

Explore 5 key principles that exist to ensure you create a relevant dashboard that guides and simplifies the user experience, makes it as easy as possible to interpret what is presented no matter its complexity, and increases the adoption of BI.

Beware of Saying “YES”

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“Jason, we’d love it if you could join our committee. With all the changes in the community and our work to get ready, you’d be a great addition!” ” Though I appreciated being asked, I was hesitant.

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What “Invisible Hand” Impacts Your Team?

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I’m a bicyclist. I’ve been cycling consistently for almost 15 years and participated in a number of rides and races. It’s relaxing and depending on where you go, can see some unique sites.

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Ramblings of a Volunteer Project & Program Manager

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“Holy s**t, what have I gotten myself into?!?!” ” I had literally joined my local Project Management Institute (PMI) chapter 72 hours ago and already I was on my second conference call talking about a registration system for PMI events.

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Be Strategic About Your Career

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I’ve always believed your career is in your hands. Your boss wants you to do a good job and deliver value in your day-to-day role. Exceptional bosses take an interest in your career.

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Why Operational Reporting is Still Critical in Modern BI

In a world full of new features, traditional reporting is still a critical requirement for businesses. Read further to understand the reasons behind its lasting relevance and why it should continue to be an integral part of modern analytics solutions.

Let Your Team Know It’s OK Not to be OK

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Open up your go-to news site and you’ll see it. An outbreak that shows no signs of slowing down. Death tolls on the rise. Elected officials debating. Alcohol use up. Domestic violence increases. Children hungry because they’re not at school.

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The Grind of Project Success

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In my last post, I talked about “ Project Get Fit ” that may or may not be on your 2020 resolution list. You set goals, you make a plan, and you execute. Sounds simple, right?

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Is "Project: Getting Fit" On Your 2020 Resolution List?

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“I want to get in shape, so I got a gym membership. What should I do?” ” I thought about what she was asking for a second. Many questions started popping into my head.

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Project Management Lessons from Santa Claus

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I have one kiddo that still believes in the magic of Santa Claus. His little friends and our neighbors are also young enough to believe jolly ol’ St. Nick will be dashing through the snow and the skies on his annual trip around the globe next week.

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What is Data Storytelling? The Value of Context and Narrative

This beginner’s guide explains what data storytelling means for your company’s business intelligence and data analytics, the importance of leveraging it today, and how Yellowfin’s own set of storytelling tools can enrich your insight reporting efforts.