Lately, a lot has been written about communication. For example, take a look at Roger Forsythe’s message, Communication: Critical Success Factor. Clear communication is not only important from the perspective of executive management and those receiving the message from the higher-ups, clear communication is a practice that the agile project manager incorporates into the fabric of daily activities.
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Need to keep your data safe? OneDrive for Business and SharePoint are some of Microsoft's technologies which enable users to store, share, edit and collaborate with documents in the cloud. One benefit of having documents in the cloud is Data Loss Prevention (DLP). These are policies which backup data to prevent losing work or information due to user error or system error. Another facet of DLP is keeping data safe from people who are not authorized to view or edit the data. Microsoft has a new tool available to help accomplish this.
The article “Understanding the Four Levels of Delegation When Managing People in Business,” by Rory J. McLaren-Jackson caught my eye as a kind of formula for getting delegation decisions right. Upon further reading, the article opens the door for discussion and how this relates to the APM (Agile Project Manager). Agile teams are empowered and as such are granted authority within the bounds of an overall project scope.
Helping people see and understand their data drives everything Tableau does. Put together an Academy Award-winning professor, a brilliant computer scientist at the world's most prestigious university and a savvy business leader with a passion for data. Add in one of the most challenging problems in software - making databases and spreadsheets understandable to ordinary people, and what are the results? You have just recreated the fundamental ingredients for Tableau's products. At Tableau, they are continually growing and building their technologies for the future.
The article by Chris Moody “That’s Not Agile” caught my attention. There has been a lot of discussion in blog-land in this area. Chris hits the nail right on the head and fires back with a suspicion that those making such a statement “that’s not agile” may not be well versed in the subtleties of agile methodology.
Internal communications are stressed during changes in business processes and new projects. Employees are forced to continue their day-to-day work, all while undertaking the new responsibilities of managing an internal project, ensuring that all employees are informed, involved, and engaged on how and when each milestone will be met.
The new cloud computing model can help transform your approach to infrastructure in fundamental ways. However, with such vast opportunities within the cloud, it may be difficult to determine a starting point.
The Microsoft Server and Cloud Platform Team has a three step process they blogged about last week which is worth a look, in pursuit of the goal of Agile infrastructure:
1. Rethink your traditional manual approaches in the datacenter.
According to a recent study by Harvard Business Review (HBR) Analytic Services, companies that are adopting cloud computing are winning the competitive advantage, and especially achieving business agility, which was found to the leading driver for adopting cloud among all respondents. HBR surveyed 527 Harvard Business Review readers in large and mid-sized companies in a wide range of industries around the world.
When it comes to all meetings, no matter the size or type of company, what truly makes them great?
I enjoyed Patrick Gray's article on "How to tell when 'We need Agile' masks deeper project issues". It reminds me of how important it is to keep your finger on the pulse of the development team to make sure dysfunction does not worm its way into your project team.