Attention – We don’t pay attention to boring things.
droning voice of a teacher
smile from a beautiful guy (or gal)
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What we pay attention to is driven by two things: survival and past experiences. Survival means staying alive and keeping our genes alive. Survival means paying attention to threats, emotions and sex.
What's happening in information technology? We researched the top trends for 2014. Mobile adoption and diversification, new database technologies, hot skills and languages as well as looming threats top the list.
Managing, recruiting, training and motivating IT staff was the biggest challenge I faced as an IT manager. It wasn't vendor management – they mostly wanted to make me happy. It wasn't choosing competing technologies, like Windows vs. Linux vs. Solaris servers – almost any choice had a path forward to success. Somehow it was people that perplexed me.
What's happening in business in Iowa, our home state? We researched the top trends for 2014. CEOs are expecting increasing sales, hiring and capital spending, Growth is seen in the medical services as agricultural technology reduces low-wage jobs and leaves openings in farm management.
What's happening in agriculture in Iowa, our home state? We researched the top trends for 2014. High profitability and land values are driving technology investments. Job openings and new businesses offering services that the governmental has cut are also trending up.
Scope creep and feature creep are the terrible twins of project management, causing plenty of gray hair. But what causes scope creep and feature creep? And how can we attack the causes at the root?
Here are 7 causes of scope creep / feature creep, and how to deal with them.
What will the future bring to manufacturing? We researched the top manufacturing trends for 2014. Both new technologies and ancient energy sources are bringing life back to USA's manufacturing industry.
What will the future bring to retail? We researched the top 7 retail trends for 2014. Demographic changes and technology will continue to drive brick-and-mortar and e-commerce models, as well as price points.
Are your developers getting irritable? Are they feeling stretched by a growing list of requirements? Are project sponsors discussing the project with users but without the project manager or business analysts at hand? Are more requirements being uncovered but not communicated to the design/development team? Are users saying "I don't know what's going on with the project" and that "no one is talking to me about what my department does"?
Then you may have the dreaded disease , "scope creep."