Video: Big Data & Big Data University, An Overview

Video: Big Data & Big Data University, An Overview

Watch my video Overview of Big Data & Big Data University here:

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The Hard vs. Soft Skill PM Debate

In this article, we will explore the differences between soft skills and hard skills of a project manager. We will also find out which skill set is more important to the project manager in achieving his/her project goals. Let’s start by defining key terms and concepts that will be used in this article. Hard Skills:  These are technical and specific abilities that relate to the core business of an organization such as writing skills, networking skills, machine operation, business analysis, design, construction, etc. These types of skills are easy to teach and quantify. It often involves the learner learning or improving a skill without having to unlearn a previous skill.  Soft skills  on the other hand are subjective and undefined. It often deals with our relationship with people such as conflict resolution, communication, listening problem solving, etc

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Facilitation Skills for Project Managers

Facilitation Skills for Project Managers

Project managers are often faced with challenges that have nothing to do with managing projects and these challenges often apply within the human domain of managing the people and the process around the project. Effectively managing the people and their interactions becomes almost as important as effectively managing the project and it could be argued that the former is as rewarding as it is strategic. Facilitation Skills for Project Managers   enables project managers to effectively facilitate group/team interactions, so they are focused on achieving project success. It very much focuses on the team and is collaborative in its nature.  This is an active learning experience for all concerned and project managers who have learnt facilitation skills reap the benefits of: Enabling exchange of information, Ensure projects are moving forward, Collaborative working to remove barriers and reach consensus (trust) Being a Project Manager and a Facilitator requires varying skills and expertise and we are beginning to see that when combined, they really add value to not only the organisation but also to team cohesion. Where most elements of a project operate around and contribute to the goal, the facilitator can act as a component part of the project ‘Trinity’ where if you remove one element, it will collapse.

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Executive’s guide to the future of IT leadership (free ebook)

Executive’s guide to the future of IT leadership (free ebook)

  Description:  From the publisher –  Some analysts suggest that the CIO position is on its way out and that technology decisions will become the province of other executives, such as chief marketing officers, chief digital officers, and even the heads of business units. Others think the CIO position will transform rather than disappear. They predict that CIOs will adapt to the new demands and lead their companies toward automated solutions, cost-saving business processes, and sophisticated data analytics. This … guide from ZDNet and TechRepublic explores the issues surrounding the ongoing reinvention of IT leadership and offers practical advice for addressing the current and future challenges facing technology executives.” [NOTE:  "The ebook is available as a free PDF download for registered ZDNet and TechRepublic members." Registration is easy and free.] Link to Product Page:   http://www.zdnet.com/executives-guide-to-the-future-of-it-leadership-free-ebook-7000022665/ Publisher:     ZDNet http://www.zdnet.com/about/ What Publisher is Selling:     From the website:  ” ZDNet brings together the reach of global and the depth of local, delivering 24/7 news coverage and analysis on the trends, technologies and opportunities that matter to IT professionals and decision makers… Whatever your role in the IT buying cycle, ZDNet provides support — from investigating options to optimizing a solution. Whether you want to follow hot topics or emerging trends, or keep up to date with the latest news and events, ZDNet is the destination for professionals seeking to research technology-related issues, and solve business technology problems.”

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Fundamentals of Business Analysis from UC Irvine

Fundamentals of Business Analysis from UC Irvine

    Description:    From the website – Fundamentals of Business Analysis is a core course in the Business Analyst Certificate Program. This program focuses on the set of tasks and techniques a business analyst uses to work as a liaison among stakeholders in order to understand the structure, policies, and operations of an organization, and to recommend solutions that enable the organization to achieve its goals … Today, business analysis encompasses a set of well-defined skills and knowledge that combine traditional business topics with technical topics. This is because the solution to business problems often involves the implementation of some sort of technology-centered solution.” ["This is an extensive online course that includes videos, self-checks, and links to materials for further study. It is not a "loss leader" and you can expect to spend hours working through it. Good stuff!" - Mike G.] Link to Product Page:   http://media.learn.uci.edu//cat/oo/getPage.php?course=OC1305015&lesson=1&topic=1&page=1 Publisher:      University of California, Irvine  –   http://uci.edu/ What Publisher is Selling:     Enrollment in other courses and programs of study in UC Irvine

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